Handbuilding Lidded Jars

September 6 - September 8, 2024

Handbuilding Lidded Jars


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $540
Material Fee: $60

In this workshop, participants will discuss, sketch, and design a lidded jar form. This form can strictly be a functional object that serves the purpose of containing small items. However, you are welcome to imagine how this form can serve an emotional purpose as well. Does it protect a secret? How does it come alive? And how can this object activate connection to one another? Handbuilding methods such as coiling and slab building (by hand) will be demonstrated. Depending on the design, templates may be utilized to achieve the desired form. You will receive guidance on how to assemble & attach various parts to achieve a closed form first. On the second day of the workshop, you will cut the vessel open to create a flange & notch and a demonstration will be provided on how to maintain fit throughout the building process. You will then “activate” your lidded jar with a personalized finial. The final day will be reserved for surface decoration and glazing ideas for participants to take home and finish.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

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



Michelle Im

Michelle Im has taught in a variety of settings since 2008. She started teaching as a public school teacher in New York City and led an after-school art program at a high school for several years before turning her focus on teaching ceramics at community studios. Her overall ceramics experience spans across 12 years which includes both wheel-throwing and handbuilding. Her current studio practice is mainly in handbuilding with an interest in creating utilitarian objects as well as sculptural forms. Intricate surface decoration with vibrant colors, humor, and narrative themes are a few characteristics that describe the aesthetics of her work. She received the Teaching Artist Cohort award from the Center For Craft in 2023 and currently teaches handbuilding at Greenwich House Pottery while maintaining her studio practice. Her teaching philosophy centers around the students potential that balances skill building & the ceramics process with navigating the path to discover one’s voice.

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