- helped people throw
- helped people glaze
- helped people grind
- gave advice
- had people watch me do it first and then have them try it
- gave advice with certain glazes
- showed people new glazing techniques
- showed people how to properly use the grinder
- to help others grasp basic concepts that they wouldn't if left alone
- to help others progress faster than they would if left alone
- to help others attain a wider variety of glazing techniques so as to deviate from the solid color glaze meta
- so people don't hurt themselves trying to chip the excess glaze off with their fingers
Over the course of the semester as an Advanced Ceramics student, I opted to spend more time helping beginner students hone their ceramic skills so that they might do the same later on. I've also spent a large amount of my time acting as a TA to Mrs. Heideman by unloading the kilns, helping with her website, making glazes, etc.
When teaching people how to throw, I start by verbally explaining what they're doing incorrectly and what they need to do to fix it. However, more often than not, I will need to teach by example and give them a visual of the correct way to do it and I've found that that is usually the easiest way to go about it. The reason I do this is because I feel that the amount of students in ceramics versus the amount of individual attention each student needs to succeed clashes. The individual attention not only guides those who cannot grasp the basic concepts of ceramics but also allows them to progress at a much faster pace than they would if left to their own devices. So in an attempt to balance it out, I lent my aid to as many people as I could.