Well now, the barnyard is busy, in a regular tizzy
And the obvious reason is because of the season
Ma Nature's lyrical with her yearly miracle
Spring, Spring, Spring
-Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby

Doesn't just the thought of Spring make your creative juices flow? 
It's the season of joyful colors and new beginnings. 
Come join us this semester as we help shape the earth into beautiful art. 
MARCH SALE!  All Trays and Platters 15% off!
Family Fun Day!
Come learn to make a bank or sculpture!
For kids and grownups 4 and up. 
We’ll supply the air dry clay so you can take your creations home with you. 
Monday April 2nd 3:00-5:30     $5 each
Spring semester starts the week of March 4th so sign up now!
Let's make a Sterling Silver Keepsake Charm out of Precious Metal Clay!
Bring your best friends, your sweetheart or even just yourself to a one-of-a-kind evening you'll never forget. 
You'll be supplied with all the materials necessary to create your very own personalized embossed pendant, all while sipping wine and enjoying some pizza from the famous Dani's House of Pizza!
And, of course, you'll take home with you your finished keepsake to cherish forever. 
Party size is limited to 8 people, so sign up now!
**Silver Party Fridays: 
Join us on the 2nd Friday of 
EVERY MONTH starting April 13th. 
from 7:00-9:30pm**
Cost $70 per person
Arline Maisel
Germane Tautz
Johnny Morelli
We are finally seeing the wonderful results of the pieces created in this workshop coming through the kiln.... 
Lots of happy potters and such a spectrum of ideas and creativity! We are very pleased to see how inspired our potters were to continue to explore this technique and we can't wait to see what they do next!

This was such a popular workshop that we plan on doing it again...
Our next 2 part Mishima workshop with Asta Bubliene will be April 8th & 22nd. 
Seating is limited to 8 spots so sign up now with Grace. 
Cost: $99 includes all materials and firing fees. 

Here are some of the fantastic finished pieces from our 1st workshop that we’ve seen so far....
Arline Maisel
Eija Heino
Eija Heino
Ivy Lyden
Ivy Lyden
Germane Tautz
New to Ceramics?
Thinking about rekindling your past experience?
Now is the perfect time to sign up and get your hands dirty!
Pick any one of our three options. Join us for a 3-week introduction course , a full 7-week semester, or come and try a 1-hour one-on-one class. 

Our new Semester classes start the week of March 4th
Choose wheel throwing or hand building: day, evening or weekend classes. 
Sign up now to reserve your place in the class of your choice.
Throw A Clay Party!
We offer events for both adults and children in large or small groups. 
Whether it's a birthday celebration, a girls' night out, a casual get-together, or a holiday party, you can't match the fun you'll have getting down and dirty with us!

So, gather up your best friends and family for a casual, fun and creative experience!
Our professional pottery instructors will guide you on your mud-filled journey as you create great memories and ceramics!
Reservations are required and food and beverage may be brought in or we can arrange for pizza and wine. 

At the end of the party, you'll have a work of pottery made by your hands to keep and treasure. Your glazed and finished ceramic piece will be available for pickup within three weeks.
We can accommodate up to 16 people.  
For more pricing and scheduling information, please call 718-441-6614.

Everyone can make and give an empty bowl for charity!
Our annual Empty Bowls event is coming up again....

Help us raise money for the wonderful Riverfund organization (www.riverfund.org) enabling them to continue their important work of lending a helping hand to our neighbors in need. Each dollar raised goes as far as $20- and we hope that this will allow them to extend their reach even further. 

There are many ways to participate (choose any or all!):
-Potters can donate as many bowls as they wish (please have them ready and handed in to Grace by March 30th). 

-Come and paint a pre-made bowl for donation. We will fire your creation and have it ready for the fundraiser where it will be included along with all the other handmade bowls. 

Bowl painting events:
Sunday, March 18th & Sunday, March 25th,  2:00 - 4:00pm
Cost: $5/bowl 

-Come pick a bowl and share a bowl of soup with your neighbors for charity!
This is the sixth annual event organized by The Potter’s Wheel and generously hosted by Austin's Ale House. 

A simple meal of soup and bread will be served in a handmade or hand painted ceramic bowl of your choosing and you will keep your bowl as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in our City.

The donation for a bowl/seat is $20. Each donation will allow us to provide a week's worth of groceries for a family of five. 

In preparation for the day, many of The Potter's Wheel artists lovingly created, decorated and donated very unique bowls, and dozens of seniors, school children and other community members painted bowls at Kew Gardens community events. 

