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October 22, 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.

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. She has worked with clay to create both functional works and sculpture.

Lyn learns something new every time she takes a class with other potters—let her share those techniques with you.

About the Location

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

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).