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Clay Workshops + Classes

Join us in the clay studios! Catch a workshop for a day, or stay for a full 6-week class; all program offerings are listed below.

To get more information or register for a class or workshop select from the dates available.

Workshops

Teapots: Process & Form with Fong Choo

Fong Choo will teach the significance of each component; teapot body, handle, spout, and lid. Please see Fong Choo's artwork in Tea and Cookies: 17th Biennial Teapot Exhibition.

Friday 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Drawing a Narrative in Clay by Molly A. Bishop

Explore how a sketchbook practice can inform you ceramic artwork. Please see Molly Anne Bishop's work in Tea and Cookies: 17th Biennial Teapot Exhibition.

Sustainable Wood-Fire Workshop

Experience an atmospheric, high-efficiency, fast wood-fire with Dan Barnett at his Watermark Studios in Worden, IL using a small amount of wood sustainably harvested from his land.

 

Thermofax Screen Printing

Learn the process of burning an image and creating a screen for the ceramic surface.

Glaze Application

Learn masking, spraying, dipping, and brushing for different kiln atmospheres.

Ceramic Decals and Luster

Learn how to apply luster with various brushes and apply decals to curved and flat ceramic pieces.

 

Surface Design in Ceramics

Refine your surface treatments and learn more about sgraffito, mishima, water-etching, slip transfers, and digital stencil design.

  

Classes

Plaster Mold Making for Ceramics

Build molds to create tableware sets, hybrid objects, and accessories to sculpture!

Sundays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Ceramic Jewelry: Porcelain & Metal

Combine ceramic and metalsmithing techniques. Using a plaster mold of a found object, create slip-cast porcelain jewelry parts to then create jewelry from. Prerequisite: Jewelry Foundations and a beginning Clay class.

Sundays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Throwing on the Wheel: Ages 14+

Learn the basics of throwing clay forms on the potter's wheel. All students ages 14 and up are welcome to register.

Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 PM

  

Introduction to Hand-Building

Learn basic hand-building techniques such as coil, slab, and pinching methods to explore tableware forms and sculptural ideas.

Tuesdays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

   

Mondays 6:00 – 9:00 PM

   

Hand-Building: Independent Projects

Students will work independently while receiving consultation, demonstrations, and critiques of their work.

Sundays 12:30 – 3:30 PM

   

Slab Built Dinnerware

Learn to use soft slab, hard slab, and templates to create functional dinnerware.

Wednesdays 1:00 – 4:00 PM

   

Shape Shifting

Learn how to use the pottery wheel as a tool to create forms that can be combined with hand-building techniques.

Tuesdays 1:00 – 4:00 PM

   

Throwing on the Wheel: Level 1

Explore fundamental techniques of throwing cylindrical shapes, bowls, and plates.

Wednesdays 6:00 – 9:00 PM

   

Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 PM

   

Throwing on the Wheel: Level 2

Focus on refining your technique and developing a personal aesthetic. Prerequisite: Previous wheel-throwing experience.

Mondays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

   

Tuesdays 6:00 – 9:00 PM

   

Spouts, Lids, and Handles!

Create multiple parts to build forms on and off the wheel; Learn spouts, lids, and handles! Prerequisite: previous wheel throwing experience.

Wednesday 1:00 – 4:00 PM

 

Surfaces for Functional Forms

The instructor will guide you through building functional forms on the wheel and presenting surface techniques that will enrich your ceramic artworks.

Wednesdays 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Soday Vapor Firing

Experience atmospheric firing and see the clay surface interact with soda ash! Prerequisite: Completion of both a wheel and hand-building class.

Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 PM

 

Clay Studio Open Session

This is a two-hour open studio session for advanced clay students wanting to work independently. Prerequisite: Completion of two clay classes at CA and permission from a clay instructor.

   

Extended Access

A self-directed open studio time allowing students to work between semesters. Prerequisite: completion of two clay classes at CA and permission form a clay instructor.