$220 plus $15 materials (8 weeks)
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Bill Davis describes his vision of this class for adults and those age 15 up
"I was taught and believe that a solid foundation in fundamentals is vital, but can be fun to learn. The class will focus on learning to work on the pottery wheel, and working with slabs, with a bit of hand building thrown in for good measure. These techniques can be used individually or combined to create beautiful, fulfilling, functional or purely decorative works of art.
The first item to learn to throw on the pottery wheel is a basic cylinder. Everything comes from this shape and skill.
Each person has their own unique touch and the clay's response is a great way to find it. All skill levels are welcome. Though perfection is possible, those perfectly rounded, symmetrical pieces, aren't always what everyone wants. Creativity in clay is limited only by your imagination, but having some basic skills can make it all easier".
Bill Davis Bio
In 2003, 30 years in to a career as an animation artist and illustrator, I decided to fulfill a long time desire to learn pottery. I took lessons from David Kingsbury, an Ithaca, NY
potter who was a former neighbor. At the beginning, as with anything, there were mistakes and flops but with a bit of persistence and practice, the skills of a potter
developed. Within a few months, after getting a good grasp on the basics of wheel and slab work, I was producing and selling my wares at the Ithaca Farmer's Market and a whole new world of expression was opened to me. The clay pieces became new "canvases" for the drawing, painting, and sculpting skills I had developed over a long
career and lifetime. I have occasionally given lessons over the years, passing along what I have learned, being as encouraging as possible. In 2010 and 2011, working with a fellow Americorp Artist at a charter high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico, I had the opportunity to teach pottery as the school prepared pieces for the "Empty Bowls" charity event. This led to an after school ceramics class that was attended by students and adult members of the community.
Registration/Payment -Four ways to register & pay.
1. Call the office at 207 338-2222, register/pay with a credit card.
2. Print and fill in the registration form, mail along with check or credit card payment.
3. Stop by to register and pay. Office is at Waterfall Arts 256 High Street in Belfast Tue-Fri 10 to 5.
All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of a class running and of your slot in it! Waterfall Arts has a limited scholarship account for people who cannot access our classes without some financial assistance. Click scholarship to download the form.
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