It is not uncommon for first-time pottery students to be intimidated by the process of throwing clay on a wheel.
This article will address what you need to know about making your first pottery class experience unforgettable. It will cover all phases from making an informed decision, preparing, and finally attending the class. The final phase discusses how to make it through your first day with success! This article is designed for those who want to learn more about getting started with pottery classes or who are trying this for their very first time…so let’s get started!
Find a pottery class that is right for you
Depending on your personal goals, there are many reasons you may want to take a pottery class. Does it sound like fun? Are you looking for something to do while you are traveling or visiting relatives out of town? If that is the case then check with any local community colleges, art schools, or even adult education classes in the area where you will be visiting. These classes are usually held on a weekly basis and do not require you to register prior to arriving for the class (so that’s nice).
How about you…do you want to take pottery classes for your own enjoyment? Are you an artist who already enjoys drawing, sketching, or painting? Make sure that the instructor of the pottery class you are interested in taking has the qualifications and experience to teach art. If they do, then take a moment to ask them about their philosophy of teaching; it may be helpful for you to pick up on what type of attitude they expect from their students (and if this is something that will bring value to your learning) before you commit to paying for the class.
Prepare your materials ahead of time and bring them to the class with you
Make sure to ask the instructor how many tools are needed for their lessons. Remember that you are not expected to buy your own wheel or kiln, but otherwise, it may be a good idea for you to get your hands on some of these essential items before attending pottery classes. If you have some empty coffee cans lying around your garage, then you can use those to mold your clay on if you do not have any molds of your own. If the instructor of the pottery class that you are interested in taking asks students to bring their own materials, then make sure to ask them what they expect students to bring. Some instructors may want students to bring all types of tools or even clay, while others will only expect you to bring basic items like tools or clay for one or two projects. Regardless if the instructor asks students to bring any materials of their own, make sure that you show up to class with your own personal list of items required for the lesson!
Be sure to ask questions during the class, and get feedback from teachers about what they think of your work
If you are unsure about how to do something – ask! If you feel like you need more help than the instructor can provide – ask to speak with them privately. Maybe there is other information that they aren’t sharing or pointing out because they assume that every student already knows it; don’t let this be the case for your pottery class experience! Even if you are confused or unclear about something, make sure to ask for help!
Create something beautiful and enduring out of clay!
Pottery classes are a great resource to learn how to make art. Each student will have their own unique experience in the pottery class they attend; some may find success quickly, while others may need more time or guidance to bring something beautiful out of clay (but everyone is different…that’s the beauty of this).
Share photos on social media so others can see how much fun it was!
Another really great thing to do is take photos of your pottery class experience as it’s happening. You can post these photos on Facebook or Instagram so that others who aren’t able to attend the same class you are attending will still be able to see what types of things you’re making and how much fun you’re having!
I hope that this article has helped you to make your new pottery class experience unforgettable!