New classes

Hinckley Pottery has added two new classes to its offerings: One is especially for teens and meets Sundays from 12:30 to 3:00 pm, beginning February 26, 2017. The other focuses on handbuilding and meets on Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, from April 13 through June 15, 2017.

 

Handbuilding with clay. This 10-week session will focus on three basic handbuilding techniques – coiling/pinching, slab building, and extruding. Participants will make vessels and decorative wares with coil and pinch pots for two classes, hard and soft slabs for four classes, and finally extruded forms for two classes. The last two classes will be dedicated to finishing and glazing the ware. 

Participants will learn to make a variety of vessels using these different techniques and can expect to be inspired to look around them, both for design ideas, and for tools that will be used in their work, bringing life into clay using only one's hands and ingenuity. 

The session meets from 6:00 to 8:30 pm on Thursdays, from April 13 through June 15, 2017. The fee is $400.00. The class is open handbuilders at all skill levels. Hinckley Pottery provides clay, tools, and glazes, except that large pieces (8+ inches) are subject to glaze-firing surcharges. Hinckley Pottery reserves the right to cancel the session if enrollment does not reach a minimum of five students.

Instructor Ryan McDonnell first became associated with Hinckley Pottery in 2006 and has been a working artist and teacher in the DC area for more than 10 years. He has taught in DC public schools and received a number of grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for community projects working with youth. He currently is Ceramics and Sculpture Studio Coordinator at The George Washington University. 

To download a Handbuilding Class flyer, click here.

To register: Call Hinckley Pottery at 202-745-7055 or 202-726-6646.

 

Pottery for Teens This new wheel-based pottery session is open to teens aged 14 to 18 who have had some basic introduction to the wheel as well as those who are more advanced.

Guided by master potter Jill Hinckley and aided by teenage apprentice teacher William Satloff, the class offers the opportunity to develop and broaden skills in throwing on the potter’s wheel.

The instructor provides a solid grounding in pottery fundamentals and assists students in refining skills and techniques. Students will assess their work, will learn how to make larger and more complex forms, and will explore methods for altering thrown pots to create ovals and other shapes.

Participants should dress in clothes they don’t mind getting dirty, trim their fingernails short, tie back long hair and bring an old towel for wiping their hands.

The session meets from 12:30 to 3:00 pm on Sundays. The fee for a 10-class session is $400. Cost of clay, use of tools and equipment, glazes and firing are included in the fee, except that large pieces (8+ inches) are subject to glaze-firing surcharges. Hinckley Pottery reserves the right to cancel the session if enrollment does not reach a minimum of five students. If there is sufficient interest, this class will be ongoing.

To download a Teen Class flyer, click here.

To register: Call Hinckley Pottery at 202-745-7055 or 202-726-6646.

 

 

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