Wheel Throwing 1
We will focus on mastering the foundational skill of throwing clean, even cylinders and expand into new forms such as bowls and plates. Students will also work on refining their trimming skills to ensure a clean and functional finished pot. Each class meeting will have a specific focus and students can expect to complete 8-10 pieces. The class will include discussions of clay, glazes, and kilns that will give students a holistic understanding of ceramics. Repeatable until students feel confident moving to an intermediate level class.
Experience level: Beginner! Designed for students who have introductory experience with throwing and are interested in growing their skills.
Student work will be available for pick up 1-2 weeks after the end of the class.
Enrollment includes one 25 lb. bag of clay
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
LAUREL BLACKTHORNE (They/Them)
I am a community and self-taught ceramic artist. I’ve lived in Tallahassee for almost twenty years and absolutely love the community I have found here. While I’ve been working with clay for six years, I transitioned to a career in the arts in late 2020 out of a desire to engage with the world in a different way. My art focuses on themes of nature, queerness, resistance, and joy and I make a combination of functional pottery and ceramic sculpture. I think the strength of art is its ability to bring people together. Alongside my own artistic practice, I work as a pottery instructor specializing in helping students build strong foundations in ceramics and decorative techniques.
I am also the Executive Director and one of the founding members of the Queer Tallahassee Artists Collective. Founded in 2021 QTAC is committed to building economic opportunity and community spaces that celebrate LGBTQIA+ artists. I am deeply committed to the importance of arts in the Tallahassee community and recognize the importance of creating safe spaces for marginalized communities to engage in the arts.
You can find me at BlackthorneCeramics.com and can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view Laurel Blackthorne's website here!