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November 20, 2019 6:00–8:00 pm
Duke Arts Annex

Wheel Throwing

Taught by Lyn Riggs
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About the Workshop

This workshop covers the steps for throwing a basic cylinder. Being able to throw a cylinder is an important step in creating mugs, tumblers, vases, and many other forms on the wheel.

The session will start with a short demonstration on centering, opening and pulling up the walls of your vessel. Participants will then have an opportunity to make a cylinder and transform it into one of many possible objects, which can be left in the studio to dry and be bisque fired in the kiln.

The session will include a basic overview of the clay studio, and participants will receive information about the firing schedule and instructions on how to follow up by glazing their work.

The general focus of DukeCreate ceramics workshops is to familiarize participants with the steps involved in creating various clay forms. Workshops cover either wheel throwing or hand building techniques. Works created in clay during the workshop can be left with Arts Annex staff to be fired in the kiln at a later date.

About the Instructor

Lyn Riggs has taught art and ceramics for over 20 years. She earned a ceramics degree at Barton College in Wilson, NC, and studied wheel throwing and altered forms at Penland School of Crafts. Her work in clay includes both functional works and sculpture. Every time she takes a class with other potters she learns something new that she’ll enjoy sharing with her own students.

About the Location

This workshop meets in the Duke Arts Annex: get directions.

About DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Registration for the following week’s DukeCreate workshops goes live on Friday mornings – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot!  Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).