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Clay Classes in Portland
All these classes are in our Portland store.
Georgies "Made With Clay" workshops are designed to educate and enrich by encouraging you to develop skills while exploring the possibilities from functional to sculptural in a fun learning environment. Most workshops are hands-on, so please bring your own tools and brushes. Clay will be provided in these workshops. Pre-registration is required and class fees are charged when you sign up. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. FIRING NOT INCLUDE UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE.
Test the Waters on the Wheel
Always wanted to try the pottery wheel but don't have the time for a full class course? Join Georgies' wheelthrowing instructor ANDREW KAIL for this three-hour introduction to one of the oldest art forms. A fun hands-on workshop: bring clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and even then a friend if you need it!
Throwing a Teapot from the Hump
Georgies' wheelthrowing instructor WIL LABELLE leads you in the 1st part of this workshop with a wheelthrowing demonstration for the teacups and all the parts of the teapot. In the 2nd part, students will throw pieces from the hump themselves. The 3rd part deals with trimming and assembling. This workshop is for the experienced potter.
Interacting With Interactive Pigments
How do you use Georgies' Interactive Pigments? STEPHANIE BURTON, our handbuilding instructor, answers just that question! you will experiment with different techniques including wipe away, layering with glazes (both under and over), and wax resist design. Test tiles, interactive pigments, and glazes are provided, but not firing.
TEXTURE 1: Making Your Own Texture Tools
Learn to individualize your work by designing your own texture tools with PAMELA BEACH leading the way. Add texture and depth to your clay by creating stamps, rollers, and roulettes. So bring your carving tools and design ideas and will get the texture started!
Building a Sawdust Kiln
This is the ultimate DIY kiln! Using a discarded metal bed and sawdust, ANDREW KAIL guides you through the construction and firing of this small pit-fire style kiln. Raw clay goes in and shiny black pots come out. Workshop includes instructions and lighting demonstration.
TEXTURE 2: Scratching the Surface
The surface of your work should be an essential design element in any piece. Follow along with PAMELA BEACH in exploring the possibilities of your clay surface using sgraffito, wax resist, slip trailing, carving, glaze techniques, and more. Bring brushes, tools, and your bisque fired stamps from Texture 1.
What could be more personal than a handmade cup that you use every day? STEPHANIE BURTON will focus on making a variety of cup forms using slab building techniques. Explore using templates, making tripod cups, and adding textures and handles your cups. LWYOC: leave with your own cup!
Throwing Large Forms
In this class WIL LABELLE begins with 3 throwing demos: a large platter, a bowl, and a sectional vase. Each takes about 30 minutes to demonstrate. The class addresses the considerations of throwing large and what tools aid in manipulating large amounts of clay. Previous throwing experience is required.
Raku: Feel the Burn!
Join MORGAN BLACKWIND for more fun in the sun with Duncan glazes and products, Georgies raku glazes, and trashcan kilns. Share samples, tips, and techniques, and then it's FLAME ON! Nothing else in ceramics matches raku's fast-paced immediate outcome. Not to mention the snazzy color results and the excitement of pulling your ware from the glowing hot kiln! This class focuses on sharing the experience of raku and the variability of the process. Class includes glazes, firing, and bisqueware, or you can bring 2 to 3 pieces about the size of a 20 ounce soda bottle and fired to cone 08.
Begin or continue your journey of clay in this introductory class to wheel throwing. Instructors Andrew and Wil teach the basics of centering, pulling, forming, trimming, and pulling handles. Classes are project-oriented, so you'll practice basic shapes and learn about glazing and the firing process. Bring your enthusiasm and willingness to get a little muddy! We can only accomodate 12 students in each class.
Functional creative forms are the running theme in this advanced throwing class. Wil demonstrates progressive techniques such as throwing from the hump, darting, altering forms, and exploring various surface treatments. Expand your knowledge and combine handbuilding with throwing projects and fine-tune your skills. Get ready to challenge yourself and throw with intention in this skill-building course.
Bring your creative energies and learn a variety of handbuilding disciplines! Stephanie Burton will introduce you to pinching, coiling, and working with slabs at different stages. You'll construct functional vessels, serving trays, and bowls, then delve into surface decoration, texture, and glazing techniques.
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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