Donated photo. Haywood Community College’s Workforce Continuing Education Creative Arts Department is offering a series of clay courses with instructor Laurey Faye Dean. Dean is a graduate of HCC and continued her education at the University of Georgia.

Haywood Community College’s Workforce Continuing Education Creative Arts Department is offering a series of clay courses with instructor Laurey Faye Dean. Options include Beginning Wheel Throwing, Intermediate Wheel Throwing and Pots for Plants.  

Beginning Wheel Throwing is designed for students who have never played with clay as well as those who want to improve beginner level wheel techniques. Students will learn to center clay, become familiar with basic throwing moves, glazing techniques and loading and unloading a kiln. Participants can choose from classes beginning March 6 through April 10, May 1 through June 5 or July 10 through August 14. All sessions are Wednesdays, 3 to 5 p.m. Cost is $180.

Intermediate Wheel Throwing is designed for students who have gained a working level knowledge with the basic pottery forms and are ready to improve their skills. The course will begin with lids and lid fit, continue with handles and trimming and end with teapots. Options include classes beginning March 6 through April 10 or May 1 through June 5 or July 10 through August 14. All sessions are Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $180.

Pots for Plants will explore the primary techniques of pottery construction: pinching, slumping, coiling and slab work. This short course is a fun introduction to working with clay. It will be held Saturdays, May 11 through 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $86.

Dean is a graduate of HCC and continued her education at the University of Georgia. She is a past resident artist of the Visual Arts Center of Alaska. She is currently a studio potter in Balsam, the Road Scholar Program Coordinator for Lake Junaluska's Intentional Growth Center and a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

For more information visit creativearts.haywood.edu, call 828-565-4240 or email clschulte@haywood.edu.