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Beginning Wheel & Hand Building

  • Monday, September 12, 2022
  • Thursday, October 06, 2022
  • 8 sessions
  • Monday, September 12, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, September 15, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Monday, September 19, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, September 22, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Monday, September 26, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Monday, October 03, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, October 06, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • 295 S Canyon City E Rd, Canyon City OR 97820
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This is a great class for beginners to ceramics! In this class, students will learn the principles of hand building, wheel throwing and become familiar with the clay process.

The first half of the course will cover the techniques of pinch, slab, and coil building as students build and glaze their own plate, bowl, and mug set to take home.

Next will be an introduction to the potter's wheel, focusing on the core skills of wedging, centering, opening, and pulling walls to create a cylinder, steps which are the foundation of all thrown pots.

This four week class will meet twice weekly. To maximize skills covered in class, students are highly encouraged to come work on projects and techniques during open studio time which is included in class tuition through the duration of the class.

Age 16+; Skill level: beginner

 Genevieve Paddock

Like so many other potters, I was first introduced to clay in a high school ceramics class. By senior year, I was taking most of my lunches in the ceramics room with the other art geeks, spending as much time playing with clay as I could. But, again, it was the clay’s versatility that I was drawn to. You can make it look like anything you can imagine - tree bark, skin, leather, metal - you name it! And the meditative spin of a wheel, who can resist that?

To pursue my interest in the arts, I attended Bennington College in Vermont, a school with a deep history in ceramic arts, where I received my B.A. in ceramics. During that time, I also worked in a ceramics factory, under glazing literally hundreds of pots a day! The following year I had the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. and intern at the Capitol Children’s Museum and create a ceramics studio and program. In 2003, I moved to Grant County where I met my husband, David, and joined him in the Nomad Sign Art studio and learned the old school art of hand lettering and hand-crafting signs. These days my 500-pound potter’s wheel sits cozily in our living room next to the woodstove, where our whole family can learn to play on it.

I am extremely excited to share my love of clay at the Painted Sky Center for the Arts. So many of my best memories and closest bonds have been made working in studios, making art, and playing in the mud.


Physical Address: 118 Washington Street Canyon City, OR  97820

Mailing Address: PO Box 21 Canyon City, OR  97820

Call: (541) 575-1335

Email: paintedskycenter@gmail.com

Painted Sky Center for the Arts is a project of Juniper Arts Council. Juniper Arts Council is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Your support matters. Thank you for supporting the arts in Eastern Oregon. 

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