Introduction to Handbuilding

In this course, students explore the basic physical properties of clay by practicing a variety of hand-forming techniques used to create functional objects. Hand-forming techniques will include, pinch pots, slab building, mold slumping, and texture. The objective is not to make pieces to take home, rather learning what is possible and allowing you to get your hands dirty and feel what it's like! No previous experience in clay is needed for this class. (an introduction class is a prerequisite for instructional open studio)

“Handbuilding is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers, and simple tools. The most common handbuilding techniques are pinch pottery, coil building, and slab building” -Ceramic Arts Network
Missy Hitch a lifetime resident of Stillwater, but more recently a resident to the prairie arts pottery studio. Missy started her clay/pottery journey right here at the prairie arts center. She is interested in learning and expanding her knowledge for all things clay from other potters, so that she can bring those skills into the studio.

Course type
4 weeks; class meets once a week for 3 hours (12 hours of instructional time)

Class time
Mondays, March 22nd, - April 12th, 6:00-9:00pm
While enrolled in class Instructional Open Studio time is included.
* The instructor will be wearing a mask and participants are asked to wear one too.

$110 members; $135 non-members

16 years old and up

Supplies included 
The course fee includes 10lb bag of clay, use of basic tools on loan during class time, paints and/or glazes, and firing.

To RSVP please fill out our registration form here or call us at 405-744-1535.