Pottery Studio


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THE Y POTTERY STUDIO

CREATIVITY FOR ALL

The Y opened the Corning Inc. Foundation Pottery Studio on January 17, 2011. Located inside the Y Center on North Main Street in Blacksburg, the studio provides community pottery classes and opportunities for studio memberships. Come get your hands dirty with us!

POTTERY CLASSES

Spring handbuilding with Leah

This eight-week class held on Monday evenings will focus on the basics of making pottery using hand building techniques, including wedging clay, and learning pinch, coil, and slab methods of building. The instructor will work with experienced students on more advanced forms. All tools and supplies are included. Students must be 14 years old or older and any student under 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Classes will be held 6:30-8:45 p.m. on Mondays beginning April 1 and ending on May 27. There will be no class on April 29.

Daytime Friday wheel class with Heather

This eight-week class held on Fridays will focus on the basics of making pottery on an electric wheel, including wedging and centering clay and making basic ceramic forms, such as cups and bowls. The instructor will work with experienced students on more advanced forms. All tools and supplies are included. Students must be 14 years old or older and any student under 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Class will be held on Fridays, 12:30-2:45 p.m., at the YMCA pottery studio at 1000 N. Main St., Blacksburg. Class begins on March 22 and ends on May 17. There will be no class on March 29.

Spring wheel class with Jenny

This eight-week class held on Wednesdays will focus on the basics of making pottery on an electric wheel, including wedging and centering clay and making basic ceramic forms, such as cups and bowls. The instructor will work with experienced students on more advanced forms. All tools and supplies are included. Students must be 14 years old or older and any student under 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Class will be held 6-8:15 p.m., Wednesdays, at the YMCA pottery studio at 1000 N. Main St., Blacksburg. Class begins on March 27 and ends on May 22. There will be no class on May 8.

Spring wheel class with Jessica

This eight-week class held on Fridays will focus on the basics of making pottery on an electric wheel, including wedging and centering clay and making basic ceramic forms, such as cups and bowls. The instructor will work with experienced students on more advanced forms. All tools and supplies are included. Students must be 14 years old or older and any student under 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Class will be held on Fridays, 6-8:15 p.m., at the YMCA pottery studio at 1000 N. Main St., Blacksburg. Class begins on April 5 and ends on May 24.

Studio event with Melissa Weiss

Pottery Studio Memberships

The YMCA offers memberships to adults who have taken pottery classes with us who demonstrate proficiency. Monthly dues of $55 (submitted by autopay system only) entitle members to a 2' x 2' shelf to store tools and supplies, as well as access to electric pottery wheels, handbuilding space, shared tools, glazes, and member activities. Members must buy their clay from the studio, and we offer a range of options for different types of ceramics. Member work is bisque and glaze fired in two large electric kilns (mid-fire, cone 6). Contact us at pottery@vtymca.org for more details.

Studio hours and location

The studio at the YMCA at Virginia Tech, 1000 North Main St., Blacksburg, VA, is open to members from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. Holiday hours may change. Please check the whiteboard immediately inside the studio door for weekly information or send us an email at pottery@vtymca.org.

Meet the staff

 

 

Leah Boblitt, studio instructor

Leah grew up in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. "In high school, I had an awesome ceramics teacher who focused on hand building. After graduation, I came to Virginia Tech to earn my Bachelor's degree in Architecture in 2012. During this time, I was able to take ceramics classes again as part of my major. After graduation, I got married, moved to Washington, D.C., to work as an architect, and then was surprised with a baby! My husband and I decided to move back to Blacksburg to raise our kids. I love ceramics, hiking, animals, and house projects. I have enjoyed introducing my oldest, who is now five, to playing with clay, and I am excited to introduce you to it as well! See you in class!"

Heather edited photo

 

 

Heather Johnson, studio instructor

Heather first started wheel throwing 25 years ago and today loves to make pots for her plants. She has a rich background in community arts, and looks forward to helping aspiring potters reach their artistic goals.

 

 

Jessica Koblish, studio instructor

"I spent my youth in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I completed my foundation studies in Fine Art at Piedmont Virginia Community College with Charlottesville potter Tom Clarkson, who heads the ceramics program there. I enjoy creating functional art with the four natural elements of earth, air, water, and fire."

Jenny Lawrence

 

 

Jennifer Lawrence, lead teacher

Jenny has a long history with the studio, going back to the 1990s, when she took classes with legendary area potter Jim Gorman. She not only is a skilled wheel thrower, but focuses on artistic decoration and glazing techniques that are the envy of many members. She generously shares her skills with others, and member Tonia Moxley calls her “Queen of the Underglazes.”

 

 

Tonia Moxley, studio manager

Tonia also took YMCA pottery classes from Jim Gorman in the 1990’s and has returned to ceramics after a 20-plus-year hiatus. As our studio manager, Tonia runs the kilns, creates and maintains glazes, coordinates equipment maintenance and acquisition, and does a whole load of administrative stuff you don't want to hear about. You’ll often find her in the studio practicing her cylinders or sieving glazes.