Adult Wheel Throwing: Beginner & Intermediate
Adult Wheel Throwing: 4 Week Class
Class outline: Teaching the fundamentals and basic techniques of wheel throwing and some hand building. There will be an emphasis on creating surface decoration and alterations with wet clay and in the bisque stage. Most of the time will be spent on the wheel, hand building will be covered based on class interest.
Premise breakdown of class: Students will learn the basics of wheel throwing and explore various shapes and sizes. For intermediate students we will learn about more complex forms on the wheel. After pieces are thrown on the wheel I will demonstrate and teach various trimming techniques. Once the clay is leather hard we will experiment with various types of surface decoration and alterations. Students will also learn how to prep and clean up after wheel throwing. Part of the time may be spent hand building items such as bowls, boxes, planters, mugs and vases. We will cover the basics of hand building with non-sculptural clay. Surface decoration technique will be taught during the wet clay stage and in the bisque stage. The last class will be spent glazing all the pieces.
Timeline: Spend 4 weeks learning the basics, or refining the techniques of, wheel throwing and hand building. The first 2 classes will be spent wheel throwing/ building. For this time students will learn the fundamentals, or if they have had previous experience they will learn more intermediate techniques. We will explore surface and form alterations on the wheel using tools and hands. The 3rd class will be spent trimming and decorating with an emphasis on surface decoration. The final 4th class will be spent glazing. After the session ends student pieces will be fired and they will be notified when their items are ready to pick-up.
Age: 16 and up. Beginner to intermediate
5 students per class
Thursday 6:00 - 9:00pm
August 19th - September 9th
$250 / person (materials included)
About the instructor:
Kara was born and raised on Maui, Hawaii and then moved to Humboldt California for college. She has been working with clay since elementary school art classes. Throughout middle and high school most of her clay experience was with hand building. She loved making detailed organic inspired creations. In college she dove into wheel throwing; she was able to combine her love for details and decoration with functional vessels. Upon moving to Bend she has reentered into the clay world. Her work is inspired by the outdoors; birds, mountains, trees, and flowers often adorn the her vessels. Kara believes that clay is a great avenue for personal expression and hopes to give her students that experience.