Pottery Without a Wheel

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

Thu, Jul 18 2019 9:00 AM Fri, Jul 19 2019 4:00 PM

Taught By Judi Munn & John Perry

This class is for anyone who would like to learn methods for working with clay at home without a potter’s wheel.  We will use tools that students can make themselves.  Students will choose their own projects such as making vases, cups, boxes, or a sculpture of and animal.  No experience necessary.

This is a three day class during the July session of Ozark Folk School. Registration deadline is two weeks before the beginning of class.
Registration Fee Due When Signing Up: $43.00
Class Fee, Due Directly to the Instructor at the Beginning of Class: $150.00
Materials : $10.00

Total Cost of Class : $203.00


Meet Your Instructor

Judi Munn

"As a teacher, I hope to get students excited about working with clay and teach them skills needed to make their own creations. I have had the opportunity to learn from some great teachers, I want to pass on what I have learned."

"When I was 5, I watched the pottery demonstrator at a craft village transform a ball of clay into a cup.  I remember thinking, “That is what I want to do!”  For most of my youth, I truly believed that everyone wanted to be a potter.  At every chance, I made animals out of clay; I lined the clay dig on the creek by my uncle’s farm with animal sculptures; for book reports I picked books such as Animal Farm that leant themselves to clay figures in a diorama; in art class I sculpted animal pencil holders.  Although I did not take a ceramic class in high school, I joined Wheel Club and learned to make small vessels.  I loved it and did well with it. However, I did not believe that I could support myself making pottery, and I pursued degrees in environmental science and education.   I did not start taking pottery classes until I had I finished my Master’s degree in Education at the University of Memphis in fall of 1990 (28 years ago).  My declared plan was to add art on as an area of certification, but secretly, I still wanted to be a potter.  I studied pottery and art for a four semesters with faculty members Niles Wallace and Nancy White, as well as visiting artist Louis Katz.  Louis recognized my passion for clay and became my guide and inspiration.  He would say over and over, “Do what you love, and the money will come”.  This helped me to believe in myself and believe that there was a way to make a livelihood with the medium.  He encouraged me to continue my interest and education."

Judi’s work is in the collections of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Dale Bumper’s wife. An article written by Judi was published in January of 2002 in Ceramics Monthly Magazine. It was called “Pure Whimsy” and focused on her slip decorated animal pottery. One of her pitchers is included in the book 500 Pitchers.


This class is for students 16 and up.