Functional Expression: Mugs & Other Small Forms

June 10 - June 12, 2022

Functional Expression: Mugs & Other Small Forms


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $455
Material Fee: $40

Explore ways of designing and decorating your wheel thrown vessels for different clays and firings. Learn how to use mishima, underglazes, taping and wax resist techniques to create your finished designs and see how they can be successful in either oxidation or reduction kilns and in low to high fire clays. There will be throwing and altering demonstrations as well as hands-on lessons in pulling handles and ample time for you to work. Due to the length of this workshop, work will not be fired.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Jean Adams

Jean Adams is a native of Bergen County, NJ. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education (with a concentration in clay) from Wilkes College in 1978. While Jean considers working on the potter’s wheel to be her first love, her work is now a combination of wheel and hand built forms. Jean began teaching all the ceramics classes at Wilkes university in 1985. She also taught classes across all generations- – from beginning classes for children to advanced classes for adults. She enjoys making functional and one-of-a-kind forms that lend themselves to alteration and surface decoration. Jean wants her pots to be strong visual objects that draw our daily attention and present new features each time they are handled and viewed. She has continued to work in clay since 1976 because of her love of the medium. That love has helped her stay excited about her work and the work of her students. Jean strives for the highest quality that her abilities allow her to achieve – which is also what she looks for in her students. 

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