Contemporary pottery - means and ends

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The current vocational-oriented educational reforms introduced by the P.N.D.C government though laudable is beset with a number of problems such as the lack of specialist teachers in vocational subjects appropriate text-books and other basic materials, technical tools and equipment. Art ii most secondary schools involve drawing and painting with little or nothing said about training in graphic design, sculpture1textiles and pottery. In few cases some cane work and. Tie-dyeing is added to drawing and painting. Though clay, the most abundant art material is available throughout the country, the teaching of pottery at the pre-university level is just inadequate. To alleviate some of these inherent problems, there is the need for improvisation, the target of this essay which provides ideas for producing basic pottery, tools and equipment from local resources. Secondly, it is directed at rekindling student’s interest in pottery especially at the pre-university level. It also examines simple methods of winning clay, its washing and storage as well as accompanying tools and which include locally made potters’ wheels. Fundamental pottery processes suitable for junior secondary school level are described in detail and well illustrated to facilitate understanding. A teacher’s guide to the use of the essay is provided at the end of every chapter. The guide however only serves as resource material for construction on the subject and teachers are at liberty to use it as such.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Art Education, 1989