Adult Classes | Clay

634 - Clay Exploration

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: LaDrig, Jacqueline

A handbuilding clay class where the student will touch on extrusion, slab, coil and modular construction in clay. Students with prior knowledge in clay will have freedom to further their skills in making conceptual, decorative or functional art.

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604 - Clay FUN-damentals with Lee Anderson

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Anderson, Lee

Explore clay at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere. Learn basic pottery skills, practice skills you already have learned, or try something new. Handbuilding and wheel techniques will be demonstrated as well as various surface treatments and firing techniques. Learn the basic “do’s and don’ts” of working in clay and, from there, your imagination is the limit.

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631 - Exploring Paper Clay

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: Level 2,Level 3,Level 4,Level 5

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: McDonough, Jacqueline

By adding a small amount of paper to stoneware we can make the clay thinner, more flexible and significantly lighter. We will prepare the clay the first class then explore what we can do with it from there. This is a hand-building class and some basic experience with clay is required. The class will discuss all aspects including textures, glazing and making our own patterns.

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609 - Handbuilding with Alison

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Shepard, Alison

Handbuilding for anyone, beginner to experienced sculptor. Learn hand-building techniques, surface treatments and glazing. Create functional and decorative pieces, from miniatures to tall garden sculptures, creatures, containers and wall art. Individual attention and help.

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626 - Handbuilding with Alison

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Shepard, Alison

Handbuilding for anyone, beginner to experienced sculptor. Learn hand-building techniques, surface treatments and glazing. Create functional and decorative pieces, from miniatures to tall garden sculptures, creatures, containers and wall art. Individual attention and help.

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627 - Handbuilding with Alison

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Shepard, Alison

Handbuilding for anyone, beginner to experienced sculptor. Learn hand-building techniques, surface treatments and glazing. Create functional and decorative pieces, from miniatures to tall garden sculptures, creatures, containers and wall art. Individual attention and help.

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629 - Handbuilding with Jacqueline

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: McDonough, Jacqueline

Every week we will explore a different technique through classroom demonstration, which can then be personalized in your project. We will be working with the extruder (think giant cookie press) at least once during the session and will also explore the extensive glazes in our studio.

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630 - Handbuilding with Jacqueline

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: McDonough, Jacqueline

Every week we will explore a different technique through classroom demonstration, which can then be personalized in your project. We will be working with the extruder (think giant cookie press) at least once during the session and will also explore the extensive glazes in our studio.

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603 - Handbuilding with Jacqueline

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: McDonough, Jacqueline

Every week we will explore a different technique through classroom demonstration, which can then be personalized in your project. We will be working with the extruder (think giant cookie press) at least once during the session and will also explore the extensive glazes in our studio.

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632W - Holiday Series: Clay Ornaments

Member Tuition: $35.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $45.00

Instructor: McDonough, Jacqueline

This family activity is perfect for creating personalized holiday ornaments to give as gifts or hang on your own tree. You will have your choice of up to 6 pre-cut bisque fired ornaments to glaze using oxide and glaze on textured surfaces, painting with underglazes and sponge print stamps with matte and shiny surfaces. Fired ornaments will be available for pickup the following week.

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603W - Ian Childers

Member Tuition: $195.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $225.00

Instructor: Childers, Ian

This is a weekend workshop with renown potter Ian Childers.

Ian will give demonstrations on throwing his forms, glazing, kiln firing and will talk about re-glazing pots for better results. He will also be demonstrating his acid etching technique. Grinding and polishing the bottoms of pots using his Lapping wheel and polishing techniques will be covered extensively. Thank you to sponsors whose contributions help to lower the cost of the workshop.

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625 - Independent Study with Alison Shepard

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: Level 3,Level 4

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Shepard, Alison

Summer handbuilding class for experienced students.

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604W - Josep Maria Mariscal

Member Tuition: $195.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $225.00

Instructor: Mariscal, Josef Marie

This is a weekend workshop with award winning artist Josep Mariscal.

Renown potter, Josep Maria Mariscal travels from Spain to share his dynamic expertise in throwing and crystalline glazing.

Thank you to sponsors whose contributions help to lower the cost of the workshop.

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623 - Learning to Throw with Lee Anderson

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: Level 1,Level 2,Level 3

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Anderson, Lee

This work-at-your-own-pace class covers the basic mechanics of throwing on the wheel, including preparing the clay, centering, shaping, trimming, and glazing. We also discuss firing techniques, including raku. The focus of the class is on practicing techniques, and students include those who have never worked with clay to those who are more advanced.

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612 - Open Clay Studio

Member Tuition: $60.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $90.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: TBA

An excellent opportunity for CURRENTLY ENROLLED DFAC clay students who desire more time to work on their projects using studio equipment. All clay studio policies are strictly enforced and work may not be intended for production. To use the Open Clay Studio, students must purchase a Punch Card. Each punch card is good for 18 individual 1-hour sessions. Students will have the option of attending one or more of the five Open Clay Studio meetings each week. Punch Cards must be presented to the studio monitor at each session being attended.

