Ceramics

Handbuilding Basics

Students will learn to fabricate forms by combining simple pinch pots, slabs and coils, as well as shaping hollow forms, texturing the clay surface, and glazing the final product. Glazes, firings, and one bag of clay are included in the class price. Class price adjusted to include one bag of clay for pickup at the craft center. Additional clay can be bought for $10 a bag. Wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes.

 (Five classes; includes ceramics class pass)

Raku Potluck

Raku is a dynamic glaze firing process that produces spectacular results. Beginners are welcome in this one-day workshop, where students will learn the basics of raku and participate in the glazing and firing of pre-bisqued pieces. Glazes are included in the class price. Students can bring their own bisqued pieces or learn the technique using bisqueware abandoned at the Craft Center. Participants should bring a potluck dish to share.

Please note: Class is held outside, so please wear appropriate clothing.

 

Wheelthrowing (Beginning)

Instructors will focus on making students comfortable with the kick wheel, so they can learn throw a few basic forms such as cylinders, bowls, and cups. Glazing techniques will also be covered and students can expect to produce some finished pieces. Glazes, firings, and one 25-pound bag of clay are included in the class price. More clay is available for purchase at the Craft Center. (Seven classes; includes ceramics class pass.)

Class includes orientation.

Tall Throwing

Students will learn how to throw large forms, such as vases and bowls, and how to increase the height of thrown pieces. First bag of clay, glazes, and firings are included in the class price. Clay is available for purchase at the Craft Center. (Seven classes; includes ceramics class pass.)

Handbuilding and Surface Decoration

This handbuilding class will include decals and colored porcelain. We will cover all handbuilding methods (pinch pots, coil, and slab) with a focus on surface texture and combining shapes. Glazes, firings, and one bag of clay are included in the class price. Additional clay can be bought at the Craft Center. (Six classes; includes ceramics class pass.)

Glaze Workshop

In this single workshop, students will learn a variety of creative techniques to enhance the results of our glazes, underglazes, and oxides. Participants should bring four bisque-fired pieces to the class. All other supplies are included. (One class.)

Prerequisites: Previous ceramic experience and own bisque pieces.