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Otterness – Saturdays, December 5th, 12th, and 19th, 9am-12:30pm (In Person)


This three-session class will cover the basics of wheel throwing. In the first class students will learn how to throw clay on the wheel to form a specific object. The second class will cover trimming, adding handles, and decorations to complete work for bisque firing. In the final class we will glaze our bisqued pieces. Class size will be capped at 4 students to ensure social distancing protocol can be followed. Students are encouraged to research an object they would like to make on the wheel and bring in images to the first class for guidance and inspiration.


Levels: Beginner – Intermediate


Tuition includes the cost of glaze materials, firing fees, and a bag of clay.
– Students are highly encouraged to purchase and bring a set of clay working tools for personal use on the wheel. Simple 8 piece sets can be purchased online or at local craft/hobby stores. Students will also need to bring plastic grocery bags with which to cover their work.


About the instructor: Nina Otterness graduated in 2012 from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Studio Art and a concentration in ceramics. After graduation she was a research collaborator with Professor Nam at UNC Chapel Hill for 2 years. She has been teaching at the Carborro Arts Center since 2014. She currently lives in Mebane with her husband and two young boys as well as 11 geese and 7 ducks. She is currently working on expanding her knowledge of surface decoration techniques as well as combining her love of the natural world with her ceramic design.


Tuition includes the cost of glaze materials, firing fees, and a bag of clay.

In-person classes offered during the pandemic are conducted at a low maximum capacity and with social distancing measures in place. Masks must be worn at all times. Students are required to sign a liability waiver before attending in-person classes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online or in-person classes offered during the pandemic.

All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.