Good Dirt Clay Studio

Located in Athens, Georgia, Good Dirt is a community clay studio with year-round pottery classes for adults and children and a gallery with a fine selection of work by professional artists.  If you have ever been interested in how pottery and ceramics are made, we hope you'll drop in and see us.  Our focus on community = something for everyone!

Wedging

Before you even hop on the wheel, you need to prepare your clay.  Even when taken straight from a new bag, it's a good idea to warm up the clay and make sure that any condensation, etc is uniformly mixed in.  This is also great to know so all of those watery bits from throwing or "oops-es" can be reused.

Watch a video of Rob demoing just how to wedge on YouTube here (and, as a warning, I was a dufus when filming and kept the iphone vertical -d'oh!  sorry!)


Centering

Centering is about how to get all the wobble and wiggle out of your clay and set yourself up for success in all of the subsequent steps.  It's a tricky one.  There's also as many different techniques as there are potters.  You'll find your own way of doing it, too.  Try this method as it's one that we've had loads of success with over the years.  Then, keep the bits that work for you and change the rest to do your own thing!

This is a super duper thorough video on centering.  Yes, it's long.  Not Dickens long, but long.  It also covers just about everything with the common pitfalls and mistakes most students make.  We'll be making a series of "quickies" in the future, but for now, stick with it til the end and you'll learn a lot.  As we filmed it the same day as the wedging video, it's also skinny.  But, still great. Watch it here


Pulling

 

Pulling is the magic, the jazz, the glitter of throwing.  It's the part that seems like a total mystery and pure wizardry to those watching and feels impossible to get.  Just like 8-year old me watching the Winter Olympics thought, "Ice skating? Wow - that looks so easy - I bet I can triple salchow."  My nose as I face planted thought very differently.  Pulling looks easy, and you'll get to the point where it will be easy for you, but don't get discouraged or intimidated if you face plant a few times!  It will just click one day.  Watch how to here.