A Potters Paradise!

Porcelain Bowls by Beth Calegnor on display in the Artists’ Gallery at 43 S Main St in Logan

SPRING CERAMICS CLASSES begin March 16th. Ceramics has been a popular class at the Bullen Arts Center for many years. The popularity of the course can in part be attributed to the down to earth instructors Beth Calengor and Daniel Bialkowski. I sat down with Beth to talk about why people enjoy taking ceramics. Beth has over 20 years experience teaching ceramics and has perfected the art of creating a classroom with instruction and creativity while maintaining a social atmosphere.

Ceramic classes are not just about throwing techniques and getting clay on your clothes.  The Bullen Arts Center Ceramics class is a non competitive and supportive environment where beginners can comfortably work next to professional artists and not feel intimidated.  “In recent years our adult classes have more than tripled in size and have become even more popular than our children and teen classes.  I see that adults come because these classes are significant in their often busy lives. I think they enjoy learning in a social atmosphere” said Beth.   Students learn each others names and carry on casual conversation throughout class creating a warm environment.


Beth working with a student.

The class is perfect for all levels of ability.  The Bullen Arts Center ceramics studio is well equipped and has great glazes.  Daniel even fires all the work to Cone 10 in a gas reduction atmosphere.  Beth explained “An exciting part of ceramics as an art is waiting to see what comes out of the kiln.  Painters get to see their finished product immediately, but potters have to wait.”  Class members are fortunate to have Beth and Daniel as a resource before the art work goes into the kiln.

Continuing education as an adult is sometimes a challenge, but learning a new skill can be worth the effort.  Daphne Hartzheim a student in Beth’s class and full time PhD student at USU described her experience”I enjoyed how Beth was willing to repeatedly show me the skills I was interested in developing, and while I was frustrated with the difficulty of learning to throw, at the end of the class I was pleased with the number of projects I was able to complete.” Beth explained how some class members struggle with learning working with the wheel “It can be frustrating at first.  We, as adults, get so used to being good at what we do, learning a new skill can take some time.”  However, class members learn to love working on their skills almost as much as finishing a project.  Working with the clay seems to be a natural stress relieving activity helping create a calm and happy classroom environment.

If you are interested in learning to throw a pot or would just like to make your own coffee mug go to s623896627.onlinehome.us/ceramics to find out more information about class times and prices.  The Bullen Arts Center offers Financial aid for qualified individuals.  Direct questions about registration to rhoth@cachearts.org.


Written by
Adam Shelton