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Lecture and Demonstration: Wheel Throwing and Hand Building in the Style of Katherine Choy

Event Details

Date: October 26, 2023
Time: 6:30 pm
–8:30 pm


Location: Greenwich Historical Society

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Using both the potter’s wheel and handbuilding, Clay Art Center teacher Jeanne Carreau will demonstrate how to throw a tall, narrow necked bottle with a hole in the middle on the potter’s wheel and assemble a multi spouted pot in the style of Katherine Choy. Reena Kashyap Director Emeritus and Clay Art Center Historian will explain Choy’s innovative techniques of throwing and glazing utilized in her robust body of work. Reena will also discuss the history of Clay Art Center and its impact in the ceramic community.

Speaker Biography

Jeanne Carreau and Reena Kashyap

Jeanne Carreau

Jeanne majored in Japanese culture at Stanford University, then was trained as a potter’s apprentice in Japan. She received her MA from UC Berkeley in East Asian Studies, writing an MA thesis comparing the Japanese ceramics traditions of Bizen and
Hagi. She has also published both translations and original articles on Japanese ceramics. She has exhibited her work in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York. During her more than 50 years as ceramics instructor, she has taught children and adults in California, Hong Kong, and New York. She currently teaches intermediate and advanced wheel courses, as well as special needs classes and private lessons for
adults and children. Jeanne particularly enjoys the challenge of throwing large forms on the wheel.

Reena Kashyap

Reena had a corporate career before she entered the field of ceramics. She studied ceramics with Judith Weber of New Rochelle before setting up her own studio in 1989, making functional porcelain and stoneware pottery. Attending Penland School of Crafts
for summer workshops ignited her lifelong love for clay. As the Director Emeritus of Clay Art Center, Reena has strived to juggle her time between making pots and at same time, nurturing the programs and people who walk through CAC’s doors. She has
exhibited her work at craft shows and galleries all over the US. She loves teaching and watching her students grow artistically.

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