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About the Artist Facilitator

After graduating from Pomona College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1990, Mark Wong returned home to the foot of Pikes Peak where he has been making his one of a kind ceramics ever since. He specializes in all things round as his concentration has been focused on wheel thrown vessels. The decoration of said vessels has led to experimentation with a variety of treatments and temperature ranges.

Wong’s also worked with a wide variety of students – teaching children and adults through “Clayfest” and “Poetry and Pottery in the Park” summer sessions in Manitou Springs as well as pop up sessions with a portable kiln in tow. Through all these his emphasis has always been Socratic. A student on one end of the log and a teacher on the other- the roles often switch.

Wong’s life hasn’t all been clay, He volunteers with the Manitou Springs Fire Department and likes to go skiing or fishing depending on the season. He can often be seen skateboarding up the hills in Manitou Springs towed by a couple of very enthusiastic mutts.

For more, visit https://humanitou.co/2018/07/01/mark-wong-wares/

Photo credit: Adam Williams / Humanitou

 

  • Virtual and/or remote Experiences available.

MY EXPERIENCES

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About this Experience

An experience for our time, this is one you will do at home. All the tools needed can be found in your kitchen! The basics are a sponge, a knife and a fork. After signing up, I’ll be in touch to coordinate a time to drop off a 25 lbs bag of clay and a work board. I’ll be available by phone to talk about the project you’d like to undertake- or give you ideas for ones you can do with your family. After you make your pieces, place them on the board and I’ll come pick them up to be fired and then delivered back to your home. High fire stone ware finishing will ensure your pieces are microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. YouTube links will be recommended as well for further instruction.





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Individual
Age:
All Ages

Credit Cost: 6
Venue:
To be agreed upon
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Hand Building with Clay -- at Home!

About this Experience

This class will engage the students in multiple aspects of clay. Hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and firing will all be engaged. We will begin by decorating pots provided and loading them into the Raku kiln while these are firing –about an hour– we will explore some different aspects of clay formation. Wheels and hand building space will be provided along with clay and tools. If the student wishes to keep a piece or two that is finished in the course of the session, firing will be provided. Student pieces will be available for pick up two weeks after the experience.

This experience must be ordered in groups of four to six at one time.





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
All Ages

Credit Cost: 3
Venue:
Manitou Arts Center
Located at:
513 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Group Session -- A Clay Overview (2 hours) 4-6 students

About this Experience

1/2 hour of hands on instruction and demonstration followed by an hour and a half of practice time. One on one teaching of wheel techniques for the beginner-advanced student. Throwing on the wheel is a lot about muscle memory, so practice is a must. Student and teacher will work on their wheels side by side during practice time so the student can observe technique and get additional assistance.
Student pieces will be available for pick up two weeks after the session.
Photo credit: Adam Williams / Humanitou





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
All Ages

Credit Cost: 4
Venue:
Manitou Arts Center
Located at:
513 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Pottery Wheel Basics (2 hours)
Level:
Experience Level 1 Beginner
Experience Level 2 Intermediate
Type:
Individual Individual
Group/ Public Group - Open to Community
Group/ Private Group - Military/Veteran Only
Age:
All Ages All Ages
Youth Youth
Adult Adult
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As of 10/5/2023, the grant funding has ended for Military Arts Connection’s free arts experiences for the military community. Please continue to the site if you’d like to explore additional resources for future opportunities for connection, creativity, healing, and more.