Clay 101/201: How to be Creative with Clay

David Hoggatt

Thursday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

11/9/2017- 12/21/2017 (no class Nov 23)

1/4/2018- 2/08/2018

2/15/2018- 3/22/2018

3/29/2018- 5/3/2018

6 weeks: $100 members/$125 non-members

Class Workshop Description: My desire is to hands-on teach and guide the students through the entire process of pottery making: From wedging the clay, forming, trimming, kiln familiarity, bisque firing, decorating, glazing and final firing their pieces.

Student level: I like working with beginners and intermediate level students that have an interest in learning more about the art of pottery making. Students just need to have a desire to learn and to be creative.

I taught many interns over the years and they have left with a well-rounded understanding of how to go into pottery making as a lifetime occupation. I want to give my students, if they desire the same opportunity. I enjoy teaching the art of wheel production as well as hand forming pieces from slabs of clay.

I will instruct my classes with a little lecturing and a lot of hands on work with the clay, whether it is wheel work or hand forming. I enjoy answering questions and showing the students how to accomplish the projects that they have chosen, while allowing as much creativity as possible.

Student Supply List:

Each student will need: Apron, towels, gallon bucket, sponge, cut off wire, trimming tools (craft stores have kits with most things needed for starting a class), clay (25 lbs block of clay is for sale at BIG ARTS, $26.50), and pay an annual studio fee of $25 to BIG ARTS.


I graduated from Ball State University in Muncie Indiana in 1971 with a degree in marketing. My wife (recently deceased) and I owned and operated three pottery studio/galleries over a period of 35 years.

Our first seven years were spent on a small Victorian Main Street in a quaint central Indiana town. We then found Sanibel, or maybe it found us. and we purchased an existing pottery business and A Touch of Sanibel Pottery was founded. For the next 26 years we provided hand crafted high fired, reduction fired stoneware and porcelain along with a variety of low temperature decorative and raku fired pieces as time allowed. We also did workshops at local schools teaching the basics of pottery making including hand building and wheel throwing. We also were instrumental in starting the “Empty Bowls Project” here in Lee County schools coordinating with Harry Chapin Food Bank.

In 2006 we sold the shop property and moved our business to Kansas City Missouri, where we were involved with the International House of Prayer and taught many of the students there the basics of pottery design and production.
I am now back on Sanibel and have a desire to use the skills I have acquired over the last 35 years to assist others who have an interest in using their creative and artistic skills to learn the art of pottery making.