The Dunster House Pottery Studio is a fully equipped and functioning art space. We have several types of clay that can be used to hand build, sculpt, or throw on a wheel. The studio is equipped with two kick wheels used for throwing and trimming (finishing). There are books in the studio to use as reference or for ideas, and there is always an experienced potter around for questions or lessons.
After a piece is produced it is set untouched to dry. Once completely bone dry the piece can be put in the kiln for its first firing (bisqued). After the bisque firing the piece can be painted with glaze. Many colors are available in the studio. After glaze has been painted on the piece goes back in the kiln for its final firing. A finished piece is the end result.
Home-made pottery adds a fun accent to any dorm room, and also makes a great gift. You can make clay into anything imaginable, but some common and useful items include- pencil holder, vase, bookend, mug, penny dish, bowl, or sculptural art.
Current and Upcoming Classes
8 Week Course
Cost: $50.00 (Harvard Undergraduate Residents only)
The fee is all inclusive
Tuesday 9/18 7-9pm Open house
Tuesday 9/25 7-9pm Open house
Tuesday 10/9 7-9pm Classes start (all classes will be held on Tuesdays 7-9pm)
Class Summary: Exploring Clay allows students the opportunity to get their hands dirty and strengthen their ceramic skills at the same time. Weekly demonstrations in wheel throwing and hand-building techniques will be given to aid students in their clay work. From mugs to sculptures, there is something for everyone. This class is geared towards the individual. Each student is able to set their own goals and create their own masterpieces!
Instructor: Jay Pastorello www.jaypastorelloceramics.com
Jay Pastorello is a Cambridge, MA based ceramic artist who has been working with clay for over a decade. In 2004, Jay graduated with a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston where he studied both photography and ceramics. In 2005, he joined the Harvard Ceramics Program furthering his education in the ceramic medium. After joining HCP Jay has assisted many of it's resident artists and faculty with showings, personal work, demonstrations, and many other ceramic based functions. Jay currently teaches at MIT as a ceramics instructor.