Clay at Access Arts is a whole new experience. We have classes in handbuilding and wheel throwing for both children and adults, and one-day workshops on a variety of topics.
Adult Wheel Throwing
This course is focused on the basic skills and techniques of throwing forms on a pottery wheel and developing an awareness of form. The class covers fundamental techniques of throwing bowls, cylindrical shapes and plates. Demonstrations lead students through throwing these basic forms and basic glazing techniques. No prerequisites.
This course is for students interested in handbuilding techniques as well as students experienced in wheel-throwing who are interested in incorporating handbuilding techniques into thrown forms. The class covers coil, slab and pinch construction methods and surface decoration techniques. No prerequisites.
In addition to regular classes, we host one-day workshops. Past clay topics
have included Woodfiring, Raku Firing, Glazing for Cone 6 Electric Kilns, Decorative Glazing Techniques,
This class is an opportunity for advanced clay students to get critical feedback on their work. A willingness to accept suggestions and embrace new techniques, philosophies and approaches is recommended. Class time is spent on demonstrations, group discussions and individual feedback. Students are expected to continue their class work outside of the normal class time during available open studio hours throughout the session. The goal of the class is the individual evolution and improvement of each student. Instructor's consent required.
This class teaches children the fundamentals of hand built pottery by exploring a variety of applications. The three main techniques of handbuilding construction are pinch, coil, and slab. Projects incorporate single techniques and combinations of the different techniques to provide a nearly limitless number of projects. No prerequisites.
This course covers fundamental techniques of throwing forms on a pottery wheel. Each child advances at his own pace. Demonstrations lead students through throwing basic forms and basic glazing techniques. Class can be repeated. Prerequisites: Completion of at least one handbuilding class and instructor's permission.
Special Needs Clay
The focus of this class, available for both children and adults, is to build personal confidence and accomplishment while learning to work with clay. The main techniques of handbuilding are used to allow successful completion of a variety of projects during each class term. The class may be repeated several times without repeating the same projects. No prerequisites.