THROWING: Pushing the Limits

July 6 - July 10


THROWING: Pushing the Limits

Week Two (5-day): July 6 – 10, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

THROWING: Pushing the Limits

With a focus on wheel work, Peter will demonstrate a full range of pot making, finishing and glazing techniques.

Beginning with smaller scale work from cups to teapots and jugs, Flanagan will cover the range of methods employed to complete each. This will include trimming, handle making, spouts, joining and altering. By starting small and moving up in scale and weight on an incremental basis, Peter will demonstrate ways of forming that use body ergonomics to increase efficiency and decrease strain and unnecessary injury as well as demonstrating centering from one pound all the way up to seventy-five pounds of clay. Preparation of clay prior to working on the wheel will also be discussed and demonstrated. Graduated ways of completing the forms, especially with the large plates will be demonstrated over consecutive days.

Multiples of forms and hollow donuts will also be made to demonstrate ways of combining pieces in order to achieve an increase in either vertical or horizontal volume and scale. Application of clay slips by bottle and brush are techniques Peter has used for decades. All the considerations regarding consistency related to compatibility with clay bodies will be discussed and shared amongst participants. Slip trailing techniques, whether free form or geometric will be included too. The variety of glaze techniques and formulas Peter has used over the years will also be shared. Optimal glaze specific gravity and colour, fit and feel are also essentials to this discussion. Ample time will also be available for participants to explore and practice many of the methods demonstrated.

PLEASE NOTE: Work made in this class will not be fired at MISSA.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $13
  • Course Prerequisites: Previous throwing experience
  • Course Level: Advanced

Price: $728

Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes


Peter Flanagan’s practice of art has been a lifelong pursuit. Formal studies in art and academics began at Kootenay School of Art and continued at the University of Victoria. Attending residencies at the Banff Centre and international teaching assignments,  like in Bali, Manado and  Indonesia have informed and added profound depth and perspective to his studio practice.


Click here to read more about PETER FLANAGAN

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