Moving Mud: Throwing on the Pottery Wheel

In-Person Class With Maxwell Starr

Monday, September 12th - Monday, October 23rd, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

 Mondays and Thursdays (Adults 18+)

Class description:

This class offers an introduction to throwing classic pottery forms on the wheel. During this 6-week course, students will become familiar with the potter's wheel as a tool for production and artistic expression, and work on developing the fundamental skills of wheel throwing, trimming, and glazing. Every week will include an introductory talk, demonstration, work time, guided one-on-one help, and a simple homework assignment to help direct students' engagement with clay. No previous experience required. Basic materials will be provided, with additional materials available for a fee.
Class goals:
o Introduce students to the operations of a pottery studio.
o Develop a foundational understanding of pottery terminology and process.
o Learn and practice major steps of the wheel-thrown pottery process including wedging, centering, opening, pulling, ribbing, trimming, handling, bisque firing, glazing, glaze firing, and cleaning.
o Familiarize students with the larger landscape of American ceramics and encourage exploration outside of class time.
o Successfully complete three major projects: Cylinders, Mugs, and Bowls. o Promote an atmosphere of respect and positivity in the classroom and encourage one another in the learning process.

Materials Needed:

Students will be provided with the following:
- 1 bag (25lbs) of ready-to-use clay
- Access to traditional throwing and trimming tools o Space in our kilns to fire pots
- Use of our shop glazes
*Students may purchase additional clay if desired.


About The Teacher:

Maxwell Starr was born and raised in a small town outside of Philadelphia and has been a life-long visitor to the Adirondacks. Maxwell first learned to throw on the wheel over a decade ago from his father, who was himself a recreational potter. In the years since, he has been involved in academic programs, arts centers, and both public and private kiln firings. After graduating from Skidmore College in 2021, he spent a year working for the national renowned graduate program in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania before moving full-time to Lake Placid. Maxwell's own ceramic work focuses on traditional pottery forms fired in atmospheric kilns. His other areas of interest and experience include natural draft kiln design and construction, glaze and clay chemistry, and wood firing kilns.


Monday 9/12/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday 9/15/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday 9/19/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday 9/22/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday 9/26/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday 9/29/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday 10/3/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday 10/6/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday 10/10/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday 10/13/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday 10/17/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday 10/20/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Adult: $150
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Lake Placid Center for the Arts

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round performing and visual Arts Facility.  Located in the Adirondack Park of Northern New York, the LPCA consistently presents arts of the highest caliber in music, dance and theatre performances, film exhibitions and visual arts presentations. 

In addition, the Arts Center provides special arts-in education programs, workshops and residencies for aspiring and renowned artists.

The Arts Center is the home of the Lake Placid School of Ballet, LPCA Children's Theatre, Community Theatre Players, as well as the Summer home of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

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