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Clay: Classes

Join us in the clay studios! We offer instructional and hands-on courses in hand-building and wheel throwing techniques, and much more! Catch a workshop for a day, or stay for a full 6-week class.

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Beginning Assemblage:  Wheel Throwing + Hand Building

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.
Wheel Throwing: Level 1

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

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.
Hand Building: Level 1

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

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

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.
Thrown, Stacked + Altered

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.
Finishing Functional Ware

Finishing Functional Ware

In this course, the instructor will guide you through building functional forms on the wheel and presenting surface techniques that will enrich your ceramic artwork. Build surfaces from wet work through the glazing process. We will cover the fundamentals of making forms, stamps and spring molds, slip techniques, brushwork, glazes, and how to apply and layer these materials for a successful firing. *Prerequisite: Throwing on the Wheel: Level 1
Raku: Investigating Surfaces

Raku: Investigating Surfaces

In 4 weeks learn the steps of atmospheric, low-fire with the Raku kiln. Learn different techniques of surface design on bisque ware; explore templates, stencils, slip-printing, and resist methods. Experiment with underglazes and glaze applications to finish your artwork. Please bring 6-10 bisque ware pieces that you created in a different Craft Alliance clay class, and try new glaze and surface techniques. *Prerequisite: Completion of one or more Craft Alliance Clay classes.
Members Studio

Members Studio

Craft Alliance Membership required, by appointment only Clay Members Studio is scheduled in three-hour sessions. This open studio session is a version that is emphasized by appointment only to comply with social distancing guidelines. Please be respectful and thoughtful of the classroom capacity and the new social distancing guidelines. Every student, instructor and staff member are required to wear a face mask to participate in any studio classroom. Refer to the acknowledgement email upon registration for new studio health and safety guidelines. *Prerequisite: Completion of two clay classes at Craft Alliance and permission from a clay instructor.