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Made with Clay Summer Classes in Portland

All these classes are in our Portland store.
Call 503.283.1353 to sign up: no online class registration.

Dennis Meiners 2 Day Cup Making Workshop

Dennis Meiners is many things, artist, teacher, master potter and storyteller. The lyric quality of his work always has a story to tell! Since moving back to Portland, Dennis has begun working in ^6 electric ?re, which is very exciting to many of us working with clay. This hands-on 2 day workshop showcases Dennis' handbuilding style and will incorporate creating your own clay tools. Dennis uses many clay texture rollers which he enhances with clay sprig stamps, increasing the dimension as well as offering a more nuanced, individual surface to each piece!

From a raised relief surface to a carefully drawn and incised line which is inlayed with contrasting slip - a technique called Mishima, Dennis makes all this learning fun and approachable. You'll come away from this workshop with new tools and new ideas for enhancing and transforming your work with your own imagery!


Friday and Saturday, August 14-15, 10am - 4pm
August 14 -
August 15
Dennis Meiners SUM200
$150
15
seats open

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Making Your Own Texture Tools

Individualize your ceramic work by designing your own texture tools. Add texture and depth to clay by creating stamps, rollers, and roulettes. Clay is supplied.
Bring: design ideas/sketch book, carving tools.


Friday, July 10, 10am - Noon
July 10 Pamela B. SUM191
$20
15
seats open

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Texture - Scratching the Surface

The surface of your work should be an essential design element in any piece. Explore the possibilities of your clay surface and add dimension using sgra?tto, wax resist, slip trailing, carving and more.
Bring: brushes, tools, sketch book.


Friday, July 10, 2pm - 4pm
July 10 Pamela B. SUM192
$20
15
seats open

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Adding Depth to Your Pottery Surface -
Enhancing Surface Texture

In this workshop students will experiment with different surface textures, guided into an exploration of technique and personal style. Demonstrations will include a variey of decorative techniques including layering glazes and underglaze, wax resist, image transfers using underglazes, wax resist and more.
Class includes 4, 6 x 6 tiles.
Bring: Brushes and a piece of textured bisque (cup size).


Friday, July 17, 9:30am - 1pm
July 17 Stephanie B. SUM193
$30
15
seats open

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Marvelous Molds!

This is a staff pick for favorite New product! These were the hottest new texture tools at NCECA this year. Made of super ?exible latex and highly detailed, these embellishments offer new possibilities.(you have to try the zipper!) Class will work with G Mix ^6.
Bring: Tools and a fun attitude!


Friday, July 17, 2pm - 4pm
July 17 Stephanie B. SUM194
$20
15
seats open

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Raku!

This workshop will cover raku ?ring techniques using Georgies raku kiln and glazes. We will use a post ?ring raku chamber with different combustibles. You'll also cover post ?ring horse hair application. Students are welcome to bring bisque pieces made with raku clay, bisqued to ^08. If you do not bring work, pieces will be provided.


Friday, July 24, 10am - 2pm
July 24 Wil L. SUM195
$50
12
seats open

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Nature Casting: A fun intro to mold-making

The use of leaves and shells are used often in pottery, primarily as imprints. This class will teach you how to create a mold from a natural object such as a shell. This positive object can be used as a jewelry item or to embellish a plate,pot or bowl. Class includes clay and plaster and shells for your mold positive.


Friday, July 31, 10am - 1pm
July 31 Sol Z. SUM196
$30
12
seats open

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Whistle Making!

This class is a perennial favorite! Learn to make a working whistle, clay ?ute, ocarina... many names, but a fun project that is sure to delight. Clay is included.
Bring: Clay modeling tools


Friday, July 31, 2pm - 4pm
July 31 Andrew K. SUM197
$20
15
seats open

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Teapots & Tea Cups Thrown from the Hump

The first part of this workshop will include a throwing demonstration of throwing tea cups, and all the parts of the teapot. Then, students will be able to sit down at the wheel and throw all the parts themselves and attach the parts to build the tea pot. If time allows, you will be able to trim any of your thrown tea cups. Clay is provided, along with a carry board to transport your freshly made teapot.


Friday, August 7, 9:30am - 12:30pm
August 7 Wil L. SUM198
$30
12
seats open

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The Art of Handle Making

In this workshop we will examine several different handle making methods as well as considering form vs. function, and ornamental vs. functional. Demonstrations will consist of pulled, extruded, extracted, coiled and slab handles, and attaching those to complimentary forms. If you want to improve your handle making skills, this workshop is for you! If you want to pre-make (thrown or hand-built) mug forms, our clay is Trail Mix.
Bring: Clay tools


Friday, August 7, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
August 7 Wil L. SUM199
$20
15
seats open

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Marvelous Magnolia Seed Pods!

A classroom project that exploded! Our hand-building class was exploring pinch pots and the project chosen to showcase the versatility of the pinch pot was seed pods. There are numerous seed pods that highlight texture, but everyone went nuts making Magnolia Pods. We knew this would be a great addition for the summer FUN Fridays... as fun is it's middle name! A great project for both beginners and advanced ceramicists. Class includes clay. Bring: Clay modeling tools


Friday, August 21, 9:30am - 12:30pm
August 21 Stephanie B. SUM201
$30
15
seats open

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Interactive Pigments: What they can do for you!

In this workshop students will experiment with Interactive Pigments using them as solid coverage, as well as combining them with 4 glazes; Eggshell, Latte, Zinc-free Clear and Super Clear. You will explore different techniques including wiping away the pigment to create an antique ?nish, decorating and designing over glazes, and using wax resist as a design element highlighting your glaze choice. Design Majolica style using IP's over and under glazes for unique effects. Class includes 4, 6" x 6 tiles.
Bring: Textured bisque (cup size), brushes


Friday, August 21, 1:30pm - 4pm
August 21 Stephanie B. SUM202
$30
15
seats open

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Clay Classes in Portland

 

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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
April 27 -
June 15
Wil L. SEL507
$219
Full
July 6 -
August 24
Wil L. SEL545
$250
12
seats open
Monday classes will not meet on Memorial Day, May 25th.

Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm
April 28 -
June 16
Andrew K. SEL508
$250
Full
July 7 -
August 25
Andrew K. SEL546
$250
12
seats open

Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm
April 30 -
June 18
Andrew K. SEL509
$250
Full
July 9 -
August 27
Andrew K. SEL547
$250
12
seats open

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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, 10am - Noon
April 28 -
June 16
Wil L. SEL514
$250
1
seat open
July 7 -
August 24
Wil L. SEL548
$250
12
seats open

Wednesdays, 6pm - 8pm
April 29 -
June 17
Wil L. SEL515
$250
Full
July 8 -
August 26
Wil L. SEL549
$250
12
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.

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
April 27 -
June 15
Stephanie B. SEL524
$219
Full
July 6 -
August 24
Stephanie B. SEL550
$250
12
seats open
Monday classes will not meet on Memorial Day, May 25th.

Thursdays, 10am - Noon
April 30 -
June 18
Stephanie B. SEL525
$250
Full
July 9 -
August 27
Stephanie B. SEL551
$250
12
seats open

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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, 9:30am - 12pm
April 24 Bob L. SEL538
$25
10
seats open
May 29 Bob L. SEL539
$25
14
seats open
July 10 Bob L. SEL552
$25
15
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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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
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