Queen City Clay is excited to offer 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 or summer camps, 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. 

October Session 2018:
8 week session: October 15 - December 16

INTRO to CLAY

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 17 - December 12/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Amanda Hollinger/$245

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Interested in trying a clay class, but not sure whether wheel throwing or handbuilding is right for you?  This class will give you a taste of both worlds.  We’ll start out handbuilding, learning some basic pinch, coil, and slab forming techniques.  We’ll take a week to talk about different clay bodies, firing temperatures, and glazing.  Then we’ll finish off the class with three weeks on the wheel, creating mugs or bowls.  Clay and tools included.

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INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 18 - December 13/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Xan Conner /$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 15 - December 10/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Jessie Fossenkemper/ $245
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 16 - December 11/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Rebecca Rohr/ $245
Sundays / 8 weeks, October 21 - December 16/ 1:00 - 3:00 with Andrew Osterburg/ $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, October 15 - December 10/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark/ $245
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 17 - December 12/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Tony Weiss/ $245
Saturdays / 8 weeks, October 20 - December 15/ 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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Handbuilding 2: BUILDING with MULTIPLES

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 16 - December 11/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Nicolin Haines/$245

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Stretch the way you think about building a form.  This class will be a fun experimentation in constructing a form out of other forms!  Students will first make simple clay press molds of a few small found objects.   From those molds we’ll be able to make multiples of our small objects, assembling them to make larger pieces.  Think wall hangings, planters, platters, sculptural pieces, candle holders…the possibilities are endless.  Designing pieces, troubleshooting construction issues, and finishing will all be covered in class.

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays / 8 weeks, October 20 - December 15 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Kirk Mayhew / $245

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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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FORM & SURFACE

Mondays / 8 weeks, October 15 - December 10 / 1:00 - 3:00 with Katie Swartz/ $255

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Join Katie for a fun exploration in surface.  We will experiment with additive and reductive altering techniques to transform our typical pottery forms. We’ll play with various slip and underglaze techniques to add layers of meaning and design.  Students will make pieces throughout the class to practice application methods on.  Learning a few simple decorating tricks will bring life to your pieces and really make them stand out!

  

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SURFACE

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 17 - December 12 / 6:30 -8:30 with Josh Maier/ $255

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Slip, terra sig, underglazes, maybe a little printmaking…this class is all about the surface.  If you’ve seen Josh’s work, you know he’s a master of finish.  (If not you should really walk by his space and take a look!)  Stop letting your surfaces be an afterthought and learn how to take your work to the next level with some of these unique finishing techniques.

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JEWELRY

Mondays / 8 weeks, October 15 - December 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Amanda Hollinger/ $255

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Learn how to make earrings, pendants, different kinds of beads, and even create storage pieces like ring holders or earring bowls.  Finish is extremely important to jewelry making, so emphasis will not only be placed on making, but surfacing the pieces.  We’ll explore different underglazing techniques, how to glaze and fire jewelry, and how to use lusters.  The last week of class we’ll put it all together, learning how to attach the hardware and wire needed to complete your pieces.

  

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KITCHEN GADGETS

Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 18 - December 13/ 10:00 - 12:00 with Beth Suellentrop /$245

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n this class, we will discover ways to create beautiful and useful objects for everyday kitchen use! Baskets & colanders for fruit, citrus juicers, salt and peppers, egg crates for your farmer’s market eggs, and butter dishes are just some of the gadgets we will be learning about. Make yourself a coordinating set or give them away as holiday gifts! You won’t want to miss this one! Wheel 2 experience required, handbuilding experience helpful but not required. 

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WHEEL 3:  ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 16 - December 11/ 2:00 - 4:00 with Jamie Grauvogel/ $245
Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 18 - December 13/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel/ $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 of work for yourself!

 

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WHEEL 3:  THROWN & ASSEMBLED

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 16 - December 11/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English/$245

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Get your construction on!  Students will be introduced to a variety of assembled wheel thrown forms. Spouts, handles, lids, and closed forms will all be fair game. Fine tune your grasp for the leather hard state, learning when it’s best to attach soft vs hard. Functional and non-functional forms may be approached.

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING

Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 18 - December 13/ 6:30 - 8:30 with John Fowler /$255

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This class will focus on lots of experimentation and partying. Beginners and advanced students welcome. We will gain experience with raku, barrel/ pit  firing, and new Mica raku firing during this eight week class. Students must have a few pieces made, but will also be able to make forms throughout the class. 

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