The first two weeks of every semester Ceramics I students work on the wheel, learning to center, and pulling cylinders. Any student who wishes to continue on the wheel may do so, provided they also complete their other assigned projects (I arrange additional throwing instruction outside of class, and often bring in potters from the community for demonstrations). At the end of the semester they may substitute a comprehensive body of thrown work for the final assignment.
Students use these first cylinders to explore and test glazes, and other surface treatments. They are encouraged to carve, sculpt, or alter their cylinders. These pieces are approx. 6" tall; the piece on the left was fired in the gas kiln (reduction atmosphere) and the piece on the right was fired in the electric kiln (oxidation).