Kurinuki: Carving Out Clay with Polly Noll

About three years ago, I enrolled two of my kids in a Beginning Wheel class at Crossing's, so I could tag along.

Neither of those kids really enjoy throwing on the wheel, but I have been hooked ever since.  I may not have learned much in that first class, but it was a slippery slope to another beginning class, a surface treatment class and an intermediate throwing class.

Somewhere in between the classes at Crossing's, I purchased a small portable pottery wheel to use at home, so my hands could spend as much time as possible in the clay - if only moments between kids, and house, and work...

Pottery is a medium where you can try anything with nothing to lose!

I can see something on a video or in a catalogue and try it, or change it, or scrap the whole thing- and start with something new.

I have been throwing on the wheel for three years. With a great baseline from the Beginning and Intermediate Classes - it's what I need to keep experimenting and learning. Not to mention, how this process allows me to escape and center a bit of my creative soul.

Polly Noll


One technique used in making pottery is Kurinuki, or "carving out"; a Japanese making process that is slow and planned. This technique employs carving out a solid block of clay to obtain interior space, reducing the block into a pot. Students will use a choice of tools to slowly whittle into the clay to search for a form, discovery by digging!
Instructor, Polly, will guide you through the process of planning and carving your cup, bowl, vase or box. This process can hone your intuition and trust and the results can be wonderful!

Come and spend a couple of hours in the Clay Studio, by yourself, or with a friend and sink into creativity.

Sun, April 19, 1-3:30pm. $28 + $8 supply fee & $3/firing per piece completed

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Crossings at Carnegie
320 East Ave
Zumbrota, MN 55992