Intro to Throwing on the Wheel & Surface Decoration

May 15 - May 16, 2021

Intro to Throwing on the Wheel & Surface Decoration


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $335
Material Fee: $40

Learn to create wheel thrown ceramic vessels and explore surface decorative techniques. You will gain skills and knowledge about tools, techniques, centering and throwing basic vessels such as bowls, cylinders and pulling handles. There will be ample studio time to perfect and expand new skills and learn about equipment needed in the ceramic studio. You will also discover various decorative surface techniques such as bas-relief carving, underglaze painting, relief embossing and scraffito methods to enhance your vessels. Due to the short nature of this workshop, no work can be fired.

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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Janis Cutler Gear

Janis Cutler Gear is a ceramic artist who combines the disciplines of painting, sculpture and drawing within her porcelain vessels. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Painting and an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art where she studied classical art and sculpture. In Carnegie Mellon Janis studied with ceramic artist Edward Eberle who encouraged her to use her painting skills with ceramics. Janis uses these skills in what she deems “Pictorial Porcelain” intertwining the connections of culture and nature woven within cross cultural textile patterns into allegorical narratives. She renders her relief work with underglazes creating 3 dimensional drawings within the surface and glazes with transparent washes of color. Janis enjoys showing her work in Fine Craft Shows and various galleries like Silvermine Galleries and American Craftsman Gallery. She has been a ceramic designer for Love, Adorned in Soho and currently Blue Tree Store In the Upper Westside in Manhattan.