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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 / 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

One Day Taste of Clay

Pottery Shop at Ozark Folk Center Craft Village
Pottery Shop at Ozark Folk Center Craft Village
Meeting Place: Visitor Center Lobby
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration Fee: $22.00
Class Fee: $100.00
Materials Fee: $5.00

Learn the basics of creating functional mugs, bowls, vases, and other pottery using an electric potter's wheel. This one-day workshop is a compressed version of our three-day class. We will cover forming, trimming, and making handles. Students may take their creations home or arrange to have work fired at the folk center for and extra charge. This class is for beginning students who would like to learn the fundamentals of throwing. No experience necessary. 

Sign up early, the class is limited to 4 students. Registration closes two weeks before the beginning of class. The registration fee is due upon sign up. The class fee is due directly to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Create your own class: You pick the date!

If the classes we offer don’t fit your schedule, you can create a specialized class at a mutually agreeable date! We need groups of 3- 4 people. The prices are the same as for the regular classes. The cost is on a per person/per day basis: each day is $100 + materials ($5 per day), plus the Ozark Folk Center deposit of $20/person.

To sign up, call Ozark Folk Center State Park Craft Director Jeanette Larson at (870) 269-3854.

Meet Your Instructors: Judi Munn & John Perry
John Perry and Judi Munn are the resident potters at the Ozark Folk Center. During the visitor season, as they make the beautiful pottery they sell in their shop and throughout the southeast, they demonstrate the art of making wheel-thrown pottery to the public. They form pots, mugs, plates, bowls, jars, vases and cups out of raw clay. The following day, they trim and decorate them. To decorate the pot they press a fern or hand-made stencil into the surface of the clay. Colored clay, or slip, is then painted over the stencil. Once the colored clay stiffens, the fern or stencil is removed.

Judi Munn’s path to become a potter was not a direct one. She is certified to teach and holds a Master Degree in a field other than pottery. Judi took up pottery with the idea of adding Art to her list of teaching certifications. In 1992, after a year and a half of classes, she got an apprenticeship at the Ozark Folk Center with David and Becki Dahlstedt. Her husband John Perry began his apprenticeship in pottery in 1996. They both teach pottery at various times of the year at the Folk Center.

They say “We love making our living using our hands. It is satisfying to start with a lump of clay and produce a piece of work that may last for 5000 years, or more! The work sold here is functional stoneware. We designed it to be used and enjoyed."

Judi’s work is in the collections of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Dale Bumper’s wife. An article written by Judi was published in January of 2002 in Ceramics Monthly Magazine. It was called “Pure Whimsy” and focused on her slip decorated animal pottery. One of her pitchers is included in the book 500 Pitchers.

Looking for lodging? The Cabins at Dry Creek are located in the park just down the hill from your classroom. These comfortable, climate-controlled duplex rooms are newly remodeled and offer a private bathroom, queen-sized beds, microwave and refrigerator. We offer discounts for students staying 3 or more nights. Call (870) 269-3871 to book your room.