Sunday, April 10, 2011

Studio Saga Vol. 3: The Teaching Aspect

A quick post before I run off to bed. It has been a while since I have written anything regarding the future studio, mostly because there has not been much to write about. Recently, though, I have made a small amount of headway on the teaching front. I contacted a local community college about offering a pottery class in their continuing education program. It was actually way back in January when I first contacted the program director; he said to wait until mid March and send him my resume and such. Done
So now I have talked with him a couple time via the computer box and he seems very interested in offering a pottery course. Apparently they used to have one, but for some reason no longer do. I also contacted the full time ceramics instructor at the school to discuss studio issues. She was not in when I called so now I am eagerly awaiting her reply.
As I think I said before, the original idea was to offer classes in my own studio, but I think the start up costs (space, insurance, utilities, equipment, etc) are a bit much at this time. Hopefully teaching at the community college will work out so I can supplement whatever studio income I can generate. Then I can build the studio up a little at a time and offer my own classes some time in the future.
Ok, that is all for now. I will see if I can scrape some time together tomorrow to rant about mass production.


  1. people always LOVE continuing ed pottery classes---despite record numbers though our UNI is trying to sh!tcan ours....good luck my man :)

  2. I hope this works out for you, so many folks love the classes and it is a definite need in every commmunity, sorry to see in Gary's comment above about them trying to cancel those in his neck of the woods.

  3. Continuing education pottery is such a great community service. Clay seems to make such a connection with people. I hope it works out for you.

  4. Thanks for the support. And I know what your mean about clay connecting with people. It seems that everyone who tries it enjoys SOME aspect of it. Even people who claim to be no good at art seem to enjoy working with clay. I think it might have something to do with the perceived permanence of ceramics. When they are finished they have something solid they can hold in their hands, something they can use as opposed to "just lines or paint on paper."