Starting my “Pottery” Experience

For my learning project, I have decided that I am going to be learning the skills to create air dry clay art. I have always wanted to try actual pottery, but before investing in taking classes I figured I would dip my toe in the water with air dry clay. What a perfect time to do so!

I have always been interested in pottery. One of my neighbours growing up was a full time artist. She specializes in realism painting, but she also had a room in her house dedicated to her pottery creations. I remember the first time she showed me this room, I immediately wanted my turn with the pottery wheel, but after watching Monnel get a clump of clay started on the wheel I felt too intimidated to try. I loved listening to her share her stories with some pieces she created, how difficult or easy the process was, what inspired her, and so on. 15 years later I am finally taking the time to see if this would be something I would enjoy!

This is a screenshot of a post from a Facebook page that features the artist I spoke of. Monnel is extremely talented!

I have the absolute bare minimum experience when it comes to working with working with clay, so I am going to be starting at the basics before I attempt to make a project. I have created a checklist of the skills I need to learn, as well as supplies I will need to create.

Checklist of Supplies:

  • Air dry clay
  • sculpting tools
  • “Mod-Podge” or sealant for preserving
  • food colouring or clay dye to add colours

Checklist of Skills/Techniques:

  • basic shaping techniques
  • proper kneading and handling
  • joining pieces together
  • smoothing
  • adding details and texture
  • proper drying/sealing

I plan to create small projects like jewellery dishes, small trays, etc. until I have the skills somewhat mastered. Once I have completed this, I want to try to create some sort of small sculpture or a vase perhaps, I just haven’t decided yet!

Looking forward to reading all your learning project posts!

Scroll, Click, Repeat: Technology and Me

For myself scrolling time is usually leisurely. Others in the class inspired me to look at my screen time report, it was terrifying. According to my phone, I spend about 6-7 hours on it daily. My most used apps are Tiktok, Snapchat, and YouTube Music. I do use my phone a lot to take notes for class. I find that usually when I get all settled to get some work done I usually forget to grab my laptop, so I just read Power-Points, notes, etc. on my phone.

I have tried using apps to help myself stay organized and on task, but I usually find that I forget that they exist, or I just end up deleting it. I have a Google phone, so Google Assistant is quite handy to remind me of appointments, bills, and other tedious things to remember. My tried and true method though is just a large desk calendar. It has been the only thing that really keeps me on track. I do use my notes app to keep track of due dates and such until I can write it on my calendar. If anyone has any suggestions for a great planner app that would be greatly appreciated!

TikTok is my biggest distraction, I sometimes catch myself scrolling for an hour or more straight when I definitely have other more important things to do. I find that if I “reward” myself with 15 minutes of mindless scrolling after I complete a task that helps. Sometimes, (more often than not) I get stuck “doom scrolling” and accidentally waste a good portion of time. I sometimes use the built in app locker on my phone, but then I will just disable it and continue scrolling. I have actually considered getting myself a phone jail, which is exactly what it sounds like. It seems extreme, but I truly think I would benefit from it.

Being honest, I am still trying to find that perfect balance of screen time. I think I have improved somewhat on staying focused when doing school work, but I would like to discover more strategies on how to improve my likeliness to be distracted.

Thanks for reading!

 

Just a Quick Hello!

Hi everyone!

My name is Kendra. I am originally from Carrot River but now reside in Moose Jaw with my boyfriend, Tyler, our dog, Lottie, and our cats Louie and Uzi. When I am not doing classwork, I am usually completing random little projects in our home or out exploring with Lottie. I am going into my third year of the Pre-K to 5 education program, but I first started attending U of R in 2016 enrolled in the pre-social work program. I realized that social work was not what I wanted to do, so I took a year off, and then completed a hairstyling program. I knew that I always wanted to work with children, and whenever I got to have a kid in my chair at school it always brightened my day. Flash forward, I am very happy that I made the decision to come back to the U of R and I cannot wait to begin my teaching career!

I created this e-portfolio in my first year and have not really done much with it since so I am excited to dive back into it! I am getting closer to the end of my program and I cannot wait to give my page a refresh as well as learn some new tips and tricks. As for my experience with educational technology, I really don’t have much. I am a fan of taking online classes and have taken quite a few, but other than I really don’t have much experience. Though I don’t know much about the topic I am eager to learn and excited to use my new skills in my future classroom! I also do not have much for blogging experience, but so far I don’t think I mind it too much. I really like that we are able to create and personalize a space for us to share our work as I think it makes homework more fun!

When trying to upload my photo found at the end of this post, I was having troubles getting it to the proper size to upload. If you use Google devices and are having the same issues I found thisĀ forum post to be quite helpful. The app, Snapseed, is free and really easy to use!

Looking forward to reading everyone’s posts,

Kendra

My pets Uzi, Lottie, and Louie.