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Pottery Wheel Clay Art Class (Flex Schedule)

In this 4 week course students will be able to take their time to learn how to make a pot on the pottery wheel (1 pot each week) and how to trim it a day after it is made when it is dry like leather but not completely dry.
Julie C.
126 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 17 learners
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Sep 5

Sep 5 - Sep 30 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Oct 3

Oct 3 - Oct 31 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Nov 7

Nov 7 - Nov 30 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
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
Students will also learn about critique as other students will comment on their art.

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 wheel 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 around 2000 when I lived in Miami fl and have made many things on the wheel. I taught each of my three daughters on the wheel from a very young age(4, 5, or 6).  
Approximately one hour of homework per week. 
a pottery wheel 5 lbs of clay or more that can later be fired. It is not advisable to use air dry or polymer clay as this type of clay may not work well on the wheel. (pottery wheel clay) (pottery wheel)
written report.... written by the teacher too tell you how you did.
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Parents can help with the wheel operation and positioning if needed


Julie C.
Lives in the United States
Artist Teacher Mom
126 total reviews
237 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... 
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