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Summer Clay Classes and Workshops

All these classes are in our Portland store.
Call 503.283.1353 to sign up: no online class registration.

It's time for Georgies' summer classes and workshops! During the months of July through
August you can take one day classes as well as two or three day workshops. We have a wide range of topics that are sure to stimulate your creativity. Join us!

Each class/workshop requires payment in full at the time you sign up

July 8th - Throwing Bottles with RJ Tonneson - $25.00
Throwing Bottles

Explore the bottle form with more artistic versions like a necked vase to functional ware such as a growler or wine bottle. Students will watch a demo of different forms as well as hands-on instruction as they throw. Class includes the clay and bisque firing.Bring your clay tools.
9:30a-12p...SUM203...has 10 spots available


July 8th - Surface Decoration with Wil Labelle - $20.00
Surface Decoration

In this class you will explore image transfer, slip trailing and feathering, wax resist application, and inlay. Demonstrations will be on both bisque and greenware with discussions about how to identify which technique will compliment your work. Bring a notebook.
1p-3p...SUM204...has 12 spots available


July 15th &16th - Tile Making Workshop with Susannah Lints - $100.00
Tile Making Workshop

This 2-day workshop will cover: using the correct clay, forming your tiles, understanding shrinkage, using shrink rulers, how to roll slabs, and using a tile cutter. Class includes clay, green & bisque tiles, glaze and firing of tiles made in the workshop (1 bique & 1 glazed). Bring your clay tools and brushes.
10a-4p (both days)...SUM205...has 9 spots available


July 22nd & 23rd - Hand Building Sylized Figures with Leslie Lee - $125.00
Hand Building Stylized Figures

Leslie will demonstrate making figures where hands, feet and faces make the figures come alive. Day one, there will be a slide presentation and assistance with making your own "body". Day two, a demonstration on hands, feet and faces to add to your own creations. Class includes clay and instruction. Bring your clay tools.
10a-4p (both days)...SUM206...has 8 spots available


July 27th, Aug 3rd & 10th - Garden Totems with Christy Runyan - $150.00
Garden Totem 3 Week Class

Each Wednesday for 3 weeks Christy will show how to create a 40" totem with Timberline Sculptural clay. Bring your ideas and sketches to you will be ready to begin right away. You will learn slab building and hollow tube forming methods to create your own totem.
This class requires previous clay experience!
Class includes clay, glaze, and the metal stand. Bring your clay tools.

10a-1pm...SUM207...is now FULL


July 29th - Moldmaking with Brett Binford - $100.00
Brett Binford at work

Brett is a master mold maker and his skills are in high demand. He will detail how to make a 2-part mold, finding seam lines and undercuts, and mixing the plaster. This class fills up fast due to limited spaces, so call early to get a seat! Bring one or two fist-sized pieces (about 6" square) to make your own mold. Class includes instruction and plaster.
10a-4p...SUM214...has 1 spot available


August 5th - Slip Casting with Annett Smith - $20.00
Slip Casting

Learn the art of casting items using slip! Annette will show you the basics of casting, how to test your slip, plus how to handle and clean your greenware. The demonstration focuses on ^6 stoneware slip and each student will go home with one gallon of SS600 stoneware or CL130 low-fire slip to use at home in your own mold.
1pm-3pm...SUM208...has 9 spots available


August 5th - "Chattering" with Hector Macias - $40.00
Chattering

"Chattering" offers a unique textural element to thrown ware. Hector will demonstrate chattering, how to 'frame' your design, and how to make your own chattering tools. Leather-hard pieces will be available for you to try out what you learn, or bring your own. Class includes clay piece and chattering tool. Bring your wheel throwing tools.
9:30a-12p...SUM209...has 11 spots available


Aug 12th & 13th - Having Fun w/Functional Ware with Kristy Lombard - $100.00
Having Fun with Functional Ware

Kristy is deeply inspired by her rich environmen and will show you how she creates her whimsical and highly detailed stamps. You will be able to enhance the surface of your own work with a unique stamp that you made yourself. The class will include G Mix ^6 clay, Lino cutter set, and a blank stamp material for carving your own designs. Bring your own clay tools.
10a-4p...SUM210...has 14 spots available


