Pottery, basics of throwing and flatwork
March 18 - 22, 2012
Team taught by Judi Munn and John Perry, this beginning pottery class will teach you the clay skills of both throwning and flatwork.
You'll work on the wheel part of the day. The class is designed for students who have had no previous experience. An overview of the process will be presented, but then students will get down to the nitty-gritty of learning to center the clay, and then on to the forming of simple cylinders, bowls and plates. Some decorating techniques will also be covered.
This rest of the class will cover the basics of working with clay without a potter’s wheel. The emphasis will be on what students can create at home without expensive equipment. Three main hand-building techniques will be covered: pinch, coil, and slab.
Although designed for the beginner, more advanced projects can be offered for those who have had some experience. Work can be done on both sculptural and functional forms. A variety of decorative processes will be covered also, including making your own stamps and stencil making. You will want to wear old clothes and bring an apron.
You will not be firing your work in this class. You may find a potter near you to arrange to fire your pieces with, or you can arrange to have them fired with Judi and John and pick them up later.
A non-refundable registration fee of $75 is due at the time of registration. The class fee of $300 and materials fee of $25 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. John and Judi accept cash or check.
Total class cost $400 - does not include meals and lodging. Our Cabins at Dry Creek offer discounted lodging to Folk School students.
Registration deadline is 3-1-13. All classes need a minimum number of students to make.
Min 3/max 6 (due to number of wheels)
Instructor: Judi Munn
Judi Munn’s path to become a potter was not a direct one. She is certified to teach and holds a Master Degree in a field other than pottery. Judi took up pottery with the idea of adding Art to her list of teaching certifications. In 1992, after a year and a half of classes, she got an apprenticeship at the Ozark Folk Center with David and Becki Dahlstedt. Her husband John Perry began his apprenticeship in pottery in 1996. They both teach pottery at various times of the year at the Folk Center.
They say “We love making our living using our hands. It is satisfying to start with a lump of clay and produce a piece of work that may last for 5000 years, or more! The work sold here is functional stoneware. We designed it to be used and enjoyed.”
Judi’s work is in the collections of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Dale Bumper’s wife. An article written by Judi was published in January of 2002 in Ceramics Monthly Magazine. It was called “Pure Whimsy” and focused on her slip decorated animal pottery. One of her pitchers is included in the book 500 Pitchers.