Month: September 2016

From cube to lidded box

The kids in Pottery Club were fantastic today. Their task was to take the cube they made last week and turn it into a lidded box. It wasn’t easy! Each week, it is an intense couple of hours for the children and I. The…

Working with pastels

There are secrets I can not share with you about our puppet production but let me tell you, it will be a story filled with adventure! Loads of people, snow, soot, and a few pets. Having such a large cast, we are using various…

The cube

  The kids in Pottery Club have been learning every week. This week everyone’s task was to make a cube. Six sides and all sealed up. Then they all learned how to bag their work so it will stay moist for next week. Names…

Glazed Pumpkins

The first workshop pumpkins have been glazed, washed up and ready for the kiln. They are so orange! Töölö and Ruoholahti FinnAm Kindergartens are filled with budding artists. It was so much fun.

Day 2: Coil Pots

It was another great day for the Pottery club. The hours are a bit like watching fireworks in action. The children arrive in small groups and chatter as they work on their projects. Today it was a variation on a coil pot. Snakes eating…

Back to the studio

The pumpkins are taken out of their boxes and carefully cut open. This gives them a utilitarian purpose, along with their artful beauty. They are set on a chipboard bat to dry for about a week. Longer is even better.  The porous nature of…

A yarn bowl is not made of yarn…

Balls are notorious for rolling with ease.  Lol. Okay, pretty silly. Moving balls, I guess that is why they are so well utilized in a zillion areas  of our lives, but…  Sometimes we want the ball but not the rolling around. A yarn bowl…

My Ruoholahti Garden!

Day two of our pottery workshop in Ruoholahti was busy and fun. We learned about using slip and scoring. Putting the two parts of the pumpkin together and adding the stem, it was a little tricky but we did it!