Clay: Wheel Throwing and Handbuilding
In the 1980's Ms. Myrbo maintained a clay studio in St. Paul, Minnesota, working as a production potter on the craft fair circuit, creating stoneware vessels for area restaurants and offering private lessons in wheel throwing. Following a patent pursuit on a drinking vessel (awarded in 1989) and a particularly hard winter, Myrbo gave up the clay studio and moved to Key West to paint.
In October, 2013 Cheryl Myrbo bought a clay studio in Atlanta (three wheels and a monster kiln) and returned to clay.
Currently her husband, Tim Settimi, works in the studio creating figures and anthropomorphic animals.
Private classes, workshops, classroom visits.
greenware awaiting bisque fire
Beginning Workshop Description
Art history slide show: clay through the ages.
Armed with an appreciation of and for the permanence of pottery, students knead and wedge clay.
Demonstration: throwing: center, open, raise walls, trim bottom, cut rim, (shape). Cylinder.
Demonstration: carving: center, stabilize, trim foot, chatter. Bowl.
Demonstration: handle pulling and application. Cup, stein.
Demonstration: basic lid and rim lip. Casserole.
Demonstration: multiple piece. Teapot.
Demonstration: glazing: waxing (masking), painting, dipping.
Demonstration/collaboration: firing: pot cleaning, kiln loading, bisque firing; glaze firing, optional raku firing.
*Centering should be mastered before creating permanent work. Emphasis is placed on approaching the wheel with a casual attitude, learning to create without becoming attached to a particular piece. There are multiple points during the pottery process where an artist can lose a piece. Seasoned potters are prepared to be disappointed at every stage.
first Georgia firing, test