Teaching Clay in the Classroom with Jeni Hansen Gard – PART 3

In Part 3 of Teaching Clay in the Classroom, ceramics educator and artist Jeni Hansen Gard presents an in-depth overview of basic wheel-throwing techniques for the K–12 level. Jeni’s clear instruction on wheel throwing is an invaluable tool for K–12 teachers, especially those who are new to teaching ceramics and wheel throwing. You’ll learn how to set up the wheel ergonomically and how to use wheel throwing tools most effectively. All wheel throwing has to begin with that often frustrating, but always important step of centering. Jeni gives a crystal clear explanation of how to cone and dome to get your clay on center. Once well centered, you’ll discover how to throw and trim cylinders, tumblers and bowls! Teachers can watch the videos ahead of time to brush up on their skills, or play the videos in class.

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Jeni Hansen Gard

About the Artist

Jeni Hansen Gard grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan. She received her MFA in ceramics from The Ohio State University, MA in art education from the University of Florida, and BA in art education from Hope College. Jeni was the recipient of the 2015 MJ Wood–DO GOOD Residency at Red Lodge Clay Center and recently completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Denison University. She is a founding member of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective, a craft and social practice organization. Jeni and her husband, fellow ceramicist Forrest Sincoff Gard, run Gard Clay Studios. To learn more about Jeni Hansen Gard and see more images of her work, please visit


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