WHEEL THROWING POTTERY CLASS

Our studio is has over 13 potters wheels setup and ready for those how have experience with wheel throwing and those who want to learn.  We offer a beginners wheel throwing class that is just perfect for those wanting to check it off their bucket list.  Check out our calendar for the latest start date for the beginner four-week wheel throwing class.  Some people ask why the class is so long, and we answer, its isn’t nearly long enough!  Wheel throwing is a process, although we can show you how to throw in less than 10 minutes, you need to build mind body connection so that your brain, body, hands, and fingers work together to create the beautifully harmony that is a wheel thrown form.  Working on the potters wheel is a mechanical process, and as such it requires time to get it right.  We try to squeeze everything into the 4 weeks and our students always leave with some great projects that they will treasure and use in their homes.

One day mini wheel classes are also available if you just want to have fun with your friends and co-workers or to celebrate a special events.  Contact us to schedule a one day class, we just need 4 participates in order to host one of these events.

What you get in the 5- week pottery wheei throwing class

  • This is a series class that lasts for 5 weeks
  • You will learn the process from start to finish about working with clay
  • We will teach you about centering, opening, pulling, shaping, trimming, firing, and glazing
  • Practice sessions must be completed during the 5 weeks of class, clay for the practice sessions is available for purchase.

Requirements

  • Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing you don’t mind getting dirty
  • That includes your shoes
  • Long hair should be tied back and out of the way
  • If you are going to wear a skirt make sure its long and loose because you need to get up close and personal with the wheel.
  • Bring an old small hand towel to help you cleanup afterwards

Continuing Education in Pottery Wheel Throwing|Handuilding Via Our Studio Access Plan

After taking a pottery class, or if you have pottery experience, you can use our facilities to make your own pottery pieces.  We offer open access pottery studio membership or pay-per-day per day rate  depending on your schedule.  We also offer advanced pottery  classes about once per quarter – check out calendar or email us for the next advanced class to take your throwing skills to the next level.

History of Ceramics and the Potter’s Wheel

Ceramics have been around as long as humans have existed and even pre-date written history.  One of the oldest pieces of ceramics found is the Venus of Dolní V?stonice.  This little 4 inch ceramics sculpture is over 25,000 years BC!  Humans have been using clay vessels throughout history for many different task, from storing grains and foods, carting water, cooking, storing oils, preserving foods, transporting goods.  Ceramics vessels where the original Tupperware containers. they could be used for just about anything.  It is no wonder that being a potter was good business, everybody needed to store something, from precious perfumes and extracts, to the body parts of the pharaohs, everyone needs a container for something.

These containers were built by hand using coiling techniques, as people learned and developed their techniques, and demand for containers grew, the more inventive potters would try to figure out ways to automate and make their pots faster and faster.  They figured out how to spin their coils on a smooth rock using and leaf as the base of their container so the leaf could easily slide on top of the smooth rock.   Then as we started moving into the bronze age and we learned how to work with metals the smooth rocks were attached to poles with a large counter weight that could be spun thereby getting a few extra turns before manually having to push the rock around and turn their coils.  Over the course of millennia the painstakingly hand built process because automated to the point where we have electrical wheels that can spin endlessly without us having to do anything more than just guide the clay as it slides through our fingers.

So this begs the question is people were “turning” pots where on earth does the term Throwing pots come from?   Etymologists believe that the term throwing comes from the Old English word thrawan which means to twist and turn.  The German word drehen, a direct relative of to throw, means turn and is used in German for throwing.  For more on this fascinating topic of throwing and turning check out this great article from Ceramics Today