Exploring Ceramics: Wheel and Hand-building

Exploring Ceramics: Wheel and Hand-building










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The basics of Wheel and Handbuilding techniques will be taught. Beginners on the wheel will first focus on centering the clay on the wheel head before we move onto simple forms of cups and bowls. Without a good foundation of a well-centered ball of clay, frustration may set in. Handbuilding techniques of pinch, coiling, and slab will be taught. And depending on your level of experience and interest we will explore a wide range of ways to interpret these basic techniques to approach an exciting body of work. Great for both beginners and the advanced Ceramist. Come get down and dirty while learning to make functional and sculptural ceramic forms! This course explores basic clay potters wheel and hand-building techniques but is also ideal for the intermediate potter who needs guidance and advice from an instructor with years of practical experience. No previous ceramics experience necessary—this class is open to all levels. Materials and tools will be provided. Enrollment in this course includes additional access to one monitored Community Shop Access session per week.


The Steel Yard is located at 27 Sims Avenue, Providence RI 02909


For all courses, students must wear a pair of close-toed shoes like sneakers or boots (no sandals, no flip-flops, no peep-toe pumps). Also, you should dress expecting to get a little dirty. Art is messy. In addition, students in metalworking courses must wear clothes made from either cotton or wool—syn-thetic fabrics like fleece and polyester are not safe near an open flame. Pants are required and long sleeves are recommended. Any clothing that has been frayed is not permitted. The studio is well stocked with heavy-duty welding jackets, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it.


All enrollments are subject to our REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT POLICIES. Notable changes to accommodate the uncertainty during the current pandemic include the following adjustments to our policies:

Students may withdraw from a course without penalty within 5 days prior to the start of the course. Exceptions will be made for students impacted by COVID-19; in which case, last-minute withdrawals will be accommodated with documentation of a COVID-19 test (confirmation of appointment) for the student or their household member. For any cancellation of a paid course, students can expect to receive a full refund, less a $5 processing fee, to their original method of payment. Please allow for 10 business days before the refund is reflected on your account.


The Steel Yard offers scholarships in all of our teaching departments, which make our open enrollment courses accessible to students who may not otherwise be able to afford this unique industrial arts opportunity.