Junior birdsmen, upside-down!

Up in the air, Junior Birdsmen! Up in the air, upside-down.

A search on google would reveal that this song is from a time long ago.

Because it takes 5 boxtops, 4 labels, 3 coupons, 2 bottle caps, and 1 thin dime…

Get your goggles on! It’s for all ages….

 

Gadgets and real life

I remember clearly the first time I heard someone (seemingly) talking to themselves as they walked down the sidewalk.

And I remember later hearing two DIFFERENT people at the same time and wondering if they were talking to each other!

A year or so later, when I got my first Nokia phone, I was totally hooked like a teenager. My children took a video of me laughing so hard I could barely speak as I recorded my own voice saying, “Your phone is ringing!  Answer your phone!” I wanted to use it as my very own ring tone and thought it was hilarious!

Oh my, how time colors things differently.

But the memory is still funny to me. I recall the pure delight of technology’s possibilities. Yes, time and technology has changed childhood….

Can you grasp that our children grow up with such a symbiotic gadget relationship that their understanding of the concept of “Alone” probably has GPS as a default. People are so connected to one another these days, it feels odd to not be truly unreachable.

Also, do you think your self concept would be different if you knew EXACTLY what you looked like from every conceivable angle and in every light? Taking and sharing selfies has become as familiar as looking in the mirror. Children these days know what they look like from other’s perspective with little or no wondering at all.

I won’t even mention the games. There are endless flat worlds to explore.

I used to tell my kids to live a day that someone would enjoy watching. Sitting in a room in front of a screen, it’s just not enough.

Gadget, gadgets and glowing screens…

With Niilovilla, I want to offer you and your children something that uses your thumbs and fingers differently. The itsy bitsy spider comes to mind. But that is just a begining.

It is my hope to gently nudge my students into three dimensional problems solving or find a corner of their imagination which is not just wired for digital but open for belly laughs.

I still love my phone. I understand it’s allure but what a thrill it is to share an hour or two creating something concrete next to someone friendly.

I welcome you, I welcome your kids, I welcome your relatives and friends… Come, let’s make something from a lump of clay .. and i’ll sing you a song while we do it.

Warmly,
Suzanne

Kindergarten Tours

 

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My studio travels to kindergartens!

I’ll be doing The Outside In Tour in in Ruoholahti   in September  and Kamppi in November.

It is truly a joy!

Would you like me to visit your kindergarten? Call me or send SMS!

An Adventure in Glass

img_20161124_220401-e1532531901705Birds over a corn field. This was inspired by a ride through the countryside of Minnesota.

Glass fusion is a new passion for me and I am looking for a few people to join me in exploring this method of melting glass upon glass.

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The kiln is ready and waiting for play. Are you interested in a a bit of art, science, technology and joy? Please contact me to arrange a time to come over.

3rd Annual Pumpkin Workshop!

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More Pumpkins!! Join me

Saturday, September 8
at Niilovilla Studio

and make a fantastic pumpkin!

Click here for details, this is a 2nd Saturday Workshop

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The Elvis Sing Along

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

Niilovilla Studio (Suzanne) and Wintti550, with the musical talent of The Monday Mix Band, invite you to come sing along to your Elvis favorites!

Save the date!

Saturday, October 27 12.00-16.00

Dinner begins at NOON with an American Hamburger Buffet! approximately 10-15€

The Sing Along will begin promptly at 14.00 followed by dessert!

It’s the BEST kind of American FUN. Welcome!

RESERVE YOUR PLACE by email: niilovillastudio@gmail.com

Thank you!

Wondering how to get from Hyvinkää train station to Wintti550? Please email me: niilovillastudio@gmail.com

 

Puppet Club

Coming in September to Hyvinkää!

CLICK THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION

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It’s a whole lot of fun!

The Outside In Tour

Pottery time again!!

I loved visiting FinnAm Kindergartens last year and I am happy to return this autumn!

I will be coming with my pottery studio for your child to participate in a real pottery workshop.

