CLAY STUDIO

Hand building and wheel throwing classes offer a variety of techniques to learn. Project classes let you complete fun, useful items in a short amount of time. Even if you have no experience you can build birdhouses, baking dishes, garden totems and more. Advanced classes guide you through Extreme Pots, lidded vessels, and Pots that Pour to improve skills and creativity.

 

Pre-registration is required three days before the start of class or workshop.
You are not fully registered unless paid in full.

 Material fees are included in the tuition pricing.

Questions about our programming?
Please contact jackieroux@explorearts.org

CLAY OPEN STUDIO

Open Studio with a monitor is offered to those with previous ceramic experience and recommended for those who don't need hands-on instruction and feel confident working independently. If you have not been to our Open Studio before or attended one of our classes you must be pre-approved prior to registering by contacting Jackie Roux at jackieroux@explorearts.org.

Open studio is available on a month to month basis, beginning on the first day of the month and ending on the last day of the month. Payments are not pro-rated and registration is required. Cost $40/month.

Open studio participants must be 18 or older to attend the adult open studio.  Pre-approved teens (ages 13-17) may attend open studio days marked for "all ages", after registering for the month.  Cost $15/month.

Open Studio Schedule for Fall 2019

Mondays 7pm - 9pm (ALL AGES) Andrew/Brooke

Tuesdays 2pm - 4pm  

Thursdays 11am - 1pm  Meredith

Fridays 10am - 12pm 

Sundays 3pm - 5pm  Susan/Mindy

Open Studio will be CLOSED for the entire months of June and July.  The final day of OS for spring will be Friday, May 31st.  The last week of firing for OS will be the week of June 3rd.  We will re-open OS for the end of summer starting on Monday, August 5th.

ADULT OPEN STUDIO Register Here $40/month

TEEN OPEN STUDIO Register Here $15/month

 

Purchase Clay Here:

25 lb bag of NEW Clay $18

 

ADULT CLAY CLASSES

Ceramic Cookware with Lauren Ginn 

Cookware hand building and wheel throwing class.  You will learn to make a variety of cookware.  You choose hand building or the wheel.  This class is great for beginners in hand building.  On the wheel you will learn to control what you make and make purposeful decisions about form and function.  (Intermediate or Advanced on wheel)

3 Thursdays in July (7/11, 7/18, 7/25) From 5-7:30 pm. $100

 

Intro to Hand Building with Carolyn Kerecman

In this class, we will explore basic hand-building techniques as you create a vessel or sculpture of your choice! No experience with clay necessary, this class is perfect for beginners!  Will you make a vase, a bowl, or a creation entirely your own?

4 Mondays in July/August (7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12) From 10-12:00pm. $130

 

Ceramic Decorative but Functional Pottery with Lauren Ginn

Decorative but functional pottery.  In this class the focus will be on taking your ceramic skills to the next level by adding a decorative edge to your work.

Projects will be students choice but more time will be spent on each individual piece for a more finished and design-centered piece.  Includes, but not limited to glaze and underglaze techniques, carving, stamping, additives and more.  (Beginner/Intermediate or Advanced welcome).

4 Thursdays in August (8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29) From 5-7:30 pm. $125

Wheel-thrown and Altered Pots with Robert Apholz

Wheel-throwing pots that will be altered on and off the wheel.
We will explore throwing various shapes on the pottery wheel and then take the symmetrical pieces and alter them to show artist expression. We will use several tools, techniques, and slips to enhance your wheel-thrown pieces.

4 Wednesdays in September (9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25) From 6-8:00pm. $125

5 Wednesdays in October (10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30) From 6-8:00pm. $145

4 Wednesdays in November (11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27) From 6-8:00pm. $125

Wheel 101 with Matt Brophy

We will explore the potters' wheel including all the basic steps to get you started. After the fundamentals, we will make cylinders, a drinking mug, a bowl, and if time permits, a vase. This class will also cover trimming, texturing, and glazing. A beginner-friendly class. Come to meet new people and learn a new craft!

4 Thursdays in September (9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26) From 1:30-3:30pm. $125

4 Thursdays in October (10/3 10/10, 10/17, 10/24) From 1:30-3:30pm. $125

4 Thursdays in October/November (10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21) From 1:30-3:30pm. $125

Intermediate-Advanced Wheel Throwing with Matt Brophy

This class is for those that have advanced beyond the beginner stage, and are intermediate to advanced potters.  Course will cover combination pots, large bowls and vases, plates and whatever else your imagination can come up with!

4 Fridays in September (9/6, 9/13, 9/19, 9/26) From 5:30-8pm. $145

4 Fridays in October (10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25) From 5:30-8pm. $145

4 Fridays in November (11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22) From 5:30-8pm. $145

Raku Firing with Matt Brophy

Learn the un-predictable and beautiful nature of raku firing.  Students will produce several forms of their choosing.  Anything from pendants, to vases, to plates and bowls.

Unique colors and textures are available in raku firing, that are not available in other forms of ceramic firing.  All pieces produced are a low fire form of pottery, which cannot be used with food or water, but are decorative and ornamental in nature.  The class will end with everyone participating in a raku firing which will take place outside at an off-site location, using a gas fired kiln and reduction chambers – where the magic happens!

Beginner – Advanced Level welcome.

4 Fridays in September (9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27) From 3-5:00pm.  + 1 Saturday for firing field-trip.  Date TBD (weather dependant) $200

4 Fridays in October (10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25) From 3-5:00pm.  + 1 Saturday for firing field-trip.  Date TBD (weather dependant) $200

4 Fridays in November (11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22) From 3-5:00pm. + 1 Saturday for firing field-trip.  Date TBD (weather dependant) $200

Making Sets with Lauren Ginn

In this class you will learn to make sets of mugs, utensil jars or jars with lids and bowls.  You will learn to control what you make and make purposeful decisions about form and function.  Finally, you will know what to do with that funny red caliper tool! Intermediate – Advanced level.

 4 Thursdays in September (9/5, 9/12, 9/19. 9/26) From 5:30pm-8:00pm. $145

Tea Pots with Lauren Ginn

In this class, you will learn to make all parts of a teapot.  You will learn about the types and styles of teapots and what the heck those red caliper tools are for!  Plan to make 2 different styles of teapots or one complete tea set.

4 Thursdays in October (10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24) From 5:30pm-7:30pm. $145

Platters and Serving Dishes for the Holidays with Lauren Ginn

In this fusion class of hand building and throwing you will be learning to make platters and other serving type dishes.  For the wheel throwers that means you will learn to throw bigger and wider.  Plus you will get a lesson in trimming. In hand building, we will work with different shapes, craftsmanship, and adding artistic and decorative flair to pieces.  (Intermediate – Advanced wheel throwing, Beginner handbuilding)

3 Thursdays in November (11/7, 11/14, 11/21) From 5:30-8:00pm. $115

Holiday Gifts of Your Choice with Lauren Ginn

What a perfect time to make those last minute personalized gifts for the holidays!  This student choice class gives you the freedom to create what forms you want but there is more focus on detail and personalization.  This is a decorative but functional pottery class.  In this class, the focus will be on taking your ceramic skills to the next level by adding a decorative edge to your work.  Projects will be students choice but more time will be spent on each individual piece for a more finished and design centered piece.  Includes but not limited to glaze and underglaze techniques, carving, stamping, additives and more.  (Intermediate – Advanced)

5 Tuesday/Thursday in December (12/3, 12/5, 12/10, 12/12, 12/17 (12/19 glaze day only)) From 5:30pm-8:00pm.  $205