|Funkware Pottery is nestled among serene pastures
on the top of a hill in Canaan, Connecticut between
routes 44 and 7. The well-equipped studio in
beautiful natural surroundings provides an excellent
creative working environment.
Pottery Club is a group of clay enthusiasts (and beginners) who enjoy 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. My skill in throwing on the wheel
comes from three years of training at Greenleaf Pottery with John Macomber, an
accomplished functional potter of more than 25 years. Then I have an additional sixteen
years as a studio potter developing my own techniques including workshops with Gerry
Williams, Karen Karnes, Jeff Oestrich, Winne Owens Hart, Hayne Bayless and sculpture
classes at both Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and UConn’s School of Fine Arts.years.
|I have also traveled extensively, studying pottery
and sculpture in many parts of the world. My
explorations have brought me to Nepal, India,
Peru, Scandinavia, Russia, all the countries of
Europe but especially Greece, and the
Caribbean. In these places I have visited
archaeological and art museums, potteries and
sculptors and I continue to have a never ending
thirst to educate myself 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 Pottery Club.
|“You will get muddy
the first night”
|Check out one of my former students 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.
|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.
|Classes are offered in 4 week sessions with 2 hours/week of instruction. There are 3
students per class which ensures plentiful individual attention. The fee is $140 plus
materials. Class periods run continually with 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.
Schedule a time to visit Funkware Pottery and see firsthand what making pots is all about.