Besides using a pottery wheel, the easiest way to manipulate clay is to threaten to rebury it in the dark, sandy hole where you found it. Turn clay to putty in your hands with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for a beginner pottery-throwing class for one (a $50 value)
- $44 for a beginner pottery-throwing class for two (a $100 value)<p>
Seasoned artisan Akiko Graham leads groups of up to four beginners through a 2- to 2.5-hour rundown of wheel-throwing basics. Students will not create a finished piece or golem friend to take home, but their training will allow them to do so if they choose to take future sessions. Classes are normally held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.<p>
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
Seattle, Washington 98146