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Wheel and Handbuilding Classes

All of these classes are in our Portland store with a maximum 12 students.
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 adult (18 & over) 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.

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Mondays, 10am - Noon
April 25 -
June 13
Wil Labelle SEL115
$300**
FULL
July 11 -
August 22
Wil Labelle SEL122
$325**
FULL

** Class will not meet on Independence Day, July 4th, 2022 **


Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm
April 26 -
June 14
Katie Sandeen SEL118
$325
FULL
July 5 -
August 23
Katie Sandeen SEL125
$350
FULL

Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm
April 28 -
June 16
Eli Pilkington SEL121
$325
FULL
July 7 -
August 25
Eli Pilkington SEL128
$350
FULL

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.

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Blue Plate by Wil Labelle
Skull Vessel by Wil Labelle
Lidded Container by Andrew Kail

Tuesdays, 10am - Noon
April 26 -
June 14
Wil Labelle SEL117
$325
FULL
July 5 -
August 23
Wil Labelle SEL124
$350
7
seats available

Wednesdays, 6pm - 8pm
April 27 -
June 15
Wil Labelle SEL119
$325
FULL
July 6 -
August 24
Wil Labelle SEL126
$350
FULL

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

Handbuilding

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.

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Mondays, 6pm - 8pm
April 25 -
June 13
Stephanie B. SEL116
$300**
FULL
July 11 -
August 22
Stephanie B. SEL123
$325**
2
seats available

** Class will not meet on Independence Day, July 4th, 2022 **


Thursdays, 10am - Noon
April 28-
June 16
Stephanie B. SEL120
$325
FULL
July 7 -
August 25
Stephanie B. SEL127
$350
3
seat available

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

Friday Summer Workshops

These classes are meant not only to answer the many questions we are asked on a daily
basis, but to also provide the opportunity for you to try new tools or new techniques that we
find intriguing. All class fees are charged in full when you sign up and all fees are
NON-REFUNDABLE.
Pre-registration by phone is required (no online registration). Firing is NOT included in the class fees,
unless otherwise noted. Custom firing is available - please ask us about it! Fees include
materials and instruction for the designated project. Most classes require basic pottery tools
and brushes as listed. These are adult classes - you must be 18 years old to register.

 

June 17th - Mold Making - $180.00

During this class you will make a 2-part mold and Brett Binford will assist you throughout the entire process including checking for undercuts, using cottles and plaster mixing. Now’s your chance to ask an expert moldmaker about the complicated process of mold making! Please bring 2-3 simple objects to mold and Brett will help you decide which one to use. You will leave at the end of the day with a mold suitable for slip casting!

06/17/22 • SUM261 ~ 10am-4pm ~ FULL

July 1st - Throwing Off the Hump - $45.00


Throwing off the hump is a production style technique where multiple pieces are thrown off of one larger portion of clay. Eli will cover how to make a variety of pieces from tea bowls, teapot parts, sake bottles, cups, and anything else participants want to see. Along with throwing he will talk about clay prep and how to go about drying and trimming pieces thrown from the hump. All materials are provided and you take home an unfired piece. Contact us about custom firing your work.

07/01/22 • SUM261 ~ 1pm-4pm ~ 5 spaces available with Eli

July 8th - Testing the Waters - $40.00

Fascinated by the magic of the potter's wheel and never had a chance to try it? Now is your chance before investing in our 8 week classes. This class will lead you through all the basics of centering and pulling up a small cylinder. All materials are provided and you will take home your unfired work. Contact us about fees for custom firing your work.

07/08/22 • SUM262 ~ 9:30am-Noon ~ FULL

July 15th - Slipcasting Basics - $45.00

Are you interested in slip casting by don't know where to start? In this workshop you will learn the basics of slip casting, including pouring, draining, and cleaning up your piece. We will also talk about mixing dry clay into slip and troubleshooting problems. Please bring 1 or 2 mold options for slip casting. All materials will be provided along with tools to share. You will take home a mold for you to keep and use.

07/15/22 • SUM264 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ 4 spaces available with Megan B.

July 22nd - Raku 1 - $85.00

This workshop will cover the basics of the Raku style firing process using our trash can "quick fire" Raku kiln. You will have access to our glazes developed especially for Raku. You will see lot of "flash" from the copper present in the glaze and experience the flame and excitement of Raku! Bring a couple of bisque pieces fired at ^08-^06 to glaze, fire and take home with you.

07/22/22 • SUM265 ~ 10am-2pm ~ FULL

July 22nd - Textured Tripod Pots - $45.00

Ever wanted to create your own pot? Stephanie will show you how to make a textured & altered slab-built tripod pot. She will discuss the different stages of dryness and the characteristics of clay, as well as explore the various surface texture techniques. All materials are provided, and you can take your unfired tripod pot home! Contact us for custom firing fees and information.

