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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson


Instructor: Jessica Thompson
June 11–14, 2020 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this class has been cancelled.

Students will be empowered to surpass their comfort-level and make bigger, more complex pots. Jess will demonstrate how to add coils and continue throwing slowly, to gradually build large, challenging forms. We’ll also learn how to add and throw feet and finials, handbuild handles, and basically do whatever it takes to throw and build forms that simply can’t be thrown with one piece of clay. We’ll look at the forms, narratives, and decoration of large pots throughout history, and how they’ve served daily and also ritual and cultural functions. Students will walk away knowing they can throw almost anything if they do it slowly, inch by inch.


JESSICA THOMPSON has an MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University, a BFA in Painting & Drawing from Pennsylvania State University, and teaches at Mendocino College in nearby Fort Bragg and Ukiah. She is a lifelong meditation and yoga practitioner, and tends to have curating projects and environmental activism going on the side. She is a mother of two little boys, and co-directs the Flynn Creek Pottery studio and artist residency with her husband, woodfire potter Nick Schwartz.

Current MAC Members: $432
Non-members: $480 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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