Teacher Update - Cynthia Quesenberry, Metal Clay Artist April 15 2020, 0 Comments
We asked our teachers what they have been doing during the quarantine
Before the corona virus pandemic, I was working as a full-time Art Teacher for Suffolk Public Schools, and had several Silver and Copper classes on my calendar from March through December. Now the Public Schools are closed, metal clay classes are cancelled through May (and probably will be for June too)…sigh. I miss my elementary school students and the enjoyment of teaching metal clay classes. I tearfully took all my bags of metal clay supplies, and several kilns to my backyard studio for storage. Will just have to wait this out. I will be so happy to return to the Bay School when this is all over.
What I am doing now: I am still employed, and spend my days checking emails and answering questions that come up through the school system. I have a Google Classroom for Art and I post lessons, You Tube videos and Kahoot activities to my students who have access to a computer. I’m on my fourth week of this and it’s no fun.
What I am Working on Now:
In January of this year (pre-pandemic) I was fortunate to take a silver clay class with Master Artist Lora Hart. That was a real treat. The challenge was to construct a hollow form inspired by ancient amphorae. Think of the shape of a Greek urn…only jewelry sized…
The technique was very challenging. I built my form over a solid base, cut it off of the base in two pieces, and put it back together. That alone was a true challenge. Once I did all of that, I faced another challenge to design/ decorate it, build a lid, and design a way to make it wearable. Not sure if this will be a wearable piece, or a fancy vessel…. It is not finished…Ideas?
Cindy is offering some great classes at the Bay School! Use this link to see what she has on our calendar through the end of the year. https://bayschoolarts.asapconnected.com/StaffDetails.aspx?pk=70078
See some of Cindy's beautiful work in our gallery with this linkhttps://www.bayschool-arts.com/collections/precious-metal-clay-jewelry-by-cynthia-quesenberry