Art by Emily! She was very excited for art camp!
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Yesterday I started my painting class by talking to my students about their pets. Now I've taught lots of art classes and I know that if there is one thing kids love talking about, its their pets!
So to get the kids involved in the process, I chose to paint cats and dogs with them on the first day of class. They very much enjoyed the project. Take a look at our groovy Picasso cats and funky colorful dogs.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
"Where are you moving?"
Finally, the search over!
Bear Hands hopes to be completely moved into our new location, 1208 Pollock Street, by Mid August. We would love to be able to hold our Student Art Show in our new store so that you can celebrate this transition with us.
Its been a long search, and we are so thankful for the support that you have shown us for this transition.
1208 Pollock Street
Our lovely new location will be on Pollock Street, right beside the Ghent Sandwich Shop! We are excited to be able to get in there and make it our own. This was my personal favorite location out of the buildings that we were looking at.
"What about the frame shop?"
The Framing Ladies will be moving "Ballentyne Framing and Art" to 220 Craven Street, across the street from Mitchel's Hardware. They' will be moving their business in June. We are so excited for them!
"What is Bear Hands going to be?"
Bear Hands Art Factory is going to continue to be a fully equipped, growing, thriving pottery studio. The studio will offer memberships, kind of like a gym, and new classes for members and non-members. We will still be able to provide potters in the community with quality clay, glazes, and tools. We hope that this new studio will attract more potters to the New Bern area, and draw in renowned potters to teach classes and workshops.
We will also have a large classroom where I will be teaching art classes for kids of all ages. Over the years, I have seen a need for art classes for younger children, so I hope to create programs for kids starting at age 3, and to run more classes, painting workshops, and events.
We will also be hosting some wonderful "Painting and Wine" events for adults on Friday and Saturday Nights! I am thrilled to welcome Sandy Bruno and Beth Conley to our teaching team to teach these fun painting events.
We will also be teaching painting parties for kids on Saturday Afternoons for kids and young people!
As always, thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we grow our business to better serve the needs of New Bern's art community.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
We invest a lot of money in our artwork, and rightfully so! But there's no reason to spend more than you have to. Here are some starting tips to help you keep more money in your pocket when you sell your work.
Save your scraps! Potters who use Pug Mills save huge amounts of scrap clay from hand building, trimming, and throwing. Pug mills make it possible to re-hydrate all of those icky, dried out scraps of clay that you would otherwise just throw away! Since clay can get expensive, we don't want our members to have to do that. That's why we will be buying a Pug Mill for our pottery studio!
2. Make "Mystery Glazes"
Stop throwing away the last bits of glaze because its "not enough to use on anything." You can recycle glaze remnants by making "mystery glazes."
Combine glazes of the same firing range to create unique, experimental glazes.
Making mystery Glazes is not only a great penny-pinching strategy, its also good for the environment! Glazes are full of trace elements that are not very healthy for our water, so keeping them out of landfills is a plus for the green-minded potter (and the baby sea turtles)!
3. Learn About the Kiln
Investing a little bit of time and energy into learning the details of the firing process can save you a lot of pots! When you know how to load and fire your kiln properly, you could save a lot of art work. We will be offering free firing lessons for members at our new pottery studio in august.
4. Re-purpose Tools
Find creative ways to make your own pottery tools and invent things to suit your needs. re-purpose miscellaneous items into pottery tools. Dental tools make good carving and texture tools. Junk credit cards and gift cards can be cut to make unique ribs and forming tools The list goes on!
5. Preserve your Green-Ware Properly
If you are a busy person, it can be hard to get into the studio at just the right moment in the drying process to catch your green-ware. A lot of pieces may get wasted because they died out before you were ready.
You can extend the life of your green-ware by extending the drying time of your clay. Clay should be stored in a cool, moist environment. Store your green-ware in thick bags, and keep them out of the sun and heat.
Keeping you clay in an airtight container, such as an old refrigerator, or a cooler keeps your clay workable for much longer.
6. Commit to Your Artwork
When you commit to year of studio membership, you will be able to buy all of your clay and glazes at wholesale price plus shipping. That's about half off of what you may be currently paying.
If you're dedicated to your work, and you use a lot of clay and glazes, then our year-long membership is a great way to save hundreds. For more information about our Pottery Studio Memberships, visit our Pottery Studio Page.
Friday, May 24, 2013
All children are artists. It's a part of their natures. But sometimes its hard for children to express their artistic natures. It's like the artist inside them gets lost in tornado of academics, school policies, video games, and never-ending homework.
