Clay in the Classroom & Community

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A One-day, Full-on
Professional Development Program
9:30 AM-9:30 PM • Saturday, February 17, 2018
$120 includes a certificate for 9 clock-hours of PD

This workshop is open to 20 teachers on a first come-first served basis. If you have registered for Clay in the Classroom, you may also register for any two Sunday hands-on workshops (one at 9-10:30 and one at 11-12:30) for $15 each.

Lodging: Embassy Suites has a special rate for Saturday only for this conference of $109. Click Here: Use code ACC when booking your room.

Clay in the Classroom - Agenda

Ongoing from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday - and well-worth visiting: Vendors, Artist Market, Participant Exhibition, and Student/Professor exhibition in the train station across the street

 9:30-10:30 AM - Check in quickly! Observe featured presenters Akira Satake and Didem Mert demonstrating and discussing their creative processes

 10:30 – 11:30 - Kristin C. Law & Joey Brackner – Face Jugs of Alabama
Discover the artistic and cultural history of Alabama’s face jugs, then learn how to hand build your own small, personally symbolic piece. Joey Brackner will provide extensive visuals and share some historical works from his personal collection. Kristin Law will lead participants in hand building, developing symbolism to tell a visual story, techniques for sculpting facial features and symbolic additions, and conclude with a discussion of various finishing techniques. Participants will gain insight in conveying the “spirit” of who their face jug represents and what their jug might contain. (Alabama History, Social Studies, Visual Art, English Language Arts, Alabama Bicentennial Related)

11:30-12:30 - Return to main hall to observe artistic progress by Akira Satake and Didem Mert

 12:30-1:00 - Lunch (included in registration)

1:00-1:30 - Observe featured presenters Larry Allen and Chandra Debuse demonstrating and discussing their creative processes

1:30 – 2:30 - C. A. “Cat” Traen – Clay as Cultural Community Connector
Hear it from a winner! Cat Traen is the 2017 winner of the Making A Difference in Ceramics Award from the International Ceramic Artists Network (ICAN) for her work in positively impacting people and her community through ceramic arts. She will connect ideas of working with her local community to building a global community, all through the love of clay. She will highlight her recent experiences in travel to India, and will provide guidance on how to empower your teaching through domestic and international educational travel opportunities.

2:30-3:00 - Return to main hall to observe artistic progress by Larry Allen and Chandra Debuse

 3:00-4:00 - Carve a Community Brick with Meredith Knight
The Alabama Clay Conference is so fortunate to receive a donation of 500 greenware bricks from the Acme Brick Company. Clay Conference Steering Committee member and artist Meredith Knight will inspire and connect you with several subtractive carving methods. You will receive two bricks of your own, as well as some to leave with us for placement in a public wall to be installed at Montgomery's Riverfront Park. Take the bricks and ideas back with you and see how you might apply such a project in your own community, whether a school or shared installation in your town. Drying and firing suggestions will be included. If you sign up for this workshop, bring some heavy duty metal tools; old, round-ended table knives work great, but bring anything else you believe might work. It'll be bricktastic! (Alabama History, Social Studies, Visual Art, English Language Arts)

 4:00-5:00 - Return to main hall to observe artistic progress by Larry Allen and Chandra Debuse

 Dinner on your Own – Grab a quick bite and then drive 8 miles East for Raku Event

 5:00 – 8:00 Standing Room Only – Raku Firing at AUM - Ever wonder what RAKU is all about? Carpool with your besties to the Raku Event at Auburn University, Montgomery to observe and better understand the process. Any intrepid teachers looking for a challenge, please attend! Teaching artists will be available to help you decide how you can raku with your students.

 8:30-9:30 - T-Shirt Modification Party
Purchase a T-shirt and come to the place where you can learn ways to style your garment to a “T!” Join the super-talented Sheri Schumacher, along with Steering Committee member and artist, Maya Blume-Cantrell, as they lead us to cut and "fancify" our T-shirts. This "T-shirt modification free-for-all" will be held immediately in advance of our T-shirt fashion show where everyone who participates (that means YOU!) will be a winner. Keep this in mind as you select your size. Most methods will involve cutting, and some might involve light hand-stitching. You may need that X-tra fabric in a 2X-T!