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Thistlewood Pottery Studio

Wednesday Afternoon Set of 4 Classes

Wednesday Afternoon Set of 4 Classes

Regular price $143.00 USD
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Come! Play with the clay and get MUDDY! In this beginner friendly pottery class, where you learn to throw on the potter's wheel. Get your hands dirty whether you are new to clay or slightly experienced. The workshop is lead by artist and potter Cheryl Penner. I will help you get your clay centered on the wheel. From there you will learn to open the clay and form the walls of your vessel. In this class, you will be able to make several vessels. Whether it's a bowl, tumbler, or vase will depend on your guiding hands.I look forward to our class! The clay is waiting! The price includes all your materials and kiln firings.

Who is this class for?
Workshops are intended for anyone 12 and up. Younger than 12? Reach out to us or register with a parent.

How long is the workshop?
We will work at the clay for the full 1.5 hour time slot. After that you are responsible for washing your tools and wheel so it is ready for the next class.

What do I make?
There will be 5 pounds of clay for each person to use at the wheel. At the end of the class, you can choose up to 5 of the vessels you created. The rest of the clay will go back in the recycling bin.

What will I be doing each class?
The first class is learning to throw on the wheel. The second class is learning how to trim your items from the first class. The third class is learning how to throw a bit larger amounts of clay. I will trim these for the final glazing class. The final class will be spent glazing your pieces. You will only be limited by the number of glazes that are ready for glazing. You can mix and match colors to your hearts content.

How this workshop works.
Sign up online, over the phone, by email, or by visiting the studio. Dress for the mess! We recommend wearing clothes you can get muddy in. Think gardening clothes. We generally have aprons available, but not all the time. Also, long nails, rings, and dangly bracelets can hinder making pottery. Show up 5 to 10 minutes early. We may still be setting up, but this gives you time to look at the current pieces and see which are your favorite glaze colors. In a full set of classes, you can mix and match glazes to your hearts content. Clean up is a shared activity. Everyone lends a hand and is responsible for cleaning their space as much as possible. Reminder: Practice makes perfect! You have likely seen many beautiful large and intricate pieces of pottery that you dream of making something similar. Remember, every potter makes hundreds and thousands of failed pieces that you do not see. Please rather focus on the experience of playing with clay, rather than producing a large vessel on your very first experience. You may also find that some of your items will crack in the process. This is also part of the learning process. I will teach you as well as I can to compress the bottoms, but there are so many variables with this cracking issue. Advice from an potter of many years experience: Never love a piece until it is finished. We'll do our best to make sure you have something to bring home that makes you smile!

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