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About Our Wheel Throwing Pottery Classes!


Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Avenue (just off Fenn Street between First and North Streets -- view map)
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Course Description:

The course is 15 hours of instruction on the potter’s wheel (2.5 hours/week). No experience is needed. Beginners are welcome.
  1. First class:
    Students wedge two pieces of clay and step by step we throw two small pots: a mug and a bowl.

  2. Second class:
    We continue throwing and make three more pots.

  3. Third class:
    Now that we have five pots that have been kept moist in plastic and we trim the bottoms of the pieces.

  4. Fourth Week:
    Its back to throwing, and we make three larger pots.

  5. Week five:
    Work from week four is trimmed, handles are made for mugs and pitchers, clay can be added to the exterior of work or textures can be carved into the surface of work.

  6. Week six:
    Each student will have six to eight pots that they will glaze.
    About a week after glazing, students from all classes will return for a pick-up celebration.

Classes usually contain students of varying abilities. I work with the novices on the step by step approach and assist as needed other students who have experience at any level.