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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
July 12 -
August 23
Wil Labelle SEL484
$265*
FULL
August 30 -
October 18
Wil Labelle SEL491
$265*
FULL

** Class will not meet on Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021 **


Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm
July 6 -
August 24
Katie Sandeen SEL487
$300
FULL
August 31 -
October 19
Katie Sandeen SEL494
$300
FULL

Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm
July 8 -
August 23
Eli Pilkington SEL490
$300
FULL
September 2 -
October 21
Eli Pilkington SEL497
$300
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
July 6 -
August 24
Wil Labelle SEL486
$300
FULL
August 31 -
October 19
Wil Labelle SEL493
$300
5
seats available

Wednesdays, 6pm - 8pm
July 7 -
August 25
Wil Labelle SEL488
$300
FULL
September 1 -
October 20
Wil Labelle SEL495
$300
4
seats available

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
July 12 -
August 23
Stephanie B. SEL485
$265*
FULL
August 30 -
October 18
Stephanie B. SEL492
$265*
FULL

** Class will not meet on Labor Day, Sept 6, 2021 **


Thursdays, 10am - Noon
July 8 -
August 26
Stephanie B. SEL489
$300
FULL
September 2 -
October 21
Stephanie B. SEL496
$300
6
seats 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 is required. 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.

 

"Surface Alterations on the Wheel " with Eli Pilkington

July 23 - $40.00 (intermediate class)
In throwing, almost any shape and pot can be made using a cylinder as its base. This workshop will go over techniques to alter the surface of your cylinder and then how to throw the piece into various forms while maintaining the surface alterations. By texturizing a cylinder and then bellying it out, the clay will stretch and reshape into unique designs and patterns. All clay and materials are provided. Must be able to center and throw a 6" cylinder prior to class. Bring a basic throwing kit and any texture tools you would like to use.
SUM244 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ 3 spaces available

 

"Scalloped Pop-Up Plates " with Stephanie Burton

July 30 - $40.00
Many people are surpised at how easy and fun it is to make a pop-up plate. Stephanie will start out with a detailed demonstration and introduce some fun techniques to help you make an awesome and unique plate to take home! All clay and materials are provided.
SUM245 ~ 10am-1pm ~ FULL

 

"Silk Screen Prints with Your Images " with Katie Sandeen

August 6 - $75.00
Creating and printing images on clay is one of the hottest trends in the pottery world. Class includes one PhotoEZ silk screen starter kit, which contains everything you need to create a 4" x 5" stencil image for printing. Students will be able to test their new silk screen stencils on 6" x 6" tiles. All materials are provided. You will take home a finished (unfired) tile with your stencil on it.
SUM246 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ FULL

 

"Moldmaking" with Brett Binford -- SATURDAY CLASS --

August 7 - $175.00
We are so happy to have Brett from Mudshark back! This hands-on moldmaking workshop will allow you to bring home a working 2-piece mold. There is a maximum of 6 students - so this class fills fast! Please bring several objects to choose from that are about the size of an apple or mug.
SUM247 ~ 10am-4pm ~ FULL

 

"Sgraffito & Mishima Decoraction" with Aaron Jones

August 13 - $45.00
Come learn how to decorate with two clay carving techniques. Sgrafficto is an Italian word meaning to carve into a colored clay surface revealing a differenet color underneath. Mishima is a Japanese term for a Korean-style of carving into wet clay and inlaying color in to the carved lines and grooves. You will get two greenware coasters (^6) to carve and decorate to take home (unfired). Georgies will provide carving tools to use, but you may bring your own if you choose.
SUM248 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ FULL

 

"Raku II: Explore New Techniques " with Wil LaBelle

August 20 - $80.00
This class will explore the techniques of using Horse Hair and Naked Raku. Don't know what that is? Come to the class to find out! Both methods produce dramatic results. Wil will have slip made up for the Naked Raku and will share his recipe with you as well. Bring 2-3 small pieces of ^08 bisque or we will have bisque available to purchase. You will be able to bring home your finished pieces!.
SUM249 ~ 10am-2pm ~ FULL

 

"Slip Application & Decoration " with Miles Dornfeld

August 27 - $75.00
This workshop will discuss different styles of slip, how to fit the slip to the correct body of clay (shrinkage, thickness, etc) and how to apply different techniques and styles. Everything is included and you will take home an SGT (Slip Trailer Bottle), a BH6 (Hake Brush), and two unfired Silver Falls Porcelain decorated mugs.
SUM250 ~ 10am-1pm ~ FULL

 

"Adding an Underglaze Transfer to a Tumbler " with Stephanie Burton

August 27 - $50.00
Underglaze transfers are all the rage right now! Join Stephanie in making your own tumbler and jazz it up with underglaze transfers. First, she will demonstrate how to make a tumbler, and then how to apply transfers to your piece. All materials are provided. You will leave with a finished (unfired) tumbler with a transfer design!
SUM251 ~ 10am-1pm ~ FULL

 

"Throwing Large Vessels" with Eli Pilkington

August 27 - $35.00 ** Demo ONLY **
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 big pieces without having to center and throw more than a few pounds of clay at a time. Sectionals can easily allow someone the throw a pot that is a foot tall all the way upwards of several feet tall. You will take home a complimentary 25# bag of Three Finger Jack ^10 Clay.
SUM252 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ 1 spaces available


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
Aug 19, 2021 Katie S. SEL329
$25
FULL
Sep 23, 2021 Katie S. SEL330
$25
8
seats available
Oct 21, 2021 Katie S. SEL331
$25
11
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 + $250 = $300).

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 800.999.CLAY
Georgies of Eugene 1471 Railroad Blvd #9 Eugene OR 97402 541.338.7654 866.234.CLAY
Fax numbers: Portland 503.283.1387 Eugene 541.338.7565
Portland Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00a to 5:00p Business Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00a-5:00p Pacific time
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