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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.


Beginning Wheel

This fun and relaxed class is designed for all those new to clay or those continuing to hone their skills. Teachers Andrew & Wil delve into the rich history of clay, then cover the basics of wheelthrowing, glazing, and firing. The varied levels of this class allow for group learning and cross pollination. The small class size means lots of one-on-one time to demonstrate alternative techniques (like newspaper resist). Along the way you'll tackle projects including flower vases, batter bowls, and lidded jars. Bring your enthusiasm and willingness to get a little muddy!

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Mondays, 10am - Noon
April 28-
June 16
Wil L. SEL421
$219
Full

(Monday classes will not meet on Memorial Day: class term is 7 weeks.)

Tuesdays, 6p - 8p
April 29-
June 17
Andrew K. . SEL423
$250
Full

Thursdays, 6p - 8p
May 1 -
June 19
Andrew K. SEL426
$250
Full

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Intermediate Wheel

The projects for this class will be unique and exploratory. Students will be challenged by techniques such as throwing from the hump, working with closed forms, and altering forms. Some of the projects may include combining handbuilding, slab building, and wheelthrowing. Three to four projects may be introduced and demonstrated per session. Projects may include teapots and cups thrown from the hump, slab lanterns with incisions and lids, oval baking dishes, slab-built tri-footed planters, closed form polyhedron vases, and hanging birdhouses. We'll explore textured patterns, along with surface decoration elements, too. These projects are meant to be challenging by incorporating various techniques to reach specific results. Creating with intention is a pillar of the intermediate class. Bring a sketchbook, patience, and an abundance of will: you'll need them to find your creative voice.

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Tuesdays, 10a - Noon
April 29-
June 17
Wil L. SEL422
$250
3
seats open

Wednesdays, 6p - 8p
April 30-
June 18
Wil L. SEL424
$250
6
seats open

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Handbuilding

Handbuilding can be fun, functional, funky, or sculptural -- or all of the above! Explore this fascinating world of ceramics with new instructor Stephanie Burton in this beginning and continuing class. You'll work in slab building, coiling, pinching, and working with texture. Instruction includes making simple functional forms like mugs, vases, and pop-up plates. These basic skills will carry you a long way!

Thursdays, 10a - Noon
May 1 - June 19 Stephanie B. SEL425
$250
Full

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Firing Your Electric Kiln

Proper firing is the key to ceramic success. In this class, you can learn to operate and maintain your electric kiln for optimum results. Whether your kiln is new or used, computerized or manually controlled, we'll cover them all. Questions about firing glass are welcome, but the class focuses on firing clay. Bring your notepads and questions!

Fridays, 9:30a - 12p
May 23 Bob L. SEL445 • $25 11
seats open
June 20 Bob L. SEL446 • $25 15
seats open

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Using Georgies Cone 6 Glazes

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 youget out of it!

This is not a class for beginners.

Wednesdays, 10a - Noon
April 30 -
June 18
Christy R. SEL471
$250
Full

 

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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