Directly from the earth comes clay, miraculously turned by nature from organic matter to that versatile artistic substance. In Cascadia’s pottery studio companions learn about clay and its marvelous transformations in the potters’ hands giving form and substance to their own creative ideas. The program includes a full slate of skills including hand-building, wheel work, decorating, glazing and firing. Potters-to-be learn what happens to their pieces in the hot, hot atmosphere of kiln or fire-pit. They explore artistic concepts including proportion, color, scale, and visualization of internal space. As a class they work together to develop group projects such as murals, sculptures, and friendship bowls. As well they have the opportunity to make utilitarian items — buttons, beads and pendants, cups, bowls, plates and platters, slab boxes, covered jars, tiles and trivets.