Wheel Throwing: Beginning & Continuing
Our instructors will introduce you to the fundamental skills of wheel throwing. We’ll practice wedging, centering, and throwing as well as the basics of trimming. Prior to glazing fired pieces we’ll discuss the elements of glazing and decorating. Participants must return to pick up their finished work. Students with a bit of prior wheel throwing experience wishing to refresh and hone the skills they have are welcome to join this group. The class fee includes all stoneware clay, glazes, and firing.
Fiona Davis, Ceramics Director, was born and educated in the UK, where she studied early childhood education and development. She immigrated to the United States with her husband and moved to Vermont in 1988. Fiona first took pottery with Jenny Swanson and worked with her at the League of NH Craftsmen and later at Dartmouth College’s Ceramic Workshops. Fiona was apprenticed to Miranda Thomas at her workshop in Quechee and followed her to Bridgewater, VT, where she worked alongside Ara Cardew. During this time she taught at the ArtPost, started by Caroline Bardos. Fiona came to ArtisTree in 2012 to begin the ceramics program and to help provide outreach opportunities to different communities within the Upper Valley.
Evan Williams holds a BFA from Syracuse University. He apprenticed with Miranda Thomas and has been a Master Potter with Miranda Thomas Pottery since 2002. Evan considers himself to be working within a specific pottery tradition that traces back directly to Michael Cardew and Bernard Leach. He co-owns the studio Grace and Evan Pottery with his wife where they make, decorate, fire, and market a line of wood fired functional pottery. Together they endeavor to create work that is simple and honest to its materials. To learn more about Evan visit his website.