I learned to throw pottery in my high school art class. All of my study hall time was spent "studying" in the art room sitting at the wheel teaching myself to throw.
There are many memories of the JE High School art room with our teacher, Bill Marinich. I don't recall Mr. Marinich letting us use nice bagged clay for our projects. The clay we used came from a big garbage can of muck that we had to wedge forever. Occasionally, I would get my hands on some "new" clay. I threw a lot of "anchors" as Mr. Marinich would say to me. I still like my pots to be heavy at the bottom.
We made our bats out of plaster and then secure them to the wheel head with lumps of clay. How did we ever center anything?
Glazes were in several garbage buckets. We had no idea what color you were going to get. Our work had to survive a lot (especially sitting on a shelve of a high school art room). Check out some of my first pieces in the 80's.
September 2004 - I bought a pottery wheel. I threw on and off for 15 years and would have various local potters bisque and glaze firing. Thank you Sally & Nanette!
April 2019 - I purchased my own little kiln. Now I throw pots and fire all year long. I get to try different projects all at my own pace and time schedule. It's wonderful.
December 2021 - Opened Clay & Craft Studio selling pottery I have made over the years and began offering Intro "take it for a spin" pottery lessons.
January 2022 - First lessons started
April 2022 - Lessons have been going great. Over 30 potters and 80 pots.
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