WHEEL THROWING POTTERY ART CLASSES

At wee_pots2MIY Ceramics Studio, we teach beginners and advanced wheel throwing pottery art classes and one-day mini wheel throwing clay classes to adults and kids. Our studio has over 13 potter’s wheels setup and ready for those that have experience with wheel throwing pottery and those who want to learn. We offer a beginners wheel throwing class that is just perfect for those want to check it off their bucket list.  Check out our calendar for the latest start date for the beginner five-week wheel throwing class.  Some people ask why this class is so long and we answer, it is not long enough. Throwing pottery on a wheel is a process. Although we can show you how to throw in 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 a wheel thrown form is.  Working on the potter’s wheel is a mechanical process and as such it requires time to get it right. We try to squeeze everything into the four-week class and our students always leave with some great projects that they will treasure and use in their homes.

What You Get in Our Five-week Wheel Throwing pottery Class

  • This is a series class that lasts five weeks
  • Includes five instructed sessions
  • Clay material, firings and glazing of all the pottery piece you make during class
  • Five practice on your own sessions, clay is available for purchase.
  • 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
  • A clay shaping tool kit that you can take home
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Five week Continuing Wheel Throwing Pottery Class

We also teach advanced wheel throwing classes about once per quarter, be sure to check out calendar or email us for the next advanced class to take your throwing skills to the next level. In this class you learn how to throw taller, attach parts, make lids and make plates.  This class is meant to challenge you at your level whatever that may be from beginner to intermediate to advanced we can work with you to help you progress with your throwing skills.

One-day Mini Wheel Throwing Pottery Class

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

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 it is 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 Pottery Education via our Open Access Pottery Studio Membership Plan

After taking a pottery class, or if you have pottery experience, you can use our studio facilities to practice your pottery throwing skills via our open access pottery art studio (pay-per-day or monthly membership plan depending on your schedule).

History on 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 Vestonice.  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  .Every one 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