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Classes at Georgies

 

Welcome, Sasha!

Sasha will be teaching our handbuilding classes.
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Sasha Lehnen-Spencer is an architect of functional, sculptural ceramics. Tangled inspirations of ballads, faery yarns, and mythos find a path into her work, expressing a narrative enchantment through a mix of wheel-thrown vessels with hand-built forms, slabs, and press molds.

Sasha received her BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from Maine College of Art, but has been creating sculpture, music and garments since childhood. Her mixed work comes to life, from flying butter dishes to eclectic upcycled fashion, via her design project Tatterdamelion. You can see more of Sasha's work, across all her media, at her website:

 


 

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All classes are in our Portland store unless specifically noted otherwise.
(Classes in Eugene are always printed in green.)

Call 503.283.1353 to sign up: no online class registration.

 

Using 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 that are suited to your work.

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

This 8-week class has a full syllabus, taking 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 two glazes interact and 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 open studio for participants. You may work on the wheel or explore handbuilding techniques. This class does not instruct in either of these forming methods. We concentrate on your surfaces -- and you will have assignments! We are all about glazing and glaze techniques. Wednesday morning sessions for this class run three hours, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The more you put into it the more you will get out of it! This is not a class for beginners.

Class fee includes use of ALL Georgies Glazes and Interactive Pigments, four clays (Trail Mix, Pioneer Dark, G-Mix 6, and Timberline), forty 6x6 bisque tiles made from Timberline Sculptural, and firing your projects. This is one of our most popular classes each year, and it fills up fast. Call soon to sign up!

Our most popular class each year: sign up right away.

Wednesdays,
10a - 1p
May 1 -
June 19
Christy R. SEL230 • $250 12
seats open

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

 


 

Beginning Wheelthrowing

Our wheelthrowing classes are small, limited to 12 people, with wheels available for every student in every session. Our classes are repeatable, so some people return over & over to the time slot that works for them. The teachers work with beginning students with demos and instruction at the start of the session, then offer demos and instruction for more advanced students. Beginning students focus on bowls and mugs. Other forms are determined by the class and instructor. It's a great opportunity to work and grow while practicing your skills!

Click the thumbnails for larger images of these samples of Andrew's work:



Tuesdays,
10am - Noon
January 8 -
February 26
Wil L. SEL201 • $250 12
seats open
Tuesdays,
6pm - 8pm
January 8 -
February 26
Andrew K. SEL202 • $250 12
seats open
Thursdays,
6pm - 8pm
January 10 -
February 28
Andrew K. SEL203 • $250 12
seats open

Tuesdays,
10am - Noon
March 5 -
April 23
Wil L. SEL204 • $250 12
seats open
Tuesdays,
6pm - 8pm
March 5 -
April 23
Andrew K. SEL205 • $250 12
seats open
Thursdays,
6pm - 8pm
March 7 -
April 25
Andrew K. SEL206 • $250 12
seats open

Tuesdays,
10am - Noon
April 30 -
June 18
Wil L. SEL207 • $250 12
seats open
Tuesdays,
6pm - 8pm
April 30 -
June 18
Andrew K. SEL208 • $250 12
seats open
Thursdays,
6pm - 8pm
May 2 -
June 20
Andrew K. SEL209 • $250 12
seats open

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

 


 

Handbuilding

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




Thursdays,
10am - Noon
January 10 -
February 28
Sasha S. SEL220 • $250 12
seats open
Thursdays,
10am - Noon
March 7 -
April 25
Sasha S. SEL221 • $250 12
seats open
Thursdays,
10am - Noon
May 2 -
June 20
Sasha S. SEL222 • $250 12
seats open

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

 


 

Intermediate Wheel


This class is oriented toward truly intermediate-level students. With Wil's instruction, you'll work on more advanced techniques for pitchers, teapots, serving dishes, and vessels.

