Teaching Clay in the Classroom with Jeni Hansen Gard – Part 4 Decorating Techniques

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 ... (Scroll for more.)

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… 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.

You’ll learn:

  • Pre-firing techniques like carving, stamping, sprigging, stenciling, and much more!
  • Techniques for bisque and beyond such as acrylic paints, underglazes, and glazes!
  • As a former K-12 teacher and current college instructor, Jeni has lots of advice on how to manage materials and adjust for various grade levels.

Working with Greenware

Ceramic decoration can start way before the work goes into the kiln, and Jeni covers a plethora of techniques from stamping to sgraffito, and everything in between. She starts out with simple additive and subtractive methods, and moves on to intermediate and advanced techniques for older students, covering a wide range of surface techniques.

Glazing 101

Not only does Jeni thoroughly cover the many different options for glazing, she even delves into post-glazing techniques! After an introduction to what glazes are and what they do, Jeni walks through the various ways they can be applied–brushing, pouring, dipping…she even touches on spraying! She also explains post-firing techniques like decals and China Paints.

Great Teacher Tips

Having taught at the K-12 level herself, Jeni shares great teacher tips from reducing waste of expensive supplies to adapting techniques for various grade levels.

This informative video will give teachers the knowledge they need to make their students’ clay experience more meaningful.

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.

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