Project Report from Phil Alatalo, FEF Liaison to Corine Adams’ Ceramic Artists Workshop Project
"On the 28th of October I was invited to join a Zoom meeting with the pottery artist, Lois Hirschberg and Ms. Adams’ Advanced Ceramics Students. Corine asked for permission to purchase a video camera to be used to substitute for the cancelled ‘live’ workshop, which the FEF Program Committee was happy to do. I had previously watched 2 of Corine’s videos of Ms. Hirschberg demonstrating how to make a sagger-fired, non-functional piece of pottery in the Falmouth Artists Guild workshop. The result was two separate videos, filmed very well, clearly explaining the clay process for the students. Ms Hirschberg gave a wonderful demonstration of her technique and offered tips and advice to novice potters. Ms. Adams did a wonderful job at filming, which is not as easy as one might imagine! Sequences that were repetitive were ‘fast-forwarded’ to save time and the resulting product was easily a very handy guide to making pieces that are to be sagger-fired in the kiln.
The Zoom meeting that I attended was a chance for both classes to ask questions of Ms. Hirschberg, having seen the first video. The students were able to ask questions and get more advice; I particularly liked the questions concerning inspiration and choosing various techniques (or the techniques choosing the artist!). Following the Zoom meeting, the class was going to view the second video, which explains how to prepare the assembled art object for firing."