In-Person Beginning Wheel

May 13, 2021—Jun 17, 2021

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Thursdays May 13- June 17, 5:30-8:00pm

Level/Age: Beginner, 16+

Cost: Member $190, Non-Member $200

This class is full! Please call 315-255-1553 to be placed on the waitlist.

In this six-week series, students will learn the foundational skills for throwing pots on the wheel. They will learn centering, basic throwing techniques, trimming, glazing, and more to begin their journey in clay. While this class is geared toward beginners, students who have some introductory skills that they wish to expand on are welcome.

This class will be held in person. Our wheels have been moved into a large classroom and spaced more than 6 feet apart. Students are required to wear masks and maintain social distance.


About the teacher:

John Smolenski graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with an MFA from the School for American Craftsmen. His work has been in numerous exhibitions, including Xerox Craft Invitational, Six Functional Potters, NYS Craftsmen Craft Fair, and Southern Tier Crafts National. John was associate professor of ceramics at both Keuka College and State University College at Oswego. John taught high school art at Skaneateles Central Schools for 29 years, where he developed the ceramics program. Many students received prestigious awards, including Gold and Silver Keys, at the Scholastic Art Awards, under John’s direction. In 2014, he was honored by the National Scholastic Art Association as Teacher of the Year.