The SKSS Visual Arts Department believes that the quality of a student’s life is uniquely enriched in essential ways by the development of skills and values learned in the creation of artworks. Visual arts encourage the students to function on multiple intellectual, analytical, thoughtful and expressive levels.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Throwing Clay with Emily Dundas!

South Kamloops Sculpture & Ceramics students are learning that working on the potter’s wheel is both challenging and fascinating!  At the beginning of each course students are guided through a demonstration on throwing as a means of creating a pot on the wheel.  Throughout the first term, art students primarily focus on the process of developing skills through repetition.  Our goal by the end of the semester is to have each student artist create his or her own thrown vessel. 

In many ways, learning to throw on the wheel is like leaning to play a musical instrument.  You must begin with the basics – reading music, playing scales, playing measures of music – and then by building these skills you will play songs.  In much the same way, potters begin by learning to center and raise walls efficiently to make simple forms and progress to making forms that are uniquely theirs.  Potters, like musicians, must refine the steps making specific forms though fluid and focused practice.

Perhaps most importantly, building skills through practice often requires expert help for students in the classroom.  Emily Dundas, a TRU Arts student and SKSS Grad (2011), is sharing her knowledge of the potter’s wheel with current students in the studio.  A self-taught potter, Emily first tried throwing here at SKSS.  She has been involved with the Kamloops Arts and Crafts Club where she participates in a variety of artisan shows and sales.  We are thrilled to have her join our class and provide encouragement, techniques, and most of all her wonderful enthusiasm of all things clay!