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Resources - Review Skills with Videos

Throwing VIdeos

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If you missed a class or just want to review throwing techniques, check out some of these videos! 


Throwing Basics            Pulling a Cylinder                                 Centering 2                    Throwing a Cylinder       

Centering 1                    Throwing a Bowl

Pulling Walls        


Wedging Videos

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Need to brush up on your wedging? Follow these links for a review! 


 

Clay Wedging 101 

Spiral Wedging   

Mug Videos

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Who doesn't love mugs? Watch these videos for practice or inspiration! 



Detailed Mug Throwing Tutorial

Throwing a Coffee Mug

How to Throw a Specific Sized Mug

Vessel and lid Ideas

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Need inspiration for a vessel or lid?  Check out these links for ideas! 


Round Bellied Vase         Flat Lids

Lidded Casserole            French Butter Crock 1

Pour Over Core                French Butter Crock 2


Surface Decorating

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Decoration can change everything! Here are some great ideas for surface decoration.


Decorating With Colored Slip 

Creative Slip Decorating 

Using Wax for Surface Design

Chattering (7:40) 

Glazing Videos

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Follow these links for creative glazing techniques, and s


Glazing 101

How to Glaze Pottery

Other Helpful Links

Artist websites

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Check out these awesome artist's web sites! 


Sarah Pike                        Beth Cavener Stichter

Jennifer Yates                      Larry Richmond 

Jennifer Anable                   Paul Mathieu

Some Girl's Pottery             Wesley Wright

Deborah Schwartzkopf


Bellingham events and venues

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Here are some great local events and galleries where pottery is displayed. 


Good Earth Pottery          MINDPORT               Sunnyland Stomp            SeaFeast Bellingham

Whatcom Museum 

Allied Arts Holiday Festival 

Whatcom Artist's Studio Tour

Allied Arts of Whatcom County



Why Take a Pottery Class

Making Art Tied to Fewer Cognitive Problems in Old Age

A Mayo Clinic study finds decades spent on creative work pay off.

TOM JACOBS · APR 8, 2015


Are you concerned about developing thinking and memory problems in old age?

Research suggests there are ways to increase the odds you will stay sharp, including

mental stimulation, physical exercise, and healthy eating.

A just-published study from the Mayo Clinic points to yet another activity that,

consistently pursued for decades, may be even more effective at warding off cognitive

decline: making art.

The study, which featured 256 people in their mid- to late-80s, pinpointed various

activities that either predicted cognitive impairment or protected against it during the

final years of life. As noted in other studies, an active social life—whether in midlife or in

both midlife and late life—was linked with fewer instances of mild cognitive impairment.

So was late-in-life computer use.

“Long ago, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ was a common expression,” Dr. James

Galvin writes in a comment accompanying the study, which is published in the journal

Neurology. “Perhaps today, the

expression should expand to include painting an apple, going to the store with a friend

to buy an apple, and using an Apple product.”


Since participants reported on their midlife activities as well as what they were engaging

in at the current time, the researchers were able to parse not only which activities

appeared to protect against mild cognitive impairments, but when they were the most

effective.

For instance, engaging in social activities in midlife was linked to fewer memory or

thinking problems, as long as people did so so both in midlife and late in life. The

relatively few people who only began socializing as seniors had cognitive impairment

rates equal to those of people who, as a rule, didn’t engage in social activities at any

point.  In contrast, learning how to use a computer late in life had a highly positive

impact—actually greater than for those who picked up the habit during their middle


years. Perhaps seniors who discovered the joys of surfing the Web provided their brain

with a new form of helpful stimulation.

The number of participants who reported they were artists was relatively small: 45 of

the 265. As a group, they were significantly less likely to suffer from incidents of

cognitive impairment than those who never touched an easel or a piano key.

But the subset of 18 who reported they took part in such activities both in midlife and

later in life (as opposed to stopping in their senior years) did phenomenally well, with

only three reporting incidents of mild cognitive impairment. That 16.7 percent rate

compared to 49.2 percent among those who were not engaged in artistic activities. 

Regularly engaging in craft activities such as woodworking, quilting, or sewing was also

linked with fewer incidents of mild cognitive impairment, as was (to a lesser but still

significant extent) participating in “social activities.” But at least in this population,

those who were engaged in the arts were the least likely to suffer from such problems.

“I really do not know why the results for engaging in the arts are stronger than other

activities,” says lead author Rosebud Roberts. “These activities may all have a role in

keeping brain cells stimulated, and may help develop new neural pathways. Or

continued engagement may enable a person to develop a larger cognitive reserve from

which to recruit alternate brain cells to take over function from cells which no longer

function.”

In any event, these results suggest that behaviors intended to ward off mild cognitive

impairment “may need to begin in midlife and persist throughout late life,” as Galvin

puts it in his commentary. So if you have an itch to start painting or learning a musical

instrument, don’t wait until retirement. Start now.

Findings is a daily column by Pacific Standard staff writer Tom Jacobs, who scours the

psychological-research journals to discover new insights into human behavior, ranging

from the origins of our political beliefs to the cultivation of creativity.

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