SCCA Class Descriptions

Wheel 1

In the Wheel 1 class, you will learn the basics of creating pottery on the wheel. You will learn how to wedge clay, center up to two pounds of clay on the wheel, create cylinders and bowls, and understand basic finishing and glazing techniques.

Wheel 1 is a beginner-level class - No prior clay experience required! We welcome all beginners, or those looking for a refresher course in wheelthrowing.


Wheel 2

Want to continue learning throwing techniques and continue your ceramic education? Take our Wheel 2 class to learn how to wedge and throw larger amounts of clay, learn how to refine your forms, and hone your skills on the wheel. You’ll have a basic introduction to more advanced techniques such as:

  • Trimming

  • Altering forms

  • Adding lips or rims to pieces

  • Pulling and attaching handles

  • Adding textures to pieces

Wheel 2 is an intermediate-level class - some prior clay experience is required. You must be comfortable centering up to 2 pounds of clay prior to taking Wheel 2.


Wheel 3

Take your wheelthrowing skills to the next level with our Wheel 3 class. You will learn how to further refine and improve your forms, while continuing your education of more advanced techniques including:

  • Altering forms

  • Adding spouts or lips to pieces

  • Pulling and attaching handles

  • Adding texture or surface design applications to pieces

  • Combining two or more forms

  • Creating lids

Wheel 3 is an advanced-level class. We require that students take Wheel 1 and Wheel 2 (or have an equivalent amount of prior clay experience) before enrolling in Wheel 3. You must be comfortable centering and throwing up to 5 pounds of clay on the wheel before taking the Wheel 3 class.


Handbuilding 1

Learn to use the best tools a potter has - their hands. In this beginner course, you will learn all the basic clay building techniques to form pottery without the need of a wheel. Handbuilding allows a ceramic artist to hand-form whatever they desire including bowls, platters, vases, and more. Learn pinch pots, coil pots, slab building, and more!

Handbuilding 1 is a beginner-level class - No prior clay experience required! We welcome all beginners, or those looking for a refresher course in handbuilding.


Handbuilding 2

In this course, you will continue to build upon your vocabulary of construction techniques and design strategies, as they relate to sculptural and/or functional ceramic form with handbuilt pottery. You will work with your instructor designing your own concepts, and learning how to best execute them.You are required to have some basic handbuilding experience before enrolling in this class.

Handbuilding 2 is an intermediate-level class. We require that students have taken Handbuilding 1, or have an equivalent level of prior handbuilding experience before enrolling in Handbuilding 2. You must be comfortable with basic handbuilding techniques such as pinching, coiling, and using slabs of clay to create forms.