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Pottery Wheel Clay Art Class, 11-16

In this on-going pottery wheel clay class students will learn the techniques on a pottery wheel to make a pot or cup on the pottery wheel.
Julie C.
129 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Sat, Oct 1

Meets Once per week
10:00 – 10:45 AM
2 learners enrolled
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Class Experience

Students will learn:
The importance of centering the clay. How  to center the clay on the wheel 
How to expand the clay using finger and/or tools to make a cup/pot. 
How to pull up the walls of a pot on the wheel. Thickness of the walls and how to determine the thickness
Removal methods. Different ways to remove the pot from the wheel and drying methods.
Trimming the bottom of the pot on the wheel when it is half dried 
Types of glaze

These classes build on each other and of course we will be centering the clay each class.  Centering the clay is the one aspect of wheel throwing that a student will need to practice and to get better at doing. Feel free to jump in class at any time of the month.
Why Clay?  1. It's therapeutic. Simply the act of molding clay in one's hands whether you're a child or an adult can be very calming. Remember those stress balls that were once so popular? Manipulating the clay can help relieve stress or even be an outlet for young children who physically express their emotions.

2. It's an outstanding sensory development activity for anyone.

3. It's play based learning. You might not realize it, but playing with clay is promoting minds to get busy by thinking about what they're going to create and how they're going to create it. This type of creative play promotes imaginative problem-solving skills.

I have been working on a pottery when since middle school age.  I attended a Visual and performing arts school in Sarasota FL which is still there to this day.  I was in the first pioneering class to be created at the school.  We had 3-4 pottery wheels and it was my most favorite class. Later as an adult when I lived in Miami FL I purchased my  own  pottery wheel and have made many things on the wheel. I taught each of my three daughters on the wheel from a very young age.
Homework is optional and I can give learners things to do and practice until the next class meets.
a pottery wheel 1-5 lbs of clay or more that can later be fired air dry or polymer clay is not advisable to use on a pottery wheel This is the place I buy my clay: Sheffield pottery has many different kinds of clay in different colors. Aby "school clay" is good for kids or beginners:
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
no assessment
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
No parental guidance is needed.  Parents can be on the side off camera if they feel they will need to assist the student.
pottery wheel buying guide:

heavy duty pottery wheel on

Another less expensive pottery wheel on AMAZON.COM:

This is the kind of wheel I have.  I bought it in 1998:   They shipped to my home.
Clay I use:
any school clay is good for kids or beginners:
table top pottery wheel:


Julie C.
Lives in the United States
Artist Teacher Mom
129 total reviews
241 completed classes

About Me

Hi.  I am Julie and I currently live in Massachusetts.
I teach art (drawing, clay) and puppy/dog training classes(life skills).
I am certified to teach art in Massachusetts.  I am certified to teach Elementary school in NH, and FL.  I have been...Β 
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