Materials for pottery classes: Clay and tools may be purchased through the Pottery shop on the first day of class (checks only). Tool kit is $17. Fee of $37 for 25lbs. of clay includes glazes and firing fees. Students enrolled in a class may fire up to 30lbs. of bone dry clay per month and may practice in the studio seven days a week, from 8am - 10pm, if there is not another class in session.
Earthworks Workshop: Jennifer C. McCurdy
Testing the Limits of Porcelain in Thrown, Altered, and Carved Sculpture
In the morning, Jennifer will demonstrate the technique of “dry throwing”, using two metal ribs to create the shape of the piece. Then she will show her technique of altering these pieces off the wheel to create soft shadow ad movement. She will then give a slide show, talking about the transition of her work in the last thirty years, and give tips on making a living in the art world.
In the afternoon, Jennifer will demonstrate carving techniques on leather hard porcelain. Then will briefly demonstrate sanding techniques, and discuss firing strategies for porcelain. She will discuss the concept of “strength vs. plasticity” in the porcelain as it moves through the working stages from wet to dry through vitrification. Perspective students are encouraged to review Jennifer’s website at www.jennifermccurdy.com.
Instructor: Jennifer McCurdy
Sunday, April 15
9am - 4pm
$75 member/$95 non-member
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This introduction to ceramics gives students the skills to create their own ceramic works, with exposure to basic wheel throwing and hand building techniques. Different decorating and glazing techniques will be explored. By the end of the session, students will have completed multiple projects and will feel comfortable with different ways of working with clay.
Instructor: Roxann Kasper
Thursdays, 8 weeks
April 12 - May 31
6:30 - 9:30pm
$220 member/$250 non-member
Class FULL - call 783-2195 to be added to the waitlist
Lidded boxes can be a great opportunity for embellishment, or they can be simple and elegant. With handbuilding you can make almost any shape imaginable. We will talk about the different kinds of lids, the aesthetics and function of knobs and handles, and the overall balance between utility and visual appeal. This class is open to all levels, with advanced students given the opportunity to learn a wrap-mold technique with their own custom molds and templates. Beginning students will learn or practice basic handbuilding skills. The basics of glazing will be covered.
Instructor: Anna Highsmith
Fridays, 8 weeks
April 13 - June 1
10am - 1pm
$235 Members / $270 non-members
FULL - Call 783-2195 to be added to the waitlist
Pottery II / Open Studio
This is a chance to focus on just what you want to focus on. Starting from where you are and moving forward to further develop your skills, hone your creative vision or find your voice in clay, this class will provide students with the encouragement to explore, create, take risks or engage in playful experimentation. Instruction and demonstrations based on interest and requests from students. Prior clay experience required.
Instructor: Kris Greco
Mondays, 8 weeks
April 2 - May 21
6:30 - 9:30pm
$220 members / $250 non-members
The unique process of Raku merges the potter's skills with spontaneity of fire and melted glass. The pieces are heated quickly to 1900 degrees then pulled from the kiln glowing orange. Immediately the glaze crackles with air contact. The pot is then placed into a chamber with a combustible material. As the paper ignites, a lid is closed onto the chamber, smothering the fire. The result is a carbon black body and black crackle throughout the white glaze. Illusive copper red lusters and bright color highlight the pieces. The class is broken up into two parts. First you will be creating pieces to be fired. The second part will be firing the pieces created.
Instructor: Lee Segal
Tuesdays, 8 weeks
April 10 - May 29
6:30 - 9:30pm
$220 members / $220 non-members
Class FULL - call 783-2195 to be put on the waitlist
Explore simple glaze techniques that will enhance your results and help you feel more connected to the process. We will discuss and experiment with dipping, wax resist and sectional glazing. Bring three to four bisque pieces of varying shapes and sizes to glaze that day. Potluck lunch from 12 - 1pm.
Instructor: Emily Marye
Saturday, April 21
10am - 3pm
$70 Members / $90 non-members
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Bring your bisqued work (in a cone 10+ clay body) and fire it in our backyard wood kiln! To participate, students will help prep for the firing by cutting wood, grinding and washing shelves, and creating wadding; during the firing, shifts will be assigned to monitor the temperature and load the wood while overseen by a professional potter. The resulting work is always interesting, and varies based on position in the kiln and contact with the ash, which glazes the surface.
What to bring:
Work must be bisqued and made from clay rated to at least cone 10 (SCAA members and students should use B-MIX or #950). Cone 10 studio glazes are included and should be applied prior to May 5th.
$.05/cu.in. member / $.06/cu.in. non-member
($10 deposit will hold your spot, final cost determined by what goes in kiln)
Coordinator: Jason Fong
3 days, plus prep work
Glaze and preparation demonstration: Saturday, April 28, 1 - 4pm
Load: Saturday, May 5
Fire: Sunday, May 6