In the handbuilding class I teach basic skills, such as pinch potting, coiling, scoring/slipping and rolling slabs, enabling the student to form the clay into their vision. I give ideas and show examples of things one might try making, such as textured tiles (using improvised tools like real plants or rubber lizards),animal sculptures, faces, butter dishes, soap dishes, chess pieces, etc.
Students tend to try out a few things, then quickly become inspired to create their own ideas. I give them the freedom to try whatever they want, while guiding them with suggestions on how to make the final piece hold together. My enthusiasm is genuine in that I am just as inspired by the ideas that the students come up with as they are by mine (probably more so). This kind of enthusiasm tends to be infectious and self-perpetuating.
Students glaze their own work and then their work is fired. All ages are welcome. Instructor: Leonie Daniels. $150 per student; $175 for parent/child together.
Throwing on the Wheel:
During wheel throwing classes Steve Daniels provides one-on-one attention, tailored to the students’ needs. First we discuss any prior clay experiences that the student has. Then we cover fundamentals of kneading, centering, and opening up the clay. After the student is comfortable with this, we work on pulling and shaping clay into a useful pot. Glazing and firing methods are also covered. Completed pieces are fired.
We open the studio to visitors to throw pots with instruction Saturdays at 11am and Wednesday evenings, with an RSVP. No experience needed.
$50.00 per hour. This includes clay, tools, glaze, firing, tea, encouragement, whatever is needed.
Over the past 20+ years teaching, every single student has been quite satisfied with the experience. A great time is guaranteed.
Conveniently located alongside Friendly Park in Eugene.
Ask questions or RSVP at 343 7882, or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Thank you for all your time and energy in my wheel throwing lessons with you this fall. The breadth and depth of knowledge that you have to offer is beyond impressive and is only surpassed by the wisdom that you share. It seems to me that creating pottery is as much a spiritual experience to you as it is a physical practice. And sharing in this experience with you has been nothing short of inspiring. I believe that with the technical fundamentals and the Zen approach that you have instilled in me, that I will continue to improve as an artist and craftsperson…” ~ Anya Dobrowolski, December 2011
“Thank you Steve! You and your family are so great!…I really enjoy your teaching style and feel that I am improving already…I’m excited to have this new skill. It’s going to be really fun to see how I progress in the next few weeks with some additional training from a really skilled potter. What a blessing!!…Steve Daniels is a talented artist and a wonderful person.” ~ Brandi Gleason