Clay Classes in Portland
All these classes are in our Portland store.
It's time for Georgies' summer classes and workshops! During the months of July through
Each class/workshop requires payment in full at the time you sign up
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.
July 8th - Surface Decoration with Wil Labelle - $20.00
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.
July 15th &16th - Tile Making Workshop with Susannah Lints - $100.00
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.
July 22nd & 23rd - Hand Building Sylized Figures with Leslie Lee - $125.00
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.
July 27th, Aug 3rd & 10th - Garden Totems with Christy Runyan - $150.00
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.
July 29th - Moldmaking with Brett Binford - $100.00
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.
August 5th - Slip Casting with Annett Smith - $20.00
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.
August 5th - "Chattering" with Hector Macias - $40.00
"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.
Aug 12th & 13th - Having Fun w/Functional Ware with Kristy Lombard - $100.00
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.
August 19th - Sgraffito Tiles with Andrew Kail - $20.00
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.
August 19th - Test the Water...Try the Wheel with Andrew Kail - $20.00
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.
August 26th - Raku! with Wil Labelle - $60.00
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.
All these classes are in our Portland store.
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.
Open studio times are uninstructed, but valuable
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.
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.
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.
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!
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