White Elephant Sale
June 7-10.  We are looking first for donations, coming in a separate email to all members, and then a schedule (currently all open studio hours June 7-10, beginning daily at 9:00).  Sale expected to open the morning of June 7, 9:00 am--best time to come! I'll put the list of desirable donations below the studio hours.

Regular Studio Hours
MWF 8:30-4, TuTh 8:30-8pm
Sat, Sun 10-2
Emeritus classes take place mornings 8:45-11:50 and afternoons 12:45-3:50, 3-4 days a week.
During these times the studio is closed, except for the Lunchroom, where you may work.
Days and times change each semester.

Supplies for Sale

Studio Hours

Come into our studio and see all of the supplies we have for sale.

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Librarians Corner

Books may be borrowed by members for two weeks except for those labeled DNR which may be read in the studio only. Remember to ask a Supervisor to open the shelves for you. We also have new Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Clay Times, Sculpture, and Sculpture Review. They are filed newest on top in the fat binders. The library is a valuable resource for potters of all abilities.

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Spin to Win: Pottery Tips with Purpose!

Pottery has been a beloved craft for centuries, with roots that trace back to ancient civilizations. There’s something uniquely satisfying about molding a lump of clay into a work of art, and spinning on a pottery wheel only adds to the excitement. With a little practice and some expert tips, you too can master the art of pottery and spin to win!

The Joy of Pottery

There’s no denying the joy that comes from creating something beautiful with your own hands. Pottery, in particular, is a calming and rewarding craft that can help you unwind after a long day. The tactile experience of working with clay, coupled with the creative process of designing and shaping your piece, can be a deeply meditative experience.

The Art of Spinning

The pottery wheel is the centerpiece of this craft, allowing you to spin the clay while you shape it. Spinning takes some practice to master, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to create a wide variety of shapes and designs. It’s almost like dancing with the clay, as you use your hands and fingers to guide it into the shape you want.

Tips for a Successful Session

To make the most of your spinning session, it’s important to come prepared. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and tie back long hair to keep it out of the way. Keep a bowl of water nearby to keep your hands moist, and use a clay tool to keep the clay from sticking to your fingers. And don’t forget to take breaks and stretch your hands and wrists to avoid cramping.

Beyond the Wheel: The Purpose of Pottery

Pottery isn’t just a fun hobby – it has a purpose too. Many potters create functional pieces that can be used in everyday life, such as bowls, plates, and mugs. Other artists create purely decorative pieces that can be displayed in homes and galleries. No matter your goal, pottery is a way to express your creativity and share your art with others.

Get Creative with Different Techniques

Spinning is just one technique in the world of pottery. There are many other techniques you can try, such as hand-building, slip-casting, and glazing. Each technique offers its own unique challenges and rewards, and experimenting with different methods can help you expand your skills.

Spin to Win: Mastering the Craft

With practice and dedication, you can become a skilled potter and spin to win. Take your time learning the basics and mastering the techniques, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes – they’re all part of the learning process. And most importantly, have fun! Pottery is a craft that should be enjoyed, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

In conclusion, spinning pottery is a wonderful way to express your creativity, relieve stress, and create functional or decorative art. With these tips and tricks, you’re well on your way to mastering the craft and spinning to win. So grab some clay, turn on your pottery wheel, and let your imagination run wild!

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