Classes are held in my studio/home in Exeter on a seasonal basis. They generally last 3 months (10-12 weeks) as this allows time for all phases of the making process without rushing. (In our hurry-up world this is sometimes confounding, but good things are worth waiting for!) Fall classes begin after Labor Day, Winter classes after the New Year, and Spring classes in early April. If there’s enough interest, informal summer sessions may be arranged.
The focus of all classes is on learning the skills involved in handling clay on the potter’s wheel, developing sensitivity to this remarkable material, and making actual the ideas you have in your mind. The setting is a working studio where teachers share their enthusiasm and experience with those eager to learn. This is not a quick, how-to process, but one that focuses on acquiring the skills needed to apprach a craft with serious intent.
Classes are small (5-6 students maximum), allowing for individual attention and development. Course fees are between $300-$500. Work will be fired in our high-fire gas kilns. There is a clay/firing charge based on each person’s output.
Contact us for more information. Email or evening phone calls (603-772-6323) are preferable.
Small classes in a studio setting. Individual instruction from a professional potter/educator. Experiment, explore, imagine and create. Throw a variety of forms on potter's wheels, learn decorating and glazing techniques and fire in our gas kilns.
I've been teaching since the early '70s, enjoying interchange of ideas, skills & cameraderie. Sometimes I think that the future of ceramics (and our world?!) is in the hand of seekers like these:
Because my own work is based on the use of the potter’s wheel, that is the primary tool in my studio teaching. Students see my process and develop their own. We throw, decorate, trim, fire, glaze and refire pieces. Advanced students and beginners with an interest can be involved in developing glazes and with firing.
Handbuilding is a natural adjunct to wheelwork and is encouraged as such. We may make clay stamps, do slab work and sculpture. I try to respond to the interests of the class, for there is good energy there. More advanced students/those who have studied with me for a period of time, may devise with me a curriculum that suits their needs.
Classes for adults and children are offered in winter, spring, summer and fall. Six is the maximum number of students in any class, and many are smaller. Sessions are 8-12 weeks, with adult class sessions running 3 hours and children’s classes 2 hours. You may call or email for class schedules/registration material.
This spring I served as artist in residence at two New Hampshire schools: the Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield, and Rye Elementary School. Working with children and their teachers is incredibly rewarding. I am able to share my skills, and be inspired by the creativity and enthusiasm of others working in clay.
As an artist on the roster of the NH State Arts Council, I am available to provide enrichment activities in the arts programs of public and private schools. Doing this on a regular basis, I feel I can contribute to the future of the strong craft/art tradition of the state. Programs are tailored to the specific needs or interests of the school or group.
Over the years I have worked with many interested students/aspiring potters as apprentices. The tradition of apprenticeship is strong in our field, and there are important reasons to support its continuation. Apprenticeship can be a complement to formal clay education, and occasionally a substitute, if the desire to learn independently is sufficiently strong.
Because of other demands on my time I am not currently accepting apprentices, but occasionally am looking for studio assistants with some clay experience.