10 Session Course

As well as being an enjoyable form of art, making pottery will aid in the development of hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, spatial skills, and planning abilities.  Additionally, making pottery will require concentration and discipline to complete a piece.

Spin & Gogh makes it possible for you or your child to explore the world of pottery with no long-term commitment by offering single-session options in addition to our defined curriculum.  Although we have a suggested project curriculum to teach the skills required for more complex projects, we encourage students to experiment and find the type of pottery that most appeals to them – whether that is certain shapes or means of construction.

Our class curriculum was designed based on customer feedback, and the abilities/learning curve we have experienced with students.  We intend the student to be able to move from one project to the next in a single session without the need to practice outside of that session.  However, if you find that you need to improve on a certain skillset, we may recommend booking an open session to practice prior to continuing with the project series.  As the classes are taught at your own pace on an individual basis, you never fall behind. 

Wheel Series I

Object/Task

(1) Small Bowl

(2) Box

Process Description

Pull and trim a small bowl using ~350g of porcelain

Learning/Skill Outcome

As the first class, the student will learn the fundamentals of pulling clay with a focus on maintaining symmetry for the piece.  They will learn how to “open” the clay, pull walls, and define the bowl shape.  The second half of the class will focus on trimming the piece to remove excess class to thin the wall and define a bottom including a foot ring.  This session will train hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

We include the box construction class early within the wheel series to teach the student how to join pieces of clay as this will be a critical skill in subsequent projects.  The clay will be pre-rolled and the student will cut and join the slabs.  Time permitting, they will also learn the basics of decoration including flowers and textures.

As well as being an enjoyable form of art, making pottery will aid in the development of hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, spatial skills, and planning abilities.  Additionally, making pottery will require concentration and discipline to complete a piece.

Spin & Gogh makes it possible for you or your child to explore the world of pottery with no long-term commitment by offering single-session options in addition to our defined curriculum.  Although we have a suggested project curriculum to teach the skills required for more complex projects, we encourage students to experiment and find the type of pottery that most appeals to them – whether that is certain shapes or means of construction.

Our class curriculum was designed based on customer feedback, and the abilities/learning curve we have experienced with students.  We intend the student to be able to move from one project to the next in a single session without the need to practice outside of that session.  However, if you find that you need to improve on a certain skillset, we may recommend booking an open session to practice prior to continuing with the project series.  As the classes are taught at your own pace on an individual basis, you never fall behind. 

 

You will find our “Wheel Series” program outlined below with project descriptions and skill outcomes.  Each class has an expected duration of 1.5-2.0 hours.

Our Wheel Series I curriculum consists of 10 separate classes where you will be 'throwing' clay.  One of the early lessons (Box), you will be using slab construction on a table rather than the wheel.  The box lesson will teach the fundamentals of joining clay and decoration, which will be used for all future classes which is why we included it in the Wheel Series I.  We also have 2 glazing classes included but you may opt to glaze all the items at the end of the course.  The glazing courses will not require a session fee but you will be charged for each piece you choose to glaze.  

(3) Many shaped bowl

Build a small (~13cm) box from clay using slab construction

The second class spinning on the wheel will focus on pulling the clay higher, thinner, and adding curvature.  The objective is to keep the outer wall straight until it is time to add the desired curvature  This will require greater hand-eye coordination and trimming the piece will help to improve fine motor skills.

(4) Small Cup w/ handle

Pull and trim a small bowl with defined curve using ~350g of porcelain

The third class spinning on the wheel will focus on pulling the clay higher and thinner.  The objective is to keep the outer wall straight as pulling difficulty increases with narrow objects.  This will require greater hand-eye coordination and trimming the piece will help to improve fine motor skills.  Lastly, a handle will be attached using the method from class (2).

