Wheel Throwing: The Basics


Ages: 18 - No Limit

Ability: Beginner Intermediate

Expertise: Ceramics

After taking an introductory wheel throwing workshop, you will continue to learn the basics of wheel throwing while establishing good technique and gaining skills that will give you the foundation for making functional ceramic forms. Beginners will become more comfortable with the fundamentals of throwing, trimming and glazing through "loose and tight" instruction that combines structured exercises and demonstrations with independent practice and exploration. Intermediate students will further their throwing and glazing skills through more advanced projects that focus on honing what you've learned and adding new techniques to achieve specific results and getting your hands to execute what you visualize.

The emphasis of this on-going class is the exploration of the wheel throwing process, i.e., working on the fundamentals of throwing skills, just as if you were practicing the piano or training for a sport. After several months, you will begin to have strong skills for making thrown functional ware. If you have questions on the class format or focus, please contact the instructor prior to registering. Please call or visit the registration staff for registration; this course is unavailable for online registration.

Students who are new to this class must first take a prerequisite introductory wheel throwing workshop before enrolling in this class and must initially register for 4 consecutive weeks beginning the first of the month. This is required in order to integrate students who are beginners or who have not thrown for many years into the class rhythm and structure.

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