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Pottery Handbuilding Workshop
January 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pottery – 6-Wk, Handbuilding w/ Ann Gleason, Intermediate
Hand building is a great way to gain a rapport with clay whether a beginner or otherwise. A person doesn’t need much in the way of fancy equipment or tools to make wonderful objects. Below I list a number of projects covering our 6 week session. Note also, that I am flexible to student input and ideas and projects and assignments can alter once I have a feel for what the class is capable of. I will emphasize that students cover the basic techniques of pinch, soft slab, hard slab and coil as the foundation from which to advance.
Ann Gleason had been a professional potter and part time teacher of clay for over 30 years in the upstate Carolina area. Working in many varieties and techniques of clay from earthen-wares to porcelains, low fire to high, raku, primitive firings, Gas firings and electric, her explorations in the medium have evolved in many ways over the decades. “Clay is an immensely diverse material that can be made to do almost anything when in skilled and creative hands.” says Gleason “The fascination is that this very tactile and physical medium offers infinite directions a person can go with it. The other side of this is that you have to restrain yourself from scattering in too many directions at once, but learn to focus and develop select techniques and ideas first. When I teach clay classes, the projects are designed to encourage the student to build on the techniques and ideas needed to learn and grow.♦