I love to teach!
For the past 5 years I have taught at Southwestern Community College (SCC) in Bryson City, North Carolina. It began with a beginner wheel throwing class, blossomed into clay and computer classes and has steadied with clay classes for beginners through advanced, hand building and wheel throwing.
In 2010, a ‘For Rent’ sign appeared on a wonderful little storefront just seconds from SCC and after thinking about it for a month or two, I took the plunge and inquired. Pincu Pottery opened its door in May 2010 – a place to make my pots, display them and sell them. Most importantly, it is also a place for me to teach clay to everyone ages 8 and up.
Bryson City is a tourist town located at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and known for its outdoor activities such as rafting on the Nantahala River, fly-fishing numerous rivers and creeks or mountain biking Tsali Recreational Area. For those folks that aren’t outdoor enthusiasts or for when it rains or just an extra fun thing to do on vacation, I teach a two-hour class that includes both hand building with a sheet of clay (slab) and throwing on the potter’s wheel. All I need is a 2-hour lead time to prepare and groups from 1 to 7 people can come and try their hand at clay. By the end, most people have made 2-3 pots that, after about two weeks of finishing (firing and glazing) will last a lifetime and may be used in the microwave and cleaned in the dishwasher. What a fabulous memento to bring back from a trip to the mountains!
I teach locals and visitors, young or old. I love to teach! Everyone approaches clay differently and no two pots are alike. It is fascinating to watch the growth of both the clay and the person manipulating the clay!
At the community college, I love to teach the beginner class. After 5 years, I have seen beginners blossom into potters in their own right. That is truly exciting!
Thank you to everyone that stops in to Pincu Pottery and plays with clay!! You bring happiness and meaning to my life.