Haptic Ceramics: Introduction to Wheel Throwing – Friday Mornings with Cheri Owen (9/15 – 11/3), 10 AM – 1 PM

Dates: Fridays, September 15th – November 3rd (8 weeks)

Times:  10 am – 1 pm

Price: $350 (glaze, unlimited reclaimed clay, firing, instruction and drop-in open studio time included). Tools ($15 + tax for a toolkit) and additional clay ($25-$35 for a 25 lb bag) available for purchase at Clay Studio.

Scholarships are available for this course for visually impaired or blind participants. Please reach out to our Program Manager, Bettie, for more details.  She can be reached via email at programs@claystudiosb.org, or via phone (805)681-9393.

Description: This 8-week course is a touch-centered introduction to wheel throwing and tactile decorative effects. Taught by Cheri Owen, a blind ceramic artist, this class invites all participants to experience and focus on the feel of clay rather than the visual outcome. Blindfolds will be provided for student use, but completely optional. Over the course of 8 weeks we will meet in the studio to explore the fundamentals of throwing on the potter’s wheel. From the basics of wedging and centering, to throwing vessels and learning how to glaze them, we will provide you with the tools you need to launch your own ceramic endeavors! Experienced thrower and instructor Cheri Owen will teach you to focus on both the process and the product while progressing your skills each week.

Students will be encouraged to explore projects to push their newly learned skills with the support of an encouraging teacher. There will be an optional open studio block available for students who want some independent working time to hone their skills. Age 18+. 

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 from 11AM-4PM, Mondays from 10AM-1PM, Tuesdays from 4PM-8PM, and Fridays from 10AM-1PM. Please note that Open Studio Lab hours are subject to change.

Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate: Effective January 1, 2023 Clay Studio has removed  the vaccine requirements for  all employees, teachers, members and students to be fully vaccinated in order to enter the studio. Clay Studio encourages employees and students to remain current with vaccines and boosters based on an individual’s health and risk assessment, and to wear masks to protect yourself, family and community. 

Instructor:  Cheri Owen 


Sep 15 2023 - Nov 03 2023


10:00 am - 1:00 pm