Beginner Wheel Throwing
Introduction to the art of throwing.
5-Week Course (Meet once a week)
About this Series:
In this 5 week's course, you will learn the fundamentals of throwing on the wheel. Absolute beginners and those who are returning to ceramics after a long break will get the most value from this class, though artists of all levels are welcome.
Week 1: Introduction
Studio tour, wedging, and centering on the wheel. In this first class, you are not trying to make a vessel to keep, but rather just exploring your relationship with the clay.
Week 2: Centering
A second practice with wedging and centering. This week, you will aim to make and keep a vessel to be trimmed the following week.
Week 3: Trimming
You will refine your vessel(s) by a process known as trimming, where excess clay is removed.
Week 4: Practice / Make-Up Day
Practice what you have been learning the past 3 weeks with an instructor by your side.
We receive too many student requests for make-up classes for our small team to accommodate. Thank you for understanding that this class will serve as the make-up for any students who have to miss another class.
Week 5: Glazing
The pieces that you trimmed on week three will be ready for glazing by your last session. Your instructor will teach you the fundamentals of brush-on glazing, and you will glaze the pieces that are ready.
Independent Studio Day Pass
This will be done when your last vessels are out of the bisque firing at your own time usually 2-3 weeks after. Most of the time, pieces that you make after Week 3/4 will not be ready before glaze day, but that is why you get a glazing studio pass.
About our Studio Values
At Artillery, we center our practices in three simple, but powerful core values: Nature, Culture, and Family.
We connect to and honor all Indigenous Cultures
We activate our connection with the Earth and preserve nature
We grow and empower our BIPOC Community through the arts
What to bring
- All clay, tools, equipment, and aprons will be provided.
- Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, &dress warmly; our studio tends to be on the colder side.
- Water and snacks, if you want!
- A spirit of patience–you’ll likely be trying something brand new, which can be frustrating in the beginning. As adults, we so seldom get to be true novices. Set yourself up for success and satisfaction with a learner’s mindset!
Artillery Ceramics is a small community studio and we appreciate your patronage. All sales are final, we are unable to issue refunds.
If you are unable to attend a booked class, please let us know as soon as you can. If we have a class that is not fully booked, we can transfer you into an available session for a $15 fee per seat. Classes are subject to change/be rescheduled if the minimum student quota of 4 students isn't met.
Due to our small class size, refunds are issued only if we are able to fill the seat. We cannot offer refunds if we are not able to fill the seat.
There will be a $15 fee for any changes made to your booking.
If you must cancel your session, we respectfully ask that you provide at least 24 hour notice. We understand that things come up, so please communicate any changes as soon as possible so we can coordinate with our team. We are unable to process refunds if you cannot attend your scheduled booking.
Make-Up Glaze Session:
If you miss a glaze session, you may book a glaze session through our website!
Scholarships are available based on funding. Please email email@example.com to inquire!