As a teacher of fine arts and crafts, I am often looking for new venues to discover, to investigate and to teach. The freedom to express new ideas prompts the search engines to engage in problem solving questions that are essential to learning. Essential questions provoke thinking and channel the learner to pursue answers and to express one’s personal point-of-view. My approach is to be a facilitator, coach, and teacher. The arts promote life long-learning, encourages self-esteem and instills in the learner the ability to adapt, switch jobs and learn new skills.

Who, What, Where, When and How of artist development

* Offering structured artist-in-residence programs and projects
* Providing arts education for all levels of skill, beginner to master
* Managing creative spaces that facilitate artistic endeavors
* Promoting community cultural connections through workshops


Beginning Clay on Wheels Class Description:

Course Description:

This beginning wheel throwing class is a six week course, meeting once a week on Wed. evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Scenic City Clay Arts studio located in the ArtsBuild Building, 301 E, 11th St. #100, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

Awaken your creativity with clay and learn to center the clay on the potter’s wheel making basic forms: bowls, cylinders and mugs with handles. Technical skills of “wheel throwing”; or, as I like to say to my students, “wheel pulling” will be emphasized.Ceramic terms defined, repertoire of surface decoration skills broaden and the mysteries of clay explored and glaze combinations applied to student fired bisque-ware. Some of the things that I would like for my students to accomplish are: technical skill of centering, wedging clay and the exploration of form.Whether you are a beginning student or renewing forgotten skills this class will develop your hand/eye co-ordination and arouse your curiosity to new possibilities in clay.

Teacher Bio:

Olive B. “Lolly” Durant is a part-time studio potter in her studio, Down & Under; as well as, a teaching studio potter/ arts co-ordinator at Mountain Arts Community Center, MACC and an active member of TN Craft SE Chapter.Lolly left full time, public school teaching to pursue a new career path as a potter, artist, and arts co-ordinator for public art events & workshops.She received a B.A. in Studio Art/ Education from Converse College and a M.A. in Studio Art( painting and printmaking) / Education from N.Y.U. she is the sole proprietor of E&O Enterprise where she and her daughter, Evie collaborate in community building projects.

Lolly studied pottery under the direction of Maggie MaMahon, U.T.C. Ceramics(2004-2005).
Summer Clay Workshop at Arrowmont with David Gamble: Drawing, Painting & Creating in Clay
Summer Clay Workshop at Arrowmont with Jeff Brown: Clay Wheel Throwing
Four year tutelage under Talle Johnson, Master Potter program (2006-2010)
Shakerag, Sewanee Summer Workshop with Nick Joerling: Clay:Pots:Possibilities (2013)

Contact: David Chambers, Executive Director
Scenic City Clay Arts
301 E, 11th St. #100
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Cell: (423) 260-0255
Work: (423) 883-1758

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