Winter Classes for Kids! and Adults


Throwing Kids Pottery Wheel Class

Fridays from 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22

March 8 3:30 – 5:30 – glazing

$90 includes everything!

Minimum 4 students, maximum 6

* Adult Class – Make your own Place Setting!

Saturdays, 10 am – noon

Plates: Saturday, February 2

Cups: Saturday, February 9

Bowls: Saturday, February 16

$30 per class, 10% off if you pay for all 3 up front!

4 person minimum, 8 max.

* Celebrate Spring Garden Markers!

Saturday, March 16, 10 to noon

Make up to 10 clay plant stakes. Stamp them with names of your favorite herb or flower or get creative! Ages 8 and up

$25 per person


* Have a clay class idea? Get a group of 4 or more people together and call 488-0480 to schedule an appointment! I can do a Homeschoolers Class, Scout Badge Class and more!



Fall 2012 Clay Classes


Bring your friends for a night out to make your own, handmade:

Wine Goblet / Martini Glass

In two hours you will be coached on making a pair of stemmed cups to enjoy your favorite beverage!

Friday, November 16  from 7-9 pm.  Wine and snacks will be provided.


plaque for home with house numbers

House Plaque

Make a small plaque for your home – put your house number, initials, name or anything else on it!

Saturday, November 17 from 2-4 pm.


Pieces will be ready for pick up 2 weeks after class.

Laura's Clay Angel


Bring the family so you each can make an angel in clay.  Adults and children are welcome.  Bring the whole family, invite your friends!

December 1, 2012 from 10-noon.

$30 per person

Angels will be ready to go home 2 weeks after class.


Children will learn how to make clay cups or mugs, jewelry,  keepsake boxes and more!  We will create enough gifts to please family, friends and teachers!

3 Fridays after school: Nov. 30, December 7, & 14 from 3:30-5:30

$65 per child (3, 2-hour sessions)

Includes everything needed to make handmade gifts in clay!

Pieces will be ready to pick up December 19th.

Students must pre-register

by calling 488-0480

Each class must have 4 students and no more than 10.

Throwing Pottery Basics

I’m back from my fun holiday vacation and happy to be at Southwestern Community College teaching the Beginner/Intermediate Throwing class.  This, I think, is my favorite class to teach because I can watch the students grow from knowing nothing to making a teapot in 16 weeks.

One of my students recently asked if there were any good sites online to help her learn to throw. Here is a short list of sites that can help anyone learn to make a pot on the wheel:

YouTube is a GREAT start!  Search terms may be: centering pottery, centering clay, wedging clay, pottery wheel basics, etc.  Expert Village has a vast number of videos on Youtube.  I have to say, watch more than one!  Everyone throws a bit different, and not everyone is a good teacher.  The more you see, the better it will translate to you.

Another place to find videos is the Ceramic Arts Daily website.  This site is brought to you by the publisher of several ceramic arts magazines, and so they are interested in selling.  However, beside the selling points, this site offers great tips for the new and initiated potter!  Videos, books, shortened articles from their magazines, etc.

Lakeside Pottery has a pretty extensive site for a small studio in Connecticut.  They posted photos of each step of the throwing process, handbuilding techniques, surface decoration and more.  They really do a GREAT job online, and I am sure they do a mighty fine job in person if you happen to live near them and take a class. does a great job with both photos and text to help any beginner potter.  I particularly like their tutorial on wedging (preparing) clay for those with hand a wrist strains, called the Cut and Slap method.

These links should keep a beginner occupied online for several hours.  Perhaps in the near future I will post a list of books I recommend for learning about throwing pots on a wheel.

Until then, if you are in Bryson City, North Carolina, check out the classes I offer at Pincu Pottery or consider taking a class at the Heritage Arts Institute!


Learning to Throw

Anita learns to throw a pot