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Medalta announces first virtual series

Posted on 5 March 2021 by Contributed

Expand your love of pottery, heritage, and knowledge from the comfort of your own home with your friendly neighbourhood experts!

Have you stopped by Medalta’s museum but always seem to *just miss* a pottery demo?

Here is your chance to catch a digital demonstration of clay processes used from over 100 years ago.

Have you always been curious about that old butter churn you got from grandma? How old is it really? This series of virtual events will scratch all of those itches. These events are ‘pay what you will’ and proceeds will help Medalta to continue keeping their museum and programs in the very best of shape (for a dusty old pottery factory, that is). These events are for all ages.

March 12th from 2-3pm— 5-gallon Crock Demo with Lisa Miklash

The Weeks Machine was patented in 1909 and allowed Jiggermen to create large sized crocks here at Medalta. Years ago, Medalta dusted off this bad boy and started research to learn how to use it once again. Today, their Jiggerwoman, Lisa, is a pro, and has taught many hands the art of crock making. Join them for a virtual demonstration of the historical technologies still used today, along with a question and answer period at the end. 

March 13th from 1-2pm — Clay Processing Tour with Alice Osmond

Follow Alice through the oldest and most original corners of the Medalta Potteries National Historic Site. Get an explanation of the machinery that kept Medalta in the clay, from blungers to slip tanks to pebble mills. This is a great virtual tour for those who have never been to the museum, or those who have had a tour through Medalta but still have questions about the machinery on display, along with a question and answer period at the end.

March 19th from 1-2pm — Jiggering and Casting Demo with Lisa Miklash

Lisa is back with another demonstration of ceramic processes! Jiggering was the most prestigious and well paying job in the factory back in the 1900’s. Jiggermen were paid per piece, so they would hire runners from their wage to be able to turn more product. Slip casting was used with liquid clay to create pieces that were a more irregular shape than those on the Jigger machine. Not to worry if you’re not sure what we’re talking about, Lisa will show you everything that you need to know in this demonstration! Followed by a question and answer period. 

March 20th from 1-2pm — Ask an Expert with Susan McKinnon

Folks, here’s your chance! Do you have some burning questions about your antique ceramics made in Southern Alberta? Medalta’s Collection Manager is here to help you learn what your object is, when it was made and how it was used historically. Additionally, if you have questions about caring for your antiques, they can help you with that too.

For ‘Ask an Expert’, all registrants will receive a link to submit questions and photos of your objects via email in advance of the session. Please ensure all photos submitted include any stamps or markings.

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