Techniques for Teaching Wheel Throwing

This hands-on workshop will cover the fundamentals of wheel throwing for K-12 ceramic art educators who want to brush up on their skills and instructional techniques. Teaching artist Malley Weber of Hallowell Clay Works and Watershed’s Studio Manager, Reed Fahnestock, will share tips and techniques to refresh your practice and improve your instructional approaches. 

This workshop is limited to 10 educators so that our teaching artists can provide individualized instruction appropriate for the skill levels of workshop participants. The session will focus on centering, pulling simple shapes, trimming, and preparing work for firing.  Instructors will demo instructional techniques that can be used in the classroom. 

This workshop is for Maine K-12 ceramic art educators. While the workshop does focus on fundamentals, it is not appropriate for novices. Experience throwing on the wheel is a prerequisite. 

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hallowell Clay Works 157 Water St., Hallowell, ME
Registration Fee:
$25.00 (includes lunch and materials)
Contact hours will be provided by Watershed for this workshop.


About the Workshop Leaders

Wm. Reeder Fahnestock is the studio manager at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Among his many duties, Reed acts as an interface between the residents and the facilities by maintaining the kilns and equipment, stocking materials and providing safety and technical information and oversight for studio staff. He also oversees building and grounds maintenance, facilitates community firings, and leads several glaze and kiln-firing workshops every year. A Midwesterner by birth, Reed received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA Kansas State University where he studied with Yoshiro Ikeda, Anna Calluori Holcombe and Dr. Glen Brown. During graduate school, he taught beginning and advanced ceramics, among other courses. He was the inaugural artist in residence at Pinon Hill Pottery in La Veta, Colorado and was an artist in residence for two years at Pope Valley Pottery in the Napa Valley in California.
Malley Weber teaches Ceramic Arts at the University of Maine at Augusta and owns and operates Hallowell Clay Works, a community clay studio and craft gallery in Hallowell, ME. She is a teaching artist for both the Maine Arts Commission and for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She’s passionate about using local resources and promoting the use of local clay. Malley holds a BA in Writing Arts from SUNY Oswego where she studied ceramics with Richard Zakin and an MFA-IA (Interdisciplinary Arts) from Goddard College. She has trained internationally and is certified in Clay Field Therapy, a sensorimotor education to repair neural pathways through working with the hands. Malley has been teaching all ages and skill levels for over 25 years and is a former resident at Watershed Center the Ceramic Arts.