I am very privilege to teach ceramics and art at an independent art school for children and adults along with gifted fellow artists and teachers. Art Studio on the Boulevard in the Houston Heights offers a variety of art projects for the children ages pre-k through high school. Adult night classes are offered focusing on painting in oil or watercolor. Children learn a variety of artistic expression such as painting (watercolor, oils, acrylic), printing making, mixed media, drawing, sculpture and introduced to many more art materials and styles. Below are some of the amazing examples of ceramic artwork in my ceramic classroom (5th grade and up) and the younger grade classes (pre-k through 2nd grade) taught by our amazing teachers.
Not only do I teach ceramics, I also pack, load, fire and deliver all the children’s ceramic artwork for two schools (Esperanza School and Art Studio) at my private studio. For the Fall and Spring semester, I bisque fire approx. 280 ceramic artworks and glaze fire approx. 140 pieces of art per semester.
A typical ceramic bisque firing takes three days from the time the kiln is loaded, the switch turned on, the kiln reaching temperature at 1940 degree F and cooled down to 200 degrees F for unloading.
During the three Summer Camp Sessions, each camp two weeks long, I dry, bisque fire and deliver 145 children’s artwork before each two week sessions ends. It becomes quite busy, but I have learned how to patch, repair and salvage broken ears, noses, legs and applied clay decorations to the children’s work with excellent results. You learn very quickly working with a variety of ceramic styles.
I am blessed to be part of the art community and watch the children grow with each new discovery in art.
Kiln room with children’s glazed pieces ready for a kiln firing this week.
This is what makes me so proud to be a teacher. Two students from the 3rd and 4th grade Wed. class decided to paint a portrait of me with ceramic glazes. I cannot wait to see the fired result. The green tile captures a likeness of me with dark hair, my ever present turquoise bandana headband and earrings.
An amazing ceramic glaze meticulously painted by one teenage student. This will be glaze fired this week.
My class on Thurs. afternoon with the 5th graders and up. The project started out with tracing of hands and arms by each student on paper. Then the students created the hand/arm templates into created ceramic designs of sharks, bowls, sculptures and so on. It was a very fun and creative project.
Examples of the hand/arm project from the Wed. (3rd and 4th grade) class. Two students decided to use the hand/arm template and create sculptural type vases. Both of these are glazed and ready for a glaze firing.
This lily pond project was created by fellow teacher and friend for the 1st and 2nd graders.
This polka dot chicken was created by a student in the 1st and 2nd grade class. He/She is waiting for the glaze firing.