I would really appreciate some honest opinions from this group.
First, I need to give you some background about myself. In the 80's I had a year of community college ceramics and spent about 2 years potting on my own. About 5 yrs ago, I rediscovered clay and began to take continuous (wheel) lessons up until about 1 yr ago w/ 1 teacher at a small community based art center. This instructor was very rigid, not a very good teacher, and not a professional potter. I augmented this training with some classes at a larger, more urban art center with excellent teachers and have done some 2 - 3 day workshops, and a week at John Campbell. I bought my own wheel, and have a kiln although these have had limited use since I need to set up a studio. I consider myself a fairly good hobby potter with lots yet to learn. I am not a teacher and have no formal art training other than my pottery. I do have a fair amount of teaching experience, and have been told throughout my life that I am a natural teacher.
There is a fairly new small non-profit art center in the area that has been trying to set up a clay program. I have stepped up and agreed to partially fund the start up and basically volunteer my services (gas money only) as a beginning wheel teacher. I'd just like there to be an inexpensive place for people to enjoy themselves and play with clay. If they discover they like working with clay, then they should go elsewhere to continue training with a "real" potter/teacher, which will be farther to drive and more expensive.
I recently had a potter friend tell me that I am doing these (potential) students a disservice because I don't really know how to throw since I had poor instruction from the beginning, and will pass on "bad habits".
I haven't figured out how to put images in my gallery so I've attached some examples of my work.
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