Beginning Wheel Throwing – Winter 2022

Saturdays, January 22–February 26, 2022 • 10 AM–12:30 PM (Pacific)

Instructor: Mark Muscarello • In Person • $295

Join studio artist Mark Muscarello for a beginning wheel throwing course (Winter, 2022) designed to teach the fundamentals of working with clay on the potter’s wheel—no prior experience is necessary. Students will be introduced to basic throwing shapes, as well as the follow-up steps of trimming, handle making, and glazing.

Classes meet once a week for 2.5 hours in the AMOCA Ceramics Studio for six weeks (15 hours of total instruction), and are limited in size to ten students.

Refunds are not allowed after the course begins. Refunds requested during the week prior to the start of the class will be honored at 50%. Refunds requested prior to this will be honored minus Eventbrite fees. If you would like to request a refund, email

Every student is required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination on the first day of class. If a student cannot provide proof of vaccination, the student will be unable to continue with the class. In this case, refunds will not be allowed. Thank you in advance for your understanding!

Class Registration

RSVP using the form below (it may take a moment to load). If you have any problems, call the studio at (909) 622-0464 or email

Course Overview (Beginning Wheel Throwing – Winter, 2022)

Week 1 (January 22)Introduction to working at the AMOCA Ceramics Studio; demo: wedging and centering clay
Week 2 (January 29)The basics of throwing cylindrical forms; demo: throwing a cylinder
Week 3 (February 5)An introduction to throwing bowls; demo: throwing a small bowl
Week 4 (February 12)The basics of trimming; demo: trimming cylinders and bowls with flat bottoms and foot rings
Week 5 (February 19)An introduction to mugs; demo: pulling handles and slip/score techniques
Week 6 (February 26)The basics of glazing; demo: three basic glazing techniques

Meet Your Instructor: Mark Muscarello

Mark Muscarello first fell in love with clay during high school, where his art teacher was a influenced and nurtured his passion and skill for throwing and sculpting. His studio practice is influenced by Mark di Suvero, Anthony Caro, David Smith, Joseph Campbell, Val Cushing and Wayne Higby. Muscarello received his BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University in 1979, and has maintained a studio practice in the AMOCA Ceramics Studio for several years.

Learn more at or by following him on Instagram.