Silvermine Arts Center

1037 Silvermine Road

New Canaan, CT  06840

203-966-6668 ext.2

Getting to the Next Level

June 22, 2012, Friday, 10am-4pm

In this workshop we will be focusing on improving your technique so that you can throw more efficiently, faster, easier and bigger.  Each form may be approached differently to optimize your results.  You will learn four ways to center, including variations for large amounts of clay, directional pulling and three ways to get height fast when pulling up your walls.  Different hand positions and tools will be demonstrated for efficient throwing.  The goal is not to change what works for you, but instead give you more choices and improve your technique.  Lots of individual coaching provided.  Previous experience is necessary.

Wheel Throwing for the Total Beginner

June 24, 2012, Sunday, 10am-4pm

Have you ever wanted to try something just for the day?  In this one-day workshop for the total beginner, you can get your hands in clay as we construct and throw some simple clay forms.  Learn basic throwing techniques to create your own piece of pottery.  No experience needed.  The school provides the clay. (Note: I am substitute teaching for Wendy Hower.)

For prices and information on these workshops, see website.

Brookfield Craft Center

286 Whisconier Road

Brookfield, CT  06840


Loading and Firing an Electric Kiln

August 11, 2012, Saturday, 10am-1pm

Have you just set up a home pottery studio, or are you thinking about it?  This workshop will give you all the information and resources you need so you can safely fire your own pottery.  Whatever type of work you make or temperature that you will fire to, it is important to know how to load, fire and maintain your kiln.  Lecture and demonstrations will show you the ins and outs.  You’ll receive lots of informative handouts, including loading & firing guidelines, kiln wash recipes, website resources and other technical facts.  Bring yourself and your questions.

Sampler Workshop: Throwing Clay on the Wheel

September 16, 2012, Sunday, 12-4pm

Wheel throwing is magical to watch. But you can actually try it yourself in this hands-on beginner’s class. Your instructor will guide you through making simple pots on the wheel with demonstrations and individual coaching. Students will learn how to center the clay as well as various hand positions for pulling up the clay into different forms. Both bowl and cylinder forms will be covered. No experience is necessary.

For prices and information on these workshops, see website.