Wheel Throwing Class

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Arts & DIY

Note: This is a multi-session event series. By purchasing the event package, you acknowledge that you can attend all event dates included below.
Event Overview

We will teach you everything you need to learn to make a pot on the wheel, AND… you’ll also gain the many incidental stress-relieving benefits of creating with clay. The gentle turning of the wheel, the centering of the clay and the single-minded focus needed to create pottery brings the potter into a calm, centered place themselves. It’s a terrific way to end a stressful day or start a new adventure. 


The Beginner Wheel class is designed for the beginner looking for an introduction to wheel thrown pottery.  This class is also good for self-taught or long inactive potters who are looking for a refresher course in the fundamentals of wheel throwing.


Beginners, will receive an introduction to basic throwing techniques: centering clay, forming cylinders, bowls and plate forms. Glazing and surface treatment also covered.


For those who are comfortable throwing basic cylinder and bowl shapes, classes will focus on constructing more complex forms. Teapots, pitchers, covered jars, casseroles etc. will be explored. Students also work on mastering the more technical aspects of glazing and firing. 


Class #1: Wednesday May 3, 2017 6pm to 8pm


Class #2: Wednesday May 10, 2017 6pm to 8pm


Class #3: Wednesday May 17, 2017 6pm to 8pm


Class #4: Wednesday May 24, 2017 6pm to 8pm


Class #5: Wednesday May 31, 2017 6pm to 8pm


Class #6: Wednesday June 7, 2017 6pm to 8pm


Clay will be sold for $25 for 25lbs. The price for the materials will include the bisque and glaze firings. Take a look at our website for more classes!

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All ages welcome

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Brandace grew up in Staunton, Illinois, and graduated from Staunton High School. She has an Associate of Art degree in Graphic Design from Lewis & Clark Community College, a Bachelor of Art degree from Webster University, and did post-graduate studies in the ceramics department at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Brandace has worked as a self-employed ceramic artist, selling her wares at various art fairs like the Staunton Art Fair, Strange Folk Festival, and Hip Handmade Market, among others. She has also worked for years as an art educator, teaching clay classes and workshops for children, adults, and various community organizations, including the Girl Scouts. She also works part-time as a pre-school art teacher at the Angela Cassens Early Childhood Development Center in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

Brandace's father always told her to find a career doing something she loved, and she began trying to make a living as a graphic designer. At Webster, though, she discovered that she much preferred the physicality of darkroom photography and decided to focus on art as an end unto itself rather than a means of making money. Her last semester at Webster, Brandace fell in love with ceramics, digging up her own clay from the ground and turning it into a usable object through a long and painstaking process. She loves the community aspect of art, how it brings people together in both a physical space and a shared passion.

As Executive Director, Brandace is the key management leader of the MAC. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.

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