Fort Carson Warrior Recovery Center 719-526-4465 3033 0 Wounded Warrior Project (904) 528-6798 2913 0 Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center 719-772-7000 1074 0 Angels of America’s Fallen (719) 377-8264 2687 0 Army Community Service 719-526-0423 2366 0 Institute for Veterans and Military Families: Onward to Opportunity 719-244-6634 2567 0 Operation Homefront 719-368-3898 2555 0 El Paso County Veterans Services 719-520-7750 2277 0 Pikes Peak Community College Department of Military & Veterans Programs 719-502-4100 2425 0 Fort Carson Warrior Transition Battalion 719-526-9350 2347 0 2121 47 mclayboy@gmail.com

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

 

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

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
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)

About this Experience

This is a student-driven clay experience – what’s your interest? Wheels and tables, clay and glazes, facilities and materials are all provided. Individualized guidance and instruction will be provided to help each student to realize their own creative vision. Depending on the size of the projects, there may be additional firing fees.





Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Individual
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
Manitou Arts Center
Located at:
513 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Make your own Clay Experience (3 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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