Stz’uminus Senior Secondary School now has a new course, and we feel so proud because we know that this has come about because of our work with the school over the past 5 years. There’s now a Ceramic Art 10 Class!
There is a fair bit of work to do to prepare for these classes… and yes, there are three tables running almost the length of the studio to accommodate them, and all the lawn chairs we possess too.
We sure enjoyed the students who arrived to work in our studio yesterday, and it wasn’t long before each and every one of them was smiling as they worked making the first of their pieces this term.
We’re starting them with a basic coil pot… though we may have to change that to “noodle pot” thanks to Alan who was quickly requesting more noodles in order to start a second pot.
The students will be smoothing the exterior walls of these pieces in preparation for a slip coating through which they can then carve a Coast Salish First Nations design.
They will also be creating “war canoe” vessels and tiles with First Nations motifs. But that’s jumping ahead a little and we’ll be needing to work on these noodle pots some more before we’re ready for those next projects. Mind you, we’re likely to jump back and forth between projects to allow for drying time.
We’re really delighted to know that for the next few months our Monday and Wednesday afternoons will be spent with students who we have come to know and love over the last few years.
Students like these add such joy to our own studio time. And every so often, we discover one that we know will continue to find a special connection to clay.
I would not be surprised to see Marshall wanting to continue to explore this medium. Like Alan, it wasn’t long before he was asking to start a second piece.
While we have two brand new students in this class, the rest have been here before as part of either their co-operative education or First Nations Art courses. We even get to be called Auntie and Uncle by a select few. As always, we’re truly pleased and honored to work with Stz’uminus First Nations and thank them for accepting us as members of their community.