Be part of this heart-warming community movement! And if you really can't make it on April 9th, you can just help donate to make a donation to  www.riverfund.org.
There will be two sittings at Austin’s Ale House with pre-registration requested but not required.
Monday April 9th
5:30pm - 7:00pm.     or    7:30pm - 9:00pm
Donation: $20/bowl 
Check the Riverfund website for more information and to register. 
About the River Fund:
RIVER FUND is the largest community-based organization of its kind in Queens, and we coined the term "Poverty Frontline Center" to define the role we play in New York City: We confront material hardship with (1) weekly groceries, (2) benefits access, and (3) support and education pathways from Cradle to College. Thank you for supporting our work.  www.riverfund.org
Margaret Wozniak and
Asta Bubliene exhibiting at 
Spring-Craft Morristown  
Our fellow potters Margaret Wozniak and Asta Bubliene are both exhibiting their work at the wonderful juried indoor craft fair at the Armory in Morristown, New Jersey.
Spring-Craft Morristown –
March 16, 17, 18, 2018
Friday, March 16 - 4pm - 8 pm
Saturday, March 17 - 10am - 6pm
Sunday, March 18 - 11am - 5pm
430 Western Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960
Admission is $9
Seniors (62 and up) $8
Children are free
Tips for Forming the Best Ceramic Coils
Priya Thoresen
There is more than one way to make a ceramic coil. Depending on what you are making—coil sculpture or coil pots
—the typical round coil may mot be the best way to go. Experimenting with flat and triangular coils might save you time and effort in the long run.
In today’s post, an excerpt from the March 2018 issue of Ceramics Monthly
coil builder Priya Thoresen shares tips on choosing the right ceramic coil for whatever you are building. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
1 A round coil. Round coils are the basic starting point for coil building.
2 A flat coil. Flat coils are round coils that have been flattened. Flat coils allow for forms to be built taller and faster.
3 A triangle coil. Triangles are the strongest shape and have many advantages to handbuilding.
4 When building a form with a steep outward angle, attach triangular coils at the thinner ends.
5 When building a form with a steep inward angle, attach triangular coils at the thicker ends.
Variations on Ceramic Coils
Beginning ceramics students often focus on trying to make the most consistently round coils possible. Round coils, however are often not always the most effective shape for building. It may be better to think of the round coil as the basic starting point that you can expand upon. In this article, I’ll introduce you to the flat coil and the triangle coil.
Flat Coils
To make a flat coil, start with a round coil (1) and flatten it with a paddle or rolling pin (more advanced students could also use the palm of their hand) (2).
• Flat coils add height by making walls taller faster.
• Similar to slabs, flat coils are good at horizontal curves, but less suited to vertical curves.
• Flat coils are good for precise forms and avoiding surface texture.
• If you like to handbuild with a paddle and a Surform, flat coils may be a good choice for you.
Triangle Coils
To make a triangle coil, start with a round coil and pinch or flatten one side of it (3). Considering that a triangle is the strongest shape, it’s no surprise that they have many advantages in handbuilding.
• By stacking triangle coils, it is easier to squish the rows together.
• This also distributes the stress points between the wetter and drier layers, which results in less cracking.
• Triangles inherently have thinner and thicker areas, and can be pinched up, in, or out to add height and shape as you build.
• Building this way will leave texture, and slightly thinner and thicker areas. If you want clean, precise forms, go back to the flat coil.
• Use small triangle coils for filling gaps and reinforcing corners.
Triangle Up or Triangle Down?
Look at what you’re making and think about the shape you’re aiming for or angles you’re joining.
• If you’re going straight up, either way will work.
• For a steep angle outward, attach the triangle at the thinner end, leaving more clay left to stretch outward (4).
• For a steep angle inward, attach the triangle at the thicker end (5).
We don’t know about you, but we feel this way about The Potter’s Wheel...
Finding Your Tribe  
By Madisyn Taylor 
We all desire to find our tribe, a community of those that feel comfortable to us and nurture our journey.
Part of being human is the search for an individual identity. Bound to this strong need to establish a unique persona, however, is an equally intense desire for acceptance. It is when we find our individual tribes that both are satisfied. Our tribe members are those people who accept us as we are without reservation and gladly accompany us on our journeys of evolution. Among them, we feel free to be our imperfect selves, to engage unabashedly in the activities we enjoy, and to express our vulnerabilities by relying on our tribe for support. We feel comfortable investing our time and energy in the members of our tribe, and are equally comfortable allowing them to invest their resources in our development.
The individuals who eventually become members of your unique tribe are out there in the wide world waiting for you. You are destined to find them, one by one, as you move through life. Sometimes your own efforts will put you in contact with your future tribe members. At other times, circumstances beyond your control will play a role in helping you connect with your tribe. If you look about you and discover that you are already allied with a wonderful and supportive tribe, remember that there are likely many members of your tribe you have not yet met. On the other hand, if you feel you are still living outside of your tribe, broadening your horizons can help you find your tribe members.
However your life develops after you come together with your tribe, you can be assured that its members will stand at your side. On the surface, your tribe may seem to be nothing more than a loose-knit group of friends and acquaintances to whom you ally yourself. Yet when you look deeper, you will discover that your tribe grounds you and provides you with a sense of community that ultimately fulfills many of your most basic human needs.
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