DJ Ceramix made a name for himself by placing a slab of wet clay atop his turntable and spinning it into a beautiful vase by the end of his set. Impress the audience members of your life with today's deal: for $15, you get a one-hour basic pottery-wheel class at Desert Dragon Pottery near 17th Ave. and Happy Valley Road (a $35 value).
First-time clay slingers will gain insight into the fine art of earthen manipulation during the beginner-friendly pottery-wheel class. Under the supervision of an experienced instructor, students will soak up the basics of clay management and beginning wheel throwing techniques, gaining enough knowhow to forge three to five small pieces during the session. Each one will then be dried and fired, similar to the process for making blazing raisins. Return two weeks later to paint or glaze each keepsake, which are then fired a second time and ready for pickup within a week. All materials necessary to complete the pottery are included: the clay itself, the tools and mud-magnetized aprons, and the non-stick spray for frying eggs on the finished product.
Fashioning worthy pots and coaxing masterful works of art from ground gunk takes a lot of practice, as proven by mounds of ancient pottery shards discarded by bored archeologists. Dig up your favorite dirty work clothes and splash onto a whirling wheel of goopy goodness, becoming one with your own personal piece of hand-shaped, fire-hardened soil.
Desert Dragon Pottery
"From the first time I worked extensively with clay, I felt a connection to it, and a passion for it that has never waned," asserts Michelle Katz, owner of Desert Dragon Pottery. A ceramics artist for more than a quarter century, Katz harnesses her fine arts degree and aesthetic aptitude to teach students of all levels how to exercise their imaginations. Through a roster of classes, pupils explore the shapes of vases and plates, before leaving their finished works for Michelle to fire in her self-made, gas-fired car kiln. When not teaching, Katz often exhibits her work with pottery guild Arizona Clay Association, a collection of regional artists who share with the community their insights, masterpieces, and tips for creating life-like body doubles.
25037 N 17th Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85085