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Clay Classes in Portland

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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 clay 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 keep our wheel classes small, with 12 students per class session,
so you are guaranteed a wheel in your class.


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Mondays, 10am - Noon
October 23 -
December 11
Wil Labelle
SEL179
$350
Full



Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
October 24 -
December 12
Wil Labelle
SEL181
$350
Full

 

Tuesdays, 6pm -8pm
October 24 -
December 12
Megan Sedita
SEL182
$350
FULL

 

Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm
October 26 -
December 14
Eli Pilkington
SEL185
$325**
FULL

** 7 week class above - will not meet on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2023 **


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 wheel-
thrown 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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Intermediate Pottery
Lidded Vessel
Lidded Container by Andrew Kail

 

Wednesdays, 6pm - 8pm
October 25 -
December 13
Eli Pilkington
SEL183
$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
October 23 -
December 11
Stephanie Burton
SEL180
$350
9
seats available


Thursdays, 10am - Noon
October 26 -
December 14
Stephanie Burton
SEL184
$325**
FULL

** 7 week class above - will not meet on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2023 **


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


2023 Friday 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).
You must be 16 years old to register.


December 15th - Mold Making - $200.00

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 2-4 simple objects 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 SUM290 ~ 9am-4pm ~ FULL


Firing Your Electric Kiln

Whether your kiln is new or used, computerized or manual, we will cover 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! Your fee includes a booklet which covers a wide range
of firing information that you can use for later reference. You can take the class
again, at no charge, as often as needed, once you pay for the first class.

Thursdays, 9:30am - 12pm
Oct 19 , 2023
Katie Sandeen
SEL721
$35
1
seat available
Nov 16 , 2023
Katie Sandeen
SEL722
$35
10
seats available
Dec 21 , 2023
Katie Sandeen
SEL723
$35
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 + $300 = $350 (or for the 7 week classes, $50 + $275 = $325).

You will get a registration confirmation via email. We normally bill your class fee to your credit card about 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 wait 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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