But you are a parent. You know that somewhere inside your kid, there's still the two-year-old Picasso who "embellished" your walls with his crayons.
If you want to help your kids develop and explore their creative natures, polish their natural skills, and become more creative, then they need to have access to real art materials, genuinely helpful instruction, and confidence that they are artists.
Unfortunately in most school systems, this kind of instruction is no longer available. According to artsnc.org, art education grants in North Carolina were recently cut by almost $1,000,000.
This is exactly why I feel that the classes offered at Bear Hands are so important to a complete education. At Bear Hands, the kids are exposed to genuine art materials: our students use the same paints that our professional artists buy. They paint on the same canvases, they experiment with the same hot new mediums.
When I was in my early teens, (I'm the blond girl in the pink shirt in the picture above) I participated in a student art show at the Craven County Library with some of the other students at our store. I was so amazed and excited to see my painting, something that I made, on the wall of the library for everyone to admire. I will never forget how it felt to actually have someone ask me if they could buy my work.
We offer a variety of different art classes throughout each summer, and each school year. Our After School classes meet once every week, on Fridays at 4pm. We even have home school classes that meet at 1:30pm. We teach art history classes, pottery classes, wheel classes, painting, drawing, mixed media, and more. We are constantly working to develop more classes for students.
We also offer student art shows for summer camp students, and year round students. (This summer, our student art show will be on August 10th!) Student art shows are great opportunities to help students see themselves as artists.
Hundreds of students take classes at Bear Hands each year, and I have been blessed and amazed to watch them blossom as artists and gain confidence in themselves as creative people.
That's why Bear Hands is going to focus on developing our kids classes more than ever this year. Sign your kids up for one of our summer camps or our After School programs.
Help them become the artists that you know they can be.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Trust me, she's a great teacher. I know because she home schooled me for ten years!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I'm looking for an enthusiastic teacher to come teach our Friday and Saturday night Painting events. I need someone who can really engage people in painting in a simple, step-by-step process. The people taking these classes aren't going to be artists. They are just people who want to enjoy the painting process and make something beautiful for their homes or for their friends. They like to bring wine or beer to these events, so I need a teacher who is comfortable with that.
We've held lots of these parties before, and we have a lot of paintings that are quite popular. If you could learn some of these paintings and teach them, that would be fantastic! But there will also be plenty of opportunity for you to design your own unique paintings for these parties.
Now you won't really be an employee, but a contractor. This is better than an employee, because we will be able to afford to pay you more. Instead of paying you by the hour, we will pay by the student.
This may mean that you have to invest some time in "pounding the pavement" a little bit and drumming up some business for yourself. You wont be on your own, of course. Bear Hands is excited to offer these classes again, so you can be sure that we will advertise them as much as possible.
We want to start by scheduling two classes a week, from 6-8pm on Fridays and Saturdays. If you have a lot of people, we can get you a helper, so don't be afraid of classes of 20 people or more. And the more private parties you book, the better you get paid. We will provide you with the materials for your classes, and the space to teach them.
But I need to hear from you very soon. We have almost picked a new location for our business and we are already building our fall class schedules. If you are insterested in this job, and if you think your presence in this company will help us grow and create a welcoming, creative, fun environment, then please email me your resume (or just a summery of your qualifying experience is fine) and a short cover letter. Or give me a call.
Thank you! I hope to hear from you very soon!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Come down to the North Carolina History Center on Saturday, June 1st for the Fifth Annual Eastern Carolina Pottery festival! Many of our local potters will be there selling their work.
Come by the Bear Hands Art Factory booth and enter a drawing to win a private Pottery Lesson with Shelley Mathiot ($70 Value). You can also get information about membership benefits of our new studio!
The Festival will be held from 9am-5pm at 529 South Front Street, New Bern, North Carolina.
Our Schedule of Classes
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I want our students at Bear Hands to have the same kind of opportunity. This art show is free entry for anyone who participates in our Summer Camps. We want to hold the show at our new location, although we are not sure yet where that will be! Stay tuned in to our email newsletters, blog, or website to find out.
I'm excited to see the artwork that our kids will produce in these classes.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Materials at Bear Hands are 50% off for the next two weeks with this Customer Loyalty Discount Card. We want our loyal customers to have the chance to get any materials they want before we start to advertise our liquidation. So come on in during our two week sale and get the materials you need!
Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to find out about our new location!
~Hannah C. Mathiot
Sunday, May 12, 2013
We will still be serving the New Bern community, and we are very hopeful about the new changes in our business. I will be adding more classes during the school year for both home school students and after school students. I want to add classes for young students ages 4-6, and kids' painting party events.