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Handbuilding Basics PT1

3 Seats Available

Handbuilding Basics




3/28/2023 to 5/23/2023

Meeting Times

  • Tuesday 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Come learn about the fundamental skills to handbuilding with clay. Students will start with simple projects using pinch methods, coil building, and slab construction to build functional and sculptural objects before planning out projects independently. Demos and discussions will include how to use the pottery tools to your greatest advantage, introduce texture and design, and how to push the limitations of the clay. This course is great for any skill level from brand new to clay to the intermediate student.

Required tools include:

- Basic tool kit

- Brushes - various sizes/ thicknesses 

- Notebook/ sketch pad

Suggested/ recommended tools:  

- Potter’s Blade or fettling knife – great for slab work and handbuilding

- Mud tool Ribs – Come in various firmness and shapes. Yellow and Green are recommended

- Serrated Metal Rib – Make scoring texture with a couple quick swipes

- Rubber tip tools – Help clean up attachments from slipping and scoring

- Mud Tools’ white clean up sponge – another great tool to clean up attachments

*All tools are available for purchase at the Wesleyan Potters studio. Please ask Staff for more information. 860-347-5925.

Additional Notes


Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination and at least one booster as eligible will be REQUIRED for class registration for all sessions going forward. 


The Wesleyan Potters policy has changed. Mask wearing will be optional.

We have to be flexible and will advise if mask requirements go from optional to required during a class session. If Middlesex County COVID positivity rates increase into the Red Category, the loosened rules on masking may be modified for the health and safety of our community. 

Note that everyone has the option to continue to wear his or her mask during the semester. If you feel the need to continue to wear a mask for your own protections, or to protect someone close to you, you should do so. 

An email providing more information regarding our cleaning procedures will be provided before the start of class.

VACCINATION QUESTION: Are you able to provide proof of full COVID19 vaccination with booster? 

Please bring proof of vaccination to the office soon after registration and before your class begins. It can also be sent electronically to Wespots2021@att.net. In the subject heading, write your First name, Last name and your class. 


  • Tuition $301.00
Total: $301.00

Options: *Denotes Required Field