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Teachers' Classes & Resources

We Teach the Teachers ...

Georgies' series of Monday (Portland store) or Saturday (Eugene store) 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.

You will be using a lot of tools in these Teacher Training classes to create your projects. You may bring your own tools, or we can create a kit for you to purchase. There are extra items listed are just useful tools for creating your projects along with adding texture to your work. PDF version

Basic Items that you need:
BAS - Basic Wooden Tool
K35 - Clay Cutter Wire
S10 - Steel Scraper
PRO - Needle Tool
NS4 - Hydra-Silk Round Sponge
FCR - Clay Flower Roller
FR5787 - Garlic Press
RCC212 - Royal Camel Hair Brush Set
Extra Helpful Tools:
14100 - Silicon Shaper Tool
WS - Wire Stylus
Texture Mats - you choose!
HW1 - Clay Shredder
PD - Precision Decorating Set


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!


Teacher Classes in Portland - 2023

Monday's 10am - 3:30pm
Clay 101
January 16th
Clay 201
February 20th
Clay 301
April 17th


Teacher Classes in Eugene 2023

Saturdays, 10am - 4pm
Clay 101
Clay 201
Clay 301



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!

Resources for Teachers

Kids just love working with clay! When you're ready to tackle clay projects in your classroom (with the help of our classes!), we're happy to offer these resources as sources for projects and ideas.

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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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