ONSITE: Ceramic Surface Decoration

Explore surface decoration processes using unique materials to take your ceramics to the next level. Each week, we’ll cover new techniques such as sgraffito, inlay, stencils, slip transfer, decals, lusters and more. We’ll discuss visual concepts to facilitate a greater understanding of design and make thoughtful decisions about finishing a piece we'll take home with us.

Special Notes

  • This class does not meet on 7/9.
    Please being a notebook or sketchbook to class. All other materials and equipment provided.
    You will receive 25 pounds of clay; additional clay is available for purchase. 

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.
About the Instructor

Deb Rice

Deb Rice is a Richmond ceramic artist with degrees in design from ODU and art education from VCU. She taught high school fine art and graphic art, and is thrilled to be teaching ceramics (her favorite medium) at the Visual Arts Center (her favorite place).
Deb incorporates various hand-building techniques and creative surface decoration, combining her love of clay, graphic design and painting.
Her ceramics have been featured in juried exhibits and pop up shops across Virginia. She also sells her work at several local markets as “Muddy Paws Ceramics,” named in honor of her dog Bo, who lived on a short chain for 3 years. Soon after being rescued and discovering freedom, Bo was bursting with joy running full speed, paws-to-belly caked in mud. Deb feels joy and freedom when playing with “mud” herself. Helping students experience those same feelings is icing on the cake.

Instagram: @muddypawsceramics

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ONSITE: Ceramic Surface Decoration

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Class Details
June 11 - August 66 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Tue
Tuition: $280.00
Member Tuition: $252.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Deb Rice
Level: Intermediate