We are located in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Pottery Basics is for Beginners looking to get instruction on a little bit of everything. In this, students will touch on basic wheel, hand building, surface application, and glazing skills. Each student will become familiar with basic thrown forms (plates, bowls, mugs), Basic hand building skills (coil method, slab method, and pinch), decoration, and vocabulary.
All materials for class included.
- Combination Sculptures
- High and Low Relief
Day 1: Demonstration on Throwing plates and bowls on the wheel. Throwing demo covering proper posture and tool use.
Day 2: Demonstration on throwing Cylinders on the wheel. Tips on getting tall pieces. Demo on handles for mugs. Open studio work time. May arrive at the Potter's Shop as early as 6pm to get some extra practice in.
Day 3: Demonstration on Extruders and Coil building on the wheel. Planters "Slip-n-Score"! Open studio work time. May arrive at the Potter's Shop as early as 6pm to get some extra practice in.
Day 4: Altered forms, combining wheel thrown forms into a sculpture. High relief applications. this sculpture can not be more than 8" inches in any direction. Open studio work time. May arrive at the Potter's Shop as early as 6pm to get some extra practice in.
Day 5: Demonstration on Slab Rollers for creating slabs. Low relief texture application. Using templates, angle cutters, and slump molds. Last day to finish wet clay. Open studio work time to finish any techniques from all previous demos. End of class, clean up and sign all pieces. All pieces remaining on the student’s shelf will be fired! May arrive at the Potter's Shop as early as 6pm to get some extra practice in.
Day 6: Bisqued pieces returned and day for glazing. Brief Glazing demo on Brushing and Dunking techniques. Pieces must be completed by end of class. May arrive at the Potter's Shop as early as 5:30pm on Glaze night only
Students will be able to created a minimum of one cup/mug, bowl, plate, planter, platter, box, and 1 altered from sculpture. Student fees covers the materials of all forms made during the class.
Class fee includes unlimited use of clay during class time and the ability to keep up to 10 finished pieces. ($5 each additional piece)
You will be working with "real" stoneware clays and glazes. It is the same materials we use in the production of our high-fired stoneware. Everything you make will be food, microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe.
Six week adult classes range in size from 4 -9 people. Class may be canceled last minute due to low enrollment. Payment is required at the time of sign-up to secure a spot in the class.
Please wear appropriate clothing for getting clay on, trim your fingernails, tie back long hair and remove any hand accessories.
Finished pottery pieces not picked up in 90 days will be discarded.
If you do not see the date you are looking for on the drop down menu, please email us to be put on our wait-list.
Cancellations and session changes are permitted up to 14 days prior to the start of the session. Due to the limited number of spaces available in each class, students who must cancel from 14 to 7 days prior to the start of the session will be refunded 50% of the class fee. No refunds are permitted on cancellations less than 7 days prior to the start of the session. We reserve the right to cancel or merge any of our classes based on enrollment. All students that may be affected by these changes will be notified, and those students will have the right to cancel their registration for a full refund or receive a credit for the next class session.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
We know practicing helps so each class includes lab time:
Starting with the second class, students can arrive 30 minutes early to warm up prior to the start of the class. Class fee covers all tools and clay during class and 30 minutes practice time before class.