Fall Classes: Tuesday Evenings with Mike Carroll
The Fall classes will cover basic instruction in decoration, glazing and firing pottery. Open to ages 13 and up. Tuesday evenings with Mike Carroll
Sept. 12 – Nov. 12, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
The Fall session is an 10 week experience. Classes have been offered at Studio Sales for over 25 years. The studio has 9 electric potters wheels. The classes include instruction on using the wheel, working with clay by hand and applying glazes.
These classes are about having fun with clay! While the educational content at times will be practical and mildly technical, it is also about problem solving and personal discovery.
Open studio for the classes is Fridays 10:00 to 4:45 and Saturdays 9:45 to 3:45. This is included as part of the classes; students learn on their own what they can do and grow through this experience.
About Mike Carroll
I have been making pottery professionally since 1979, when I graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York with a degree in studio arts. My pottery has been exhibited throughout the greater Rochester area and across the country. My pottery has made its way to every continent except Antarctica! Since 2008 the primary outlet for my pottery has been the gallery space in a restored one room schoolhouse. Originally built in 1855, the 1400 square foot space is a showroom for pottery and ceramic artwork from western New York state.
My family moved to Avon, New York in 1987, and in 1999 I built a wood fired kiln, a “noborigama”, with the help of some friends. Noborigama is a Japanese term for a kiln with more than one chamber. The kiln is fired to 2400 F. Over the past 3 years I have begun to feel satisfaction working with this kiln; when hot the kiln is a living energy. From warm earth tones to glossy crystalline glazes on rich, durable clay surfaces, these pots and sculptures are some of my best work to date.
Year round I am able to engage in my one vice, ice hockey, as a player and a member of the darkside, a referee. I currently am president of the Rochester Ice Hockey Officials Association which provides ice hockey officials to over 5000 youth games during a season. I am also involved with the Avon Chamber of Commerce.
My wife, Roxanne and I have been married for over 35 years and we have two children who live and work in the Rochester area. We are grandparents to a lovely 4 year old and thoughtful 8 year old, life is good.