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Profile 2. How to… guides on the blackboard and in the studio, May 2010

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An addition to the “how to” guides is the one on how to glaze. I laminated it so that it can be taken to the workplace, usually by the sink when glazing. I felt that this has been a success because I observed many students testing the thickness in the way the card instructed, and then coming and asking me if I thought it was the right thickness.

One of the main points I have gained from attending the course is being more aware of the student support available across the university for student’s issues or problems beyond my own scope, and helping students to access these if they need to.

Ceramics is a lengthy process with amounts of time waiting for clay to dry, which means it is a very good opportunity for getting to know one’s students and vice versa. The trust builds up by spending time together. I am thinking more about the kinds of environments I can create for the use of the ever-decreasing time in the learning week and how to improve the support and guidance. Particularly vis à vis cross-curricular use of clay. It was interesting to be in Camberwell College recently to see how they have become what they call “resource based” rather than “subject based” and to think about whether our idea to share cross-curricular resources is heading in the same direction.

How to increase cross-curricular use of clay was a concern of mine when I started the PG Cert. Currently I am assisting seven students who are using clay for final show pieces, but none of them have used clay before. I am wondering if this is happening because the head of fine art is encouraging it or whether it is just how it has happened this year. The pedagogy I have learned has helped with this conundrum. I try and ask myself an action research question which will help me find out the answer. I have been encouraged to spend a whole term discussing such issues with my peer group, but am concerned that the subject makes a difference, so not all the theories can apply to us all. I would like (as I mention elsewhere) to find my community of practice amongst the four other ceramic technicians across the University of the Arts.

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Author: pandaji

Ceramic artist, educator

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