Kids Ceramics: Intro to Wheel Throwing, April 8

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Saturday, April 8,  1-3pm

Tuition: Jax Member $11.00 / Non Member $13.75

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $5

Class Description: This one day two hour class is a great opportunity for kids 8-14 to get a focused lesson on wheel throwing. We are offering a small class size in order to allow Abby to give each child more attention through their learning process as well as to provide a safe and supervised environment. Kids will learn how to center clay and make whatever objects they can come up with. They will learn how to handle clay once the wheel thrown piece is off the wheel Part of the focus of this class is also learning how to be an artist in a community studio. This includes taking care of tools, our pottery wheel, and cleaning up after ourselves. But we certainly won't discourage them from getting a little messy!

Minimum Age: Kids 8 to 14

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby's work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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