Bringing the Outside In by Mary McKenna Siddals

We are bringing the outside in, oh, bringing the outside in!

This lovely picture book with it’s gentle rhymes will be our inspiration in this tour. We will explore how to can create texture by pressing natural materials into clay. Leaves, sticks pinecones, shells, flowers…  I will bring the outside in for your child to explore the fun of natural stamps.

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Here is the schedule of fun:

Day 1: We will roll out a slab of clay and gently press natural objects to make texture. We will lay the slab into a shallow bowl and trim the edges.
Day 2: Repeating the steps, we will create a small cup.
Day 3: We add colorful underglaze to our projects.
Day 4: We will glaze our wares.

Projects will be ready for pick up ( at school ) 2-3 weeks after workshop.

Cost: 65€ (includes VAT)

What: A REAL pottery workshop with Suzanne
Where: FinnAm Kindergarten Ruoholahti
When: 4 Tuesdays 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15
Ruoholahti: 4.9 – 25.9
Who: Max 8 children, 4.5 – 6 yrs.

Where: FinnAm Kindergarten Kamppi
When: 4 Tuesdays 9.00-9.45, 10-10.45
Kamppi: 30.10 – 20.11
Who: Max 8 children, 4.5 – 6 yrs.

Cost: 65€ (includes VAT)

Registration is taken by SMS ONLY.  Teachers at the schools can not register your child. A text message to Suzanne is needed. Children are registered in order of messages received.  Your child is on the list once SMS is confirmed. Thank you.

HOW TO REGISTER: TO SIGN UP:
Please send an SMS to me, Suzanne, at 041 517 7096.

Include which kindergarten your child is attending, your child’s name, birthday, your name and email address, Yes to photos.

Photos will occasionally be taken and posted on my website http://www.niilovilla.com. No names will be used. Please confirm your approval. Happy kids doing art. Everyone loves it.

Example:
Kamppi, Billy Doughnut, 5 yrs, Samuel Doughnut, sam.doughnut@gmail.com. Yes to photos.

Registration is only complete after SMS has been confirmed. Thank you!

Invoices will be sent directly to you via NiiloVilla Studio TMI and not through the school.

Porous, we know this

Is this pot porous?

Score!

“Rough up the clay like tiger paws” What does that ? What does slip mean?

Slab Work

Roll it flat with a rolling pin.

Coil Pot

Coil pots have been made for centuries, I call it making snakes!

Little bits of glass

Glaze is made of little bits of glass suspended in a mixture of clay, minerals and fluid. It is one color when you brush it on and another when it comes out of the kiln! It is an exiting part of Handbuilding 101!

What is a kiln?

What is a kiln? Well, ah,ask the pottery club kids! They know!.

We use tools!

Tools! Tools!

Self-Esteem

Where does our self esteem come from?

Play

What is your favorite Saturday thing to do?

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This is Bob. He is hugging Bob. Two Bobs, imagine having the same name as your best friend. They sing, dance and hug every time they are together, jut what a best friends should do.

What are you and your best friend planning to do for fun? Something fun.

How about a pottery workshop? Come play a little.

The Garden Bowl Tour

Spring Garden Woven Bowl Workshop

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Scarlette Beane knows she is going to do SOMETHING WONDERFUL in her garden, her fingers even glow green! Join us as we do something wonderful, too!

Ceramic Handbuilding 101 Workshop with Suzanne

I will be coming again with my pottery studio to the Finnish American Kindergarten for another chance for your children to participate in real ceramics workshop.

 

Here is the schedule of fun:

 

Day 1: We will make snakelike coils and then roll them flat! Preparing them for the weaving next week.
Day 2: We will weave the flat snakes and gently place them over a mold.
Day 3: We will make a piece of fruit or a vegetable from the garden!
Day 4: We will glaze our wares.

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Projects will be ready for pick up ( at school) two weeks after workshop.

