Christmas Tree Tea Light: In this advanced workshop, students learn to roll, attach and join coils to build a hollow form. Their Christmas tree can then be embellished with all the trimmings, including decorative holes for light to shine through once a tea light has been placed inside. Available until December 2nd.
Standing Angel or Figure: As well as the angel for Grade 4 and 5 listed above, older students can make a larger standing angel with more texture and decorative features. It’s a wonderful piece they can display each season. Available until December 2nd.
Storytellers: This workshop is based on contemporary and traditional clay figurines made by potters in New Mexico and parts of South America, such as Peru. It emphasizes the importance of the storyteller, the listener, oral traditions and telling your own story. High school Spanish and art classes have enjoyed this program.
Turtle Shell Rattle: In the Iroquois tradition, the turtle is a symbol of creation and life. Rattles were made from snapping turtle shells and used in healing ceremonies. Students make a rattle shaped like a turtle shell with a turtle shaped head and neck for handle. This project really rattles after firing!
Ocarina (Clay Whistle): The Ocarina is a traditional Mesoamerican flute traditionally made from clay or ceramic. “Ocarina” is a term used by Mayan and Aztec cultures of South America but many other societies developed similar wind instruments for music and ceremony. Students will use a variety of clay building techniques to create their own traditional ocarina or clay whistle. Previous clay experience is recommended for this unique and challenging clay project.
Lucky Dragon: This magnificent dragon’s head holds a special pearl in its mouth. According to Chinese legend, anyone who is brave enough to rub this pearl is sure to have good luck. Make this lucky dragon to celebrate the Chinese New Year or just for a little good luck.
Family Plaque: This delightful wall plaque captures each student’s family in clay relief sculpture. A favourite with older students who love to portray their family members in great detail, including the family pet!