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Studio Ceramics Workshop K-12 Teachers

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Scenic City Clay Arts will offer “Studio Ceramics Workshop for K-12 Teachers” on July 8-10, 2019. The 3-day workshop will be open to K-12 arts teachers, administrators, and student teachers. Content will be targeted to clay arts instruction in the arts classroom including training in clay arts practice as well as lesson development for specific grade levels and learning goals and instruction in setting up a ceramics studio.

Workshop content is appropriate for both teachers who have an existing ceramics studio or work area and for those who don’t yet have a space or even the equipment. Led by professional ceramics instructors, Lolly Durant and Carrie Anne Parks, sessions will include hands-on instruction in clay projects, lectures on best practices for classroom studio instruction and management, and inclusive discussions to develop lessons and curriculum that will work for each teacher in your environment.


(content details subject to change)

Day 1

  • Morning - Handbuilding studio practice: Participants will learn types of clay and techniques for handbuilding. They will create a sculptural piece and a vessel.

  • Afternoon - Turning practice into lesson plans: Workshop leaders will present examples and share ideas of turning hands-on practice into lesson plans that can meet classroom learning standards. Participants will be asked to pair up with like grade-levels to identify areas of fit and content that can be best addressed for their students through working with clay. Cross-curricular ideas will also be discussed and encouraged.

Day 2

  • Morning - Glazes and Firing: Learn about glazes - glaze chemicals and mixing, underglazes and painting, glaze safety and cleaning; kiln firing settings, standards and safety.

  • Afternoon - Teachers will dig deeper into their lesson planning ideas from Day 1. They will develop a unit plan of at least 3 lessons for their grade-level(s).

Day 3

  • Morning - Studio setup and Maintenance: Learning best practices for setting up a ceramics studio and workspace in an arts classroom, including safety and cleaning standards and kiln maintenance. This session will be appropriate for both those with an existing ceramics studio to get a refresher on best practice and for those who don’t yet have a studio to gain the knowledge to prepare their school and approach administrators for one.

  • Afternoon - Teachers will share/present their unit plans to the other workshop participants. Participants will provide feedback on each and be asked to identify any specific state or national standards that are addressed.


Carrie Anne Parks is a professional potter and ceramics instructor known for her handbuilding and sculptural work. Carrie Anne’s figurative drawings and ceramic sculptures are exhibited nationally and have been included in numerous books on contemporary ceramics. An NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship in 1994 allowed her to study architectural tile work and sculpture in Italy. Recently, her work has won awards in the Cheongju International Craft Competition in Cheongju, Korea and the Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition in Peoria, IL. In 2015, she relocated to her hometown, Chattanooga, where she has set up a new studio and teaches part-time at Scenic City Clay Arts. Carrie Anne Parks began working with clay at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, where she completed a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing. Following college, she worked as an apprentice to potter Takeo Sudo in Mashiko, Japan. She then earned an M.F.A., with an emphasis in ceramic sculpture, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. In 1982, she joined the faculty of Alma College in Alma, MI, where she taught sculpture, ceramics, 3-D design and drawing.

Olive “Lolly” Durant received her M.A. degree in Studio Art/Education from New York University and B.A. degree in Studio Art/Education from Converse College for Women in Spartanburg, SC. In addition, she completed Post Graduate Studies in Ceramics and Art Education at University of  Tennessee, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Since 1988, Lolly has served as a leader in arts organizations and associations in southeast Tennessee and our region. She has presented in numerous exhibitions and has been instructing all ages in ceramics and arts education since 1993. Lolly, in addition to being a potter and pottery instructor, serves as Arts Education adjunct professor at Lee University.  She holds a Tennessee Certification Professional License in Visual Arts K-12. Lolly’s academic role as an arts advocate, art educator, and a mentor is to train teachers to be rooted in building community. Lolly views the arts as a fundamental means to restore and encourage confidence which leads to motivation and effort, which in turn results in higher achievement. She uses the arts as a communication vehicle to transfer information. She see the arts as an important part of culture that justifies inherent values for freedom of expression and that serves as a tool to help unleash binding barriers and open entry points into academic subjects such as earth science, writing, research, and mathematics.

Registration Fee: $50. This minimal fee helps cover workshop materials AND Includes a one-year membership* to the studio with access to our studio space and ceramics supplies, equipment, 20+ glazes, numerous underglazes, and kiln firings. Members are each provided with one half shelf for personal storage and receive a 20% discount on classes. Additional studio session fees are waived for K-12 teachers when working on or firing student work (within range). You can read more about our membership benefits and policies HERE.

*The one-year membership is for active K-12 teachers. Anyone can attend the workshop, but only active K-12 teachers will receive the membership benefit.

**All participants should bring their lunch. A lunch break will be provided, but all are encouraged to remain in the studio to continue conversations get to know each other. Coffee, hot tea, and water will be available in the studio.

**When you check out using the link above, please include an email address that you will be checking during the summer.

If you have any questions, please contact Joy Key at

This project is funded under a grant contract with the state of Tennessee.  This workshop is made possible by an Arts Education-Teacher Training grant from Tennessee Arts Commission.  You can support Tennessee Arts Commission by purchasing an Arts license plate next time you renew your tags!! More info  HERE .

This project is funded under a grant contract with the state of Tennessee.

This workshop is made possible by an Arts Education-Teacher Training grant from Tennessee Arts Commission.

You can support Tennessee Arts Commission by purchasing an Arts license plate next time you renew your tags!! More info HERE.