Cost: 65€ (includes VAT)

What: A REAL ceramics workshop with Suzanne
Where: FinnAm Kindergarten
When: 4 Tuesdays 10.30
Ruoholahti: May 8-May 29
Who: Max 8 children,  4.5 yrs.

Cost: 65€ (includes VAT)

Registration is taken by SMS ONLY.

HOW TO REGISTER: TO SIGN UP:
Please send an SMS to me, Suzanne, at 041 517 7096. Include which kindergarten your child is attending, your child’s name, birthday, your name and email address, Yes to photos.

Photos will occasionally be taken and posted on my website http://www.niilovilla.com. Please confirm your approval. Happy kids doing art. Everyone loves it.

Example:
Kamppi, Billy Doughnut, 5 yrs, Samuel Doughnut, sam.doughnut@gmail.com. Yes to photos.

Registration is only complete after SMS has been confirmed. Thank you!

Invoices will be sent directly to you via NiiloVilla Studio TMI and not through the school.

 

Pottery Club EIS

POTTERY CLUB

Opinmäki /Espoo International

Pottery Club will continue in 2018-2019.

We meet on Tuesdays 14.10-15.30 in room B121 in the textile/woodwork area. I meet everyone at the door. The children in the afternoon club have a snack and are sent by their staff to Pottery Club.

Everyone usually completes their work within 75 minutes, they are free to go after cleaning their work space. Children who need more time may stay with me until I leave. Many children head to the library to finish their homework. Children in the afternoon club go back to the afternoon club when they are done.

Tuesdays 14.10- 15.30 Room B121

Autumn term dates: 28.08-11.12.2018 ( no meeting weeks 42-43)

Spring term dates: 8.1-30.4.2019 ( no meeting weeks 8-9)

How to register to make sure you child has a place.

THE SCOOP

Each Club will meet 13-15 times per Autumn and Spring Term.

 

The fee is 168€ per term
( the fee includes 24%VAT and a new rental agreement with the school).

I send invoices in August and January. All materials are included.

To register or get on the waiting list, please send an SMS to me at 041 517 7096. Include the word Pottery club, your child’s name, grade, your name and your email address.

Occasionally, photos of participants will be posted on my website. Please confirm your approval by saying Yes to photos.

Example:
Pottery, Billy Doughnut, 4 gr, Samuel Doughnut, sam.doughnut@gmail.com, Yes to photos.

Registration is only complete after SMS has been received. Thank you!

Happy hands

More snowmen!

IMG_20180210_134318.jpgThese snowmen were made by the children in Ruoholahti Finnish American kindergarten. They are wonderful students. We had so much fun!

 

Snowmen at night

Back to the kindergarten after the Christmas holiday, the children have made some adorable wee snowmen.

POTTERY CLUB CONTINUES!

POTTERY CLUB CONTINUES!

We meet on Tuesdays 14-16.00 in the art room. The 1-2 grade children arrive at 14.00. 3-7 graders at 14.30. Everyone usually completes their work within 75 minutes and are free to go after cleaning their work space. The children in the afternoon club are escorted by their staff to the door.

Autumn term begins 29.08.17

How to register to make sure you child has a place.

THE SCOOP

Each Club will meet 13-16 per Autumn and Spring Term.
The fee is 148€ per term. I send invoices in August and January. All materials included.

To register or get on the waiting list, please send an SMS to me at 041 517 7096. Include the word Pottery club, your child’s name, grade, your name and email address. 

Photos of participants may be posted on my website. Please confirm your approval by saying Yes to photos.

Example:
Pottery, Billy Doughnut, 4 gr, Samuel Doughnut, sam.doughnut@gmail.com, Yes to photos.

Registration is only complete after SMS has been received. Thank you!

Some news from last year:

Under the BIG concrete staircase

Day 2: Coil Pots

Pottery Club: Happy Kids

From cube to lidded box

The cube

Check out the student work at the bottom of this page. Fantastic things

 

The Pirate Tour: A Treasure Chest!

