Wheel-thrown Pottery

(adults 18 years and older)

Fall 2019

Registration deadline September 30th.

Course Description

The truth about wheel-thrown Pottery in the 21st Century

Wheel thrown pottery is a discipline that takes many hours, days, weeks, months and years to master, and mastering means the ability to be creative with fearless tenacity.

The attitude towards Wheel thrown pottery as taught here at this academy is a serious approach that requires the students ability to grasp on their own, the memory process for the many steps in order to work independently. Work produced in this class must meet strict requirements in order to be finished in the academy’s kilns; that being properly formed, trimmed and well balanced. Beginners will be taught the basics of forming two principle shapes, cylinders and bowls, with modest shaping alterations in creating more specific functional forms.

Wheel thrown pottery should not thought of as entertainment, therapy, and just a fun thing to do. If that’s the case you are better off enrolling in any of the other clay-forming offerings here, which are more immediate in making unique works of art, and require less physical skills.

There are many moving parts in mastering the skills to make pottery on the wheel, and the wheel itself is just one of them. All the other moving parts required to work in perfect harmony with clay are on the human side of the machine. To grasp the feel for that harmony is the gap between teaching and learning. The gap that can only be grasped through the trying. The trial and error required in this process will truly test your self esteem, and your true desire to learn this ancient craft.

Instruction will be thorough and detailed from a mechanical and scientific point of view. It’s on the student to remember this detail. It will be obvious if the student is over challenged by this process, and if this is the case, the academy has the right to remove the student from the class with a prorated refund minus the registration fee. Wheel thrown pottery is not for everyone, just like becoming a brain surgeon is not for everyone.

If you insist on the Wheel class option then be warned, you may end up with nothing to show for your efforts except the experience and joy of tying something truly difficult and accepting the experience of it, as enough. If you want the real deal in a wheel-thrown pottery experience and not some pseudo philosophical “make what you feel” approach, and if you want that true experience with a teacher who’s academic background in ceramics alone speaks for itself, then the Academy is the where you need to be.

How to Register

For all skill levels

Classes include 10 sessions which meet on the following day(s):

Monday 10am - 1pm on: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Nov. 4, 11, 18. Dec. 2, 9, 16.

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Monday 6:30pm - 9:30pm: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Nov. 4, 11, 18. Dec. 2, 9, 16.

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Tuesday 6:30pm - 9:30pm on: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29. Nov. 5, 12, 19. Dec. 3, 10, 17.

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Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:30pm on: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30. Nov. 6, 13, 20. Dec. 4, 11, 18.

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Saturday 10am - 1pm on: Oct. 12, 19, 26. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23. Dec. 7, 14, 21.

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Costs Explained:

$525 Base Tuition  + $50  Materials/Firing Deposit: Includes 25 lb. of any stoneware clay (porcelain excluded). Deposit also includes up to 1000 cu. in. of kiln space.

$575 Total tuition charge at the point of registration. 


Additional costs beyond those included in the deposit.

Kiln firing fee:  per cubic inch 

Studio clay charges per $25 lbs: $18.50 any stoneware; $34.00 porcelain.

*Conditions apply for reduction firing: Size and kiln space limits all assessed for suitability.


All tools supplied

Instructor: Frank Bosco

Enrollment limited to 5 students