PLEASE NOTE: ONLINE REGISTRATIONS FOR STUDIO TIME ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED. YOU MUST PURCHASE THE PUNCH CARDS IN PERSON AT THE FRONT DESK PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE OPEN CLAY STUDIO.

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637 - Summer Handbuilding

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $10.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Greenwood, Nate

This class is designed for those who are eager to begin or expand their clay exploration using basic clay handbuilding techniques. You'll learn to create both sculptural and functional ceramic pieces. We will cover using a slab roller, an extruder, using plaster molds and exploring clay surface treatments. Using the techniques demonstrated, you will be able to develop and create dynamic ceramic pieces that you will be proud to display and use.

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602 - Throwing and Crystalline Glazes

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: Level 3,Level 4,Level 5

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Woods, Glenn

We will be exploring forms appropriate for crystalline glazes. The first 4 weeks will focus on creating pieces, the 5th week will be dedicated to preparing your work for glazing and week 6 will be the session dedicated to glazing. This is not a glaze mixing class - glazes will be provided by the instructor. This class is for intermediate to advanced students who are comfortable with their throwing skills.

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602A - Throwing and Crystalline Glazes

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: Level 3,Level 4,Level 5

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Elder, Sondra

This is the 1st of a 2-part series which starts 1 week prior to the regular Summer II session. We will be exploring appropriate forms for crystalline glazes. The first 5 weeks of our first session (Summer II) will be dedicated to creating pieces (including test forms) in preparation for experimenting with various crystalline glazes. Week 6 will be dedicated to preparing work for next session’s glaze testing.

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602B - Throwing and Crystalline Glazes

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: Level 3,Level 4,Level 5

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Elder, Sondra

This is the 2nd of a 2-part series. The second session (Fall I) will focus on mixing and testing crystalline glazes, while experimenting with layering techniques, glaze formulation, and various firing schedules. Weeks 1 – 4, we will mix glaze and fire various pieces intended to test our glaze formulations and firing schedules. Weeks 5 - 6 will culminate with glazing our best piece(s) with the most exciting glazes we have developed.

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610 - Throwing on the Wheel II

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: Level 3,Level 4,Level 5

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: Burhans, Ira

This class is for the student who has experience on the potter’s wheel. Students will work with the instructor to better understand different throwing techniques and work on their own ideas in class. Together we will explore the never-ending challenge and discovery of working in clay.

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619 - Wheel of Fortune With Jacqueline LaDrig

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: Level 1,Level 2,Level 3

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: LaDrig, Jacqueline

This is an introductory class to the pottery wheel. Instructor provides step-by-step instruction and demonstrations to help you create functional clay objects. This class will cover the basics of wheel throwing, trimming, and glazing of functional forms. We will create mugs, bowls, plates, and more.

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628 - Wheel of Fortune With Jacqueline LaDrig

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: Level 1,Level 2,Level 3

Non-Member: $179.00

Lab Fee:   $20.00

Clay Fee:   $15.00

Instructor: LaDrig, Jacqueline

This is an introductory class to the pottery wheel. Instructor provides step-by-step instruction and demonstrations to help you create functional clay objects. This class will cover the basics of wheel throwing, trimming, and glazing of functional forms. We will create mugs, bowls, plates, and more.

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602W - Wheel Thrown Porcelain with Jennifer McCurdy

Member Tuition: $195.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $225.00

Instructor: McCurdy, Jennifer

“Testing the Limits of Porcelain in Thrown, Altered, and Carved Sculptures”

Jennifer will demonstrate the technique of “dry throwing”, using two metal ribs to create the shape of the piece, after the basic cylinder has been thrown. She will then show how altering and folding that form by hand can add movement and strength. You will see carving techniques on the porcelain when it is leather hard and sanding techniques once the piece is bone dry. The last hour of each day can be devoted to looking at images or actual pieces of each participant’s work, and discussing ways that the these techniques can be individually utilized.
Additional alterations to the piece can occur in the white hot heat of vitrification, and she will discuss strategies to encourage and control slumping in the firing. We will discuss the concept of “strength vs. plasticity” in the porcelain as it moves through the working stages from wet to dry through vitrification. The porcelain Jen uses is Miller #550 by Laguna clay. It fires to cone 10.

Jen has been selling her porcelain in art shows and galleries for the last thirty-five years, and her work is included in the collections of several institutions, including the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY, and the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA. She maintains a studio in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. Her focus on the reflective and bone-like quality of the bare porcelain has led her to explore the light and shadow of the clay forms, resulting in a unique melding of line and structure. She is looking forward to sharing some of the tricks she has learned along the way – tricks of the trade, and tricks of porcelain. www.jennifermccurdy.com.

Thank you to sponsors whose contributions help lower the cost of workshops.

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