The Jimmy Potters Workshop elementary curriculum provides a one of a kind experience for children as an afterschool enrichment program. Our trained instructors travel to your child's elementary school with everything necessary for a full, hand- building, clay experience. Sessions last 6-10 weeks and present children with seasonal projects that challenge their imaginations and encourage them to work with their hands.
In our elementary school curriculum we teach pottery through hand building methods. Hand-building is the use of our hands and simple tools to create pottery. We produce work using coil, slab, and pinch-pot techniques. Coiling is a technique that uses "snake-like" shapes by rolling the clay and connecting it together by smearing the clay with either the hands or tools. Using slabs of clay, we teach children to adjoin their work much like building with wood except, in this case, they fasten or secure through smearing, slipping, and scoring to create various shapes. The pinch pot technique is a very simple rolling of the clay into a ball then pinching the thumb on the inside of the clay and the fingers on the outside while slowly turning and pulling up to make a "pinch pot".
We include red and white clay in our curriculum so we can teach our students about marbleization. The mixing of two different colors of clay allows our students to stretch their imaginations in a number of projects and see how different color clays can create a wide range of patterns.
The process the projects go through start with the clay creation by the students. We then allow the project to dry and once it is ready we fire it in the kiln (this is the term for baking it in a VERY HOT oven). After the piece is fired we bring it back for another class where the students paint the work with colorful, non-toxic glazes. Once the pieces are glazed they are fired in the kiln once more and then returned to the students so they can take home their unique and personal creations.