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Pottery Class

By student Jessi Blythe Ammons

What do chemistry, clay and creativity have in common? The pottery class at RSU Students are getting their hands dirty and making beautiful stoneware. The wheels are turning in the sculpture studio as mounds of clay become new shapes. The class is called pottery wheel throwing. Students beat, form and spin clay into earthen vases and more. When it becomes what the potter plans, it is time to mix the colors and add the finish. The process can be complicated, but Instructor Bryce Brimer explains every detail, "We’re formulating glazes for a code six oxidation firing… There’s chemistry involved in pottery.” Many of the ingredients for glazing are mined, and sometimes when a mine runs dry, they are hard to find. But with a little experimentation you can come across new techniques in decorating a piece of pottery. Many artists have found their niche playing with clay. Debbie Loveless discovered she loves wheel throwing. "It’s fun to take a block of clay and turn it into whatever you want.”

So if conducting experiments and making cool stuff is your thing. Sign up for pottery wheel throwing. RSU also has other clay sculpting methods. See a bulletin for a complete list of classes offered at the sculptor lab or contact an art instructor to answer your questions.