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Mixed Media with Hannah Hancock


* Class *

Introduction to Pottery: Handbuilding & Wheel

Linda Braddock, Instructor
Tuesdays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
June 7 – July 12, 2022

The oldest known pottery artifact was handbuilt.  The same ancient skills used to create the earliest pottery can be used today to make functional tableware, vessels, and sculptural forms.  Only a few simple tools are needed to produce works of art in the clay medium through the development of manual, technical, and conceptual skills. 
This class will offer an opportunity to learn the different handbuilding techniques of pinching, coiling, and slab rolling.  The possibilities for creativity are endless once these skills have been introduced and practiced.  Individual creativity and self-expression will be encouraged throughout the process of designing and producing pottery pieces.
Handbuilding Techniques
Pinch pots are a direct method of working with clay and help to familiarize the student with the characteristics of clay as a medium.   Cups, bowls, and closed vessels with fitted lids will be demonstrated.
Coiled pots are created by rolling out long individual coils of clay and joining them together to create a vessel. Coiled pots can take on any number of forms, and the size can range from small to large. Pinching and coiling techniques can be combined to produce larger, more substantial shapes. 
Slab Pots
A slab pot is formed by joining flat slabs of clay together after they have been uniformly flattened by means of a rolling pin or processed through a slab roller.  Students will use a variety of molds to produce plates, platters, bowls, or other creative shapes.  Through the use of “slump molds” or concave, and “hump molds” or convex, students will be able to design and create a variety of pottery vessels. 
Decoration: Slips and Glazes
Pottery pieces will be fired twice, once to the bisque stage, then glazed and completed in the second firing.  Pottery pieces will be decorated with colored slips, underglazes, and glazes for firing in the kiln.

Course cost: $175 for members and $190 for non-members.  Sign up by emailing fcacinfo@gmail.com or calling 865-357-2787.

About Us 

The Fountain City Art Center is dedicated to providing a variety of visual arts experiences and opportunities for the public in an inviting and educational environment. The Fountain City Art Center is a venue for area artists, art groups, performing artists and students of all ages to exhibit their work, attend meetings, classes, workshops, lectures and demonstrations, and to find inspiration from one another. Fountain City Art Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing a creative outlet to the artistic community. Funds are raised annually to help offset operational costs. Please consider donating today.