Kami Wilt runs Austin Tinkering School. After years of running a preschool as well as teaching art, science, nature, and carpentry classes, she saw Gever Tulley’s TED talk, 5 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do) and realized that Austin needed a tinkering school, stat. Gever Tulley came to visit Austin and he agreed. Now she, also, has had the pleasure of putting power tools in the hands of second graders, and has loved every minute of it.
Visit Kami’s blog: get your mess on!
Emily Hurd has passed the last ten years working with kids of all ages. Highlights of her teaching adventures in the arts are: painting a mural with a neighborhood of kids in Canoa, Ecuador, installing an 8-ft. sculpture in front of the Wortham Theater in Houston with a group of middle schoolers, and doing puppetry with pre-schoolers in Bologna, Italy. But she has had the most fun, by far, in her own backyard, spying on insects and crunching pecans with her two young sons.
Four Corners Tiles: fourcornerstiles.com
Eric Billig continues to challenge perceptions and raise expectations of what is possible with concrete by constantly trying new things and employing new methods in his work. His recent projects encompass everything from wall tiles to fireplace mantles and indoor/outdoor furniture all the while mastering his classic sink and counter top designs. The more he produces, the more it becomes clear: there is almost nothing that can’t be achieved with concrete.
Eric Billig Works: ericbillig.com
Circa 1979 Matt Grubb was learning about power tools his own kid self, the good old fashioned way…by personal injury. In 1999 Matt got sucked into the internet bubble and has been tinkering with the controls since. In summer 2011 he threw his hat in the ring and is now tinkering with Tinkering School. Look out!