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I found this article while searching the internet and I think it is a wonderful idea to help poverty stricken and kids with learning disabilities.
At the Buffalo City School District many of the students are considered at risk for learning due to severe behavior and emotional problems.
For the most part, their survival mode behaviors and habits are a product of living in impoverished homes without educationally supportive parents, guardians or role models.
At a public school in Buffalo, New York, 96% of students are minorities and 98% of students are eligible for the New York State Free Lunch Program.
A few years ago a small pottery wheel program was started up through a grant from the Allentown Village Society.
They had seven pottery wheels but hardly enough clay to satisfy the high demand of students who were interested in participating.
Many students who have used the pottery wheels have admitted that the experience helps them to relax and rid themselves of built up anxiety.
In addition, making pottery provides them with a unique and memorable art making experience.
Numerous research studies have shown that students who are active in art and music activities become more motivated to excel in core content areas such as Math, Science and English.
Most importantly, some of the students just needed to participate in something that they could enjoy and succeed in.
In the past year this pottery program has been used as a motivational strategy for individuals who have difficulty focusing on their work or have behavior challenges.
It is a "if you do this, then you get that" approach.
Most of the kids really want to participate in the making pottery experience, so the effort and behavior incentive has proven to work very well.
I can't remember exactly what the saying is, but it went kinda like this, an idle mind is the devils workshop.
Anyway something like that, but this program looks like it makes the saying more believable.
I personally think that every community should have a program like this.
A program like this could well be funded by private donations, so as not to use up much needed school monies.
I bet there are people out there, either professional or hobby pottery or ceramic artists that would be willing to help guide the youngsters that would like to participate.
|A mother's patience is like a tube of toothpaste, it's never quite all gone.
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Have you ever come up with a good idea while
working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it
with others? You have? Well, why not send it
to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.
Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby
that produces fun and satisfying results. For many
people it's an enjoyable release that is created
by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful
work of art that you made through your artistic
The best way of starting out is to take a few
lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit
in materials when you first get started. Figuring
out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly
and shape into what you want it to be can be
quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal
shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon
see which ones you like to use the most and then
when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.
With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your
ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well
supplied dealers and yet working with reliable
ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders
within a timely manner.
When you get all set up, just enjoy the
hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty
serious and start selling their creations at craft
fairs and small stores, but others just like
to create items for themselves, relatives, and
friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you
desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have
fun doing it.