Hand Building: Level 1
Work in clay using your hands as the tools! Learn basic hand-building techniques such as coil, slab, and pinching methods to explore tableware forms and sculptural ideas. You will learn basic surface design techniques using glazes, slips, sgraffito, resist, and carving to get your decorating skill set started!
Hand Building: Level 2
Develop your hand-building skills while working on projects of your own choosing. Figurative, abstract, functional, or sculptural, you will learn the necessary techniques to successfully complete your artwork. Independent Projects allows students to work independently while receiving consultation, technical demonstrations, and critiques of their work. *Prior hand-building experience is helpful, but not required.
Slab Built Dinnerware
Learn to use soft slab, hard slab, and templates to create functional dinnerware! This class will also guide you through the basic finishing processing of surface techniques in glazing and decoration.
Beginning Assemblage: Wheel Throwing + Hand Building
Wheel Throwing and Handbuilding are important subjects in the clay studio, and both can be explored in so many different ways, choose your way! In this class, explore fundamental techniques of throwing forms, constructing forms, and learn the basic methods of combining and understanding beginning assemblage. Classes include individual and group instruction.
Spouts, Lids & Handles
This class focuses on creating multiple parts to build forms on and off of the potter’s wheel. Refine your throwing techniques by learning spouts, lids, and handles! Take time to understand the function, and your personal aesthetic, of pouring vessels. Learn steps of attaching and building clay parts to advance your clay forms. Demonstrations and discussions will focus on the relationship between form and function, advanced wheel and altering techniques, glazing and surface treatment, as well as your personal thought process.
Wheel Throwing: Level 1
Learn how to throw pots on a wheel. This wheel-throwing course focuses on skill development and form. Explore fundamental techniques of throwing cylindrical shapes, bowls, and plates. Take this class as many times as you like to gain proficiency. Classes include individual and group instruction.
Wheel Throwing: Level 2
If you have experience on the wheel, this class focuses on refining your technique and developing a personal aesthetic. Demonstrations and discussions will focus on concepts, the relationship between form and function, and advanced wheel and glaze techniques. *Prerequisite: Previous wheel-throwing experience.
Thrown, Stacked + Altered
Learn how to use the pottery wheel as a tool to create forms that can be combined with hand-building techniques. This process is perfect for making complex vessels and structures. Alter wheel-thrown shapes into geometric, abstract, whimsical, or functional vessels. *Prerequisite: Completion of both a wheel and hand-building class.
Registration for "Members Studio: Clay" and "Members Studio: Glaze Kitchen" is available here. Register for your studio appointment times in the glaze kitchen, or the building studios.