Slow Throwing: Handbuilding on the Wheel

July 12 - July 16, 2024

Slow Throwing: Handbuilding on the Wheel


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $70

Together we’ll explore how to make pieces slowly, on the wheel, by handbuilding and throwing in sections. We’ll throw or slowly pinch out simple round bases for pots, attach coils, throw, dry with a torch, attach coils, throw, etc. to build larger, looser, and more complex pieces. We’ll play with how sizes and shapes of coils and the purposeful, repetitive marks of attaching and smoothing create texture and linear detail on the surface, describing the story of the the pot’s creation and the potter’s hand, and how horizontal seams and rhythmic indentations can be altered and enhanced by throwing. We’ll talk about how to make our pots more loose, interesting, and decadent by allowing soft earthy material and process marks to naturally become part of the decoration.

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

Level: Intermediate
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



Jess Thompson

Jess Thompson is the CoDirector of Cider Creek Collective ceramics community in Albion, CA, with her husband, woodfire potter Nick Schwartz, and two young children, Archer and Phoenix. She has a BFA in painting from Penn State and an MFA in ceramics from Alfred University. Jess grew up with four generations of industrial china factory workers in the Rust Belt of Northeastern OH and Western PA, and moved to Northern CA in her 20’s to apprentice as a production potter. There she fell in love with organic agriculture, homesteading, and environmentalism, and has devoted her life to cultivating healthy community living through clay, artmaking, and close relationships to the land.

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