Click the thumbnails for larger images of these samples of Wil's work:

Wednesdays,
6p - 8p
January 9 -
February 27
Wil L. SEL210 • $250 12
seats open
Wednesdays,
6p - 8p
March 6 -
April 24
Wil L. SEL211 • $250 12
seats open
Wednesdays,
6p - 8p
May 1 -
June 19
Wil L. SEL212 • $250 12
seats open

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

 


 

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!

Friday,
9:30a - 12p
November 23 Bob L. SEL962 • $25 14
seats open
Friday,
9:30a - 12p
December 15 Bob L. SEL963 • $25 15
seats open

Friday,
9:30a - 12p
January 25 Bob L. SEL240 • $25 15
seats open
Friday,
9:30a - 12p
February 22 Bob L. SEL241 • $25 15
seats open
Friday,
9:30a - 12p
March 22 Bob L. SEL242 • $25 15
seats open
Friday,
9:30a - 12p
April 19 Bob L. SEL243 • $25 15
seats open
Friday,
9:30a - 12p
May 17 Bob L. SEL244 • $25 15
seats open
Friday,
9:30a - 12p
June14 Bob L. SEL245 • $25 15
seats open

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

 


 

We Teach the Teachers

Georgies' series of Monday free classes are for teachers or parent helpers in K-12 school programs. We created them to answer the basic questions like "Yikes, clay! What do I do now?" We have only two requirements for these classes: first, they should be taken in order from Clay 101 to 201 to 301. Second, no more than three people from any one school can attend the series at one time, so we can accomodate as many schools as possible. Please note: due to demand and space restrictions, class participants must be from K-12 regional public school districts or accredited private schools. We're very sorry, but we can't include pre-K and home school teachers this year.

 

Clay 101:

This first class covers the three necessary elements of any work with clay: forming, glazing and firing. Our projects in this class are made with Wonder White lowfire earthenware and Duncan Concepts. We model clay heads to learn about forming clay and adding attachments, design with clay colors and glaze by making tiles with Concepts underglazes and clear glaze on top, and we learn how to fire an electric kiln without fear by learning the temperatures, how to load, and how to make it all work!

 

Clay 201:

Come prepared to work! We begin with basic slab work and learn to make tiles. From a slab, we move to hump and slump forms to create birdhouses, a fun form that includes the basics of handbuilding like scoring and attaching bases and lids. Our slabs and tiles offer us a substrate to explore underglazes. Because we are working on raw clay, we get to use engobes and two fun techniques that include faux mosaic portraits and marbelizing. Last, but certainly not least, we begin our clay conversation of learning how to build hollow. Modeling clay bugs is fun for all ages on its own, but this technique is also a stepping stone for the #3 class.

 

Clay 301:

You'll be introduced to more than clay in our number three class as you explore a timeline in clay history. Travel back to make clay plaques from cave paintings, followed by a wealth of interesting projects from ancient Egypt: hieroglyphic tables and stamps, and beads from Egyptian paste. Our travels take us next to ancient China to make terra cotta warrior figures. Both the Greeks and Native Americans from the Southwest used a method of decoration called terra sigillata, and we'll give it a try too. We introduce you to copper and aluminum foils for repousse, and fun materials for bug wings too. If time permits we have even a few more ideas, so wear your clay clothes!

CLAY 101 Monday,
January 21
10a - 4p SEL171
Free*
5
seats open
CLAY 201 Monday,
February 18
10a - 4p SEL172
Free*
5
seats open
CLAY 301 Monday,
April 15
10a - 4p SEL173
Free*
4
seats open


Teacher Classes in Eugene

CLAY 101 Saturday,
January 26
10a - 4p SEE411
Free*
8
seats open
CLAY 201 Saturday,
February 23
10a - 4p SEE412
Free*
8
seats open
CLAY 301 Saturday,
March 16
10a - 4p SEE413
Free*
8
seats open

 


 

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 your class fee to your credit card number two days before the first class session. If you choose to pay by cash or check, please arrive before 5:00 pm on the first class day 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. 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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