For the past three years, Michelle Dreyfuss has toted a vanload of children from Mt. Lebanon to the Union Project, every day for two weeks to take summer clay classes. After setting up the class with Jenna (UP’s Ceramics Program Manager), she invites her daughter’s friends to take the class with them – sometimes bringing as many as seven kids at a time.
This week is maintenenace week at Union Project and volunteers from our community, members of the ceramics cooperative, and our staff are all pitching-in to make UP a more beautiful place to connect, create, and celebrate. The major project: painting the ceramic studio floor! Check out a before and after shot of how our space is transforming below...
Last week I and a number of volunteers and UP staff prepared for, and poured a small concrete slab in the parking lot behind the Union Project along Samantha Way. All this was done in preparation for a second gas kiln which was generously donated to the Union Project by the Manchester Craftsman's Guild this winter.
pictured above: 1)The Kiln being fired in our side yard with gas heat 2)The pots are removed at their highest temp 3) The pots are smoked in paper 4) Sarah being a bad mamma-jamma.
Here at Union Project, our ceramic artists are busy exploring all sorts of different glazing and firing techniques. Just this past weekend Ceramics Cooperative members Sarah and Keith spent time working to master one of the funnier sounding firing techniques, Raku firing.