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Pottery Wheel Workshop
January 9 @ 1:00 pm
Pottery – 6-Wk Wheel Throwing w/ Ann Gleason, Advanced
This class will be directed at honing skills for the potter with some experience. Students will work on specific projects to improve their throwing skills in a structured class focused on developing the knowledge, appreciation and discipline required to create finely crafted wares.
Week 1 –
Assessment of student skill levels Example one; Student, using 1 # of clay for a large mug:
Throw 10 of similar form
Assess by cutting open: By size/weight achieved, by control of material and time needed to complete
Analyze as a group. Point out areas to improve upon.
What comprises a finely made mug from a mediocre one
What is form/ function and aesthestics?
How to keep focused in order to progress.
Week 2 –
A lot depends on the varied skill levels in the class: We will go over samples of pots by area potters.
depending on Class abilities: Cylindrically based forms and lids
3. Bowls: small and medium: Trimming and footed bowls.
4. Trimming feet on bowls; do’s and don’ts. Throwing larger bowls
5. Trimming large bowls: Throwing plates and platters.
6. Trimming Plates and Platters
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.♦