Sunday Clay: Guided Open Studio at Volcano Arts

June 2, 2016, 1:39 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 5:35 PM
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Chiu Leong. VAC photo.

Chiu Leong. VAC photo.

Sunday Clay: Guided Open Studio is a six-week workshop beginning Sunday, June 16, 2016, at Volcano Art Center.

If you’ve ever wished for more guidance while working on your own independent projects, but without having to work on a specific class assignment, this is the program for you.

Teaching Artists Chiu Leong and Emily Herb will be available for individualized assistance—answering questions and troubleshooting problems.

For those with no prior clay or wheel throwing experience, this class will be able to impart the basic techniques of wheel throwing, including clay preparation, centering and throwing.

No previous experience is clay necessary. This class is open to anyone interested in working with clay. Instruction and demonstrations of throwing on the potter’s wheel will always be available upon request.


The instructors will provide technical guidance with projects that the individual students are interested in pursuing. Students will use low fire clay purchased from the Volcano Art Center.


The workshops will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $125 ($113 for VAC members) plus a $25 materials fee for 12 pounds of clay, including glazes and firing.

Emily Herb. VAC photo.

Emily Herb. VAC photo.

Herb is a potter and member of Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu. Her work has always been inspired by the natural world. Since moving to Hawai‘i in 1998, her work has focused mainly on birds and plants found in the Islands. She has taught pottery classes at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, at Parker School in Waimea and out of her own studio.

Leong is a potter and tea farmer living in Volcano Village. He produces artisanal specialty tea and porcelain tea ware, and raku ceramics that are collected worldwide.


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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