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.
Private classes, workshops, clsssroom 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.
*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