This course will explore techniques using the potter’s wheel. Students will explore a variety of processes and tools used in the creation/understanding/critique of ceramic artifacts formed on the wheel. This introduction to wheel throwing will provide students with the fundamentals of wheel forming, and designing ceramic objects from conception, through to forming, firing, glazing and reflection in class discussions.
Greenwich House Pottery
16 Jones St, 2nd Floor Wheel Room, New York, NY 10014
Our class begins on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 through Tuesday, November 30, 2021
We meet for 12 weeks each Tuesday from 6:45pm-9:45pm
The first portion of each class session will generally include demonstrations and discussion format. The second half will generally be used for project work and one-on-one consultations.
Learning Outcomes and Assessable Skills
- This class covers the basics of creating ceramic forms on the wheel and glazing techniques.
- An introductory understanding of the pottery wheel, and related tools, methods and materials.
- Basic working stages of clay: wet, leather soft, leather hard, bone dry
- Preparing your clay, Wedging and Kneading
- Centering on the wheel
- Creating multiple forms including cylinders, bowls, bottles, and plates
- Basic glazing methods: painting and dipping
- Reinforcement of craft knowledge and design principles through practice and reflection.
- An introductory understanding of firing processes and the effects of different kiln atmospheres and temperatures.
Students encouraged to develop their throwing skills on the pottery wheel, and invited to develop an independent project of their own design. Our challenge is to employ various form making methods on the wheel in the creation of functional and/or sculptural work. The goals of this exercises are to challenge ourselves with new craft skills and learn consider how the elements and principles of design inform a personal visual vocabulary in clay.
- A basic pottery tool kit (available in the office) which includes a wire tool, a rib, a small sponge, a fettling knife, a pin tool, a wood modeling tool, a large and small carving tool.
- It is helpful to keep a sketchbook for notes, ideas, and occasional handouts.
- Some paint brushes of various sizes from small to 1.5 inches for applying slips and glazes.
- A clean towel for each class, an apron, and a pair of shoes for use in the studio that you don’t mind getting clay on.