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1st teaching gig, couples wheel throwing

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So... I agreed to teach a class at a local studio since the owner is out of town. I can't decide if this is a good thing or harder than it would be teaching a regular 6 week wheel class, but it's one night, 3 hours, and couples...throwing together. Each person can only use one hand to touch the clay, a "my right, your left" thing. Crazy right? It's a valentines date night event and she told me not to let them try anything crazy, just bowl or cup, that's it.  It sounds fun and I will do my best to make it fun for them, I think I even have an assistant coming that will throw with me and I think that will help me explain it to them better since I will be doing it for the 1st time as well, at least the other hand being connected to another person aspect.

Have any of you done a class like this, or have any tips? Iv'e been going over it in my head and have lots of ideas but I'm not sure about any of them, feels like I will be mostly winging it, which is fine, but I have to make sure each couple gets one resulting piece.

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Oh yikes, I can barely throw while controlling both hands, that sounds... Messy lol

Just remember everyone is there to have fun, not really to walk away with profound skill or knowledge.  I don't teach anyone, but that's what I'd try to keep in mind amidst the chaos

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It sounds like an exercise in Ghost-inspired silliness. I’d focus on the fun, and make sure there’s pictures taken. Does the piece they get to take home strictly need to come off the wheel, or can they decorate a quick ornament as a souvenir and focus on clay olympics-style play?

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Before you fly into it with one hand, I would get together with your assistant beforehand and get acquainted with the process so the two of you don't look like complete idiots at the function. It would look a lot better if you had a little experience at this venture...:ph34r:

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these types of get-togethers are usually billed as an evening of fun with wine and clay.   the two different hands is a clever twist.  maybe if you have wine with the fun, nobody will care how the pot comes out.

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I do a couples throwing challenge as part of my three hour parties. We only do one pot that way, usually the last one of the night. I think that they need to get the feel of it with both hands before jumping into that, so I'd do at least 2 pieces normally first.

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