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|Funkware Pottery is located in North Canaan,
Connecticut just east of the junction of routes 44 and
7. The well-equipped spacious studio provides an
excellent creative working environment.
|The classes are primarily in the use of the electric pottery wheel as a tool in making pots.
But there is lots of room for learning the many handbuilding techniques that take the craft
to art. Joey’s skill in throwing on the wheel comes from three years of training at
Greenleaf Pottery with John Macomber, an accomplished functional potter of some 40
years. Then an additional seventeen years as a studio potter developing her own
techniques including workshops with Gerry Williams, Karen Karnes, Jeff Oestrich, Winne
Owens Hart, Hayne Bayless, Toshiko Takaezu and sculpture classes at both Lyme
Academy of Fine Arts and UConn’s School of Fine Arts.
|She has also traveled extensively, studying
pottery and sculpture in many parts of the world.
Joey's explorations have brought her to Nepal,
India, Peru, Scandinavia, Russia, Poland, all the
countries of Europe but especially Greece and
Sicily, and the Caribbean. In these places she
has visited archaeological and art museums,
potteries and sculptors and continues to have a
never ending thirst to educate herself in
everything clay. "I can't talk about my travels
without also giving them credit for teaching me
the value of an open mind and instilling in me an
ever present gratitude for all the gifts I have. I
hope to foster that in the environment of my
|For the advanced clay enthusiast, the
environment is a balance of freedom of
expression and access to tools and
resources allowing continuing growth
and expertise. You can play with
advanced forms of decoration,
experiment with sculptural elements and
hone your wheel and handbuilding skills
and the combination of the two. Joey
will be your guide.
|“You will get muddy
the first night”
|Classes are offered in 8 week sessions with 2.5 hours/wk of instruction plus 2hrs/wk
practice time. There is a reason the sessions are 8 weeks long – making pots takes
PRACTICE. (You wouldn’t expect to learn to play guitar overnight). The small class size
ensures plentiful individual attention. Schedule a time to visit Funkware Pottery and see
firsthand what could be for you.
* Small class size - only 6 students per class (must have 4 students to run a class)
* Make-up time is available for vacation weeks
* New sessions start first week of Jan/Mar/May/Jul/Sep/Nov
* $50 deposit required to hold space
* Continuing students always have first priority in next session
* Private instruction is also available to build a class around your needs
There is only an occasional one week break allowing current students to maintain a spot in
class indefinitely. As students become advanced, there is the opportunity for instruction on
how to start a studio of their own. Call 860-933-1101 to talk about the possibilities!
|Check out one of the many former students who have gone out on their own at
www.mudware.com. If you decide you want to start your own pottery studio - I'll give
you the skills and knowledge to do it.
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|For the beginner, there is a balance
of structure and freedom of
expression to foster a skill base and
a love of the craft. You will learn to
throw pots on the wheel; creating
bowls, mugs, plates, vases, planters
and other cool stuff. Then you will
learn about the glazing process with
access to a beautiful palette of
colors. Joey is known for her
encouraging and patient, individual
based, teaching style.