Introduction to the Wheel: A Beginners Experience

Here at Ogres-Holm Pottery, our Introduction to the Wheel course is a three-hour class that includes getting your hands on the clay and close instruction on using the pottery wheel for the very first time. You’ll create multiple pieces to take home and your first go on the wheel will be learning the feel and movement of your hands with the clay.


After your first pieces are complete, your instructor will clean them up for firing and when you’re able to come back to the studio, you’ll glaze and paint them, and we’ll do the final firing of your piece. Clay, glazing, and firings are all included in this course. We hope we can teach you something new and inspire you to join us again in the studio to continue your clay journey!


This course takes place every Thursday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m., so there are plenty of opportunities to join us in the studio.


Our friends at In Plain Sight Marketing joined us for this course, and none of them had used a pottery wheel before. From a beginner’s perspective, here’s what they learned and what they thought of the course.


Jordan, an employee at IPSM, had a great experience in this course and felt as though she learned a lot as a beginner, and ended up happy with her final product.



“Watching the demonstration before we started really helped me learn and visualize the steps for creating a bowl,” Jordan said. “Everything was adjusted to my preferences to where I felt comfortable at the wheel, and the instructor guided me every step of the way. By my second piece of clay, I felt as though I knew the steps and could attempt a piece on my own.”


Olivia, a content creator at IPSM, took the class alongside Jordan and enjoyed her introduction to the pottery studio.


“As someone who has never done pottery before, I believe the Introduction to the Wheel class at Ogres-Holm is an amazing experience for anyone looking to get into pottery!” Olivia said. “Merrill is a wonderful instructor that is very passionate about pottery, and he truly shows that in helping others learn. He is very knowledgeable and can help you create some beautiful work. I would recommend this class to anyone looking to do pottery!”


Overall, the class was a great lesson on what it takes to create pottery on a wheel, and with amazing instruction and demonstration from Merrill, Jordan and Olivia ended up with three bowls and already picked up the process of throwing to remember for their next time on the wheel.


If you’re interested in taking the first step into your pottery journey, this is the best class to start. We love teaching beginners and watching them create their pieces from start to finish and taking home their very own piece of pottery for the first time.


To book a class, please visit this page to sign up. We can’t wait to see you in the studio!