Online Handbuilding Workshop: CREATE DRAMATIC POTS BY DARTING WITH JILL ROSS MELTZER, 5/6 & 5/13, 7-9 pm
This two-session workshop will focus on “darting”, a technique that transforms simple cylinders into dramatic, complex pots. Forms can be made asymmetric or boldly angular. Straight walls can be made to curve, belly, or taper. Having this technique in your toolbox will allow you an easy way to dramatically transform your pots.
The workshop is divided into two sessions, a week apart, so you'll have plenty of time to experiment. In the first session, we’ll use darts to square the bottom of a round cup, and create mugs that are asymmetric. In the second session, we’ll turn a wide, low cylinder into a boat-shaped server, perfect for your first potluck, post-pandemic!
This workshop is intended to be highly interactive. Students will have time to do their own work during each session, ask questions, and share their creations. Between sessions, students will have access to our own private website to post images of what they’re working on, share comments and ideas, and ask direct questions of the instructor. Also, both sessions will be recorded and sent to students to re-watch at their own pace.
Two sessions—Thursday, May 6 and Thursday, May 13, 7-9 pm. Max 12 students.
Zoom and Pick Up Details:
We will leave clay for students that need it on shelves just inside our entry (side) door. You can pick up your bag of clay and go.
Prior to your first session, District Clay will send you instructions for making simple tools and setting up your work area and how to sign into Zoom. (You will need to create a Zoom account if you do not have one.)
We will also send you instructions for dropping off work to be fired, glazing at District Clay and picking up work.
Jill has taught beginning to advanced wheel throwing for over ten years and she has been teaching online handbuilding classes for the last year.
Before moving to DC, she was an Associate at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and a professional member of the Potters Guild in Wallingford, PA. Jill graduated with a degree in Ceramics from The George Washington University/Corcoran School of Art and has attended many workshops around the country. In her previous life, Jill was a practicing attorney in DC.
Jill’s primary interest is in making functional one-of-a-kind serving pieces with a decided bent towards the decorative. Harmonizing the demands of utility with those of imparting some measure of magic to everyday things is a challenge she finds inspiring.
jrossmeltzer (at) gmail (dot) com.