Family Fun: Box Turtle Workshop with Russell Biles, 1 1/2 hours
Your child will paint and decorate their own ceramic box turtle shell while learning about this fascinating creature that has lived in North America for over 15 million years.
Ceramic artist Russell Biles will introduce your child to the history and mystery of the venerable North American box turtle. Biles has studied them in his native Applachia for years and sculpted large box turtles from clay, including two that will be on display in the District Clay Gallery.
Your child will learn how a box turtle mold is made, what slipcasting is and then they will use glazes and underglazes to create their own two part box turtle shells. Each shell will then be fired in District Clay's kilns and be available for pick up within three weeks time.
- Russell Biles's slide show on North American box turtles, their history, their habitat and the threats they face.
- How to create a box turtle mold and what slip casting is.
- Painting and decorating your box turtle shells.
Two workshops on Sat, Oct. 19, 1-2:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm.
Ages 7 -15, adults may also sign up with their kids.
District Clay will supply one bisqued box turtle shell for each participant plus glazes and underglazes for decoration.