Handbuilding 1 – Tuesday Mornings with Addison Woolsey

Dates: Tuesday, January 11th – February 15th (6 weeks)

Times: 10am–1pm

Price: $360 (glaze, 1st bag of clay, firing, instruction and drop-in open studio time included). Tools and additional clay available for purchase at Clay Studio.

Description: In this introductory handbuilding course, students will explore a range of techniques for
functional and sculptural ceramic projects. We will cover the foundational skills of pinching, coiling, and building with soft and hard slabs. Each of these techniques lends itself to unique ways of working and can be applied to a range of forms. Together, they form the basic tools to complete any project! In addition to learning different building techniques, students will also be introduced to the use of slips, glaze, and surface decoration using stamps and found organic material.

Week 1: Intro to the studio, wedging, pinch mugs
Week 2: Coiling, Part I. Building a vase.
Week 3: Coiling, Part II. Decoration with slip and sgraffito.
Week 4: Soft slabs—Wall-mounted planter, using stamps and found objects
Week 5: Hard slabs—lidded box
Week 6: Intro to glazing

Drop-in open studio hours will be available for this course: Students are welcome to come in to Clay Studio during our Open Studio Lab hours to work independently on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1-4 PM, Tuesdays from 4-8 PM, and all day on Fridays (9 AM – 5 PM).

Instructor: Addison Woolsey

About your instructor: Addison Woolsey is a ceramic artist, writer and translator who lives and works between Mexico City and Los Angeles. Since 2016, he has been a member of the artist-run studio Taller Mono Rojo in Mexico City, and he has been a visiting artist at studios in Oaxaca, Seattle, and Medellín. In addition to his work as a ceramic artist, Addison translates poetry and art criticism from Spanish and French to English. He is currently in the second year of a Master’s Program in Latin American Studies at UCLA, where his research concerns the ethnographic legacy of Maud Oakes, an American painter, anthropologist, and Jungian psychoanalytic scholar. His ceramic work explores materiality and non-linguistic communicative practices, drawing from diverse ceramic histories and contemporary scholarship in anthropology and the environmental humanities.


Jan 11 2022 - Feb 15 2022


10:00 am - 1:00 pm