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Learn how to throw pottery on the wheel! In this introductory class, you will learn the basics of centering and throwing cylinders. This class is focused on gaining an introduction to throwing techniques rather than creating a finished product and is a prerequisite to using the Arts Annex pottery wheels during open studio hours. This is a Zero-Waste Duke Arts Create class. Students will practice on the wheel and their clay will be recycled for the next class. Clay may be recycled indefinitely before it has been fired. Once clay is fired it lasts virtually forever and will not break down. Duke Arts Create supports ethical and sustainable artistic practices and therefore will not be firing work produced during this class.

After completing Duke Arts Create Introduction to Wheel Throwing, students may work in the Arts Annex clay studio during open studio hours or come to Duke Arts Create Intermediate Wheel Throwing to complete a work to fire and keep.

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a 3-hour workshop beginning at 5:30PM. Space is limited to only 12 participants. Please only enroll if you are sure you can attend. If you must cancel, please do so well in advance so another person can take your place. We anticipate the waitlist for this workshop will exceed 100 people.

About the Instructor

Raised in Durham, North Carolina JulieRose Hinson has been creating art from the earth since she was a child. After graduating college Julie went on to spend three years working as a Butcher in Brooklyn, New York. It was here that she began to form a deeper understanding and appreciation for our connections to the earth and to ideas of sustainability and gender equality. After returning to North Carolina in 2016 Julie moved to Seagrove, North Carolina to learn how to make pots with fifth generation potter, Sid Luck.

In Seagrove, Julie fully embraced the role of artist and fell in love with clay and the North Carolina pottery community. Through playful representations of the female body and contrasting traditional forms, her work aims to inspire joy and form tangible lines of connections between diverse groups of women. Currently living and working in Durham, Julie co-founded Outer Loop Arts, a collaborative art space downtown where she teaches classes and workshops.