Queen City Clay is excited to offer eight and twelve week classes in handbuilding, wheel throwing, sculpture, and glass!  Find the class that’s right for you.  Running dates and times are listed below the class title.

April - June 2017
8 week session:  May 1st – June 25th
12 week session: April 3rd - June 25th

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Mondays / 8 weeks, May 1 - June 19/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Kat Correll/ $245

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This program is great for anyone from a true beginner to throwing students looking to get off the wheel and try something different.  Learn the basics of how clay behaves through rolling, stacking, and blending coils.  Discover what you can make the clay do at various stages of dryness through working with both soft and hard slabs.  You will also have the opportunity to work with molds, the extruder, and studio glazes.  Clay and tools included.

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INTRO to WHEEL

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 2 - June 20/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel / $245 
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 3 - June 21/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark / $245
Sundays / 8 weeks, May 7 - June 25/ 1:00 - 3:00 with Corey Shultz / $245

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Begin your clay experience with a fun and exciting challenge on the potter’s wheel. It’s not as easy as it looks on T.V., but we know you can do it with the help of our skilled teaching staff. You will learn to create cups, bowls, and plates. Remember, the more you practice the better you get, so use your free studio time.  Clay and tools included.

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WHEEL 2:  TECHNIQUE

Mondays / 8 weeks, May 1 - June 19/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel/ $245
Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 4 - June 22/ 10:00 - 12:00 with Ben Clark/ $245
Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 4 - June 22/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark/ $245
Saturdays / 8 weeks, May 6 - June 24/ 2:00 - 4:00 with Tony Weiss / $245

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So you can center some clay and make some basic forms; now let’s see how far you can push those skills! This class will strengthen your foundation techniques and get you comfortable with most wheel thrown forms. We will also cover new shaping techniques and surface decoration. Our goal is to make you a better potter while having as much fun as the law allows. Must have taken Wheel 1 or similar experience.

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FOOD & POTS: Soups, Salads, and Sides

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 2 - June 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer / $245

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In this twist on our typical Food & Pots class we are going to focus on the soups, salads, and sides! Students will pick a recipe and create a piece to compliment that dish. Dishes may include but are not limited to soup terrines, serving bowls of all shapes and sizes, and other lidded forms. We’ll also make ceramic scoops, spoons and ladles to go along with your dish. The last class combines your food and pot and we’ll all feast together! Look for this class to show up throughout the year with a different focus each time. The third class will focus on appetizers/desserts and by the end of the year there will be a complete 2017 cookbook with photos and recipes from all of the classes!

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HANDBUILDING 2: Using Molds

Mondays / 8 weeks, May 1 - June 19/ 1:00 - 3:00 with Beth Suellentrop / $245

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This intermediate to advanced level handbuilding class will focus on taking your forms to the next level.  Emphasis will be placed on using molds in new and exciting ways.  How can we use traditional molds as well as everyday household items to create unique functional and sculptural forms? 

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HANDBUILDING for the WALL

Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 4 - June 22/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Seana Higgins/ $245

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Ever wonder what your ceramic pieces might look like hanging on the wall?  In this course, we will take basic handbuilding techniques (slab rolling, pinching, coiling, attaching) and use them to create sculptural compositions made to decoratively hang on a wall.  We will be working with clay at various stages to impress, carve, and use wax resist for surface design and texture.  Initial projects will be guided, while later projects will be more independent and student driven.  Please have a sketchbook on hand for recording ideas and planning compositions.  Beginners and intermediate students welcome!.

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W3:  ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 2 - June 20/ 2:00 - 4:00 with Ben Clark/ $245                                                                                              

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So now you can throw.  It’s time to take your work to the next level.  Faceting, stacking forms, merging functional and sculptural, and throwing with 10 pounds or more will all be covered in this exploration of form altering techniques.  At any point in the class, students can stick with a specific technique and continue working with it for the remaining weeks.  Try something new and spark a whole new style for yourself!

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RELIEF CARVING

Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 4 - June 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Laurie Wright / $245

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This course will investigate techniques in relief carving where sculpted elements remain attached to a solid surface.  Whether it’s a functional pot, a wall piece ore a sculpture itself, we’ll blur the line between form and surface.  Your instructor believes in a good finish, so glazing techniques will be emphasized.

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LITHOGRAPHY TRANSFER for CLAY

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 3 - June 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $245

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In this class students will explore the printmaking process of lithography transfer adapted for clay. This exciting technique can give you a range of tones, unlike many other printing techniques that will produce only blacks and whites. We’ll also experiment layering prints over and under slips and underglazes, with different glazes on top to get some cool effects. Start gathering high contrast images to transfer onto your ceramic work. Printing materials included. Students will need leather-hard pieces to print on. A light colored clay body is recommended.

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING

Mondays / 8 weeks, May 1 - June 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark/ $255                                                                                            

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This class will focus on lots of experimentation and partying. Beginners and advanced students welcome. We will focus on raku for two weeks, barrel firing for two weeks, Obvara firing for two weeks and the last two weeks of the class will be student choice- whatever your favorite section was. Students must have a few pieces made and bisque fired with raku clay before the first week of class. 

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SLIP CASTING

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 3- June 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Tyler Gray / $255

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Do you have a nostalgic item that you’d love to be able to recreate again and again for use in your ceramic work? This class will teach you the basics of mold making and slip casting and then go a step further to give context to your cast pieces. We will explore how to incorporate your cast item into your body of work. Casting and surfacing techniques will be decided on an individual basis. Class fee includes access to “plaster-only” tools, metal shimming, and mold- making shelving. Plaster additional per pound.

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays / 12 weeks, April 8 - June 24  / 2:00 - 4:00 with Kirk Mayhew / $357

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Kirk will assist students through self directed projects and seek to enhance their understanding of sculptural forms.  Surface experiments will help round out student’s further experience.  You must have taken at least two sculpture classes, or similar experience, to qualify for this class.

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Intro to Kiln Glass

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 1 - June 19/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Phil Taylor / $255

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This class will teach you the basics of fusing, casting, and slumping glass so you can make your own works of art out of glass.  We will teach you about glass selection, mold making, kilns, firing schedules, and annealing.  While working with the materials in class you will learn how to cut glass, design projects, and how to incorporate your glass creations into your other artwork.  Glass included!

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