Before Your Lesson(s)

Please keep in mind that the pottery wheel takes time and patience to master and many beginners become frustrated early on. If after our initial lesson together you decide you would like to continue learning from me, we can discuss longer, regularly occurring sessions. Each session will include at least one non-sexy and more educational Ghost moment.

 

A few notes:

  • Fingernails and clay are not friends. Long nails can cause accidental gouges in the piece you're working on. Nail polish will wear off almost immediately when working with most clays. No matter how short your nails are, you will probably end up with some clay underneath them.

  • Clay will dry out your skin. I keep lotion in the studio but recommend getting a good cuticle cream if you intend to continue working with clay.

  • The pottery wheel, and ceramics studio in general, can be a dirty, messy place. No matter what precautions you take, you will end up with clay on your clothes and/or shoes at some point. I'll provide a towel to help protect your legs from splatter, but please wear clothes you're ok with getting dirty. Most clays do not stain, but some do.

  • If you have long hair, or hair that might fall in front of your eyes, plan on having a way to secure it.

  • Most clays contain something called grog. It is similar to sand and you'll probably be aware of it when you first start throwing. It might even hurt a little bit. If you continue working with clay, you will develop calluses pretty quickly. They will be mild and probably unnoticeable to other people.

  • You know how guitar players have some killer ripped forearms? You'll develop similar awesome strong sexy forearms if you spend enough time on the wheel.

  • Your finished piece of pottery will be available for pickup approximately 4 weeks after our first session.

The Golden Rules of Ceramics

  • Clay must be thoroughly covered up with a plastic bag to keep it from drying out. This applies to works in progress and moist clay. I will maintain proper moisture levels for your work.

  • Clay dust can be harmful if you are exposed to it for long periods of time, so keep your area clean, clay scraps off the floor and clean with water and a sponge. This shouldn't be an issue in my studio.

  • Clay can be no thicker then your thumb. To clarify, clay on a finished piece should be less than 1" thick to prevent damage when firing.

  • In order for clay to stick together it MUST be scored and slipped together while the clay is moist or leather hard. This does not apply to beginner sessions, but may apply to more advanced lessons like making handles for mugs or pitchers.

  • Wedge clay to remove air bubbles, achieve uniform consistency, and to line up the particles of clay. We will cover this in our first lesson.

  • Trapped air can cause clay to explode. So hollow out sculptural forms and put needle holes from the bottom so air can escape. This coincides with the thickness rule

  • Don't glaze the bottom of a piece. Glaze will stick to the kiln shelf when it cools, effectively ruining your project. We will cover proper preparation and glazing techniques.

  • Always wash the piece before glazing.

  • Always handle your project with two hands at all times. In other words BE CAREFUL it’s your hard work. Never lift pots by the rim.

  • NEVER HANDLE ANOTHER PERSONS WORK, EVEN IF IT LOOKS COOL!

Any questions? Email katie.troisi@gmail.com