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 potters wheel, she talks about the process, from shaping the clay to glazing and firing the finished product.
- Use to spark a discussion about the artists 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 artists ideas and approaches to art.)
- Use in conjunction with a discussion of the functional versus expressive purposes of art.
- Compare and contrast Streckers approach to ceramics with Wayne Fergusons 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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