New pottery class offered at Tryon Arts and Crafts

Published 6:17 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sculptures by Ann Gleason. (photo submitted)

Sculptures by Ann Gleason. (photo submitted)

Tryon Arts and Crafts School welcomes local potter and sculptor Ann Gleason as the instructor of a new Monday evening hand building pottery class. In Gleason’s class, students will take slab-built forms to a new level of possibilities, along with further exploration of slip-work and other embellishment options done while clay is in the unfired, green ware state. Altering basic forms, using found objects and molds, and extruded clay will also be explored. New students will move along swiftly covering the basics of each technique: pinch, coil, soft-slab, as well as introducing many alternatives within each technique. The class will start Monday, April 1 from 6 – 9 p.m., and will meet for six weeks.

The instructor, Ann Gleason, a local well-known and accomplished artist, received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Utah.  She is a full-time professional potter; part-time studio potter and part time teacher. Gleason serves as an adjunct instructor of ceramics at Greenville Technical College and in the past with Converse College, Wofford College,  Spartanburg Art Center, Blue Ridge Community College and Tryon Arts & Crafts. Some of her pieces are on display in the gallery of Tryon Arts & Crafts.

Tryon Arts and Crafts School is a non-profit crafts organization located at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon and exists to provide creative opportunities for everyone.

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– article submitted by Julia McIntyre