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looking for private instruction in nj, usa

updated sun 5 oct 03


Kerstin Day Peterson on sat 4 oct 03

Hello, all:
I am a long-time lurker (the digest is an addiction) who got as far as
eight-inch cylinders and cereal bowls (Thanks to a wonderful and
talented instructor at Bucks County Community College in PA, USA. Wish I
could remember her name. She did/does marvelous raku wall pieces.)
several years ago and then had a life crisis and could no longer center.

I'd like to re-enter the clay world, and my new husband would like to
join me. He's never touched clay.

We're looking for a potter within an hour of Toms River, NJ (USA) who is
willing to give us ongoing one-to-two C6 instruction, from throwing to
hand building to glaze formulation, slip casting, tilemaking and firing
(or some combination of the above). We're full-time professionals, so
our time is limited to evenings and weekends, and perhaps the occasional
weekday or two we'll take off.

Alternatively, we would be interested in one or several multi-day
guerilla workshops at your location (preferably in a warm clime or
interesting urban area) starting in the next couple of months.

We're not looking for a bargain. We're looking for expert instruction,
and will pay for your knowledge, time, space, materials and equipment use.

Please answer off-list (kerstinp(at)

I have tools, about 50 pounds each of buff and white C6 stoneware, a
barely-used Pacifica wheel and an electric
three-zone-with-switches-and-kilnsitter Sno kiln in working condition.
We would consider trading the kiln in exchange for some of the
instruction and/or future firing services, as we will probably never be
able to fire it in or around our house. I paid $400 for the kiln in 1994
and fired it twice.

Hoping to find a mentor in clay,
Kerstin Peterson
On the Toms River, that feeds the Barnegat Bay on the New Jersey coast,
driving 80 miles one-way daily to a technical writing job in northern
New Jersey so that I can live near the water. Wishing I could write as
well as some of you. Would rather immerse myself in clay than in a pool
at a Caribbean resort.