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Throwing To The Next Level

March 24 - 27, 2022

Bill Capshaw  ·  tnartscommission.org/artistroster/bill-capshaw

Workshop at a glance

Improving processes to improve your clay vessel.


  • Better throwing skills
  • How to analyze your work
  • Stretching the limits of expectation
  • Gaining confidence in your abilities


  • Favorite throwing and designing tools
  • Clay on the potter’s wheel
  • Heat gun or propane torch


  • Making better pots
  • Gaining greater confidence in throwing abilities
  • Learning to design work while keeping vessels stronger and lighter

Artist Bio

Bill Capshaw resides in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and earned his BFA in ceramics and an MFA in printing processes from East Tennessee State University. He began teaching painting, drawing and pottery at the Oak Ridge Art Center and has been a division site manager for Information Management Services with Lockheed Martin Energy Systems. Capshaw was the Pottery Studio Chairperson and president of the Board of Directors of the Oak Ridge Art Center. Capshaw is a former volunteer with the Tennessee Arts Commission having served as a grant’s application reviewer for At Risk Youth grants. He was named Artist of the Year in 1998 by the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville.
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Workshop Description

This workshop will focus on process, skill building, curiosity, and intuitive execution in making aesthetically pleasing vessels. In creating their vessels students will encounter throwing exercises, problem solving, and attention to detail. Class discussions include how to select clay and how throwing specifically for a particular process will enhance your work and attitude. Participants should be aware that you will not undertake bisquing work and should come prepared to travel their pieces. Beginning and intermediate skill level wheel throwing are required. Students should be capable of centering and throwing three pounds of clay.

COURSE FEE: $460  ·  materials list

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