The Art Museum’s Lineta Pritchard Pottery Studio [est. 2018] includes six pottery wheels, an area for hand-building, stations for glazing and cleaning and a kiln room. With small and intimate class sizes, instructors provide students (ages 16 and up) of all levels of experience with one-on-one attention, working with them to enhance their technical strengths and improve technique. Both wheel throwing and hand-building (i.e., pinching, coiling and slab-building) classes are offered.
The Lineta Pritchard Pottery Studio has been generously funded by The Chapin Foundation with additional support from The Brittain Family, Carolyn Burroughs, Nancy Cave, Sharon and Mike Clayton, Cynthia and Eddie Dyer, Vern Hearl and Bill Pritchard.History and Namesake
The Lineta Pritchard Pottery Studio honors a committed Museum leader whose hard work, commitment and sense of community – since the Museum’s earlier days – have helped make the Art Museum what it is today. Lineta Pritchard was recruited to join the Art Museum’ capital campaign in 1995; with her help, the Museum opened to the public in June 1997.
Over the years, Pritchard conceived and led the efforts to stage many of the Museum’s most recognizable annual fundraising events, including the Spring Tour of Homes and the Bag Ladies Luncheon. She initiated the Museum’s 15th Anniversary Celebration in 2012 and also created the Carolyn Burroughs Arts Patron Award in 2002 to recognize very special Art Museum patrons, including Carolyn Burroughs, who was the first recipient.
Perhaps her greatest achievement was working with the Myrtle Beach City Council to take over the mortgage of the Art Museum building in 2001, giving ownership of the building to the City.
“Our goal in establishing this studio is to provide a unique learning environment for diverse audiences, from grade schoolers to seniors, with a wide range of interests and levels of proficiency, but with a similar desire – to master a material with their hands and create something uniquely their own,” says Patricia Goodwin, Art Museum Executive Director. “Some may take a single session while others will become lifelong students. No matter which road our students take, the Art Museum will be an inspirational catalyst for our students’ personal journeys.”
Natalie von Loewenfeldt, Pottery Studio Manager and Instructor
Natalie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors Program, with her BA in Studio Art (concentrations in Ceramics and Photography) and a minor in Spanish, from Armstrong Atlantic State University (now a part of Georgia Southern University) in Savannah, Georgia. Upon graduation she worked in Savannah as a curatorial intern, artist and art instructor for the Telfair Museum of Art and The Jepsen Center for the Arts. For six years she was a part of MeadowLark Studio, a site-specific Public Art and Sculpture Studio and where she was the Studio Manager, Intern Coordinator, and Creative Contributor under internationally recognized Sculptor Jerome B. Meadows. During her time at MeadowLark Studio she actively participated and managed the design, creation, and installation of over 13 permanent public art projects all over the United States.
John Johnson is a recognized ceramicist throughout the Carolinas with three decades of experience in pottery making. John taught ceramics in Little River, SC, at his own studio, Mud Bucket Pottery, and has perfected the art of pottery-making through experimentation, workshops and specialized courses. John believes in the continuous exchange of ideas and techniques with other artists who have helped him to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary styles.
Wheel and Hand Building Combo classes for students 16 years and older: Enjoy a 6-week session that focuses on beginner-advanced wheel throwing and hand building techniques. All levels of ability are welcome! Demonstrations of different techniques will be offered every week, based on class interest but, will always start with an introduction to the basics of hand building, wheel throwing and glazing. Our intimate class sizes (6 students/session) allow for personalized instruction. Come and play in the clay!
Wheel Technique Classes for students 16 years and older: Enjoy a 6-week session that focuses on beginner-advanced wheel throwing techniques. All levels of ability are welcome! Demonstrations of different techniques will be offered every week, based on class interest but, will always start with an introduction to the basics of wheel throwing and glazing. Our intimate class sizes (6 students/session) allow for personalized instruction. Come and play in the clay!
$250 a session for the general public, $245 for OLLI* Registrants, $225 for Museum Members
Wheel Techniques: Tuesday 6pm-9pm
Hand Building and Wheel Techniques: Wednesday 6pm-9pm
Wheel Techniques: Thursday 6pm-9pm
Hand Building and Wheel Techniques: Friday 1pm-4pm
Hand Building and Wheel Techniques: Sign up for Saturdays, 10am-1pm, through OLLI
*OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) pricing is for Saturday classes only.
All students currently registered in 6-week sessions are encouraged to take advantage of our open studio hours (at no extra cost) to develop their skills more quickly:
Open Studio Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am-12noon
Saturday from 2pm-4pm
Note: Open Studio time is not instructional time. It is for all students to continue to work on projects that regular class time won’t allow for and to promote continuous growth of your abilities in a peaceful environment.
Second Friday of every month. Get an introduction into the world of working on the pottery wheel with your sweetie (or friend, or business partner). Come away with finished products (will be available 2-3 weeks after completion) you can be proud of in one, 1 1/2 hour session. Light refreshments provided, BYOB for students above the age of 21 (beer and wine only please). $80/Couple
Get an introduction to working on the pottery wheel. Come away with finished products (they will be available 2-3 weeks after completion) you can be proud of in one, 1 1/2 hour session. $40/person.
Have a group, association, or conference in town? Call the Museum for special pricing on private group sessions. The perfect way to unwind and get those creative channels flowing!
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Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.