(5) Medium cup w/ Curvature

Pull and trim a small, straight walled cup using ~ 300g of porcelain and attach a handle

(6) Medium Cup w/ Curvature

Pull and trim a medium sized  cup using ~400g of porcelain with a defined curvature

(7) Medium Pitcher

Pull and trim a medium sized  cup using ~400g of porcelain with a flared top and bottom

Pull and trim a medium sized pitcher with rim and spout using ~450g of porcelain

Using a larger piece of clay, this lesson will focus on the skills from class (3) and (4) to pull the clay taller and thinner.  Once a suitable straight-walled cylinder is thrown, the student will begin adding curvature to the side walls.  This will require a higher level of hand-eye coordination in both the right and left hand to maintain symmetry in the piece.  During the trimming phase, the student will require a higher level of fine motor and spatial skills to trim excess class without overly thinning the walls.

Continuing on session ((5), this lesson will require a higher level of hand-eye coordination in both the right and left hand to maintain symmetry in the piece.  Flaring the bottom of a cup is one of the most difficult pulling skills.  During the trimming phase, the student will require a higher level of fine motor and spatial skills to trim excess class without overly thinning the walls.

The starting amount of clay again increases with this project and along with better pulling skills, will yield a larger piece than completed thus far.  The pitcher will have a tapered to flared rim and include a spout (2 spout options based on skill level).  The student will learn how to curve a larger amount of clay symmetrically inward to allow for the formation of a rim.  Based on spout options, this may also teach how to trim pieces when a rim is not symmetrical and/or flat.  This inward slop requires a much higher level of fine motor skills in both the pulling and trimming stages.  Lastly, a handle is attached using the learnings from lesson (2).

This mid-point to the first series allows the student to see the progress they have made by reviewing their bisque pieces prior to applying glaze. Basic single/two color glazing and surface preparation will be covered as well as an overview of the firing process (timing/temperature/process).  This is meant to be an inspirational break as well as learning the basics of glazing.

(8) Glazing

Basic glazing of all completed/bisque pieces

The objective of this session is to truly test the pulling and trimming abilities of the student.  While the prior sessions focused on making a single piece taller and more complex, the difficulties is increased when the same movements need to be replicated on multiple pieces.  This is a test of fine motor and spatial skills to get close approximations.   

(9) Matching Objects

Make a matching set of 2/3 small cups.  The objects are to have the same height, width, and curvature.

The first half of the session will focus on creating the body of a medium-sized jar.  The student must maintain symmetry throughout the pulling process.  A second piece of clay is then used to create a lid for the jar.  The lid must be thrown and trimmed with matching symmetry to the body of the jar.  This session will require advanced fine motor skills as well as spatial skills to ensure the objects form a tight seal.

(10) Lidded Objects

Make a lidded jar using 450g of porcelain.  The lid will be designed as a ‘tight fit’ created via trimming

This object is a culmination of skills learned in the prior sessions.  The body of the teapot will require pulling a medium sized cylinder, curving the top, flaring the bottom, and attaching a handle and spout.  Lastly, the student will pull and trim a lid for the teapot.  This will require hand-eye coordination, fine motor and spatial skills to successfully complete.  This is also meant as an accompanying piece to the matching cup set from lesson (9)

(11) Teapot

Construct a round bodied teapot with spout, handle, and lid using ~400g of porcelain

Difficulty increases with the size of the piece being thrown.  This will be the largest piece the student will throw in the series and all require a high degree of hand-eye coordination as well as wheel speed control.  This is usually one of the most satisfying projects as it can be a daily use piece to display your mastery of the wheel I series.

(12) Large Bowl

Pull, trim, and decorate a large soup bowl using 650g of porcelain.

Building on session (6), the advanced glazing session will teach the student how to use resist layers to have clean separation between different glazes.  The lesson will also cover the masking process for piece decoration.

(13) Advanced Glazing

Glaze completed/bisque pieces using advanced glazing techniques

Contact Information

Address: 212 Tran Van Tra Street, Panorama Complex, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Phone: +84 938 814 076

E-Mail: spinandgogh@gmail.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjiVr8jdN3GSyfKdzr9-uGQ

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