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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Pottery Wheel for All Skill Levels

CLASS ID: 5Z3I
Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, May 16 – 30, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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

CLASS ID: 5Z3J
Date/Time: 4 Fridays, May 3 – 31, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Alexander Chinn
Join Alex and enjoy your morning with 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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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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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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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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Clay Open Studio

Every Wednesday & Saturday from March – May

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. Instructors 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 Cup & Platter

Class ID: B003
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 13 & 14
Time: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 6-12

Make a functioning set of cups or bowls and a platter to carry them. You’ll use hand-building techniques for the vessels and tools to create texture and details. Fired clay projects will be ready in approximately two weeks after class.

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