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.  Our class offerings are for adults, 18 and up.  If you’re looking for youth classes, click here.  Classes listed as ‘out of stock’ once you click through to the registration page are already full.  Classes for the following session are usually posted during week 2 of the current session.  If you’d like to be put on the wait list for a full class, or notified when the next session is posted, please use the notification form to the right. 

Fall- Winter Session 2017:
8 week session:  October 16th – December 10th
12 week session: September 11th – December 10th

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 17 – December 5/ 6:30 – 8:30 with Bethany Kramer $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

Mondays / 8 weeks, October 16 – December 4 / 6:30 – 8:30/ $245
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 18- December 6 / 6:30 – 8:30/ $245
Sundays / 8 weeks, October 22- December 10/ 1:00 – 3:00 / $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.**No class Labor Day- Monday, September 4th.  Make up date will be decided during the first class.

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WHEEL 2:  TECHNIQUE

Mondays / 8 weeks, October 16 – December 4 / 6:30 – 8:30 with Angela Belcher/ $245
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 17 – December 5 / 6:30 – 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel/ $245
Saturdays / 8 weeks, October 21 – December 9 / 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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Altered Pots

Mondays / 8 weeks, October 16 – December 4/ 1:00 – 3:00 with Didem Mert / $245

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Why just use one technique when you can combine two or more? During this Independent Study we’ll be focusing on throwing and altering forms using hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab. Lets take those vessels out of the round! (Die-hard handbuilders, don’t fret. You can use your handbuilding skills to replicate some of the wheel-thrown forms Didem will be making and apply the altering and multiple techniques to them.)

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Painting with Glazes

Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 19 – December 7/ 6:30 – 8:30 with Laurie Wright / $255

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We will take a broad look at how to achieve painting effects with glazes. We will study brushwork, layering to achieve a rendered appearance, resist, screen printing and many other methods of painting with a focus on design and composition. Some projects will be guided, while others will be your own ideas. Bring a sketchbook for planning. Techniques will be practiced with Mayco’s Stroke and Coats on low fire bisque but they can be applied to stoneware as well as other glazes and underglazes. All materials will be included, but we’ll talk about additional things you might want to pick up on the first day of class.

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Surface:  A Raw Beauty

Saturdays / 8 weeks, October 21 – December 9 / 10:00 – 12:00 with Joshua Maier/ $255

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Whether you are a potter or a sculptor, a thrower, hand-builder, or slip caster, the surface of your work is often both the final step and the ‘make it or break it’ moment for your clay forms. There is a huge world of possibilities on the surface of clay that don’t include any glaze at all, and can -and will- set your ceramic creations apart! In this 8-week class, participants will see up-close demos, get basic (and advanced) informational handouts, and ample time to experiment with surface techniques on their own work. We’ll explore creation of stamps and texturizing tools, making and using Terra Sigillata, and multiple techniques with slips and underglazes. Learn about wet surface additions: Egyptian Paste, Borax & Soda Washes, Paper & Saw Dust. Experiment with wax, shellac, and latex resist methods. Participants will need to have pieces in a variety of stages from wet, leather hard, and/or bone dry, and bisq-ware throughout the class. You’ll be told each week what stages your pieces should be at for the following week, but have a few things ready for the first class. $255

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Form & Surface

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 17 – December 6 / 6:30 – 8:30 with Michael English / $245

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Explore both traditional and non-traditional surface techniques including (but not limited to) faceting, fluting, and decorative slip application.  Learn how to create your own decorative tools from clay and altering found objects.  

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W3:  A CLASS for DRINKERS

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 18 – December 6 / 6:30 – 8:30 with Ben Clark/ $255                                                                                              

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Every once in a while a truly great and noble class comes along to shape the landscape of pottery for future generations.  A CLASS FOR DRINKERS is that class!  Ben will take you on a voyage of cultural discovery through the use of booze and clay.  We will explore he culture behind beer, bourbon, wine, and hoity-toity martinis.  Through this exploration we will discover how to make the perfect drinking vessel for each of these vices.  Help will come from local experts, TBA.  This is a class like no other and you might be changed forever.  Proceed with caution. 

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Porcelain

Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 19 – December 7 / 10:00 – 12:00 with Kirsti Burton / $245

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Working with porcelain can be incredibly frustrating! It can be fickle if you don’t know how to work with it. In this class, we’ll talk about adapting your skills in stoneware to work with porcelain. We’ll cover throwing thinner, closed forms, altering, adding attachments that won’t pop off in the drying stage, and creating a wetbox. We’ll also discuss choosing appropriate glazes that really emphasize how beautiful porcelain is! Whether you’ve tried porcelain before (even if you were only mildly successful, or if you completely “failed”), or you’ve never touched the stuff but you’re willing and ready to try the next stage in your clay education, this class is for you!  

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HANDBUILDING for the WALL

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 18 – December 6 / 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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HB2:  Plants ‘n Pots

Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 19 – December 7 / 6:30 – 8:30 with Chrissy Trout & Britney Rhine / $245

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This class will concentrate on making pots specifically for the plant you intend to put in them. Focus will be on small house plants…think succulents and air plants. Britney will educate us about different types of plants and their water/circulation needs. We’ll discuss designs for containers that would be appropriate for each type of plant and Chrissy will take you through the clay construction for each pot.  At the end of the class, Britney will show you how to properly plant and care for your plants. Handbuilding 1 or similar experience required.  

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Ikebana

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 17 – December 5 / 2:00 – 4:00 with Ben Clark / $255

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We often talk in class about the form of a pot and what it is communicating to the user. What about what the form of the pot does to communicate with its surroundings? Ikebana is a flower arranging philosophy that works to find balance and interest in the way the plants, flowers, and other additions sit in space. Our pottery has a major role to play in this balance. We will attempt vases, wall hangings, centerpieces, and outdoor planters that bring clay and color into the sculptural form created by the flower arrangement.  

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays / 12 weeks, September 16 – December 9 / 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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