If you have wanted to learn how to throw clay and form it into beautiful pieces of art, then a ceramics class is for you. These classes are often offered through your local arts center, university or continuing education programs for adults. Before you pick a class, find out what materials are included in the cost of the class and materials that you will be responsible for. Most of the supplies that you will purchase are permanent in nature, but you will have to purchase clay throughout the semester for your projects.
The supplies include a sponge for soaking up water, wire to cut finished forms from the wheel, a thin metal half moon tool for shaping, a pointed tool for design work, and a sketchpad with pencils to work out what you want to accomplish on the wheel. The sketchbook also may be used for notes that you might have to take from the course textbook. If you are lucky, the local art store will already have a pre-made packet of supplies for the class together for a lower price, or you can purchase used items from another student who previously took the class. Having all of these beforehand will make your learning process much easier.
When you attend class, be sure to wear old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. You will be flinging a ball of wet clay onto a spinning wheel, dipping your hands into water, and many other messy but enjoyable tasks. It also might be good to get a simple apron to wear over your clothes as well. If you get one with pockets, you can keep handy tools there within easy reach when needed.
It is important to pay close attention in the class and to attend every one possible, as special instructions will be given for proper use and safety procedures for the equipment that will be used. This is especially important when working around a kiln, which reaches high temperatures, must be loaded a certain way, and handled with care. Pay attention when the instructor explains the procedures, and take notes to help you remember.
Taking a ceramics class can be a rewarding experience, where you learn to create beautiful and personal expressions of your creativity in three dimensional form. By following the tips above, you will have an excellent start on being prepared, attending, and getting the most out of your experience throwing clay.