Wheel 1 – Monday Afternoons with Isaih Porter
Dates: Monday, July 25th – August 29th (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 Isaih Porter 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 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: Starting February 1, 2022, Clay Studio will require all employees, teachers, members and students to be vaccinated in order to enter the studio. You must show your vaccination card, a photo of your vaccination card or your SMART Health Card Record from Ca.gov to a Clay Studio employee on your first day of class. You may also email a photo of the above to info@ClayStudioSB.org.
Instructor: Isaih Porter
About your instructor: Isaih is an artist and potter from Southern California. After developing an obsession with clay in a high school ceramics class, Isaih left for Connecticut College to earn a bachelor’s degree in art and computer science. While at college, Isaih was also a teacher’s assistant in various ceramics courses covering mold-making and throwing basics. During the summer of his third year, Isaih interned at the AMOCA Ceramics Studio in Pomona, California, where he helped make clay, load and fire kilns, give private lessons, and more. His dramatic mid-fire ceramics vessels and homemade, data-driven pottery wheel granted him an honorable mention at the Annual Cummings Art Show. Since graduating, Isaih has created a small business selling his own wares while also working as a production potter for other ceramic artists.