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: Scenic City Clay Arts studio located in the ArtsBuild Building, 301 E, 11th St. #100, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

Interested in taking pottery classes? Take a look at Scenic City Clay Art’s class offerings here:

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/ SCCA, Scenic City Clay Arts, served a SCCA Board Secretary, and is an active member of TN Craft. 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 is employed by Lee University to Supervisor Student Art Teachers, teaches Art Methods and Special studio course: Printmaking Spring 2019. 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 art and theater 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) 

Shakerag, Sewanee Summer Workshop with Paul Roden: Multi-Block Color Relief Printing (2019)

Contact: Joy Key, Executive Director
Scenic City Clay Arts
301 E, 11th St. #100
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Work: (423) 883-1758

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