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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.


Georgie's Glazes & Cone 6 Surfaces

Glazing is the ultimate challenge in ceramics. Once you have found your voice in creating clay work, your journey is only beginning until you learn to master a palette of glazes suited to your work.

In this class we work with Georgies clays and glazes exclusively. We have our full line of glazes, as well as our pigments. We use a selection of clays that offer differences in color and behavior: CC535 Trail Mix, CC520 G-Mix ^6, CC509 Pioneer Dark and tiles made from CC550SC Timberline Sculptural. With these 4 clays we have the opportunity to understand the full relationship of the clay-to-glaze response.

This 8-week class has a full syllabus that takes you through clay basics and how they relate to glaze. We cover engobes, color in clay, slip and glaze, texture, and design. Glaze is about many things that make it appropriate for your pottery!

We will explore a variety of glaze techniques, decorating and brushwork styles. We get to play with glazes and glaze overlaps, learning that 2 glazes interact to create new effects. We also tackle cone 6 firing techniques... and you thought the kiln was a magic box? Along with firing we also discuss firing faults and how to correct them.

This class has a full studio open to participants. You may work on the wheel or explore handbuilding techniques. This class does not instruct you in either of these forming methods. We concentrate on your surfaces -- and you will have assignments! We are all about glazing and glazing techniques. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it!

This is not a class for beginners.

Wednesdays, 10a - 1pm
April 29 -
June 17
Christy R. SEL530
$300
1
seats open

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
January 5 -
February 23
Wil L. SEL501
$250
Full
March 2 -
April 20
Wil L. SEL504
$250
12
seats open
April 27 -
June 15
Wil L. SEL507
$219
11
seats open
Monday classes will not meet on Memorial Day, May 25th.

Tuesdays, 6p - 8p
January 6 -
February 24
Andrew K. . SEL502
$250
Full
March 3 -
April 21
Andrew K. . SEL505
$250
10
seats open
April 28 -
June 16
Andrew K. . SEL508
$250
11
seats open

Thursdays, 6p - 8p
January 8 -
February 26
Andrew K. . SEL503
$250
Full
March 5 -
April 23
Andrew K. . SEL506
$250
12
seats open
April 30 -
June 18
Andrew K. . SEL509
$250
12
seats open

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

Tuesdays, 10a - Noon
January 6 -
February 24
Wil L. SEL510
$250
Full
March 3 -
April 21
Wil L. SEL512
$250
7
seats open
April 28 -
June 16
Wil L. SEL514
$250
11
seats open

Wednesdays, 6p - 8p
January 7 -
February 25
Wil L. SEL511
$250
3
seats open
March 4 -
April 22
Wil L. SEL513
$250
12
seats open
April 29 -
June 17
Wil L. SEL515
$250
12
seats open

Click here to see "The Fine Print" for classes at Georgies.

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.

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.

Mondays, 6pm - 8pm
January 5 -
February 23
Stephanie B. SEL520
$250
Full
March 2 -
April 20
Stephanie B. SEL522
$250
12
seats open
April 27 -
June 15
Stephanie B. SEL524
$219
12
seats open
Monday classes will not meet on Memorial Day, May 25th.

Thursdays, 10a - Noon
January 8 -
February 26
Stephanie B. SEL521
$250
Full
March 5 -
April 23
Stephanie B. SEL523
$250
11
seats open
April 30 -
June 18
Stephanie B. SEL525
$250
12
seats open

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
January 9 Bob L. SEL535 • $25 12
seats open
February 13 Bob L. SEL536 • $25 15
seats open
March 20 Bob L. SEL537 • $25 14
seats open
April 24 Bob L. SEL538 • $25 15
seats open
May 29 Bob L. SEL539 • $25 15
seats open

Click here to see "The Fine Print" for classes at Georgies.

 

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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