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Play with Clay Wheel Throwing Class for One or Two at Down to Earth Pottery (42% Off)

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First-time students can experiment with the basics of wheel throwing learning to make a custom piece of pottery

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December 15, 2020
Fabulous teaching, patience, and talent!!! Thank you
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November 8, 2020
Great service and a wonderful experience!!
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August 10, 2020
Very accommodating and patient vender. Had a lovely time.
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July 30, 2020
A great experience, relaxing, and fun. Heather is a great teacher!
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July 13, 2020
We had such a great time and cannot wait to go again!
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July 3, 2020
My grand children Lyla & Hadley & myself had a great time. The owner was very helpful & it was a good experience for all the girls including myself. Thanks!
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July 2, 2020
Great experience. The kids had a lot of fun. Super sweet lady and very helpful. Right off the beach so made a day of it and went swimming also
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March 16, 2020
My son had so much fun and Heather was patient with an overly excited child.
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Introductory wheel throwing class allows students to get some hands-on experience while learning how to create a custom piece of pottery.

Expect to spend about an hour creating a piece on the wheel with step by step instruction. Pieces will then dry for about a week before being fired. After it is fired, students will come back to paint it. After a final firing, pieces are ready to be picked up. This is approximately a 2 week process from start to finish.

This is a very popular class so call to book your class as soon as possible.

Kiln Firing: Transformation Through Evaporation

Ceramics are some of history’s most enduring objects. Check out Groupon’s study of how a lump of clay becomes a piece of art to last a lifetime.

Though it was once clay, a ceramic pot will never revert back to a moldable state—not even when an archeologist digs it up in 2,000 years hoping it contains fossilized cookies. This permanent transformation is due to the pot’s adolescent incubator, the kiln, whose scalding belly fundamentally alters the molecular make-up of clay as it bakes inside. In its pliable state, clay is composed of silica and alumina molecules lightly bonded by molecules of water. For the transformation to occur, these water molecules have to go, and the heat of a kiln causes the moisture to evaporate. This process must happen slowly, however, lest the water turn to steam and cause the piece to explode.

Once the kiln reaches water’s boiling temperature (212 degrees Fahrenheit), much of the moisture has left—except for the molecules bonding the clay together, which don’t evaporate until around 572 degrees. At this point, no amount of water splashed onto the clay will wake it up or make it pliable again, but the sauna session isn’t over yet. Further milestones are reached at 1,063 degrees, when the silica oxide molecules rearrange themselves (a process called quartz inversion), and at 1,652 degrees, when the individual clay particles begin to fuse together (or sinter). At this point, the clay pot can adopt its new name: ceramic pot, Esq.

Here, a crossroads: if the process stops now, the piece could serve as a bisque, which can be painted or glazed and fired again later. But if the fire rages on, the ceramic will eventually reach a stage of vitrification, in which the particles bond together fully until it’s impervious to water. Shortly after this point, the artist must start cooling the kiln or risk melting the piece into an unusable blob suitable only for a last-minute Father’s Day gift.

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