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Wheelforming Techniques

Joseph Purtle
  • Term: Term Two 2018
  • Start Date: 30 Apr 2018
  • End Date: 25 Jun 2018
  • Time: Mondays 6pm–9pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Joseph Purtle
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Learn how to throw pots with a strong architectural form to create objects of simplicity and beauty. Explore the basic structures, movements and techniques of wheelthrowing in this hands-on course, and become proficient on the potter’s wheel. The course is suitable for students of all levels and abilities; Joseph Purtle gives group demonstrations as well as one-to-one tuition to students starting out on the wheel. All clay and glaze materials are supplied, and selected works will be bisqued, glazed and fired.

Joseph Purtle

Joseph Purtle’s practice focuses on wheelthrowing and expressive high-temperature glazes, exploring variations in the firing atmospheres of gas and wood kilns. He was the winner of the FONAS award, 2012; the Kerrie Lowe Gallery Award, 2013; and the Ashley Dawson-Damer Award for Excellence in Ceramics, 2013. He has exhibited at Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Mils Gallery, Rex-Livingston Art + Objects, and the Sogetsu ikebana exhibition at the Botanic Gardens.

  • Notebook to jot down notes and ideas
  • Old towel
  • Protective clothing (such as old shirt or apron) and covered footwear
  • Any throwing tools that you may already have. You can purchase a kit at the art store on campus for approx. $15-$20
  • All clay and other materials are provided.

Art materials can be purchased at Parkers Art Supplies on campus at NAS.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential