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Workshops and Classes
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Rise and Shine Wheel Throwing For Beginners +

Beginner+ Wheel Throwing

with Shari Zabriskie

This fun morning class will introduce you to the fundamentals of throwing pots on the wheel.  Over the course of eight weeks, learn and practice the techniques of clay preparation, centering, throwing,  trimming, glazing, and more!   This class is geared towards beginners, those continuing to work on their basic skills and those who are coming back to pottery after many years.  .  Demonstrations, discussions, coaching, and abundant practice time.  Ages 16 and up. 

 

Upcoming Sessions:

September 8-October 27, Thursdays 9am-Noon

October 4-November 22, Tuesdays 9am-Noon

November 10-January 5, Thursdays 9am-Noon (no class on Thanksgiving)

December 6-January 24, Tuesdays 9am-Noon

$315 fee + $40 for each bag of clay used.

Daily practice time included.

email shabbazabba@yahoo.com  to register!

with Teta Hilsdon

Over eight weeks, practice the basics of making pots on the wheel: centering, throwing different forms, trimming, glazing, recycling clay and a few decorative techniques.  For beginners, those continuing work on their basic skills  or those coming back to pottery after many years.  Demonstrations, discussions, coaching, and abundant practice time.  Ages 16 and up. 

 

Upcoming Sessions:

September 19 through November 10, Mondays 6–9pm

October 4 through November 29, Tuesdays 6–9pm

     (no class Thanksgiving week)

November 7 through December 26, Mondays 6–9pm

January 3 through February 21, Tuesdays 6–9pm

$315 fee + $42 for each bag of clay used.

Daily practice time included.

email tetahilsdon@gmail.com  to register!

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Weekend Workshop:
Building with Slabs

with Teta Hilsdon

Building with slabs is a fun, fast, and relatively easy way to make plates, trays, vases and platters with beautiful textured patterns.  Learn to roll clay out into a slab, cut, texture, form pieces and glaze.   Class includes daily practice time during the three week class session.  

 

Saturdays, September 3, 17, and 24: 9 AM-Noon

$160 fee + $40 for each bag of clay used.

Ages 16 and up. Maximum four students.

email: tetahilsdon@gmail.com to register!

Weekend Workshop:
Hand-Building Hacks for Tackling Teapots! 

 with Mathew Meunier

Wheel-thrown teapots are complex forms that present hurdles in the making.  In this hands-on workshop we are going to harness clay's great flexibility by handbuilding our way over the hurdles by combining wheel-thrown pots with slab-built spouts and a fresh view on handles.  Using paper templates to generate and refine ideas, we'll open the doors of investigation to make teapots that are highly expressive. Along the way we will stop to observe critical junctions in form and function.  The end result is a new set of tools and a fresh outlook on process and making.  Open to wheel-throwers and hand builders of all levels.  Age 16 and up.

Saturday and Sunday September 10 and 11

9AM-Noon

$140 plus $40 for clay and an extra $20 studio fee for non-studio members who wish to return to glaze and fire their work.  

email: mathewmeunier@gmail.com to register!

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Weekend Workshop:
Altered Egos: Re-shape, Re-surface, and texture your pots! 

with Ben Eberle

Getting a little tired of your same old, well thrown, round pots?  Looking for new ways to shape, design and texture your work?  Come get "comfortable with being uncomfortable" with Ben Eberle and his slew of techniques for making the round intentionally unround.  This two day intensive workshop will involve demos and short format "sketch-like" exercises as well as in depth projects using wood blocks and heat for texture and shaping.  Learn to see your pots as canvases!  Impress, stretch and re-shape for more unique pots.  This workshop is open to students who can confidently throw a six inch cylinder.  Bring your own set of tools and a heat gun if you have one.     

From Conway, MA, Ben is a potter with over 25 years of experience in the ceramic arts.  His current work focuses on the unique surfaces he gets from a small wood-fired soda kiln that highlights the embossed surfaces on his pots.  He has taught in studios from California to Boston and sells his work locally via the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail and The Hilltown 6 Tour as well as numerous galleries across the US and online. 

Saturday and Sunday  October 1 and 2 

9am-Noon

$140 plus $40 for clay and an additional $20 studio fee for non-studio members who choose to return to Wheelhouse to glaze and fire their work.

email: bqeberle@gmail.com to register!