August 19th - Sgraffito Tiles with Andrew Kail - $20.00
Sgraffito Tiles

Sgraffito is carving into leather-hard clay after slip has been applied to reveal a strong design contrast. This class will cover several basic sgraffito techinques, the use of slip and underglaze, carving tools and how to use tile cutters. Everyone will leave with a few tiles! Clay and some tools will be provided. Bring your own carving tools if you have them.
10a-12p...SUM211...has 11 spots available


August 19th - Test the Water...Try the Wheel with Andrew Kail - $20.00
Testing the Water with the Wheel

Try your hand at using the wheel! This skill looks deceptively easy in the hands of a master, but Andrew will gently guide you on how to center and pull up a form. Clay, tools and instruction are included in the class. Bring a handtowel and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty...because this is a fun kind of messy class.
1p-3:30p...SUM212...has 10 spots available


August 26th - Raku! with Wil Labelle - $60.00
Raku!

End the summer with a Raku party! This class will go over firing with Georgies' raku kiln and glazes, safety, and the use of a post firing chamber with different combustibles (including horse hair application). You may bring your own bisque pieces made from raku clay, otherwise we will provide pieces for you. Class includes bisque (if needed), firing and glaze.
10a-2p...SUM213...has 13 spots available

 


Wheel and Handbuilding Classes

All these classes are in our Portland store.
Call 503.283.1353 to sign up: no online class registration.

Welcome to Georgies' Community Classroom! It's a place to learn and explore this ancient craft while you also explore your personal expression and possibly make a friend or two.

Georgies offers clay classes which focus on two specific clay forming skills: throwing on the potter's wheel and hand-building techniques. While watching an experienced potter, it looks so easy, but cllay work is actually a blend of art and learned skill. Our eight week series classes are designed for both beginning and continuing students. It's rare that any beginning class will have only novice students as it takes multiple sessions to form the skill to be able to accomplish many of the steps that go into a finished glazed piece.

For most of Georgies' employees and instructors, clay and its many facets are a lifetime pursuit. There are endless ways to form the clay and decorate the surface. Explore form, function, texture, color, and design. An eight week class is a freckle in time: it may be something you want to explore further but it won't be enough time to become a master potter or make all your Christmas presents if you have never worked in clay before.

Open studio times are uninstructed, but valuable
in developing the skills you are learning in your class.

 

Beginning Wheel

Beginning wheel classes focus on the primary skill of working on the potter's wheel. These skills are centering clay, learning to control this spinning long to raise the walls in both a vertical matter to form a mug, and pulling it out to form bowl shapes. Completing these forms requires another skill that is explored, and that is trimming. Glazing is addressed in the simplest method, by dipping with a wide variety of Georgies cone 6 glazes.

Beginning students can expect to complete several small (cereal-size) bowls and a mug or two (though perhaps not to perfection!). Continuing students will be able to explore these basic forms further, and expand their scale with greater control to larger bowls and more complex cylindrical forms.

The more time you spend in open studio, the faster you will develop your skills and control. Many students repeat a class simply because it fits their schedule. Our wheel classes are small, with 12 students per class session, and you are guaranteed a wheel in your class.

Click the thumbnails for larger images of these class projects:


Mondays, 10am - Noon
April 25 -
June 13

Wil L. SEL589
$219*
Full
July 11 -
August 22

Wil L. SEL601
$219**
Full
September 12-
October 24

Wil L. SEL607
$219***
12
seats open
October 31 -
December 19

Wil L. SEL613
$250
12
seats open

*Monday classes will not meet on Memorial Day, May 30th
**Monday classes will not meet on Independence, July 4th
***Monday classes will not meet on Labor Day, Sept. 5th


Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm
April 26 -
June 14
Andrew K. SEL590
$250
Full
July 5 -
August 23
Andrew K. SEL603
$250
7
seats open
September 6-
October 25
Andrew K. SEL609
$250
12
seats open
November 1-
December 20
Andrew K. SEL615
$250
12
seats open

Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm
April 28 -
June 16

Andrew K. SEL591
$250
Full
July 7 -
August 25
Andrew K. SEL606
$250
12
seats open
September 8-
October 27
Andrew K. SEL612
$250
12
seats open
November 3 -
December 22
Andrew K. SEL618
$219*
12
seats open
*Thursday classes will not meet on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24th.

Click here to see "The Fine Print" for clay classes at Georgies.

Intermediate Wheel

Intermediate wheel classes are open to all students who were proficient on the wheel, able to center and throw both bowls and mugs without further instruction. This class explores more advanced wheel forms, like covered and lidded pots, teapots, altered forms, and incorporating elements of handbuilding with wheelthrown work. The intermediate class is also able to explore more advanced glaze techniques, making use of wax resist design as well as decorative painting.

