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Jeff Oestreich at Georgies: November 28-29

Friday & Saturday • 10a-4p each day • SEL275 • $100

We are very pleased and excited to announce this opportunity to spend two days with one of the best-known potters currently working in the United States! Jeff apprenticed with Bernard Leach, and he's working at the Leach Pottery in England for the next month, so he'll have lots of new tales to tell. His work is functional, soda-fired at cone 10, and inspired by the Art Deco period. His work is in all the major collections, and has been featured on the PBS series "Craft in America."

Small image of Jeff at the wheel.

The majority of my work is intended for daily use. Being a functional potter allows me the opportunity to examine form, glaze, pattern and surface as well as to experience the challenge of designing a pot which feels comfortable to the hand.

Our two-day workshop will investigate these concerns as well as a variety of topics related to a potter’s life. Day one is devoted to the making of shapes on the wheel that will be later altered by either faceting, stretching, darting or cutting and rejoining.

Smaller image of brown mustard vase by Jeff Oestreich. Smaller image of grey & teal teapot by Jeff Oestreich.
Small image of teal green pitcher.

Day two involves the assembling of these forms, decoration, and discussions on the surface achieved in a salt (soda) firing. What will be constantly stressed is the importance of paying attention to detail in one’s work.

The workshop will begin with a Power Point presentation encompassing my early training in pottery in the 1960s, then moving away from the Leach tradition, followed by objects and experiences that have fueled my work over the decades.


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, 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.

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Mondays, 10am - Noon
October 27 -
December 15
Wil L. SEL251
$250
5
seats open
Monday classes will not meet on Labor Day, September 1st..

Tuesdays, 6p - 8p
October 28 -
December 16
Andrew K. . SEL261
$250
2
seats open

Thursdays, 6p - 8p
October 30 -
December 18
Andrew K. SEL263
$219
10
seats open
Thursday classes will not meet on Thanksgiving, November 27th.

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Intermediate Wheel

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.

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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
October 28 -
December 16
Wil L. SEL271
$250
3
seats open

Wednesdays, 6p - 8p
October 28 -
December 17
Wil L. SEL273
$250
6
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.

Bring your creative energies and learn a variety of handbuilding disciplines! Stephanie Burton will introduce you to pinching, coiling, and working with slabs 25

at different stages. You'll construct functional vessels, serving trays, and bowls, then delve into surface decoration, texture, and glazing techniques.

Thursdays, 10a - Noon
October 30 -
December 18
Stephanie B. SEL281
$219
Full
Thursday classes will not meet on Thanksgiving, November 27th.

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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
October 17 Bob L. SEL298 • $25 16
seats open
November 21 Bob L. SEL299 • $25 16
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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