Clay Open Studio

Wednesday mornings, Saturday mornings, or Tuesday afternoons in March – May
No Instructor

Need more studio time? This class is open to anyone who is enrolled in other clay classes and wants more work time. It is also open to those with clay experience who want to work independently. A WBCA clay instructor will be available to answer your questions and to help with specific needs. Bring your tools for another fun clay day! Materials are included.

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Clay Studio for All Skill Levels

Thursday afternoons in March – May
Adama Sow

Senegalese teaching artist Adama Sow will assist potters with wheel throwing, hand-building, and glazing techniques. Demonstrations will cover hand-building and basic wheel-throwing techniques as well as more advanced concepts upon request. Work at your own pace with both individualized and group instruction. No clay experience necessary; all levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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All Ages Clay Class

Thursday afternoons in March – May
Adama Sow

This all-ages class with teaching artist Adama Sow is the perfect class for kids, teens, and adults, or for parents to take with their children! Demonstrations will cover basic wheel throwing, hand-building, sculpture, and glazing techniques as well as more advanced concepts upon request. Work at your own pace with both individualized and group instruction. No clay experience necessary; all levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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Pottery Wheel for All Skill Levels

Thursday evenings in March – May
Adama Sow

Senegalese teaching artist Adama Sow will teach beginning potters how to control the wheel, and show advanced students how to make a better pot. Demonstrations will cover basic wheel throwing techniques. No clay experience is necessary. Advanced students are welcome. Materials are included.

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Friday Morning Clay

Friday mornings in March – May
Alexander Chinn

Enjoy a morning of clay! Each class begins with a short demonstration followed by working on clay projects: throwing on the wheel, hand-building, tiles, sculptures, etc. All levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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Textures and Gestures in Clay

Monday mornings in March – May
Peter Jadoonath

This class will focus on altering the shapes and surfaces of wheel thrown pottery. Each class will begin with a short demonstration and a lesson to guide you in discovering new ideas. All skill levels will find value in these techniques. You will be encouraged to make shapes that are simple, subtle, and open to alteration. Glazing skills will focus on creating a harmonious relationship between the pot and the surface. Materials are included.

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Beginning/Intermediate Clay

Monday afternoons or evenings in March – May
Brittany Trushin

Explore basic hand building and wheel-throwing skills with this beginner/ intermediate course. Focus on learning to make different shapes using the wheel or hand-building skills like pinching, coiling, and slab building. Use your shapes to create utilitarian pottery or sculptural forms. Bring your ideas for specific forms you’d like to learn to make. Class will offer demonstrations and individualized instruction. No clay experience necessary. Materials are included.

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All Clay/Special Topics

Tuesday mornings in March – May
Joshua Woof

Every week learn something new with clay. Expand your skill set, and get feedback where needed. Discuss pottery and hand-building techniques. Discuss glazing and design. Understand how ceramic materials work together. This class is centered around individual development, and discussions based on a group interest.

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The Path of Wood Firing: Workshop

7 Tuesdays, March 7- April 18, 6:30-9:00 PM at WBCA,
Thursday-Sunday, April 20-23 loading and firing kiln in St. Joseph,
Sunday, April 30 unloading kiln in St. Joseph
JD Jorgenson

Experience an extensive wood firing workshop, which includes discussions and considerations for firing wood kilns. Topics to be covered range from glazing and loading to the interactions between fire and form. Teaching artist JD Jorgenson will discuss different styles of wood kilns, wood-fire philosophy, and clay bodies and glazes appropriate for wood firing. White Bear Center for the Arts is excited to continue the partnership with JD Jorgenson and his studio to wood fire in St. Joseph, MN, about an hour and half northwest of White Bear Lake. Students will meet 7 times at White Bear Center for the Arts for discussions and open studio time. Later, they will meet in St. Joseph for 3-4 days to load and fire one of the wood burning kilns to temperatures between cone 6 and cone 10. We will meet one final time to unload the kiln. This workshop is designed for intermediate through advanced handbuilders and wheel-throwers. No wood firing experience necessary. Materials are included. All participants should be onsite for the whole firing process.

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Tuesday Evening Clay

Tuesday evenings in March-May (new dates added!)
Zac Spates

Come explore the endless possibilities in clay! Although this course is self-guided, each class will start with a short demonstration or show-and-tell followed by time to work on individual projects: throwing techniques, hand-building, surface decoration and form resolution, etc. Zac will work with students one-on-one to discuss projects and troubleshoot conceptual and construction issues. Over the course of the quarter, you will build your ceramics vocabulary and develop work that is unique to you. All levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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