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TWP101J20 Turning Wood Pottery with Matt Monaco

October, 15 - October, 16 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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Professional wood turner Matt Monaco produces beautifully crafted bowls, plates, and platters from his studio in the Ozark region of Missouri. Combining design and technique, Matt uses a standard lathe and turning tools to produce wood pieces that emulate the detail and precision of traditional pottery, creating a unique style that he rightfully describes as “wood-carved pottery.”

As the founder and owner of Monaco Bowls, Matt designs and creates turned products for homeowners, gallery buyers, museum stores, and interior designers. With 16 years of turning experience, Matt has worked with such masters of the craft as Richard Raffan and, in addition to producing his own work, currently teaches at Craft Supplies Utah in Arrowmont, demonstrates for national wood turning clubs of the AAW, and is a sponsored representative for Glaser Hi-Tec Tools.

In this fantastic two-day workshop, Matt will share his techniques and will guide students through the finer points of using the lathe and hand tools to create elegant vessels with classic exterior detail.

You will learn:

  • Proper use and application of the lathe and tools
  • The importance of tool sharpening
  • Body positioning and ergonomics of turning
  • How to hollow and shape semi-enclosed vessels
  • How to design and execute finishing details on turned vessels
  • What makes a well-designed piece, considering both visual and tactile effects


Prerequisite: None. Open to all skill levels, including beginners.

Tools required: All tools and materials supplied by school.


Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation Policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understand these policies.

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. Effective May 26, 2020:

  • We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than eight (8) students to allow for adequate distancing between class participants.
  • All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
  • All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly-fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school.
  • When entering the school, all students, instructors, and staff will have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature above 100.3 will not be allowed to enter the building.
  • Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Meet Your Instructor

Master Turner Matt Monaco, a skilled artist designing and creating in the Ozark region of the Missouri southwest plains. His connection to nature and over 15 years of experience turning wood has allowed him the opportunity to explore the rigors of creating a skill that translates the splendor of nature in a way that offers his craftsmanship to homeowners, gallery buyers, museum stores and commissioned work opportunities for interior designers as well.


October 15, 2020@9:00 am
October 16, 2020@5:00 pm
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