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Beginning Wheel Throwing Pt. 2

with Wendy Werstlein


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July 31 - September 18, 2024

6:00PM - 8:00PM

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$22 per 25lb Bag of Clay, Payable to the Center

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Class Description

In your first clay class, you were introduced to the basic wheel-throwing skills - centering, opening, pulling, shaping, trimming, and glazing. In this course we will revisit each of these skills so you can deepen your skillset. We will work with the following projects: a pair of mugs, a set of 4 bowls, pouring vessels, altered forms, surface decoration, and glazing.

Materials List

A towel, water bottle, plastic grocery bags to cover projects

Minimum Age

18 and older, exceptions with special permission

About the Instructor

Creating a home - shaping a piece of clay - constructing a life - with each process there is the opportunity to infuse the intentions of calm, connection, and clarity. The clear purpose of a bowl - the proxy for hands cupped together holding, carrying, containing that which will nourish our bodies and our minds. My mind and hands shape each piece with those intentions and as the pots move out into the world, my touch is extended to the person who takes that piece into their own home to use. From my story to their story, a story continued. The development, creation, and sale of my pots is my play, my extroversion expressed, my desire to please others, my path to understanding many things. I am affected by the flow and line patterns in nature and I explore these patterns and forms in my pots. My work is moving towards a more organic appearance, often altered away from the perfect circle of the wheel. I seek to infuse my work with a sense of movement; the soft stroke of the hand giving comfort and thanks through use. Through these forms and patterns emerge lines of communication. I am learning that the communication of pottery happens most often in the absence of language. As a social species we communicate, exchange information, through touch, visual expressions, body language - all these voices are present in handmade objects. You hear the voices through your eyes, your touch, your emotional response to shape and size, color and feel. However, those lines of communication are open in both directions - when individuals make the choice to purchase a handmade object so much is given in return/said/offered to the artist to espouse their skill and way of life. It is a conscious choice for me each day to make pots, to entice others to use and share these forms. The choices of where we place our money and energy is an economic statement, but there is also an emotional component and larger cultural significance when people choose to support an artist’s work. These decisions shape our world of external objects as well as our inner sense of self. Whether you enjoy a cup of tea alone or share a meal with a friend, each experience is enhanced by the presence of handmade objects. I am currently living in Floyd, Virginia working as a studio potter. My pottery is made of porcelain clay and is fired in an electric or gas kiln to cone 10. All pots are safe for microwave, dishwasher and oven.

Class Registration and Cancellation Policy

Advance Registration Required.

Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.

Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.

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