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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 has been a volunteer firefighter/EMT with the Manitou Springs Fire Department for 9 years, answering calls about 100 times a year, as well as 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

Click on an Experience below to expand the details. Please note that the “?” tab in the bottom left corner of your screen contains a key to help you understand the symbols associated with each of the Experiences.

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
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

An electric potters’ wheel and 50 lbs of clay delivered to your house – 2 weeks to make whatever you want. Pieces will be picked up with the wheel and returned fired in another week. Pieces will be glazed and fired in a durable stoneware finish–colors of your choosing. This is for those who have some experience with the wheel. 50 lbs may seem like a lot but if you’re using it for practice it will go fast with little to show. Scrap clay should be saved to be remixed. YouTube instruction provided as well…





Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Individual
Age:
All Ages
Venue:
To be agreed upon
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Wheel throwing -- 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.





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
All Ages
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) 3-6 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
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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