Course: TRN300K17 Turning Elegant Vessels and Unique Decorative Techniques

In this class students will focus on techniques to turn elegant hollow forms with an additional emphasis on the decorative possibilities after completing the vessel. One of the key elements covered is developing a sense of form while turning, and learning how subtle changes during the turning process can dramatically change the final look of the vessel. Students will make several pieces for personal comparison. Besides learning effective tool use, everyone will also make and use a simple hollowing tool, and a diamond pointed scraper for decorating. Students will learn the basics of hollowing the vessel using their own tools, a traditional caliper, and a special caliper (furnished) to measure wall thickness in difficult areas of the vessel. To embellish the form, decorative techniques will be explored in detail, including carving, texturing, and piercing. Tools used for creating lines and grooves will be made in class with materials provided. There will be a strong focus on the process of laying out designs, how to make and creatively use an indexing wheel, and methods of transferring designs onto three-dimensional surfaces, to make unique and personal work. Students will explore the design possibilities and learn the basic techniques of piercing and carving with various rotary handpieces and power tools, using furnished sample boards.  All of the embellishing techniques will be available electronically for students to take home. Some previous knowledge of turning hollow forms is highly recommended.

Key points:

  • Gain an understanding of the importance of form
  • Learn how subtle changes in the form can enhance the look of the piece
  • Make and use a small hollowing tool and handle
  • Simple methods for finishing the bottom of the piece         
  • Enhanced skills for carving, texturing, and piercing.  Use of various rotary and       texturing tools and burs.
  • Exploring designs from the creative use of an indexing wheel
  • Creating and transferring designs on three-dimensional surfaces
  • Processes for creating various dimensional elements, such as basket weaves, spiral fissures, ribbons and simple geometric shapes.                    
  • Make and use simple tools for detailing lines and grooves for texturing

  • Materials:


  • Non Refundable Fee: 35 waived for returning students

Class Sessions

Start date End Date Days Start Hour End Hour Deadline Size Price Deposit Instructor Enroll
2017-11-06 2017-11-10 Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 09:00 AM 05:00 PM 2017-10-16 8 $770 $200 J. Paul Fennell