Volcano Art Center: Clay Handbuilding Class

July 19, 2016, 2:16 PM HST (Updated July 19, 2016, 2:19 PM)

Handbuilding with Clay workshop. Courtesy of Volcano Art Center

Handbuilding with Clay workshop. Courtesy of Volcano Art Center

Instructor Lisa Louise Adams will offer for six weeks of “playing with clay” at Volcano Arts Center.

An evening session and afternoon session will be offered: Tuesday evenings starting Aug. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; on Thursday afternoons starting Aug. 11, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Handbuilding is working with clay by hand using only simple tools, not the pottery wheel. Before potters had the wheel, they were creating pots and clay forms using clay, their hands and fingers, and basic hand tools.

Coils of clay can be used to build bowls, vases and other forms in various shapes and sizes.

“This workshop is a great way for everyone to experience clay,” said Adams. “Not many have access to clay, brushes, glazes and a chance to learn and fire their clay in a kiln!”

Students will have the opportunity to learn how to coil, pinch and slab-build form, manipulate and carve—then let dry, get fired, paint on glazes and fire again.

If you already know how to throw, wheels will be available.


Students have commented on previous classes.

“This is an affordable opportunity to learn and make ceramics.”

“There’s nothing I didn’t love about the workshop!”

“It was such a blast!”

Cost for the either workshop is $125/$113 for VAC members plus a $25 materials fee.handbuilding1

No previous experience needed. Bring your joy of discovery, sense of adventure—and a towel to class.

The Volcano Art Center’s Niualani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village.

The Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts.




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