Introduction to the Pottery Wheel with Rick Bisgyer (8 weeks)
March 17 @ 10:00 am - May 5 @ 12:30 pm
Have you ever been amazed to see someone at the potter’s wheel creating something beautiful from a lump of clay? This class is for beginning pottery students with little or no wheel experience, and those who have taken introductory wheel classes and wish to have more instruction. Students will be working with stoneware clay. They will learn the fundamental techniques of preparing clay, throwing on the wheel, trimming, and glazing a piece, creating a finished decorative or functional pot. Amaze yourself with what you can create!
Tuition includes 8 Open Studio tickets, your first 25 lbs. of clay, and bisque firing, a light firing to prepare pots for glazing. There is a fee, dependent on the size of your piece, for subsequent glaze firings. Beginner toolkits are available for purchase during the first class meeting for $30. Standard 226 or Little Loafers clay is available for an additional $3, and porcelain clay is available for an additional $10.
About the instructor: Rick Bisgyer has been a full time ceramic artist for the last two decades. He holds a degree in Education and has been teaching ceramics in this area both at Baltimore Clayworks and Chestertown RiverArts. His work has been displayed at national and regional fine craft shows and galleries across the country.
“Rick Bisgyer, my porcelain teacher, has the drive and skilled technique to create quality porcelain objects with a strong sense of form that really represent the essence of the maker. He encourages his students with exploration and technique to be open to the possibilities of their own creativity.”
-Lynn Molner, artist and teacher