In this class students will focus on learning the techniques to apply visual and tactile embellishments on turned vessels. While a portion of the class will involve some lathe turning to explore a sense of good form, the major emphasis will be on developing and exploring decorative techniques for embellishment after the form is completed. To embellish the form, students will learn to create designs that enhance the vessel’s visual and tactile appeal. Decorative techniques will be explored in detail, including carving, texturing, piercing and some basic coloring for emphasis. There will be a strong focus on the process of laying out designs and how designs convey meaning, how to make and creatively use an indexing wheel, as well as various methods of transferring two-dimensional designs onto three-dimensional surfaces. Participants will learn the basic techniques of piercing and carving with various rotary hand pieces, micromotors and power tools, using furnished sample boards. Students will also learn to create tactile elements that are meant to be explored and enjoyed especially by one’s hands. These include scalloped, fluted, faceted and incised elements in various forms.