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Georgies "Made With Clay" 2014

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!

Friday, August 1, 1pm - 4pm (max 12) Small image of opening clay on the wheel.
Andrew
Kail
SUM253
$25
Full

 

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.

Friday, August 8, 1pm - 4pm (max 12) Small image of throwing teacup from the hump.
Wil
Labelle
SUM254
$25
11
seats open

 

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.

Friday, August 15, 10a - Noon (max 16) Small image for pitcher.
Stephanie
Burton
SUM255
$20
6
seats open

 

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!

Friday, August 15, 1pm - 3pm (max 16)
Pamela
Beach
SUM256
$20
7
seats open

 

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.

Friday, August 22, 10a - Noon (max 16) Small image of sawdust kiln.
Andrew
Kail
SUM258
$20
8
seats open

 

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.

Friday, August 22, 1pm - 3pm (max 16)
Pamela
Beach
SUM257
$20
9
seats open

 

Handbuilding Cups

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!

Friday, August 29, 10a - Noon (max 16) Small image of handbuilt cup by Stephanie Burton.
Stephanie
Burton
SUM259
$20
2
seats open

 

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.

Friday, August 29, 1pm - 3pm (max 12: demo only)
Wil
Labelle
SUM260
$20
10
seats open

 

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.

Friday, August 29, 10am - 3pm (max 12) Small image of raku kiln.
Morgan
Blackwind
SUM263
$75
3
seats open

Beginning Wheel

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, and trimming. Classes are project oriented and students learn basic shapes as well as information about glazing and firing process. Bring your enthusiasm and willingness to get a little muddy! We can only accomodate 12 students in each class.

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Mondays, 10am - Noon
July 7 -
August 25
Wil L. SEL353
$250
Full

Tuesdays, 6p - 8p
July 8 -
August 26
Andrew K. . SEL351
$250
Full

Thursdays, 6p - 8p
July 10 -
August 28
Andrew K. SEL352
$250
Full

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Intermediate Wheel

Functional creative forms is the running theme in this advanced throwing class. Wil demonstrates progressive techniques such as throwing from the hump, darting, and altering forms. Students are encouraged to combine handbuilding with throwing projects and fine tune their skills. Get ready to challenge yourself and throw with intention!

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Small image of mugs by Wil Labelle. Small image of teaset by Wil Labelle. Small image of bowl by Wil Labelle.

Tuesdays, 10a - Noon
July 8 -
August 26
Wil L. SEL354
$250
7
seats open

Wednesdays, 6p - 8p
July 9 -
August 27
Wil L. SEL355
$250
3
seats open

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Handbuilding

Handbuilt canteen by Stephanie Burton. Handbuilt art nouveau flower vase by Stephanie Burton. Handbuilt mug by Stephanie Burton. Handbuilt pitcher by Stephanie Burton. Handbuilt shakers by Stephanie Burton.

Handbuilding can be fun, functional, funky, or sculptural -- or all of the above! Learn to create functional and sculptural pieces using a variety of handbuilding techniques, including pinching, coiling, and working with slabs at different stages. You will also explore surface decoration and glazing techniques.

Thursdays, 10a - Noon
July 10 -
August 28
Stephanie Burton SEL350
$250
Full

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, 9:30a - 12p
August 22 Bob L. SEL357 • $25 13
seats open

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THE FINE PRINT FOR EIGHT-WEEK CLAY CLASSES:
At the time of registration for our clay classes we request a $25 deposit and a credit card number 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 a registration confirmation in the mail. We normally bill yourclass fee to your credit card number two days before the first classsession. If you choose to pay by cash or check, please arrive before5:00 pm on the first class day so we can complete your invoice. Call oremail us as soon as possible if you have to cancel your registration.We have waiting lists for many of our classes, and your early callallows 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. Cone 06 lowfire clays are strictly not allowed in our classroom area.

THE FINE PRINT FOR TEACHERS' CLASSES:
Teachers' classes are free with a signed registration agreement. Class fees may be billed to your school if you miss the class without cancelling in advance. If you must cancel your registration, please call us as soon as possible. We almost always have waiting lists for these classes, and your call will allow someone else to attend. Thanks for your help!

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