Daniel Kuhn grew up in the Allegheny Valley and studied at California University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate degree and Indiana University of Pennsylvania for his MFA. He has worked as a teacher and technician at Wortendyke Studio, Chautauqua School of Art, Society for Contemporary Crafts, Touchstone Center for Crafts and Community College of Allegheny County. I am very excited that Daniel is opening a wonderful new business in Lawrenceville called Ton Pottery. It is a teaching facility and retail space dedicated to the Ceramics Arts. This is such an exciting addition to a vibrant section of the city that is growing at a really rapid pace.
Pottery is our oldest handicraft. It originated during the Neolithic period or New Stone Age when humans first starting using tools, machines, crafts, etc. Water was carried in woven baskets lined with river clay. After the water was poured out of the container the layer of clay dried. The loss of moisture caused the shape to shrink and separate from the sides of the basket. When the clay was removed it was shaped like a pot and retained the pattern from the basket after being dried in the sun. A clever person discovered they could harden the molded pottery in hot ashes and make sturdy containers to transport and store foodstuffs. This pottery is still being discovered in tombs and varies greatly in shape and size.
Pottery is great way to unwind and a very sensual process. Just think of that memorable scene between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in the movie Ghost. If you haven’t seen it and are thinking of learning to make pottery, you should seriously check it out. It has been known to reduce stress and create euphoria. Some people take their art very seriously. It is also a fun activity for children and a great way to introduce art into their lives.
Ton Pottery will kick off with a grand-opening community party on February 22nd and 23rd, 2014, 10am-4pm. This event is free and open to the public. It will feature demonstrations, door prizes and a chance to try your hands at the potter’s wheel. They will be offering 12-week beginner, advanced and children’s pottery classes, one day workshops, open studio time and professional services beginning March 1st at their new studio. Pottery parties are available for all occasions as well. This is a breath of fresh air for anyone planning children’s birthday parties. You can only take so much Gymkhana and Fun Fest Bowling. Just visit their website www.tonpottery.com for more details!