A group of playing, oreo eating kids ran around after school getting ready for their clay workshop … still mumbles and fidgets while the plan of action is revealed … Clay in hand, and then, silence. You can hear the birds! This was my experience the other day in Jasper GA as I brought art to more kids under a huge oak tree in front of an art studio. Twenty kids, all ages and they found one common interest, where there is no judgement and all things are possible. The beginning of a creation. This is my experience often, and it reminds me to share how remarkable clay can transform even the toughest crowd.
Ceramics allow children to explore clay as a material. Children of all ages enjoy squishing, pinching, rolling, poking, stretching, pounding clay. Some children find this particularly soothing and it can be useful for releasing tension or frustration. In addition, ceramics gets children in touch with nature, feeling the earth, understanding where clay comes from and contributing to environmental awareness. Ceramics also allows children the opportunity to explore early chemistry and physics – how clay changes when it is fired, how glass beads melt in the kiln, how glazes change color and mix to form new colors. Continue reading Children, and Clay