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Finally, I do not teach for commercial considerations as the sole motive. I do so only to share my learning and helping others get onto the beautiful path of clay world. I do charge a fees but I am not driven by that since this is not my profession but my passion.
As they become more and more comfortable with the medium and its handling on the wheel, others aspects like aesthetics, using different techniques (altering the form, slab/coiling techniques) are introduced.
Beyond a point I like to withdraw from teaching the basic technique of wheel throwing and forming. This will happen if the students watch carefully when I give demonstrations or do my own work. They will have to be motivated to learn it themselves (through repetition). They will have to be determined since they will be pushed out of situations where they are most comfortable.
Finally, once the basic skills are in place, I push my students to develop an expression, their individuality. More time should be spent in taking risks and experimenting. In other words, to be thinking for oneself as to what needs to be done rather than waiting to be told.
My students are expected to contribute to all the studio work like recycling the clay, loading pots in the kiln, cleaning kiln and kiln furniture before and after each firing, and even sweeping the floor. Everyone is encouraged to ask questions and debate/discuss on various technical aspects of clay and glazing. I believe it is important to question everything to learn the “rules” but it is critical to learn them to break them effectively.Typical class duration is 3 hours but I like students who can come a little early to get the ground work done (like wedging the clay) before the actual class time. We play music and have coffee (sometimes several times in a class)…and in general really enjoy the time spent with clay!
- 2 electric wheels and 2 kick-wheels
- Stoneware clay (firing to cone 9). Adequate quantities are available but students have to purchase and manage their clay.
- Basic tools are provided but it is encouraged once the basics are learnt students purchase their own tools.
- Wall mounted extruder, banding wheel, plaster bat/moulds and clay mixer are other important equipments that are available.
- 27 cubic feet gas-fired kiln with complete kiln furniture. Students have to share cost of each firing. Glaze materials (bulk chemicals and oxides) are available. Students have to share the cost of glaze.
following is a list of my current and past students and their contact information:
- Varsha Singh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Shruti Dev (email@example.com)
- Anu Puri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Gauri Kappal (email@example.com)
- Jyotsana (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Neeraja (email@example.com)
- Shantanu (firstname.lastname@example.org)