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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
August 31 -
October 19
Wil L. SEL553
$219
4
seats open
Monday classes will not meet on Labor Day, Sept. 7th.
October 26 -
December 14
Wil L. SEL560
$250
9
seats open

Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm
September 1 -
October 20
Andrew K. SEL554
$250
Full
October 27 -
December 15
Andrew K. SEL561
$250
9
seats open

Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm
September 3-
October 22
Andrew K. SEL555
$250
Full
October 29 -
December 17
Andrew K. SEL562
$219
8
seats open
Thursday classes will not meet on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26th.

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:

Small image of Strawberry Pot by Wil Labelle Small image of teaset by Wil Labelle. Small image of casserole dish by Wil Labelle

Tuesdays, 10am - Noon
September 1 -
October 20
Wil L. SEL556
$250
2
seats open
October 27 -
December 15
Wil L. SEL563
$250
11
seats open

Wednesdays, 6pm - 8pm
September 2 -
October 21
Wil L. SEL557
$250
5
seats open
October 28 -
December 16
Wil L. SEL564
$250
11
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:


Mondays, 6pm - 8pm
August 31 -
October 19
Stephanie B. SEL558
$219
7
seats open
Monday classes will not meet on Labor Day, Sept. 7th.
October 26 -
December 14
Stephanie B. SEL565
$250
9
seats open

Wednesdays, 10am - Noon
October 28 -
December 16
Stephanie B. SEL575
$250
10

Thursdays, 10am - Noon
September 3 -
October 22
Stephanie B. SEL559
$250
Full
October 29 -
December 17
Stephanie B. SEL567
$219
Full
Thursday classes will not meet on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26th.

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
September 18 Bob L. SEL571
$25
4
seats open
October 23 Bob L. SEL572
$25
15
seats open
November 20 Bob L. SEL573
$25
15
seats open
December 18 Bob L. SEL574
$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.

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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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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