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Pottery Lesson

Pottery Lesson

A private wheel-throwing pottery lesson taught out of my home studio in Somerville, MA near Davis Square - no prior experience required, and all materials and tools are included. Each hour of throwing includes 4lbs of clay to throw with and allows for keeping a single piece to decorate and fire.

Scheduling will be coordinated after payment -  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the day, and some weekday evenings, as my schedule allows.

Currently I can only accommodate a single student at a time, as I only have a single pottery wheel. I am working on finding a space to accommodate small groups for the future.

Food-safety and Dishwasher-safety of items will depend on decoration methods chosen.

For first-time students:

  • You must start with a minimum of two hours of throwing
  • Minimum time between lessons is two weeks to allow for the pots to be fired
  • You may only choose the "Throwing" and "Glazing /  Bisqueware Decorating" Topic options
  • You can choose to just come for throwing and choose a glaze to have me apply and fire it for you, or you can come back for another lesson to decorate together.

For returning students:

  • You may schedule as many 1+ hour throwing lessons as you would like
  • You may choose any Topic option including "Modifying thrown forms" and "Trimming / Greenware Decorating".
  • You can choose to just come for throwing and choose a glaze to have me apply and fire it for you, or you can come back for another lesson to decorate together.

If you'd like some study materials, I highly recommend Florian Gadsby's introductory videos. I've curated a suggested watch order below:

  1. Preparing Clay to be Thrown on the Wheel (Wedging)
  2. Overview: Centering Clay and Throwing Pots on the Wheel
  3. Step 1: Centering Clay on the Wheel (Additional Tips & Tricks)
  4. Step 2: Coning Clay on the Wheel
  5. Step 3: Opening Up the Clay and Forming the Base of a Pot
  6. Step 4: Removing the Pot from the Pottery Wheel
  7. Step 5: Trimming and Finishing the Pot (Additional Tips & Tricks)
  8. Step 6: Glazing the Pot
  9. Case Study 1: How to Throw a Cup
  10. Case Study 2: How to Throw a Bowl
  11. Case Study 3: How to Throw a Plate
  12. Case Study 4: How to Throw a Jug
  13. Case Study 5: How to Throw a Lidded Jar
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All ceramics are hand-thrown, painted, and glazed near Boston, MA using porcelain or stoneware clay.

Product dimensions: Width & height are measured at the widest/tallest points and rounded to the nearest quarter-inch. For sets, the weight is inclusive of the entire set and the width/height are of the largest piece in the set.

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