07/22/22 • SUM266 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ 12 spaces available with Stephanie

July 29th - Screen Printing - $75.00

Creating and printing images on clay is one of the hottest trends in the pottery world. Class includes one PhotoEZ silk screen start kit which contains everything you need to create a 4¼" x 5½" stencil image for printing. Students will be able to test their new silk screen stencils on a 6x6" tile. All materials are provided and you get to take home an unfired bisque tile! Contact us for custom firing fees and information.

07/29/22 • SUM267 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ FULL

August 5th - Making Whistles - $45.00

Clay whistles have a long clay history. Come try your hand and make some music! Ocarinas (a type of vessel flute) are also directly related to whistle making so you can try one of these as well. All materials are provided and you will bring home an unfired whistle. Contact us for custom firing fees and information.

08/05/22 • SUM268 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ 8 spaces available with Megan S.

August 12th - Sgraffito & Mishima Decoration - $50.00

Come learn how to decorate with two clay carving techniques. Sgraffito is an Italian word meaning to carve into a colored clay surface revealing a different color underneath. Mishima is a Japanese term for a Korean-style of carving into wet clay and inlaying color into the carved lines and grooves. We will provide carving tools for you to carve and decorate on two ^6 greenware tiles to take home. Bring your own tools if you have them. Contact us for firing fees and information.

08/12/22 • SUM269 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ FULL

August 19th - Raku 2: Exploring New Techniques - $85.00

Join Wil for this exciting workshop which will explore two of the hot new techniques in the raku world ... "Naked" Raku and "Horsehair" Raku. We will have slip made up for the Naked Raku process and we will share Wil's recipe with you! Bring a couple of ^08-^06 bisque pieces to fire and we will provide a variety of glazes to choose from. You can take home your finished art work!

08/19/22 • SUM270 ~ 10am-2pm ~ FULL

August 19th - Throwing Large Vessels - $45.00

This Demonstration workshop will go over a few methods and techniques to help you scale up your work. Eli will discuss tackling a large vessel in sections, enabling anyone to throw a big piece without having to center and throw more than a few pounds of clay at a time. Sectionals can easily allow someone to throw a pot that is a foot tall all the way upwards to several feet tall. You will be able to take home a complimentary bag (25 lbs) of Three Finger Jack clay to try this technique on your own. Contact us for custom firing fees and information.

06/17/22 • SUM271 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ 5 spaces available with Eli

August 26th - Testing the Waters - $40.00

Fascinated by the magic of the potter's wheel and never had a chance to try it? Now is your chance before investing in our 8 week classes. This class will lead you through all the basics of centering and pulling up a small cylinder. All materials are provided and you will take home whatever you make. Contact us about fees for custom firing your work.

08/26/22 • SUM272 ~ 9:30am-Noon ~ 11 spaces available with Katie
08/26/22 • SUM273 ~ 2pm-4:30pm ~ 12 spaces available with Aaron

September 2nd - Mold Making - $180.00

During this class you will make a 2-part mold and Brett Binford will assist you throughout the entire process including checking for undercuts, using cottles and plaster mixing. Now’s your chance to ask an expert moldmaker about the complicated process of mold making! Please bring 2-3 simple objects to mold and Brett will help you decide which one to use. You will leave at the end of the day with a mold suitable for slip casting!
09/02/22 • SUM274 ~ 10am-4pm ~ FULL


Firing Your Electric Kiln

Whether your kiln is new or used, computerized or manual, Katie 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!

Thursdays, 9:30am - 12pm
Jul 21, 2022 Katie S. SEL706
$25
7
seats available
Aug 18, 2022 Katie S. SEL707
$25
10
seats available
Sep 15, 2022 Katie S. SEL708
$25
12
seats available
Oct 20, 2022 Katie S. SEL709
$25
12
seats available
Nov 17, 2022 Katie S. SEL710
$25
12
seats available
Dec 15, 2022 Katie S. SEL711
$25
12
seats available



The FINE PRINT for eight-week clay classes:
At the time of registration for our clay classes we request a $50 deposit and a credit card number to hold your reservation. The $50 deposit will not be refunded if you cancel your registration, but will be applied when you pay the rest of your class fee ($50 + $275 = $325).

You will get a registration confirmation in the mail. We normally bill your class fee to your credit card number one week 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 NOT allowed in our classroom area for any reason.


 

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Georgies Ceramic & Clay Co. • 756 NE Lombard • Portland OR 97211 • 503.283.1353
Georgies of Eugene • 1471 Railroad Blvd #9 • Eugene OR 97402 • 541.338.7654
Fax numbers: Portland 503.283.1387 • Eugene 541.338.7565
Portland Store Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00a-5:00p Pacific time • CLOSED Saturday & Sunday
Eugene Store Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00a-5:00p • Saturday 10:00a-4:00p Pacific time • CLOSED Sunday & Monday

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