In December of 2014 my friend and ceramist, Olivia Brooks designed a free ceramic and felting workshop for an after school program at Molly Stark elementary in Vermont.
Molly Stark did not have the funds to run any after school art program for their students. Olivia and I wanted to utilize our resources and share our skills with the elementary school students to encourage the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit.
By the end of the 2 week workshop, the kids had collaborated to make a felted table runner and made individual ceramic plates and bowls.
The objective was to share family recipes with a celebratory potluck once they made the tableware. Dishing it Out was a project that sparked my passion in collaborative projects with social practice in art.
Pictured before the class sat down with family and friends to enjoy one another recipes.
Each student felted their own tapestry individually. To make it a collaborative table runner, each work was sewn together. After the meal, the table runner was hung in the entryway of Molly Stark Elementary.
Students learned about the Japanese resist dyeing technique, shibori, which produces patterns on fabric.
Once their shibori pieces were done, students learned how to embroider. Some chose to embroider a title onto their collaborative recipe books. Others chose to embroider free hand designs.
This image displays a final product of one book- the student embroidered #FAMILY
Olivia taught students how to carve out plates. After, the students etched in patterns.
When students were done, Olivia Fired them herself.
Olivia also taught students how to build ceramic bowls without using the wheel.