Gorder, who teaches Ceramics I and Ceramics II at JJC, said no experience in working with clay is necessary to make these bowls since participants won't be using the potter's wheel. Instead, they will drape slabs of clay over a plastic mold, he said.
"They can add texture to them and glaze them after that," he added.
Gorder noticed from past bowl-making events in February and March (the March group actually made 22 bowls, Gorder said), some of the participants were hesitant about tackling clay for the first time. But when they saw others felt the same, a sense of camaraderie developed.
"There's always an innate sense of fear at having to perform," Gorder said. "And so when you go into a group of an expectation of having to make something, everyone gets a little nervous.
"But when no one's done it and everyone is at the same level of experience, it makes it a little more fun."
Even those with past experience felt at ease.
"Individuals who hadn't worked with clay in 15 years said, 'I just had to come out and work with clay again,'" Gorder said.
It didn't take long for attendees to smile and engage in conversation with each other, he said. And many were quite and happy and surprised with their results.
"Everyone left with smiles on their faces," Gorder said. "It's been a lot of fun."
Teaching 3D art in the age of 3D printers may sound high tech, but 3D art also includes mastering methods of that include wire, plaster, wood and found objects, as well as learning how to use a variety of woodworking tools, including hand and power saws.
Navigating a 3D printer is new for Gorder. But since many colleges now have them, Gorder has developed, and still is developing, ways to incorporate it into some of his classes.