This new class designed solely for young adults aged 13-19 years old. Explore the art of the potters wheel, throwing, building and designing forms. This can include etching, carving, and use of slips. Students will be challenged to explore design, unique shapes, and refine fundamental skills. They will also glaze their own vessels at the conclusion. For all levels.
Tutor Melissa Mead is an American born New Zealand potter. After being mostly self-taught for 10 years she has immersed herself in the Auckland Ceramics Community. Through the generosity of some of the best New Zealand potters she has learned techniques from coiled forms to printing on clay. Melissa has experience with a multitude of firing methods, glaze theory and surface decoration. She draws inspiration from the inspiring Aotearoa and our connections to one another. While she mostly creates functional wheel-thrown pottery it is often altered and refined with handbuilding. Melissa works in two clay worlds – the rich dark raw clays fired in atmospheric conditions and the more contemporary translucent colours on fine clays fired in oxidation.