Like spinning a basketball on a fingertip, pottery-wheel operation requires dexterity, determination, and encouragement from a gigantic man. Take a spin with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one Wheel Thrown Class for Beginners at Akiko's Pottery (a $45 value).
Helmed by professional potter Akiko Graham, Akiko's Pottery imparts porcelain pupils and hand-spinning hotshots alike with stoneware-clay-throwing knowhow. Akiko oversees each Wheel Thrown Class for Beginners, fostering a learning environment that encourages participants to pick up new skills. In class, students will shape and center wet-clay cups and bowls, which, out of respect for soft things, will not be fired. Each 2.5-hour class provides 2–4 participants with all of the necessary materials and accounts for pottery cleaning time. Classes are scheduled at various times on Wednesdays, with upgrades for one-on-one lessons available for an extra fee.
To Akiko Graham, good food is an art form worthy of as much reverence as those found in any gallery. Restaurateurs agree: her pottery graces tables at dozens of presentation-focused restaurants, from high-end sushi bars to outposts of Wolfgang Puck's empire. Having imported her artisanal talents from Japan to Seattle two decades ago, Akiko now works in a rustic, vine-covered cottage where she both throws clay atop the wheel and uses slab-building techniques.
The resulting flowerpots, vases, and tableware stand up to the demands of hot food, dishwashers, and ovens without their Japanese characters changing into curse words. Intimate classes stoke the fires of inspiration with patient one-on-one attention that results in a solid grasp of technique.
10017 21st Ave. SW
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