Wheel 1 – Friday Afternoons with Nick Tranmer
Dates: Friday, January 14th – February 18th (6 weeks)
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: Over the course of 6 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 Nick Tranmer 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.
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: Nick Tranmer
About your instructor:Nick Tranmer has been making, teaching and studying ceramics since the early 90’s.
Since then he has worked in a wide variety of ceramic environments including industry,
universities, museums, galleries and crafts centers. Along the way he managed to earn a BFA
in ceramics from the Kansas City Art institute in 1997 and an MFA from San Jose State in 2011.
Over the years he has made a lot of different things, from porcelain and terra cotta pottery to
large and small hand built sculpture. He appreciates the physicality and versatility of ceramics
and loves to help people discover and nurture their own interests and abilities through clay.
Since 2015, he has also been working as a farmer, primarily growing organic row crop
vegetables and tree fruits, but now works at the Rancho La Paloma on the Gaviota coast
growing avocados and blue agave.