Introduction to Clay- Pottery Wheel

CLASS ID: 8A3K
Date/Time: 4 Saturdays, August 3-24, 1:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: $120 Member/$144 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults & Teens 17+, All Levels

Curious about the Potters Wheel?   Or wanting to revisit the fundamentals of thrown pottery?  Learn the skills and process to that transform a lump of clay into incredible functional forms.  No clay experience necessary.

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October Woodfire Exploration

CLASS ID: 10A3B
Date/Time: TBA
Tuition: $250 Member/$310 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Experienced Beginner and Beyond
Location: Zac Spates Pottery Studio

Woodfire your pottery with Zac Spates at his beautiful, newly built pottery studio 25 minutes east of White Bear Lake in Hudson, Wisconsin. Class participants will learn how to load and fire Zac’s small anagama wood kiln. Participants can continue with their regularly scheduled classes (or take Tuesday Evening Clay with Zac) to create the work to be fired. The class will meet two months before the firing to see Zac’s kiln/studio and to discuss clay and glaze surfaces, wadding techniques, etc. in preparation for the firing. The loading and firing occurs over a Friday-Sunday weekend, and the kiln will be unloaded the following weekend. While it is not required to be onsite for the entire firing and unloading, participants are encouraged to help as much as they are able. No wood fire experience necessary.

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Hand Building from Models and Templates

CLASS ID: 10A3A
Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, October 12 & 13, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Tuition: $163 Member/$205 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

In this class we will combine simple hand building techniques such as pinching, coiling, modeling and slab construction with the use of models and several different kinds of templates. Emphasis will be placed on gaining a deeper understanding of the clay itself, establishing a paradigm of creative problem solving and developing a personal set of integrated building methods that accomplishes each students artistic goals. Additionally, Eric will include a bit of Argentine tango-based movement into this class.  The tango was and is essential to Eric’s development as an artist. And he promises it isn’t as random as it sounds.

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Monday Morning Clay

CLASS ID: 5Z3A
Date/Time: 3 Mondays, May 6 – 20, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Adam Gruetzmacher
Join potter Adam Gruetzmacher on Monday mornings in an open instruction studio setting. Students will help determine the trajectory of the class through their ideas and desire to explore new techniques in clay on and off the wheel. Work at your own pace and learn through both individual and group demonstration. Open to all skill levels, we will enjoy a relaxed studio environment designed to nurture and explore our ideas. Materials are included.

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Beginning/Intermediate Clay

CLASS ID: 5Z3B
Date/Time: 3 Mondays, May 6 – 20, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Soojin Choi
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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Tuesday Morning Clay

CLASS ID: 5Z3C
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, May 7 – 28, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Zac Spates/Johnne Law McMahan
Learn something new every week with clay. This class is for those just starting out, or looking to expand their skill set. Learn traditional pottery and hand-building/sculpting techniques. Learn about glazing and surface design choices. This class is centered on individual development, and demonstrations based on group interest. Beginners are encouraged to join, and so are advanced students looking for additional feedback. Materials are included.

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Tuesday Afternoon Clay

CLASS ID: 5Z3D
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, May 7 – 28, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Zac Spates/Johnne Law McMahan
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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Tuesday Evening Clay

CLASS ID: 5Z3E
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, May 7 – 28, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Zac Spates/Johnne Law McMahan
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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Clay Studio for All Skill Levels

CLASS ID: 5Z3H
Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, May 16 – 30, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

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 ID: 5Z7B
Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, May 16 – 30, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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 included.

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