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 Liz Proffetty of Neighborhood Clay and Watershed’s Studio Manager, Reeder 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: Friday, March 20, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Neighborhood Clay
, 590 Main Street, unit 2, Damariscotta, ME, 04543
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.
Liz Proffetty attended Maine College of Art (formerly Portland School of Art) where she majored in both printmaking and ceramics. Upon graduation she was hired to work at a small pottery shop as a production potter. The repetition suited her desire to improve her skills with clay, but over time she realized she loved passing that knowledge on to others too. She went back to school to become a teacher, earning teaching certificates in both Elementary Education and K-12 Art. She has been teaching art and ceramics for 20 years in various settings from public and private schools, and as MudMobile Instructor for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Currently she owns and operates Neighborhood Clay, a community clay studio and retail pottery store in Damariscotta, ME and teaches art at Wiscasset Elementary School.