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Ceramics: Chris Strecker

Description:

Chris Strecker, who declared a forestry major in college, remembers the initial artistic inspiration that came from visiting a ceramics class. Thirty years later, she continues to create pieces that she hopes “go directly into the kitchen” for daily use. As she demonstrates working with the potter’s wheel, she talks about the process, from shaping the clay to glazing and firing the finished product.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about the artist’s methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion. (See the “Making Art” section of the binder for activities that use this medium or are based on the artist’s ideas and approaches to art.)
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the functional versus expressive purposes of art.
  • Compare and contrast Strecker’s approach to ceramics with Wayne Ferguson’s approach (from the “Ceramics” segment on Through Artists’ Eyes).
  • Use as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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