Kiln kindly donated by The Cowley Endowed School Foundation

Kiln kindly donated by The Cowley Endowed School Foundation

Thanks to the kind donation of a brand new kiln from The Cowley Endowed School Foundation, our school are now able to offer 3D ceramics classes for all students.

Stella Thorold from The Cowley Endowed School Foundation visited this school this term to meet students and see the new kiln in operation as well as view examples of their ceramic work.

All students in Years 7 to 9 study Art & Design on the school curriculum and students in Years 10 and 11 can choose to study GCSE Art & Design, so this will ensure the whole school benefits.

Having a kiln on the school site is already sparking creativity among our students and helping them unlock their potential by being able to use this medium.

The benefits of ceramics for our students include:

  • Creative Process: There are both physical and mental benefits of self-expression through 3D creation, it enables improvements in flow and spontaneity, encourages self-expression which in turn bolsters confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improving Focus and Mindfulness: Allowing the mind to relax and expand when expressing creativity allows us to expand who we are and how we connect to the environment, placing us in the present.
  • Exploring and Experimentation: There is no right or wrong way in ceramics, which allows relaxed freedom and is a great leveller.
  • Kinaesthetic Learning: The sense of touch is of high importance and hands in purpose of creativity actively reduces stress levels, clay work also promotes joint movement, dexterity and fine motor skills.
  • Sociability: Ceramics rouses mental activity as much as physical and is a perfect way for people to expend their energy internally. Working with clay promotes a great atmosphere within a group allowing relaxed silence and easy chatter.
  • Historical C: Archaeological digs have finds from civilizations long past and some of the most well-preserved artefacts are of pottery. Understanding the history surrounding pots whilst creating your own memory in pottery creates a tangible link across time.
  • Joy: Clay is messy and squishy and fun … working with clay is a joy regardless of age or ability.
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