I have pottery experience but took social classes with a friend, at a community college because I had no studio at the time......I did not need the teacher's attention other than some questions about glaze or firings so that I could fit my making into the accepted practices, I focussed on hand building at the time.
By the end of the first 3 or so classes I did not like this man at all......although an excellent thrower he only ever sat at the wheel 'demonstrating', he smelled of old red wine at 11am, told stories and dropped 'names' at every instance, sleazed at the younger women while re-enacting pottery scenes from 'Ghost' and avoided giving time or attention to other students including the quadraplegia disability student whose marvelous carer built her forms for her as she instructed him.....I knew this because I was at the same table as these students and helped out ocaissionally with their questions after he told them he would speak to them 'later'.
There were many quietly spoken comments and complaints in the room about the behaviour but nobody complained because they were 'frightened' of the possible outcomes or didn't want to be seen as complainers. My friend, a male and interested in learning to throw, acknowleged the behaviour but was the one of the teacher's favourites because of his eagerness to learn throwing. I was looking around for my own studio at the time so I so was not going to 'get involved' but was very unimpressed.
During session 11 while walking back into the building I saw a small sign at the top corner of the notice board outlining the centre's complaints and quality improvement policies......without a moment's pause I took down the sign and walked with it into the administration office and had that 'neutral' conversation that S. Dean outlined above.....came back to the table and told the others that if they were not satisfied then step up and speak up.....2 got up immediately heading for admin. Sometimes it just takes one person to act first.....
By the end of session 12 the teacher was announcing to the class that someone had complained about him (while looking at me) and that he was being transferred to the advanced throwers class and a new teacher would start the next 12 week term......which in truth was a good outcome for us and him really!!
Chantay.....you are the person in that class seeing and hearing the teacher, we are not, if you think she is genuinely 'unstable, weird, and sometimes out right mean' then step up and speak up ......sometimes it just takes one person to act first....
Let us know how it goes