Coming again to Ruoholahti: A REAL Pottery Workshop!

Register today. Space is limited.

4 Tuesdays in a row! Ceramic Handbuilding 101 Workshop with Suzanne

I will be returning for the third time with my pottery studio to the Finnish American Kindergarten! It’s another chance for your children to participate in real ceramics workshop without bringing them after a long day of work!

 

It’s a Pirate Tour! The children will make treasure chests and coins to fill them with. Using the book How I Became A Pirate by Author as inspiration, we will make treasure chests using the clay slab technique. We will glaze the items during the last week. The Treasure Chests will be delivered to the kindergarten two weeks after the completion of the workshop.

Here is the schedule of fun:

Day 1: Rolling slabs, we will prepare the pieces of the treasure chest and add texture.
Day 2: We will attach the walls like a box. Tops and bottom. Adding holes for string hinges.
Day 3: Everyone will make personalized coins!
Day 4: We will glaze our wares.

Projects will be ready for pick up at school two weeks after workshop.

Cost: 64€ (includes VAT)

What: A REAL ceramics workshop with Suzanne
Where: FinnAm Kindergartens

When: 4 Tuesdays in a row Aug. 22, Sept. 19, or Nov. 8.

 

Where: Ruoholahti FinnAm

Who: 4.5 yrs.

Cost: 64€ (includes VAT)

Registration is taken by SMS ONLY.

HOW TO REGISTER: TO SIGN UP:
Please send an SMS to me, Suzanne, at 041 517 7096. Include your kindergarten location, your child’s name, birthday, your name and email address, Yes to photos.

Photos will occasionally be taken and posted on my website www.niilovilla.com.  Please confirm your approval. Happy kids doing art. Everyone loves it.

Example:
Kamppi, Billy Doughnut, 5 yrs, Samuel Doughnut, sam.doughnut@gmail.com. Yes to photos.

Registration is only complete after SMS has been confirmed. Thank you!

Invoices will be sent immediately directly to you via NiiloVilla Studio TMI and not through the school. 

Make a Mug or Two Workshop

June 10: Make A Mug or Two Workshop

Beginning Handbuilding 101

Come make a stoneware mug (or two) on June 10. We will use a slab technique and press designs into the raw clay. Anyone can do it! Your mugs will be fired to stoneware temps for everyday durability.

Ever wanted to try? Come join me for the adventure.  It’s art, it’s science, it’s therapeutic, but mostly it’s FUN!

June 10 is the last 2nd Saturday Workshop offered at this location. Niilovilla will be relocating in Hyvinkää over the summer. 🙂

MAKE A MUG OR TWO
10-14.00. SATURDAY June 10

64€

Please bring soled inside shoes to minimize tracking clay dust.

If you have a craft apron, you are welcome to bring it along.

Eat breakfast and be prompt!  There will be a coffee short break when we choose our glazes, but assume you will not want to stop!

Morning Session: 10:00 – 14.00
Make A Mug or Two Workshop

Afternoon Session: 14.00 – 16.00 Glazing for students of previous workshops.

Reservations required. Maximum 6.

Come do something different!

GLAZING: Choose your glaze from Botz Glazes and I will order it for you. After your project has been dried and bisque fired, you return to glaze the following month.

Previous 2nd Saturday Workshops

February 11 – A Yarn Bowl
March 11 – A Little Cookie Jar
April 8 – Another Fantastic Yarn Bowl
May 13 – Slab Work Pots or Yarn Bowl

FEES: 64€ plus your chosen glazes 8-15€ from Botz Glazes

TO REGISTER:

Send SMS text to Suzanne at 0415177096 with the following:

Name of workshop, full name, email address for invoice. Yes to internet posted photos.

Example: Slab bowl, Moxy Freefoot, onceuponatime@gmail.com Yes

Registration is complete only after official confirmation by Suzanne!

Workshop invoice will be sent via email and due immediately. Glaze fee due upon glazing. Thank you.