Beyond the Basics: Wheel Throwing - Wednesday Afternoons with Michael Adcock (3/1/23 - 4/5/23), 1:30-4:30PM
Dates: Wednesday, March 1st - April 5th (6 weeks)
Price: $360 (glaze, 1st bag of clay, firing, instruction and drop-in open studio time included). Tools ($20 + tax) and additional clay ($15-$35 per 25 lb bag) available for purchase at Clay Studio.
Description: Over the course of 6 weeks we will meet in the studio to explore the throwing on the potter’s wheel for those with some experience. If you know how to throw a basic cylinder and are looking to expand your knowledge and technique, this is the class for you! Learn more about throwing more complex forms and develop your personal ceramics practice. Experienced thrower and instructor Michael Adcock will teach you to focus on both the process and the product while progressing your skills each week.
Students will be encouraged to explore projects to push their skills with the support of an encouraging teacher. There will be an optional open studio block available for students who want some independent working time to hone their skills. Age 18+.
Location: This class meets in an upstairs classroom. Students must be able to climb stairs.
Drop-in open studio hours will be available for this course: Students are welcome to come in to Clay Studio during our Open Studio Lab hours to work independently on Sundays from 11AM-4PM, Mondays from 10AM-1PM, Tuesdays from 4PM-8PM, and Fridays from 10AM-1PM. Please note that Open Studio Lab hours are subject to change.
Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate: Starting February 1, 2022, Clay Studio will require all employees, teachers, members and students to be vaccinated in order to enter the studio. You must show your vaccination card, a photo of your vaccination card or your SMART Health Card Record from Ca.gov to a Clay Studio employee on your first day of class. You may also email a photo of the above to info@ClayStudioSB.org.
Instructor: Michael Adcock
Instructor Bio: Michael began his studies in Art History and Ceramics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Working under the guidance of the distinguished potter and teacher, Al Johnsen, and later becoming his apprentice, he graduated with honors in 1972 with a combined degree in Ceramics and Art History. After working for several years honing his skills as a studio potter, he discovered the beautiful stone-like surfaces of sagger and smoke-firing and began to collaborate with Christine, a basket weaver on a unique line of clay and fiber vessels. Michael spent nearly 40 years exhibiting his work at the premier art and craft festivals throughout the United States; including the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, and many others, winning many awards for his innovative work. When the Covid pandemic hit in 2020, all of the shows shut down and Michael took this opportunity to shift his focus to teaching, which he now greatly enjoys; passing on his ceramic skills to his students. In his classes, his focus is on developing a strong foundation in the basic techniques of wheel thrown pottery. Michael and Christine’s work can be viewed on their website, www.adcockstudios.com