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Introduction to Clay: Wheel + Hand Building (Ages 12-14)

July 09, 2024

Students begin by getting acquainted with hand building clay before diving into the wheel! They will learn the fundamentals of hand building techniques (pinch, coil, slab) and start to throw on the wheel. Students will also learn how to add color with glaze as their works come out of the kiln!

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Hand Building with Clay (Ages 9-11)

July 09, 2024

Learn the basics of hand building with clay and to create both functional and non-functional wares. We will discuss generating creative ideas, cover a variety of techniques, and explore the world of clay! From learning how to make your first pot to creating a more intricate work of art, students will leave class with a […]

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Thrown + Altered Forms

July 09, 2024

Learn to throw forms on the wheel and make soft alterations along with throwing without bottoms and attaching feet. By using different alteration techniques, students will be able to create dynamic forms that push beyond round.

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Raku Firing Workshop (B)

July 09, 2024

Head over to VisArts' courtyard and join us for some raku pottery firing—an exciting approach to pottery surface design! Participants will glaze their pieces, help load them into the kiln, grab a beer or snack across the street at Goatocado, then return to enjoy the campfire-like atmosphere with friends on our back patio.

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Introduction to the Wheel (A)

July 09, 2024

Learn to throw clay on a potter’s wheel. We’ll cover the foundations of wheel work, including wedging and centering clay and forming cylinders, cups and bowls. Basic glazing information will help you finish your final forms.

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Clay Reclaim Workshop

July 09, 2024

In this workshop, students will learn the essential skills needed to reclaim and recycle clay in a portable manner, allowing them to continue their ceramic practice at home. They will discover how to make their own plaster bats for drying clay; understand the different stages of clay and the science behind them; and master the […]

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Wheel Throwing for Everyone (D)

July 09, 2024

Have you always wanted to try wheel throwing? Come throw a pot using white stoneware, then fire and finish your pieces using food-safe glazes.

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ONSITE: Introduction to the Wheel (B)

April 04, 2024

Learn to throw clay on a potter’s wheel. We’ll cover the foundations of wheel work, including wedging and centering clay and forming cylinders, cups and bowls. Basic glazing information will help you finish your final forms.

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ONSITE: Wheel Throwing Large Forms Workshop

April 04, 2024

Join us for a one-day workshop to learn new skills in throwing larger forms on the wheel! You will learn how to center 5+ lbs, join thrown pieces together, and add coils to pieces on the wheel. We will work on making large serving bowls, planters, and larger shapes. You should comfortably be able to […]

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ONSITE: Intermediate Wheel Throwing (B)

April 04, 2024

Expand your skills by learning additional throwing techniques and working on complex projects. We'll explore larger-scale pieces, throw platters, make sets, and add hand-built elements to our pieces. This class caters to individual interests, so we'll address specific techniques for your projects. Discussion on reduction firing in the gas kiln and glaze firing to cone […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Hand Building (A)

April 04, 2024

Create functional ceramic pieces using slab, coil, pinch and slump techniques. Learn how to use tools, create a variety of forms and apply slips. By the end of the class you’ll have a good understanding of basic hand building methods and clay studio practices.

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ONSITE: Wheel Thrown Teapots

April 04, 2024

Learn to construct a wheel thrown teapot! This class will investigate a plethora of teapot forms, both historically and contemporary. Students will hone in their wheel throwing abilities, throwing parts to specification, and create a teapot of their own design.

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ONSITE: Intermediate Hand Building

April 04, 2024

Learn new hand-building forms and construction methods, including slab-built forms and textured slabs. We’ll explore mold making and learn how to use personalized, slump molds to create a set of platters or dishes. We’ll also cover hollow wall construction, using tar paper supports and unique glazing techniques.

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ONSITE: Design + Hand Build a Tableware Set

April 04, 2024

Design and construct a full set of hand-built tableware to adorn your dining table and wow all of your dinner guests. Make a complete set with drinking tumblers, soup bowls, salad + dinner plates, and serving platters. By using a variety of hand-building processes, including slab and coil building, you will learn how to make […]

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ONSITE: Ceramic Glazing Strategies

April 04, 2024

Applying the principles of design, students will be exposed to various glazing strategies. Glazing decisions will be informed by individual forms, intended function and the language of design. Students will be prepared with bisque ware and or works in progress.

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ONSITE: Sanggam: Korean Slip Inlay

April 04, 2024

Expand your ceramic decoration skillset by learning Sanggam, a traditional Korean slip inlay technique. Learn the history of this traditional style as well as how to lay out designs and motifs on clay surfaces.

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ONSITE: Slab Platters + Shallow Bowls

April 04, 2024

This class is focused on making large format slab constructed platters and bowls that can be used for decoration or serving pieces. We will look at texture and under glaze use as a key component of your expression in clay. We will also explore the use of luster as a post glaze fire enhancement.

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ONSITE: Continuing Wheel Throwing

April 04, 2024

You’ve taken at least one intro to the wheel class. You’re comfortable centering clay and throwing and trimming basic forms. In this class, we’ll build on the fundamentals to throw taller, more refined vessels. Class demos will focus on techniques and tools to create handles, lids, spouts, bottles and decorative surfaces.

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ONSITE: Ceramic Surface Decoration

April 04, 2024

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 […]

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ONSITE: Sculptural Hand Building with Low Fire or No Fire Clay

April 04, 2024

Learn to create small, sculptural hand-built objects with a focus on form, process and sustainability. We will work with paperclay, low fire clay and wild clay. Explore and investigate basic coil, pinch and slab making techniques with these three different clay bodies. Learn where clay comes from, and how to use it sustainably and economically:

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