Intro to Wheel Throwing - Thursday Afternoons with Michael Adcock (3/2/23-4/6/23), 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Dates: Thursdays, March 2nd - April 6th (6 weeks)
Times: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Price: $360 (glaze, 1st bag of clay, firing, instruction and drop-in open studio time included). Tools ($20 + tax) and additional clay ($30-$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 fundamentals of throwing on the potter’s wheel. From the basics of wedging and centering, to throwing vessels and learning how to glaze them, we will provide you with the tools you need to launch your own ceramic endeavors! Experienced thrower and instructor Michael Adcock will teach you to focus on both the process and the product while progressing your skills each week. Age 18+
Students will be encouraged to explore projects to push their newly learned 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.
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