Teaching Clay in the Classroom with Jeni Hansen Gard – PART 4

Perhaps the most exciting part of the ceramic process is surface decoration, and in this 4th and final installment of the Teaching Clay in the Classroom video series, Jeni Hansen Gard focuses on just that! Many K-12 art teachers are asked to teach the complex subject of ceramics with only an introductory ceramics class under their belts. This presentation is the perfect next step and covers a wide variety of decorating techniques that will help students make expressive, personalized work.

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Pre-firing Surface Techniques – Adding and Subtracting Clay
Pre-firing Surface Techniques – Stamping
Pre-firing Surface Techniques – Stamping with Found Objects
Pre-firing Surface Techniques – Sprig Molds
Pre-firing Surface Techniques – Carving & Incising
Pre-firing Surface Techniques – Working with Resists
Pre-firing Surface Techniques – Slips & Underglazes
Advanced Techniques – Oxide Washes
Advanced Techniques – Screen Printing
Advanced Techniques – Decals
Introduction to Post Firing – Acrylic Paints
Introduction to Post Firing- Underglazes
Introduction to Post Firing – Glazes
Glazing Techniques – Glazing Overview
Glazing Techniques – Brushing Glaze
Glazing Techniques – Pouring Glaze
Glazing Techniques – Dipping Glaze
Glazing Techniques – A Word About Spraying Glazes

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Jeni Hansen Gard

About the Artist

Jeni Hansen Gard grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan. She received her MFA in ceramics from The Ohio State University, MA in art education from the University of Florida, and BA in art education from Hope College. Jeni was the recipient of the 2015 MJ Wood–DO GOOD Residency at Red Lodge Clay Center and recently completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Denison University. She is a founding member of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective, a craft and social practice organization. Jeni and her husband, fellow ceramicist Forrest Sincoff Gard, run Gard Clay Studios. To learn more about Jeni Hansen Gard and see more images of her work, please visit


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