Sante SalvoniWheel-Throwing and Hand-Building Functional Pots with Sante Salvoni

Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate

Eight Thursdays: November 12 through January 21st, 7—9pm

Note: Class will skip November 26, December 24 and December 31

WHERE: Online via Zoom. Participants will receive an email invitation with Zoom directions prior to each class.

COST: $250 (Current members of The Potters’ Studio:$125) Advance registration is required.

REGISTRATION: Register on our website:, call us at (510)-528-3286, email us to request an invoice to pay online, or come in.

SUGGESTED CLAY and FIRING TEMPERATURE: Cone 10 clay (Recycled Clay, B-Mix, Black Mountain, Soldate or Rod’s Bod)

In this advanced beginner – intermediate level class we will work on creating high-fire ceramics for the kitchen and home. With a focus on the intersections between manipulation, hand-building, and wheel-thrown clay, we will spend eight weeks discussing and creating work that leverages foundational techniques and also moves beyond them in order to create new perspectives and possibilities. We will cover the following topics and more:

  • Thrown and altered forms
  • Connecting thrown forms with slab-ware
  • Exploring lidded vessels
  • Box jars, salt cellars, and the like
  • Mugs, mugs, and more mugs
  • Handles, knobs, and other added features
  • Thrown and manipulated wet work
  • Learning to embrace more organic results

Sante Salvoni is a potter and former chef whose work focuses mostly on forms that accent the cooking and serving of food. Proficient at wheel-throwing and hand-building and in the investigation of the combination of these techniques, he believes that all meals are complemented by handmade ceramics. As a firm believer in community, not competition, he thrives on sharing his knowledge and learning from students at all levels. His students note his on-the-spot demos are a particular highlight of his classes. While all of Sante’s work is dishwasher safe, it doesn’t always fit in the dishwasher properly!