CyclePottery Instructors teach the fundamental techniques of wheel throwing and hand building to all ages. Students will learn how to throw mugs, bowls, plates and other functional pieces. Teaching is also tailored to the more advanced students. Kathryn believes that hands-on help with creating a form is essential to the student gaining a sense of what the 3 major phases of creating a piece should feel like:
- How it feels to center clay and how it feels when the clay is centered. This is essential to achieve in order to successfully move onto the next steps:
- How it feels to properly open up the clay directly in the center,
- How it feels to throw or pull the walls of the vessel.
The last step of finishing the piece is emphasized to all students of all ages. Instructors help the student to develop their own aesthetic sense and opinion of their work by guiding them in identifying what needs to be finished and and teaching the techniques to do so. Sometimes this means the student will also learn how to let go of their work when it is just not worthwhile to keep struggling with a piece, or if the finished work does not meet their aesthetic goals. Through this guidance and support, students come away with a finished, functional or even sculptural product they can feel proud of, as well as an aesthetic sense they can use in the world.
Trimming, altering, decorating, & Glazing techniques are also taught in the classes and camps.