Teaching Artist Spotlight: Joel Edinger-Willson

Please give a warm welcome to Joel Edinger-Willson, NCC’s education technician and a recent addition to our roster of teaching artists! Many of you may have already seen Joel hard at work mixing glazes in the materials room or firing student work in the kiln room. Joel has experience teaching ceramics around the country and made his debut in NCC’s classrooms this spring. His favorite part of teaching is seeing his students grow through their clay journey and helping them to develop their skills and artistic voices. 

Joel is a proponent of “patience, perseverance, and play” in the studio. He recalls a favorite teaching moment when he spent hours of one-on-one time helping a student learn to center clay on the wheel and got witness that beautiful moment when it clicked. Of this experience, Joel says, “It was such a good feeling to see them struggle with this new way of using their body and see them come out the other side successful and excited for what’s next.” 

In his teaching and his own studio practice, Joel says that play is key:
“Personally, I often need to remind myself of that fact and intentionally make space to play around with new ideas and techniques. Playing in the studio is hugely important to keep our work fresh and, more importantly, keep our passion and excitement alive.”

So, keep on playing! And say “hi” to Joel the next time you see him refilling Leach White in the glaze bay.

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