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Introduction to Wheel Throwing


with Betty Firth

Calendar Nov 28, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 3 weeks

Saturdays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12.
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

Tuition: $90  Materials: $40

If you have been fascinated with how potters magically turn clay into functional pieces, here’s your chance to learn how to do it yourself. You will learn about wedging, centering, pulling, trimming, glazing, and studio etiquette. You will be introduced to throwing basic forms like mugs, bowls, and cylinders used for glasses, vases, and other pieces.

This class is suitable for beginners as well as for those who have had some experience with clay and would like to get their hands in the mud again and brush up on their skills.

Included in the materials fee are a set of basic tools, clay, glazes, and firing for up to 6 pieces. Additional clay may be purchased. Some additional studio time will be available between classes. Wear clothes that get dirty, an apron, if desired, and a towel.

Covid-19 safety precautions will be observed. Bring a mask or one will be provided.

About the instructor: Betty Firth can’t remember when she didn’t love pottery, and she learned how to throw pots herself when she moved to Ely. After twenty years, she still thinks it’s magical to see a lump of clay transformed into a piece of sculpture or dishes you can use every day. She enjoys combining sculptural elements with functional and decorative pieces and experimenting with many kinds of surface decoration.


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