Teaching Clay in the Classroom with Jeni Hansen Gard – Part 3 Wheel Throwing
In Part 3 of Teaching Clay in the Classroom, ceramics educator and artist Jeni Hansen Gard presents an in-depth overview of basic wheel-throwing techniques for the K–12 level. Jeni’s clear instruction is an invaluable tool for ... (Scroll for more.)
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… K–12 teachers, especially those who are new to teaching ceramics and wheel throwing.
- All the steps to teach wheel throwing to students with ease and confidence!
- How to throw and trim cylinders, tumblers, and bowls!
- How to reduce the technical obstacles and help your students make great wheel thrown pots!
Getting Started: The Tools You’ll Need
Get to know the pottery wheel better with a thorough explanation of how it works and how to set it up properly and ergonomically. You’ll also get an overview of all the tools used in wheel throwing and tips for how to use them most effectively.
Hop on the Wheel!
All wheel throwing has to begin with that often frustrating, but always important step of centering. Jeni gives a crystal clear explanation of how to cone and dome to get your clay on center. Then she moves on to expert instruction on throwing the basic cylinder, the building block for most wheel thrown forms, plus see how various tools can manipulate the shape. Finally, you’ll progress on to more challenging forms like small and large bowls.
Throwing is not the only important part of making pots on the wheel. Learn how to center and properly trim leather-hard pots to an even thickness throughout, which will help avoid problems in the firing. Jeni shares helpful pointers throughout on ways to facilitate student learning.
This informative video will help teachers effectively teach wheel throwing and help struggling students achieve success in the ceramics classroom.
About the artist and educator
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 www.jenihansengard.com.
Want more Teaching Clay in the Classroom? Check out Parts 1 and 2!
Many K-12 art teachers are thrust into the clay world with little or no experience with the material. Not only is this situation frustrating for the teacher, but it can also be dangerous. That’s why we partnered with ceramic artist and educator Jeni Hansen Gard to create a video series to help teachers bring clay into their classrooms in the best way possible! Teaching Clay in the Classroom is the first video of its kind and takes the guesswork out of setting up a teaching studio that is both efficient and safe!Learn more!
Many K-12 art teachers are thrust into the clay world with little or no experience with the material. So we partnered with ceramic artist and educator Jeni Hansen Gard to create a video series to help teachers bring clay into their classrooms in the best way possible! In part 2, Jeni provides a thorough introduction to handbuilding processes for the K-12 level. You'll pick up pinching, coil building, slab construction, handle making, plus loads of tips for avoiding common pitfalls and helping your students succeed!Learn more!