This skill building class will give students the opportunity to focus entirely on handle making. Numerous examples will be available for students to look at closely and to discuss, while determining if the type of handle chosen for a given form is appropriate, and developing criteria for what makes an effective handle. Demonstrations will include pulling handles off the pot, but solutions to making successful handles separately will also be explored.
If possible, each student should bring several pieces of work to the first class that are at the leather-hard stage and ready for the addition of handles (mugs, casseroles, lids, or any forms of particular interest to the student). Bring questions, as well! In both classes, students will have the opportunity to practice the demonstrated techniques, as they continue to refine and work toward comfort and ease in executing this very challenging skill.
Participants must be at an intermediate or higher skill level, and be comfortable working at the wheel.
Marsha Owen’s pursuit of pottery began in the seventies at the NC State Craft Center, followed with work as a resident potter at Penland School of Crafts under the tutelage of Jon Ellenbogen and Becky Plummer, Bill Brouillard, and Steve Howell. Her subsequent training includes study with many outstanding Penland artists over the course of nine summers, and a stint at Alfred University, where she focused on glazes. Throughout her study, Owens operated her own pottery studio in Raleigh, NC, where she continues to make functional stoneware pots. Owen returned to Penland in 1991 to teach a summer session and she has more recently led a series of classes on utilitarian pottery at Claymakers. She is actively teaching in the Raleigh area. Owen ‘s work has been widely shown and it can be found in several regional galleries.