The following reflection is by Corey Hacker. Corey joined My Future last September. With great presence, Corey has guided and mentored youth throughout the fall.
December 14, 2012
Creativity is a powerful tool that can be used to achieve ones highest goals. For a young person’s mind, the ability to be creative in a comfortable environment is essential to the learning process. My Future is a place that kids can use their imaginations to create art and feel free to express themselves without the fear of criticism. I very much enjoy being able to help the kids that come to My Future tap into their creativity.
One of my favorite experiences with the program has been teaching the potter’s wheel. The potter’s wheel is a tool that is used to make circular clay pots. The wheel takes a specific skill set to operate successfully. The kids are taught step by step how to create using the wheel. The wheel teaches patience and helps the students understand that only through practice and concentration can one perfect the skill of throwing a pot.
The pots that are made with the wheel are then glazed by the kids and fired in a kiln. They are then able to take home their works of art and use them, or give them away as presents. Watching the students end up with a sense of accomplishment is what is really cool about My Future
© David B. Bell 2012