The Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery is offering Moose Jaw youth the chance to explore distant cultures and their histories through pottery.
© Justin Crann
A student of the Pottery Around the World program etches textures into the side of her talavera vase. The class was learning about Mexican pottery Wednesday.
“We work with clay every day,” explained Keyanna Burgher, who hosts the Pottery Around the World program, as well as others throughout the season.
“On Monday, we looked at Egypt. (Tuesday) we did Medieval Times,” she noted. “We look at different pottery that is popular within each culture or its history, and (the students) get to make it themselves with the clay we have.”
On Wednesday, the class was learning about and creating pottery from Mexico.
The transition between cultures could be tough, but the trick for the class, Burgher said, was that it immerses students in a different culture each day.
“We choose one day to focus on one culture. (Students) get their mind set in that culture,” she said. “We try to have a snack that relates to that culture, and we’re just working within it and learning about it.”
Every class begins with a slideshow of images about the culture, which Burgher said “is a really good thing” because, being an art class, visuals help each student tap into his or her creativity.
Burgher said the class had been fantastic for the program’s first two days.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “They’re so creative. A lot of them are really artistic, so they get very good results with what they make.
“The best thing is (their designs) all look very different. They all have their own take on what something is,” Burgher added. “The other day we made dragons. Some were cute, and some were scary. It was just awesome to see what the different kids came up with.”