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Making Pottery: Experiment, Explore, & Expand
with John Leyland


Wednesdays, 7-10pm, 14 weeks
August 30 through December 14
No class November 24 and 31
$400


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$400 includes materials and firing.

This class will focus on ceramic tableware and a variety of wheel throwing and hand-building techniques utilized in making functional pottery. With a focus on experimentation, students will begin to personalize their work and discover new techniques for creating interesting details that will expand their technical vocabulary. With Johnís guidance students will engage in research to begin to articulate their sources of inspiration and individual aesthetic interests. The class will include demonstrations, individual instruction, group exercises and critiques. Our student show will culminate in a potluck dinner featuring serving ware created by the class participants.

John Leyland started in clay by attending Penn State University in 1991, and completed his BFA after later transferring to Slippery Rock University. During his time at Slippery Rock he studied ceramics and sculpture at The Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia for one year as a exchange student. John completed his MFA at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he focused mainly on large-scale ceramic sculpture. Since moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2004, John has been the Ceramic Studio Coordinator at The Stamps School of Art & Design at The University of Michigan. He has taught wheel-based classes at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit for the past 10 years. He started in clay focusing his ceramic art as a functional potter and worked for a period of time as a production potter in Western Pennsylvania. He has shown both functional and sculptural work throughout the mid-west, and enjoys making pots and sculpture equally.

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