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The best way to try your hand at making pottery is to take a class. Potterville has classes for both adults and children. No previous experience is necessary.We teach both basic throwing techniques, and we also teach at the intermediate level. We ask that beginners commit to at least four classes. See the below sections for more information.
The beginner will learn basic throwing techniques such as centering, widening, and raising their clay. These students will also learn techniques that happen at the leather-hard stage (a stage between wet clay and bone-dry clay), such as trimming the bottoms of pots and applying handles. Additionally, there will be instruction for glazing your pots. Expect first pieces to be small items and not necessarily symmetrical. While we ask that you commit to 4 weeks, we recommend eight to twelve weeks of lessons for the beginner to learn the basics and produce more symmetrical functional pieces. Beginner students will be bringing home bowls, mugs, and other small items.
The intermediate-level student will gradually increase their ability to make larger and/or more intricate pieces. Tea pots, fruit bowls, casserole dishes, beer steins, tall vases and more are in the domain of the intermediate thrower. At this level, throwing on the wheel is relaxing and rewarding.
Tue: 4-6 pm, 6-8pm Wed: 6 - 8 pm Thurs: 6-8pm Fri 6-8 pm
Class fees: $20.00 per class, plus $2.90/lb. of clay, including glaze and firing.
Private lessons (weekly lessons not during class times) are $30.00 per hour, plus $2.90/lb of clay, including glaze and firing. We schedule at your convenience and our teacher availability.
Open Studio: a Class for Kids
Open studio has been a popular class for young, aspiring potters, ages 7- 18, here at Potterville. It is a unique class, in that the class is mostly self-directed, yet it provides instruction for all the traditional ways of making pottery. We encourage students to design their own projects, which sometimes means finding inspiration looking at pottery online or in pottery books. The whole class sometimes works on an assigned project at the same time in the effort to teach a particular new skill to the group, but the individual pieces of pottery that the students produce reflect the individual tastes and styles of the children.
The Open Studio students acquire skill at throwing (making) pottery on the pottery wheel, but also learn the techniques of coiling, pinching, sculpting and working with slabs of clay. They learn about the difference between the earthenware and stoneware clays that we use, and how that difference affects the process making, glazing and firing pottery.
Potterville Pottery's Spring Art Show showcases the art and skill of our young students, who work hard all year to bring their friends and family a selection of 5 of their favorite pottery pieces to view.
Wednesday: 4-6 pm Thursday: 4-6pm
Class fees: $23.00 per class, including 3 lbs of clay glaze and firing.
Private lessons (weekly lessons not during class times) are $30.00 per hour, including 3 lbs of clay, glaze and firing. We schedule at your convenience and our teacher availability.