Courses and Workshops

Clay Fundamentals 
Courses

These courses are (4) 3 hour sessions scheduled a week apart to allow for drying and firing. Courses include clay, glaze, tools, supplies, firing, glazing techniques and instruction in a relaxing atmosphere. 

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required. A waiting list is kept when classes are filled.

 

Intro to Pottery I - Hand building

Students will learn basic hand building techniques: In the first class, students will create a rattle (forming two pinch pots and joining them to create a hollow form which they will transform into a "critter" by adding additional arms, legs etc.) In the second class, students will use a slab roller to prepare the clay to construct a mug. Skills include attaching a bottom to a cylinder, adding texture and a handle to the piece. In the third class, students will create a tray (using bisque molds, foam pieces and applying texture which can include impressing leaves, lace, texture sheets etc. into the clay). The last class allows time for students to finish projects  and to clean up projects for the final glaze firing. There will be a demonstration on throwing on the pottery wheel and using an Extruder if time allows.

Intro to Pottery II - Wheel Throwing

This class will teach the fundamentals of centering clay, pulling a cylinder, adjusting the shape of the cylinder to form a variety of interesting vessels and trimming the foot. This class allows the students to experience throwing cylinders, bowls and other forms on the wheel. Safety and studio protocols are stressed.

Extruder101

***Must have taken Intro to Pottery 1 to take this class***

Students will learn how to use Extruders safely and the skills needed to produce coils, tubes and cylinders using the two sizes of Extruders in the studio.  They will explore the possibilities when using the Extruder machines, turning extruded shapes into wonderful, unique designs. The Extruder offers an additional opportunity for students to expand their experience with clay.

"Oops! Our Slips Are Showing"

**Intro to Pottery 1 is a prerequisite for this class.**

In the first class, students will construct pieces to be used in the next three classes. In subsequent classes, they will be introduced to Sgraffito and Slip Trailing techniques as well as creative ways to add colored slip to a project. In the final class, students will finish projects.

 

"Create Your Own "Mystic" Garden"

*No prerequisite for this class*

Each week will introduce a new concept, or add ideas to previous ones, and include whatever you can imagine; like, fairy homes, garden gnomes, dragons or wizards. Your garden "community" might even have other things to make like bridges, walkways, towers, benches and wishing wells. We will learn pottery basics but you can explore new ideas and turn them into realities! Each week will be determined by participant interest.

You also have the ability to 'paint your own' tile.

Class is for children and adults (must be at least 8 years old).

Teacher: Joan McClelland, 25 years teaching experience in art and clay crafts. 

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required. A waiting list is kept when classes are filled.

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Workshops 

Workshops are  (2) 3 hour sessions scheduled a week apart to allow for drying and firing.

Ceramic Flower Workshop  

***This class is open to beginner and intermediate students*** 

Through demonstrations and individual guidance, students will learn techniques to form and join flower parts and add texture to hand-built ceramic flowers.  Students will use slab rolled clay, sculpting tools, patterns, cookie cutters and basic pottery tools to manipulate clay into delicate, colorful flowers.  Aluminum wire is provided to finish the flowers with stems.

Extruded Oil Lamp Workshop

 

***No experience necessary for this workshop***

This project uses an Extruder to form large tubes of clay that will be turned into oil lamps that looks like a pillow. The class offers instruction in using the Extruder, constructing the lamp, texturing the surface, and adding “feet” to the bottom. We will also go over adding flowers, leaves etc. (Sprigs) to the surface of the lamp. Fiberglass wick is provided to complete the project.

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 Nature Vase Workshop 

 

***No previous clay experience necessary***

Workshop includes a “walk-about” in the pasture outside the studio to collect leaves, bark and flowers for impressing designs in a slab of clay. Students will learn to add texture using items with a nature theme, construct a cylinder and add a bottom to the piece. The second class will offer options for glazing and finishing the piece.

 

Group Event

** Family, Friends, Church groups, House guests...If you have a group that would like to do a pottery activity class (a 1-day event), these can be scheduled when classes are not in session. Contact Jean Ann to find out more.

 

Preregistration for workshops is required. A waiting list is kept when courses, workshops or Open Studio are filled.