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Puppet Club is hard at work every Wednesday getting their big production ready!

Pottery Club: Happy Kids

Pottery Club has been so much fun this term. We have three more meetings before the Holiday break. The Exhibition and Party will be held in the artroom on Tuesday, DECEMBER 13 from 14-15.30. There will be prizes for a variety of categories. It is always a highlight of the year! I will provide beverages…

Winter Lights

Handbuilding Winter Light Saturday, December 10, 2016 Whimsical Winter Candle Holders Or White Twinkle Light Cottage Learn some basic techniques of ceramics in this mini-workshop. Each student will choose between making up to three candle snowmen/angels OR a little candle house. The white earthenware projects will be air dried then fired, then glazed in transparent…

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 room is most often filled with activity and laughter but with…

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 types of materials to create our characters. Last week we practiced…

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 were written on little pieces of pink paper and slid in…

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 snakes around a bowl and the adding some snails for decoration….

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 the wood acts as a gentle wick to remove the water…

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 is made FOR yarn. It is a bowl that holds your yarn…

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!

Good Books and Art on Wednesdays

I love words. I love color. It is natural for me to tie these two loves together and share them with my students. The puppet club has chosen a secret story and we are very excited about what will be happening from now until the Puppet Show in December. But, Shhh, don’t ask about the…

My Töölö pumpkin patch

It was a wonderful morning in Töölö. Two halves became one whole! My pumpkin patch is very bountiful this autumn. Look at those smiling faces.    

Under the BIG Concrete Staircase

We finally met under the BIG concrete staircase! Pottery Club began today with 23 enthusiastic children excited about doing something creative. I was also very excited to meet the new children and see the children who were returning to Pottery Club. Once the talking/listening part was over, the art room was buzzing as the children…

Pumpkin Tour goes to Kamppi!

  A REAL Pottery Workshop! One hour a week for 4 weeks. Ceramic Handbuilding 101 Workshop with Suzanne! TWO WORKSHOPS! THURSDAY AFTERNOONS! On October 27 – November 17 and November 24 – December 15. I will be bringing my pottery studio to the Finnish American Kindergarten in Kamppi for your children to participate in a real…

My Studio Pumpkin Makers

Four of my friends graciously gathered to be my first students in my newly remodeled studio. And while there were no fireworks or ribbon cutting ceremonies, Saturday, August 13 was the first of many Art Workshops that will be offered in my new space. Though all of the decorating details have not been completed, the…

Art Clubs at Opinmäki

INFO about clubs here! Beginning week 34! Look what is happening this year at Opinmäki!  Click here for info about Pottery! Puppets! And the NEW Fiber Art Club! WELCOME! Suzanne

The Pumpkin Soup Tour

A REAL Pottery Workshop! One hour a week for 4 weeks. Ceramic Handbuilding 101 Workshop with Suzanne I am bringing my pottery studio to the Finnish American Kindergartens in Töölö 1 and 2:  4 Wednesday mornings beginning August 24- September 14. in Ruoholahti : 4 Thursday afternoons beginning August 25- September 15. Using the book Pumpkin…

Ida at work.

“There are bugs that hide until there are no people around” she told me. But her bugs walk bravely around the rim of her bowl. The most important part of the work is scoring and using slip to attach all pieces together. Scoring means making lines in the clay. Slip is like glue for clay….

A piggy bank

A piggy bank project from the Pottery Club when it was at Komeetta Koulu. Perhaps a piggy bank is something the Pottery Club will make again next autumn. What do you think?

The Bug Bowl Tour

  Erika indepenently attached all her bugs around the rim of her very big bowl. We had a great day with Matilda and the bug bowl tour. She finished and will glaze tomorrow. Julia’s bugs included a butterfly and the cutiest little worm! Hasan is done with phase one! Elliot has the coil snakes under…