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Steps from a Lump of Clay into a Carved and Pierced Vessel

Do you mind getting your hands dirty? Or do you appreciate the feel of clay in your hands knowing that something beautiful will evolve? Try this:

A master class presented by artist Jacqui Doyle Schneider will give a step-by-step view of throwing pottery and using the tools to create ceramic vessels, each uniquely different. "Steps from a Lump of Clay into a Carved and Pierced Vessel" will show attendees up-close and personal how it is done and offer the opportunity to participate and touch. Doyle Schneider is a very engaging person who will get her audience involved.

The class, which starts at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall, gives an overview of the process. Attendees will be able to view the finished products as this class complements the "Then and Now: Thrown Pottery over 35 years by Jacqui Doyle Schneider" exhibit nearby in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery.

The pottery wheel will be set up and while Doyle Schneider demonstrates throwing the vessel, she will be explaining why and how she chooses that particular shape.  The artist will discuss the steps she goes through to throw and then invite attendees to try.  Those choosing to take advantage of this hands-on opportunity must put on an apron because the process as she describes, “is going to get messy.”

On nearby tables, Jacqui Doyle Schneider intends on having examples set up of each step, whereby attendees can more easily understand all that goes into throwing pottery.  The table arrangements will consist of four wheel thrown vessels in various stages of work: the vessel thrown on the wheel; the vessel with the design drawn out on to the vessel with a needle tool; the vessel with parts carved and cut out design pieces; and the last vessel completed and in the bisque state. Reference pictures and sketches will give a clearer picture of the whole process.

The master class and exhibit are free and open to the public. Appropriate attire is suggested to anyone desiring to be a participant. This class is intended for those sixteen and older.

Doyle Schneider has been teaching for years. After graduating from SUNY Oswego, she received an apprenticeship at Earthworks in NYC where she produced production pottery and taught classes in throwing on the wheel. Then, after a hiatus when she moved to Orange County and had a family, she got her teaching certification and an MA in Art at SUNY New Paltz, whereupon she secured a position at Valley Central High School. For the past 20 years, she has taught art, specializing in advanced ceramics.

Questions may be directed to (845) 341-4891/9386 and You may also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs