Handbuilding I

February 2 - March 30, 2023

Handbuilding I


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $375
Material Fee: $50

Thursday Evenings ~ 6:30pm-9:00pm

February 2 – March 30
(8 sessions, no session March 16th)

This class is designed to create functional pottery without using potter’s wheel. Participants will develop a strong foundation on hand building technique by learning pinch, slab, and coil techniques to create various projects. The use of molds and the slab roller will be demonstrated. The focus of this class will be the foundations of hand-built technique, but all levels are welcome.

Level: 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


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Po Wen Liu

Po Wen Liu is the Ceramics Studio Head at Peters Valley. He received his BFA degree in ceramics and ceramics sculpture from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and MFA degree in ceramics from Northern Illinois University. Po Wen is the manuscript consultant for 2002 Newbery Medal awarded book, A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park, regarding making celadon. A Place of Reflection, by Dr. Elizabeth Perril, an article about Po Wen and his works was featured in Ceramics Monthly. Po Wen served as the director of The Pottery Workshop Jingdezhen, and executive director of Jingdezhen International Studio from 2015 to 2018 where he facilitated international ceramics events and activities serving the international ceramics community in China and abroad. Po Wen has also taught ceramic courses and workshops nationally and internationally including University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a recent glaze developing workshop at Leksands folkhögskola, Leksand, Sweden and a raku and raku kiln building workshop at the School of Design and Arts, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China.

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