C.A.L.L. spins out Pottery on the Wheel class with Francisco Menchaca at Signal Peak Campus

June 4, 2009

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Well-known area professional potter Francisco Menchaca and the Central Arizona College Lifelong Learners program are teaming up to bring a very special class to the Signal Peak Campus.

Pottery on the Wheel will be held from 9 a.m.-noon every Friday morning starting June 19. The class will run through July 31 with the lone exception being Friday, July 3, when Central Arizona College is closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

The class will be held in Room 127 of the Bradley Sizer, Jr, Center for Business Studies (Building N) on the Signal Peak Campus. The campus is located at 8470 N. Overfield Road between the cities of Casa Grande and Coolidge.

Students will furnish their own tools and materials and will receive a list of the required materials upon registration. There is a limit of 10 students for this program. The cost of the program is $70 for C.A.L.L. members and $85 for non-members.

“The class is designed to teach participants how to use a potter’s wheel,” Menchaca said. “I will teach students to throw bowls, cups, plates, vases and many other items. Participants will learn how to prepare the clay and to attach handles while becoming familiar with a variety of pottery techniques.”

A Casa Grande native, Menchaca has been creating with clay since his childhood. His first sculptures were fashioned from native clay, dug from the ground at his rural Casa Grande home. He studied art in junior high and high school where he first learned to use the wheel.

Always striving to improve his technique and his art, Menchaca has studied ceramic art at Northern Arizona University, Mesa Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and Central Arizona College.

“I believe that artistic inspiration is born in one’s soul, but technique is improved and perfected through practice,” he said.

Manchaca maintains a private studio at his childhood home south of Casa Grande, while his work has been shown at various art fairs, the Community Events Gallery at Central Arizona College’s Signal Peak Campus, the Casa Grande Art Museum, and at several venues in Phoenix, Tucson and North Carolina.

For more information about Pottery on the Wheel at the Signal Peak Campus, or to register for the class, please contact the C.A.L.L. Office by phone at 480-677-7721, or by e-mail at call@centralaz.edu.

C.A.L.L. is an enrichment program for adult learners of any age without regard to previous education. C.A.L.L. provides members of the community an opportunity to participate in a variety of informal, low-cost, high-quality classes, study groups and field trips.


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