Click the thumbnails for larger images of these class projects:

Blue Plate by Wil Labelle Skull Vessel by Wil Labelle Lidded Container by Andrew Kail

Tuesdays, 10am - Noon
April 26 -
June 14
Wil L. SEL592
$250
Full
July 5 -
August 23
Wil L. SEL602
$250
11
seats open
September 6 -
October 25
Wil L. SEL608
$250
12
seats open
November 1 -
December 20
Wil L. SEL614
$250
12
seats open

Wednesdays, 6pm - 8pm
April 27 -
June 15
Wil L. SEL593
$250
Full
July 6 -
August 24
Wil L. SEL604
$250
12
seats open
September 7 -
October 26
Wil L. SEL610
$250
12
seats open
November 2 -
December 21
Wil L. SEL616
$250
12
seats open

Click here to see "The Fine Print" for classes at Georgies.

Handbuilding

Hand-building is often the best place to start your clay experience. Hand building explores many popular methods of clay forming including slab building, pinch pots, and building with coils. By touching and forming clay with these simple unaided methods, you learn the fundamentals of joining clay into cohesive forms. Our hand-building class is open to beginning and continuing students. When we present a specific technique, such as 'soft slab' work, we introduce it with a specific project that teaches the skills needed for that type of work. As you begin to develop your skills, you are able to bring your ideas to fruition. Again, basic glazing skills are explored.

Click the thumbnails for larger images of these class projects:



Thursdays, 10am - Noon
April 28 -
June 16
Andrew K. SEL594
$250
Full
July 7 -
August 25
Andrew K. SEL605
$250
8
seats open
September 8 -
October 27
Andrew K. SEL611
$250
12
seats open
November 3 -
December 22
Andrew K. SEL617
$219*
12
seats open
*Wednesday classes will not meet on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24th.

Click here to see "The Fine Print" for clay classes at Georgies.

Firing Your Electric Kiln

Whether your kiln is new or used, computerized or manual, Bob covers it all. Learn the nuts and bolts of firing, and how to operate and maintain your electric kiln for optimum results to achieve ceramic success with the proper firing. Questions about firing glass are welcome, but the class focuses on firing clay. Bring your notepads and questions!

Fridays, 9:30am - 12pm
May 27 Bob L. SEL599
$25
14
seats open
June 17 Bob L. SEL600
$25
15
seats open
August 26 Bob L. SEL619
$25
15
seats open
September 23 Bob L. SEL620
$25
15
seats open
October 28 Bob L. SEL621
$25
15
seats open
November 18 Bob L. SEL622
$25
15
seats open
December 16 Bob L. SEL623
$25
15
seats open



 

THE FINE PRINT FOR EIGHT-WEEK CLAY CLASSES:
At the time of registration for our clay classes we charge a $25 deposit to hold your reservation. The $25 deposit will not be refunded if you cancel your registration, but will be applied when you pay the rest of your class fee ($25 + $225 = $250).

You will get an acknowledgement for your class by email (or mail if we do not have an email address for you on file). We will notify you a couple of days prior to the 10 day cancellation deadline.We will bill the class fee to your credit card number 10 days before the first class session. If you choose to pay by cash or check, please arrange to pay 10 days prior to the class so we can complete your invoice. Call or email us as soon as possible if you have to cancel your registration.We have waiting lists for many of our classes, and your early call allows someone else to attend.

The fee for our clay classes includes Georgies classroom clay, use of Georgies glazes on your work, studio time to practice between class sessions (when there is not another class using the studio space), and firing your classroom work. Other clays and glazes are not included in the class fee. You'll have to purchase those on your own if you wish to use them and must be kept separate from the class clay and glazes. Cone 06 lowfire clays are strictly not allowed in our classroom area.

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Georgies Ceramic & Clay Co. • 756 NE Lombard • Portland OR 97211 • 503.283.1353 • 800.999.CLAY
Georgies of Eugene • 1471 Railroad Blvd #9 • Eugene OR 97402 • 541.338.7654 • 866.234.CLAY
Fax numbers: Portland 503.283.1387 Eugene 541.338.7565
Store Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 9:00a to 5:00p Pacific time • Business office hours 9a-5p, Monday thru Friday

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