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How to rent, or subscribe to, the videos
The videos are hosted and distributed via Vimeo. You need to have a Vimeo account to get started, just visit Vimeo.com and click "Join." Vimeo allows you to view the videos from just about any web browser and operating system, not to mention mobile devices and streaming players. Once you have a Vimeo account, click on any link below to rent or subscribe.
Why are the videos only available to rent/subscribe, rather than purchase? I've received this question a few times and decided it deserved a thorough answer on my blog.
Free tutorials on wedging
I mentioned in the first Core Skills video (free to watch) that I am not going to cover wedging in my videos. If you need wedging lessons, here are my recommended wedging videos:
Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Wedging
Stack and Slam Wedging (said to be easier on the wrists)
The Core Skills Series
The Core Skills videos are for beginner and beginner+ students. This means you have some experience with throwing, up to two years of experience. You can consistently center and throw small pots. I find that many pottery students plateau at this level, and need some clear direction to progress further. Once you've conquered all of the Core Skills projects, you will be a skilled and cognizant thrower who can throw any pot you want.
If you are an abject beginner who has never touched clay, you can do this program too, if you are sufficiently brave! Plan on spending a lot of time on the steep learning curves of centering, and learning how to position and brace your body.
If you have more than beginner+ experience, these videos are designed to still be challenging for you. The level of difficulty advances quickly, and my expectation standards are high. No matter your experience level, for anyone who feels they have plateaued with their skill level, these videos will get you back into gear and moving forward again.
Subscribe to the whole series
For $30/month (USD), you will get unlimited access to all 10 videos in the series, for as long as you are subscribed. It's easy to unsubscribe as soon as you are finished. Click here for the Subscription option.
Rent the videos one at a time
The videos can also be rented one at a time, at your own pace, for $22/each (USD). Each rental gives you unlimited access to that video for 30 days. Click on the thumbnails below to access the rental option. Project 1 is free to watch for everybody.
The Intermediate Wheel Series
The Intermediate Wheel projects are for those who have completed the Core Skills Series, or who have developed a foundation of core skills elsewhere. Elements from the Core Skills Series will be referred to in these videos on a regular basis. These projects will incorporate your core skills into more challenging and complex forms.
Subscribe to the whole series
For $30/month (USD), you will get unlimited access to all videos in the series, for as long as you are subscribed. It's easy to unsubscribe as soon as you are finished. Click here for the Subscription option.
Rent the videos one at a time
The videos can also be rented one at a time, at your own pace, for $22/each (USD). Each rental gives you unlimited access to that video for 30 days. Click on the thumbnails below to access the rental option.
Although I am primarily a wheel-thrower, I make a lot of handbuilt pots too. I will share my favorite techniques here.
All of my glazing topics are geared towards cone 6 firing in an electric kiln. Future plans for this series include lessons on mixing your own glazes, and developing your own glaze recipes.
As of now, I don't plan to make many videos on business subjects. But sometimes an opportunity presents itself where shooting a video makes too much sense.
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"Your instruction is so clear and helpful.... Before your course, I was definitely stuck as a beginner. Once I began your lessons, I finally started to control the clay instead of it controlling me. These days, I feel proud of my work."
— Susan in North Olmsted, OH
"I have been throwing on a kick wheel for the past six years .... I do have a number of competences but I feel and you do refer to this, as having reached a kind of "plateau." I need to go deeper in full knowledge of each geste .... precision, efficacity .... but to arrive at this one has to have the intention .... for me this is a key concept not only in ceramic but in life in general."
— Diane in Marsac, Hautes Pyrénées, France
"Your videos are excellent, the instruction is clear and precise, the camera work and editing is very well done, and you are nice to listen to! Some YouTube videos out there, the people just drone on and on about whatever, but yours are exactly what you need and nothing you don't. Clear, concise demonstration and explanation. Well done!"
— Dianna in Fairbanks, AK
"I am a hobby potter (for now) and I work from home, so I don't get exposed to new/correct techniques often. I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful teacher you are & how much I enjoy and appreciate the videos you've put together. I can see that every single step & motion in your practice has been considered and refined. It is very generous for you to share it with us."
-Tricia in Goshen, NY
"Excellent video, Mea. I love the straight forward instruction and focus on detail and finishing work. Thank you!"
— Sheri, Halifax, NS, Canada
"Finally an online program I can agree with. I’m so happy that I found your course and I am eager to start. I’m currently enrolled in one of those in-person 8 week courses and agree that being left to my own devices quite frankly isn’t working. The goal is to purchase my own potters wheel and develop my skills at home. Once I get my potters wheel I will begin your program! Thank you for offering it!"
— Briana in Orlando, FL
"I just rented and watched your "Project 10: Four Handles" video. I have longed to learn how you pull and attach handle No. 4. Thank you very much for the outstanding lesson!"
— Lolo in Lansing, MI
"Thank you for your handle video. Changed the way I pull my handle. Now I pull it straight from the pot. Once in a while I stare at the handle. I cannot believe I made it with the knowledge from a 22 dollar video."
— Ly Truong, Seattle, WA
"I have been attending pottery workshops for the past 10 years and have yet to find someone who can explain throwing and trimming as clearly as you do."
— Graham in Tallahassee, FL
"Thanks so much for doing the videos. You speak a potters language that makes sense to me."
— Preeta in Sacramento, CA
"Mea's Core Skills Series looks well organized and very well produced. She sticks to simple basics (core) but in-depth skill development. Well done, Mea!"
— Marcia Selsor, Professor Emerita, Montana State University-Billings
"High quality, professional videos with succinct instructions. Not a minute is redundant or off topic."
– Ly Truong, Seattle WA
"Yesterday I had an informative 90+ minutes watching your pricing video. It will really help...looking forward to collecting data from my next 20 shows. Thanks for making it available!
— Jill in Jacksonville Beach, FL
"I rented your video (Pricing Your Pottery), thank you for doing it. You explain everything very clearly and articulately. I hope to take some of the insights and apply them to my business."
— Asta in Kew Gardens, NY
"Thank you Mea! Your videos are supporting my skill development at my chosen pace and I love it. I've grown a lot over the last year thanks to your videos."
-- Shawn in Manassas, VA
(RE: Glaze Like a Pro)
"Thanx Mea! Excellent & comprehensive, yet simplified, generous and gently guiding through all the process but without limitation of students freedom with rigid rules. Work of a true master of it's craft!"
— Vedran in Novi Sad, Serbia