Clay Hand-Building Class
Date: Saturdays, Oct 6 - Nov 24
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ORDate: Thursdays, Oct 4 - Nov 22
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Skill Level: All
Instructor: Ann Margaret Russ
Make both utilitarian pots and sculptural forms in this class. Become familiar with the basic building blocks of clay forms: pinched clay, flat slabs, and coils. Each method can produce both utilitarian and purely artistic forms. Class projects may include plates, bowls and cups; planters and vases; decorative tiles and wall pieces; figurative and abstract sculpture. Projects may vary according to student interest, experience and aptitude.
Beautiful ceramic art achieves a satisfying relationship between form and surface. You will experiment with a range of colors and textures by using slips, stains and glazes to finish the surfaces of your clay forms. For inspiration, we will view images of exemplary ceramics made from ancient times to the present. You may also gain insight by participating in individual and group discussions. Perhaps most important, you can expect to have fun in this class!
All pieces will be fired by the instructor after they are completely dry. Functional pottery will be food- and dishwasher-safe. When the class is over, the gallery will schedule a pick-up time with each student.
Cost is for 8 sessions and includes a 25 lb. bag of clay, glazes and kiln firing by your instructor. This price includes 6 hours of studio time outside of the class, which can take place during gallery hours. Students will be sent a supply list of recommended tools.
No refunds or credits will be given for missed classes or class withdrawals after the session has begun. Missed classes and studio time are not transferable to another session. Transfers to a class of equal value with the same instructor will be honored if requested 2 weeks prior to class.
Please wear appropriate clothing (it’s messy), trim your fingernails, tie back long hair and remove rings, bracelets and watches.There are physical aspects to pottery. Students must be able to lift and carry a 25-lb. bag of clay