Instructional Video on Making Spoons and Scoops

 

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I am excited to share my first full length Instructional Video on Making Spoons and Scoops! People always ask me how do I make my ceramic spoons, so I thought this would make a great instructional video.

This is a detailed, start to finish pottery lesson on making ceramic spoons and scoops on the potters wheel. In this video I will demonstrate methods of throwing, cutting, altering and joining to create finished spoons and scoops. I will also talk about decorating and firing. Your end product will be useful, functional and decorative spoons and scoops that you will feel confident to sell, or to just give away as gifts. You can watch a promo video, and purchase the full length video at teachable.com.

I have been a potter for over 30 years, and ceramic instructor for nearly 30 years, and have a wealth of knowledge to share with beginner to advanced pottery students. I tend to give a lot of that knowledge away for free on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube… but I want to get into more detail with my videos… little snippets are good, but just not enough for those wanting to really learn more about this difficult craft. Students want more too, and have asked me for longer videos, so I thought why not give it a go!

I love the whole video process, from filming to editing, but have found that it takes a whole lot of time to make even a short video. The editing takes enormous amounts of time… probably 80% longer than the actual filming. It’s another whole job on-top of being a full time potter! Since it takes lots of time to create something of value, these lessons will be sold through teachable.com. When you purchase a video there is no time limit as to how long it is available… it is yours to keep forever through teachable! You don’t have to worry about downloads taking up all the space on your computer, or fussing with dropbox to get access to the video!

There are different names for gaining knowledge online… courses, classes, lessons, lectures, membership sites, and subscription service… (I may be missing a couple). I have chosen to name these videos, ‘Online Pottery Lessons” because it is one lesson at a time.

This first Online Pottery Lesson – “Making Ceramic Spoons on the Potters Wheel” is geared for intermediate to advanced students, but not to worry beginners, more to come in the future for you on basics. I would love it if you contacted me and let me know what you would like to see in a video!

I know that many people want to learn the craft of pottery, but do not have access to pottery classes. This is part of the reason I am creating these videos. Think of these as taking a class with me at my studio! These videos are like a one on one pottery lesson. One of my fondest memories as a teenager was getting ten private pottery lessons from a local potter. It was my high school graduation present from my parents. I learned so much from those one on one lessons! So in memory of first pottery teacher, I thought “Pottery Lessons” would be a fitting name. You can visit my lessons here.

 

Spring Pottery Classes

Yes Spring is in the air!  I can’t believe a new set of ten week classes is beginning at the end of March.  So, if you’re looking to try your hand at the potter’s wheel I still have a few openings! 

Check out my website for the details. 

http://lucyfagella.com/classes.php

 

Winter Classes at Lucia Pottery

The new 10 week session begins January 11th 2012!  

I posted the new classes barely two weeks ago… a little late, but I’ve been a little pre-occupied with holiday sales.  There are three openings left for Wednesday nights…  Tuesday and Thursdays are filled.

The Pottery Biz and Local Economy

I’ve just finished a one week intensive pottery workshop here in the lovely hills and valley of western Massachusetts.  It is my second workshop for the year.  Students have come from as far away as France, Canada, and Texas, New York, Boston, and Vermont.  Someone recently asked me where the students are staying.  I said, “Bed and Breakfast’s,”  He said, “Boy, Lucy you are really a part of the local Arts and Economy.”  I smiled proudly and said yeah I guess I am. 

Between my workshops, weekly classes, open studio sales, and the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail.  I’m happy to know that what I do as potter/teacher contributes to the local economy.

Some pics below from our two field trips during the workshop.  A View from the French King Bridge,  the Green River and Barton’s Cove.

 

 

Making Pottery at the October Workshop

What a wonderful week we are having at my fall pottery workshop.   I have some serious potters all at the beginning of setting up their pottery studios.  We have been working on some of the more difficult aspects of functional ware, like handles and lids, to name a few.  I’m seeing leaps and bounds in four days time!  Tomorrow is our last day together,  I wish they all lived around here, they are truely awsome people and students… Dan and Sue from Canada, Larry from Texas, and Jeanne from Vermont.