September 18, 2010

glazedOver Clayground at the Sayville Library


This past week, I taught a kids clay class at the Sayville Library and it was so much fun. The title of the program was “Back to School with the Clayground” and we made pencil holders out of air dry clay.
air dry clay
The reason why we used air dry clay was so that there wouldn’t be the need to fire any of the pieces in the kiln and the kids could bring their work home right away.
 windows on a pencil holder
I brought a few completed examples of different artistic approaches to the design and I showed them to the kids.
tools and materials
Then, once I had illustrated some clay techniques for them using the air dry clay and the tools I had brought, I handed out all of the materials and they got to work.
  hannah's project
The kids had so much fun and their projects came out so cute! I love teaching clay classes to kids. Although the air dry clay we used at the library is not food safe, we use only food safe and lead free clays and glazes in the glazedOver Clayground pottery studio. Our next 8-week session starts October 4th. For more information, check out our flyer or email me at jill[at]glazingOver.com for details.

September 04, 2010

Peeking Over the Fence

Do you see who was hiding between the two fences?
 Bunny between the fences
Bunny!

September 01, 2010

A Visit to Lloyd Manor

Loyed Manor House Sheva and Tali

What do Charles Lindbergh, Billy Joel, Jupiter Hammon and Joseph Lloyd all have in common? Why, Joseph Lloyd Manor, of course!
Joseph Lloyd Manor was built in 1766 in an exquisite spot overlooking scenic Lloyd Harbor. By contemporary standards, it was a luxurious estate with two stories, higher ceilings than in other typical construction of the period, and a full service kitchen.

Interestingly enough though, James Lloyd came by his ownership of the property in a roundabout way. It’s a classic case of being in the right place at the right time. He married the widow who had inherited the land from her conscientious sea captain fiancée who had the foresight to sign prenuptials assigning land ownership to them both before he left and was lost at sea.

Loyed Manor House

What do Charles Lindbergh, Billy Joel, Jupiter Hammon and Joseph Lloyd all have in common? Why, Joseph Lloyd Manor, of course!
Joseph Lloyd Manor was built in 1766 in an exquisite spot overlooking scenic Lloyd Harbor. By contemporary standards, it was a luxurious estate with two stories, higher ceilings than in other typical construction of the period, and a full service kitchen.

Interestingly enough though, James Lloyd came by his ownership of the property in a roundabout way. It’s a classic case of being in the right place at the right time. He married the widow who had inherited the land from her conscientious sea captain fiancée who had the foresight to sign prenuptials assigning land ownership to them both before he left and was lost at sea.

Joseph had four grandsons and it was James Lloyd who eventually erected the house which later came to serve as a major international trade depot. In one of the rooms can be found logs recording transactions and other letters dealing with commerce matters.   

Lloyd Manor accounting room  Lloyd Manor accounting room bureau documents

And what about Charles Lindbergh and Billy Joel, and who was Jupiter Hammon? Charles Lindbergh and Billy Joel were both famous renters of the property who lived there for a period of time. And as for Jupiter Hammon, he was America’s first published black poet and slave to four generations of the Lloyd family. He was granted his freedom, he but declined to accept it and lived in their service until his death.

The gracious curator who gave us our tour allowed the girls to try on some period costumes and pose for a few photographs. Subtract out the flip flops and the Teva sandals and they look quite convincing!