So I had the first of my own children's workshops at Camden, it was a fun filled but tiring week of all things clay with 5 - 11 year olds. I crammed in as many techniques as possible and the two messiest things I know; making paper clay and mixing plaster -these were both great for getting the children (literally) stuck in, getting their hands dirty and working together.
We visited one of the current exhibitions at the gallery; Matilde Rosier's 'Necklace of Fake Teeth' where I feature in one of the videos produced as part of a mask wearing 'performance' at the private view. Matilde had been looking at Ritual objects in the British Museum and had created hand painted shell masks, which we took inspiration from and the children created their own masks from paperclay with sprigged decoration.
They all looked amazing!
I am currently running a 10 week, Saturday morning Ceramics techniques for Juniors course at the gallery; where we're making objects from their own imagined civilisations.
Here are some pictures of them before they were fired, also some of the giant's necklace we made as a group to practice joining parts.