Coil Handbuilding

Instructor: Erin McGuiness

Thursdays 10am1pm
See Class Session Schedule here.

Give yourself the gift of time to play and discover clay’s responsive meditative qualities! 

Learn the art of coiling and specific techniques for building vessels and sculptures. Coiling is an ancient pottery tradition, dating back 15,000 years to the Jomon culture in prehistoric Japan. Like the Jomon (which means cord), potters and contemporary coil artists use ropes of clay to create a variety of sculptural and functional forms. Develop your practical skills and express your own creative unique perspective in this 8-week course. Through demonstrations and plenty of time for hands on work, you may immerse yourself in this meditative, straightforward and flexible process. 

The instructor, Erin McGuiness, will weave throughout class her philosophy of art-making as a somatic practice that integrates the mind, body and spirit together in participation with the present moment, in celebration of creativity. 

An accomplished sculptor whose hand-coiled vessels are in private collections stretching from coast to coast. McGuiness' creative center is in the historic Sawtooth Building in Berkeley, California's Artisan District. There you can find dozens of her organic forms emerging from stoneware and porcelain, tenmoku washes, slips and shinos, then fired in the eucalyptus air of the bayside town. She's a lifelong artist who grew up in suburban Virginia, spending weekends visiting the Smithsonian museums in nearby Washington, DC. Erin carries a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Quaker's Earlham College in Indiana. A yearlong immersion with Pennsylvania potter Dale Huffman preceded her journey to the West Coast in 1998. McGuiness' sculptures were part of Matthew Leverone's award wining design at the 2009 San Francisco Decorators showhome and in the same year also part of Dowling Kimm Studio's room at the Metropolitan Home magazine Showhome. More recently she was featured as an AD Discovery in Architectural Digest.

Learn more about Erin's inspiration, process and background

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Thursday morning
10am - 1pm

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Estimated wait time for this class: 7-9 months.

A couple of weeks before the end of a class, the current students are given the chance to re-register. The number of students opting out determines how many spots become available to new students (typically on the waiting list).

If you apply to multiple waitlists (two max), you will be contacted for each.