Teaching from the pottery wheel

This is the loveliest reflection on teaching for creativity. Chris Staley from Penn State University sits at his pottery wheel and quietly talks about creativity. The wheel turns around and around, and gradually a teapot emerges from the clay. He shows the power of demonstration as a teaching tool and leading by example.  Staley mentions the problems of fear and self dobut as inhibitors to creativity, and the need for a willingness to play if you want to be creative.

I couldn’t make anything worthwhile with clay during art class at school. Watching Chris Staley work with the clay, though, I can understand why it might be a pleasing medium to work with if you apply yourself with the right attitude and you work in a supportive environment that assumes that you can learn to be creative.

Can you teach creativity? Chris Staley

 

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