@Mason Pottery for H
@Mason Pottery for Homeschoolers with Jane Burke
Mason Library

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1:30-3pm

Wednesdays Jan 8, 15, 22, 1:30-3:00pm (3 sessions), Pottery  for ages 6-14. Tuition $25 each

Exploring Clay –

Workshop 1 – Material Science- What can clay do? – Make anything you want, any size, see what works and what doesn’t work.

Workshop 2 – Surface Decoration and Firing – Explore the ways you can decorate what you make, colors, textures, shiny or matt. (Older children can make slips and glazes from scratch)

Workshop 3- Native American Ceramics – Using geometry and fractions design and make amazing tiles inspired by examples of authentic Acoma Pueblo pottery to make amazing tiles.

Pick up fired work from the library.

Jane Burke, founding director of Flying Cloud Institute, has been a STEAM educator for 48 years. She discovered her fascination with science at Brandeis where she majored in chemistry, followed by attending Harvard to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching science and a job teaching science to middle schools students in the public schools in Newton MA and Pasadena CA.  While living in London in her late twenties, she studied ceramics at the Stanhope Institute and Ridge Pottery in Somerset. In Melbourne Australia she taught chemistry and ceramics. When she returned to the USA in1977 settled in the Berkshires and began to build a career as production potter but was drawn back into education in 1984 when she founded the non-profit Flying Cloud Institute to provide science and arts experiences for local children. She has been an advocate for providing diverse creative opportunities for children grades K through 12 both within their school day and in out of school time. She has received awards from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and received the Berkshire Award from the Berkshire Museum for outstanding work in education.  In her “retirement” she is delighted to continue to participate in science education in the region through the Berkshire STEM Pipeline Steering Team, providing teacher professional development, classroom residencies in schools, and out school workshops.  She has also reopened Flying Cloud Pottery and is teaching ceramics to children and adults as well as making her own work for local gallery shows.  




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