Pottery Classes

After spending a day with us observing the process of pottery making and visiting with the potters at Homestead Heritage, many decide to take pottery classes. They have found that our potters love to share their knowledge and skills with others and have found relational ways of teaching that make it surprisingly easy to learn such a rewarding craft.

An Introduction to Wheel Throwing

An experience in clay teaching the basic steps of wheel-thrown pottery

This one-day hands-on workshop will introduce you to the skills and techniques of wheel-thrown pottery. We also explain types and sources of clay as well as clay preparation. You will learn how to prepare clay, form it into a basic cylinder on a potter’s wheel and how to form it using simple shaping.

We also discuss various methods of glazing and firing. During the class, you’ll have the opportunity to see the kilns we use in firing our vessels at
the potter’s house.

The Foundations of Hand-Building

A Beginners Kit for Children Ages 7 and Up

This beginning curriculum provides the important first steps for parents and their children age 7 and above to begin hand building pottery at home. Our craftsmen potters have practiced these same methods in not only producing their own range of hand-built pottery, but in teaching hand-building techniques to others through the years.

At each level, we show the three most recognized methods used universally in hand built pottery—the pinch pot method, the coil method and slab the method. The pinch pot is the simplest of all vessels made, using the fingers to shape and form the pot. The walls of the coil pots are built from successive layers of coiled clay with a rolled slab base, while for the slab method, we roll out slabs of clay which we then cut to shape and size to form the base and walls of a pot. These three methods provide the foundation for traditional hand-built pottery.

As children work successively through the three levels, they will develop their skills through the projects they make. Each level contains three projects designed to reinforce the techniques and skills learned in the previous levels. The nine projects follow simple and concise instruction developed for parents to work progressively with their children. We suggest children work through each exercise beginning with Level One, so they can learn the working properties of the clay and how and when to use the various tools.

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