On Demand!

Host: Kala Stein

This zoom workshop from Giselle Hick's studio (Helena, Montana, USA) is focused on making zig zag/geometric vessels using a coil and pinch hand-building technique. Coil and pinch is a fundamental ceramic process, so this is a great class for beginners, intermediate and advanced makers. The technique can be applied to both functional and sculptural forms.

Along with 90 days to watch the video, you receive:

  • Giselle's 2 glaze recipes
  • No-blowup bisque firing schedule for electric kiln
  • Tool list & notes on clay type

Giselle will begin with a concise overview of the fundamentals of coil building including rolling coils and pinching up a wall. Then the bulk of the demonstration will focus on the components and considerations for coiling compound/complex zig-zag forms. Giselle will address how to achieve clear transitional edges, the importance of timing with coil building, and constructing cantilevered planes. She will offer helpful tips on ways to control and manipulate the material and get you thinking about form and function. 

Some students like to work during the workshop and others do not - this is your preference- we recommend watching the first time and then working alongside the recording of the video at your leisure.

If you have additional questions about this class or registration, please email us at [email protected]

Once you register you will find the tool list and recording in your student 



Artist, Educator Giselle Hicks

Giselle was drawn to ceramics as a teenager and aspired to be a potter while studying ceramics at Syracuse University and eventually Alfred University in New York state. She's spent the past 22 years making objects in clay. She describes her creative identity to be centered in the studio and essential that her work and knowledge move out into the classroom, marketplace, and community in order to evolve and thrive. Recently settling in Helena, Montana, she continues to teach workshops and participate in gallery exhibitions, in addition to working with interior design firms and retail shops to place work in hotels, restaurants, and homes.