THE MUD HUT
Insructor ara cardew
Ara Cardew is a master potter with over twenty years experience in all areas of stoneware and porcelain pottery production including throwing, slipware, glaze development, decoration and firing. Ara apprenticed with his grandfather, Michael Cardew, and managed the family pottery, Wenford Bridge Pottery, for many years. Locally he has been a production potter for Miranda Thomas, Simon Pearce, and Tariki. His teaching emphasis is on forms and decorations of the English slipware tradition.
The Mud Hut is the newest addition to the Tip Top Pottery family! An area, in studio, dedicated to wheel throwing; we've got three wheels for instruction &/or renting for your own wheel time. The Mud Hut offers personal cubbies, tools for use, your own clay bag, great space, & fun people!
Beginner Wheel Throwing class
With Ara Cardew
Four Series Beginning Wheel Throwing Workshop – Tuesday Evenings January 10- 31st 5:30-7:30
In this series of classes, participants will get a basic overview of how to throw clay pieces on the potters’ wheel, and how to finish a piece by trimming a foot ring or attaching other parts such as handles. In the first session, we will begin by learning how to throw bowls. In the second session, we will learn how to trim foot rings on the bowls that were previously thrown the week earlier. In the third and fourth sessions, we will work on throwing mug forms and then trimming them. We will also go over various techniques for making handles and attaching them to the mugs. Throughout these sessions I will introduce a variety of decorating techniques to use on or off the wheel. After the sessions are over we will fire all of the pieces and participants can come back to the studio to glaze them on their own time. Pieces will be food safe
Bio on Ara
Born: London, England January 1st, 1962
Ara is a 3rd generation potter, and grew up at Wenford Bridge Pottery surrounded by handmade pots. At 15 he spent the summer with a potter in Connecticut, and later apprenticed in the U.K with his grandfather Michael Cardew the world-renowned potter. In 1983-1986 Ara became proprietor of the pottery and continued the tradition of wood-fired ceramics. He established an on site museum, organized exhibitions and introduced a range of ceramic courses for beginners and advanced students.
In 1996 Ara moved with his family to Vermont, to help a former student of Michael Cardew get her pottery started. Here he developed the range of wares, and trained the staff. During this time he taught and lectured throughout New England. Presently Ara has his own workshop in New Hampshire, and teaches at the League of New Hampshire.
? Shapes are universal,
never new, never old,
They are continually in need
of being recreated.?
1986-1996 Wenford Bridge Pottery, Cornwall U.K. Managing business, projects, marketing and teaching
1996-2004 Miranda Thomas Pottery, Bridgewater VT. Pottery Management, Production, Training staff. After 2003(Part time)
2003-2005 Tariki Studio, Meriden, NH. Production Manager Producing large scale architectural projects in ceramic.
2006-Present Simon Pierce, Windsor, VT. Production Potter
1996-Present League of New Hampshire on going classes for all levels.l:
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