Have you always wanted to try your hand at working in clay?
Doesn’t it look like fun to throw on the potters wheel? Maybe you tried it before and really enjoyed it!
Well here is your chance.
I have several wheels in my studio and can sit down with you and work one on one to learn the basic skills of Wedging, centering and making a cylinder. When you learn those three skills you can make just about anything.
I don’t do regularly scheduled classes with a bunch of people. If you want to try your hand at it we will schedule a two-hour time slot during my regular studio time.
“Try It” Class
COST: 2 hour class – $30.00 / per person
Student must be over 16 years old
WHEN: We schedule a time that is convenient for both you and during my normal studio hours. I can have up to 2 people at the same time so come play in clay with a friend
If you are interested in seeing what its all about, play on the potter’s wheel, get a little dirty and make a little something, this is a perfect opportunity. I work with you on the basics of centering the clay and making a cylinder. I always tell my students during this class to be a 4-year-old and just enjoy the process. If you love it, come back for a real class.
You don’t have to bring anything, I supply it all and will even clean up after you. If you have long nails, however, I do suggest you cut them.
You won’t make a teapot during this class but we will try to make some small thing you can take away as a memento.
Did you love working in Clay?
Then come on back for more 2-hour lessons at $30 a class plus materials
We will work on honing your basic skills as well as making better shapes. Once you have your basic skills down we can work on mugs, bowls, plates or whatever you want.
Work on whatever interests you as we explore the clay medium.
Materials – I provide clay for you to use. My clay is Stoneware Porcelain and Stoneware Buff. If you are new to pottery I start you out using the buff. Since clay is reclaimable until it is fired you can practice all you want with it. If it can be reclaimed there is no additional charge. Once fired it is yours. Glaze fired pieces are charged at $1.75 a pound, Bisque fired pieces are $1.50 per pound. (Porcelain clay may be higher). If your piece is damaged f0r any reason you will still be required to pay for it. I am not responsible for lost or damaged items.
Glazes: You have access to all my glazes. I work with mid-range clay, I generally have porcelain and buff available and a limited palate of glazes. You are welcome to use what I have already made. We can work on making your own glazes or you can bring in commercially prepared glazes as long as it fires to cone 5-6.
Tools: All my equipment is at your disposal, from trimming tools to the slab roller. I have a large assortment of textures and stamps, carving tools, slump and hump molds, rolling pins, trimming tools etc.
Please come prepared with a Pottery Tool Kit, available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby
Some of the basic things we can work on are:
- Centering clay on the potter’s wheel
- Opening clay and throwing the basic cylinder, which is the start of many forms
- Pulling and attaching handles for mugs
- Throwing bowls and other forms
- Trimming the bottoms for a more polished appearance
If you are a beginner… Certain pottery skills need to be learned before moving to more advanced shapes. Pottery is a process that requires patience and practice. You will most likely finish the class with one or two beautiful pieces that you can be proud of If you are more advanced… we can work together at whatever level you need.
Other Important things
- Cleaning up your wheel and workstation is required after class ends. You do not have to use part of the two hours to do that.
- Please wear appropriate clothing (it’s messy), trim your fingernails, tie back long hair and remove rings, bracelets and watches. A towel is recommended.
IMPORTANT: Please remember that when you tell me you will be coming at a certain time I will SAVE YOU A WHEEL. There is no refund for missed classes.
1211 N. Broadway
Poteau OK 74953
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