Class #30

Making Pottery: Beginning & Beyond

John Hansen & John Dietrich

June 23 - June 29

instructor imageIn this week of pottery making, you will have opportunities to explore the roots of the craft and the perspectives and techniques of two long-time professional potters.

Both instructors have had their careers shaped by their long and fortunate relationship with Door County's “Potter Emeritus,” Abe Cohn, who died in 2013. (Abe was featured in the now famous 1969 National Geographic article on Door County, titled A Kingdom So Delicious. This article put Door County on the bigger “map.”) The potters will share stories about Abe, along with some of Abe’s philosophy, materials and tools. The “Johns” will also bring their unique teaching methods to the class, methods honed over their many years of making pottery and teaching the craft.

Hand building and wheel techniques will be demonstrated, and hands-on assistance from John and John will help you produce a variety of functional stoneware and raku pottery. On Friday, you will glaze your creations, then go over to Ellison Bay Pottery for firing.

There are four pottery studios close by, three of them right in Ellison Bay, and one of the instructors will take the class on a pottery studio tour one afternoon.

John Hansen founded and runs Mudslingers Pottery School in Louisville, Colorado, taught ceramics at the University of Colorado and has produced pottery in Door County for over 30 years.

John Dietrich, along with his wife, Diane McNeil, owns and operates Ellison Bay Pottery (across the street from The Clearing), where they make functional and decorative ceramic art, and where, in 2019, they will celebrate John’s 45th year making pottery there. He was Abe Cohn’s assistant at the Potter’s Wheel in both Milwaukee and Fish Creek from 1968 to 1974. John is renowned for his stoneware and for his decorative and pit-fired art pottery. He has work in national and international collections and has been learning and teaching pottery for over 50 years.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials Fee: $20 for clay. Other Fee: Up to $20 for firing, depending on the number of items fired, payable during class John Hansen will contact students prior to class.

Pricing (per person):
$1045 Dorm Room Package*
$1145 Two-Person Room Package*
$1705 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$615 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals