Beginner pottery class gaining popularity in Biloxi

"Well, it's just fun to watch people play with clay for the first time, and a lot of times, people come to these classes and they decide they really like it and it's therapeutic and it's relaxing." (Image source: WLOX News.)
"Well, it's just fun to watch people play with clay for the first time, and a lot of times, people come to these classes and they decide they really like it and it's therapeutic and it's relaxing." (Image source: WLOX News.)
Director of Education, Stacey Johnson, helps a beginning potter. (Image source: WLOX News.)
Director of Education, Stacey Johnson, helps a beginning potter. (Image source: WLOX News.)
A Biloxi museum is showing people how to take a raw hunk of clay, and turn it into a work of art. (Image source: WLOX News.)
A Biloxi museum is showing people how to take a raw hunk of clay, and turn it into a work of art. (Image source: WLOX News.)
Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. (Image source: WLOX News.)
Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. (Image source: WLOX News.)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - You've probably heard about group painting classes. Another kind of art class in Biloxi is gaining popularity, but it doesn't involve picking up a brush. A Biloxi museum is showing people how to take a raw hunk of clay, and turn it into a work of art.

The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art is getting groups of people together to throw around clay. That's why it's called the Mudslinging Class. It's a chance for people to get together, socialize and create works of art through pottery.

Stacey Johnson is the Director of Education at the museum. She said she has a good time guiding people through the process.

"Well, it's just fun to watch people play with clay for the first time, and a lot of times, people come to these classes and they decide they really like it and it's therapeutic and it's relaxing. They come back and they find a whole new avenue in life that they never knew they had in them before," said Johnson.

At the end of the session, each person gets to pick out a couple of pieces to be fired in the kiln and picked up a couple of weeks later.

Johnson said the art of pottery is an important aspect of Coast culture, and this class gives people a chance to try something they may have never tried before.

"People come in and throw on the wheel for two hours and kind of get a taste of what it's like to be a potter. We're an artsy community, and everybody needs to learn to play in clay and express their creative side," said Johnson.

The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art holds different kinds of art classes on a regular basis. To find out more, visit http://georgeohr.org/.

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