Exploring Form with Clay

Pottery Class 
Saturdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am
September 28 - December 14
Art Studio [
Registration required below

This class will take a Zen (or Chan) approach, utilizing breathing and timing in working with clay, and carrying on the tradition of pottery at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Learn a variety of techniques in slab construction, modeling sculptural forms, hand building, and throwing on the wheel. Discuss the aesthetics of Buddhist three-dimensional art. Create a number of small scale pieces, both sculptural and utilitarian. Present your creations at the end of the semester.


$80 Registration
$20 Materials

Registration is complimentary for DRBU, IGDVS, and the CTTB community. Service scholarships and financial aid are available upon request. Please email arts@drbu.edu for an application form.

Class Schedule

September 27 — Tour of classroom, demonstration of slab construction and use of slab roller, examples of slab work. Students design slab project, confer with instructors. Complete simple slab project. Demonstration on wheel with participation by students, time permitting.

October 5 — Further work on slab projects if necessary. Demonstration of modeling techniques. Modeling examples (sculptures) will be available for viewing. Students design modeling project, confer with instructors. Complete simple modeling project. 

October 12 — Slideshow and discussion of Buddhist three-dimensional art. Hand building techniques demonstrated. Examples available, students design project, confer with instructors, build simple project. 

October 19 — Wheel demonstration with student participation. Throughout the rest of the semester students will have a chance to practice on wheel during class time. Sign up sheets will be used. 

October 26 — Students will come to class with a plan for a final project, which they will work on for the remainder of the semester. It can be a series of utilitarian objects, a sculpture or multiple sculptures, or tiles. The final project can utilize any one of the techniques studied in class or a combination of these techniques.  

November 2 through December 14 — Continue working on final projects. On the last day of class, there will be a presentation by students and group critique and/or discussion of individual projects. During this period we will also do glazing, learn decorating techniques, and other skills such as preparation of clay (recycling, kneading, cutting, etc.). We will be firing the kiln as well.


Michael Owen

Sarah Kennedy Owen


Participants at all levels of experience are welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited.

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Campus Guidelines

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For inquiries or more information, please email arts@drbu.edu.