Description: The Introduction to the Wheel class is a structured approach to achieving a foundational understanding of the potter's wheel. In this course you will begin to build your repertoire of forms while learning to throw, trim, decorate, and glaze cups, bowls, cups with handles, and bottles.


  • Week 1: Studio Policy, Introductions, Cylinder Demo
  • Week 2: Trimming Cylinder, Pulling/Attaching Handles, Bowl Demo
  • Week 3: Bowl Trimming Demo, Bottle Vase demo
  • Week 4: Bottle Vase Trimming, Glazing Talk/Demo-Last Day to Throw - Bisque Before         
  • Week 5: Glaze Day, Glaze Fire Before Next Class
  • Week 6: Critique

Supply fee includes: 

  • One 25lb bag of clay
  • DMAC glazes and underglaze products, bisque and glaze firing

Students should bring: 

  • Tool List
  • Dress to get muddy!
  • A towel for wiping your hands
  • 3 gallon bucket with lid if you want to save your clay
  • Notebook/Sketchbook
  • List of items you would like to make - your goals
  • Water bottle / Snack 

Artist Bio: Susan Raber Bray, born in New York and living in Vermont since the early 70’s, works in several media, including clay, oils, pastels and natural found materials. Her work is shown both nationally and internationally. In recent years Susan has held clay workshops in France, England, and Italy. As a visiting artist sponsored by the Vermont Council On The Arts (since 1989) she has taught in numerous Vermont public schools. Over the past 40 years she has taught at many Vermont colleges; The University of Vermont in the Art department and the Environment Program, The Community College of Vermont, St Michael’s College, Champlain College, Rhode Island School of Design and her own studio school, Springhousearts in Charlotte.

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