No EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, JUST BRING
OVER 40 GLAZEs
Most students want to master potter’s wheel skills, but many also request instruction in a wide range of off-wheel clay hand-building techniques. Each student has the use of a potter’s wheel for all of each class meeting.
The first six weeks are devoted to working on (or off if the student prefers) the potter’s wheel. I demonstrate a new shape at the beginning of each class, and also show how to complete the shape we worked on the week before.
The rest of each class is given to independent work at the wheel or the worktable with my help.
SEVEN-WEEK CLASS SESSION IS $364
THE FIRING CHARGE IS $.055 per cubic inch
Typical firing charges range from $25 to $35 for beginners.
Private adult class are held once a week on
Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9 PM,
or Saturday mornings from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.
CLASSES ARE HELD in Pownal
Vermont pottery studio
People new to clay create cylinder mugs, bowls, plates, pitchers, lidded jars, candleholders, and vases.
Beginners and advanced students usually work with stoneware clay, but some advanced students also choose to work with porcelain.
After the 5th class, I biscuit-fire all the completed pieces to get them ready for the seventh class meeting, glazing night!
I demonstrate several glazing methods, including pouring, dipping, layering, sponge printing, and brushwork, then each student glazes their work with my help.
Packing the kiln
I pack the kiln and glaze-fire the completed pieces either in the electric or propane gas kiln, and the students pick up their finished pots after the kilns are cooled and unloaded.
Many students will continue with subsequent six-week sessions after their first introductory set of classes. I help these repeat students improve their skills, and I introduce more complicated shapes, such as lidded casseroles, footed goblets, large bowls, plates, platters, and teapots.
Learn from one another
feature on reassembled ring teapots (2011)