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. 

Winter Session 2018:
8 week session:  January 15th – March 11th

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 17 – March 7/ 6:30 – 8:30 with Chrissy Trout $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, January 16 – March 6 / 6:30 – 8:30 with Jewels Wagner/ $245
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 17 – March 7/ 10:00 – 12:00 with Amanda Hollinger/ $245
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 17 – March 7/ 6:30 – 8:30 with Jessie Fossenkemper/ $245
Sundays / 8 weeks, January 21 – March 11 / 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.**No class Labor Day- Monday, September 4th.  Make up date will be decided during the first class.

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INTRO to CLAY

Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 18 – March 8/ 6:30 – 8:30 with Chrissy Trout $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 Kiln Glass

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 16 – March 6/ 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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FIBER & CLAY

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 16 – March 6/ 6:30 – 8:30 with Katie Swartz / $250

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Want to cozy up with some art making this winter?  Learn the basics of knit, crochet and weaving techniques in this fiber and ceramics class.  We will be learning and practicing a few fiber techniques and then exploring ways in which to combine and apply the fiber pieces to our ceramic wares.

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Painting 2

Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 18 – March 8  / 6:30 – 8:30 with Laurie Wright / $255

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This course will focus on the individual development and education suitable for each student’s painting aspirations.  We will enhance painting style and technique on clay surfaces. Clay surfaces will not be included, so clay pieces from previous classes, or made in the first few weeks of class will be your canvases. Acces to the Pottery Painting Studio’s Stroke and Coats is included. Must have taken Painting with Glazes with Laurie or How to Glaze with Chrissy to qualify for this class. Let’s explore the wonderful world of surface on clay!

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HANDBUILDING 2

Mondays / 8 weeks, January 15 – March 5/ 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 proportions of forms and finishing techniques wile students work on self directed projects.

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HB2:  POURING VESSELS

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 17 – March 7/ 6:30 – 8:30 with Joshua Maier $245

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This intermediate to advanced level handbuilding class will focus on pouring vessels such as ewers, pitchers, creamers, and the almighty teapot.   We will consider the mechanics of each form, utilizing tar paper and profile templates to help create the shapes.  We’ll also take an in-depth look at building different types of handles, spouts, knobs, and integrating surface design through texture and slip transfers.

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WHEEL 2:  TECHNIQUE

Mondays / 8 weeks, January 15 – March 5/ 6:30 – 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark/ $245
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 18 – March 8 / 6:30 – 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark $245
Saturdays / 8 weeks, January 20 – March 10 / 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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FORM & SURFACE

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 16 – March 6/ 2:00 – 4:00 with Didem Mert / $255

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Let’s take a look at the forms you typically make and figure out how to surface them differently to give them a lil’ more personality and really enhance the shapes.  Emphasis will be place on the use of terra sigillata and other methods that can add information and interest to the surface before you glaze.  Take your work to the next level by finding a surface that really speaks to your forms.

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POTS FOR THE KITCHEN

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 16 – March 6/ 6:30 – 8:30 with Bethany Kramer / $245

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In this class we’ll look at ways to use pottery as tools around your kitchen.  We’ll explore forms like casseroles, bakers, garlic keepers, salt and pepper shakers, butter dishes, juicers, or anything else you can think of!  We will mainly use the wheel, but we’ll add in some handbuilding to alter our forms.  Wheel 2 experience is preferred, no handbuilding experience needed.

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WHEEL 3: THROWN & ALTERED

Mondays / 8 weeks, January 15 – March 5 / 6:30 – 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel/ $245

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So you can make a cylinder and a bowl…now what???  Learn how to take your round forms to another level and alter your wheel thrown pottery.  The wheel is just the starting point.  Make that circle into an oval, square, rectangle, or anything in between!  Students will learn to make altered plates and platters, altered, darted forms, and more.  Wheel 2 experience required.  Previous hand building experience is a great compliment for they class, but is not required. 

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SALT FIRING

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 17 – March 7 / 6:30 – 8:30 with Patrick Dougherty/ $255

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Patrick Dougherty is back and looking forward to educating you on the salt fire process! As a class we will learn all about how the kiln works, mix up slips and wadding, create and bisque pots, and finally learn how to fire the salt kiln.  Look forward to constructive critiques and discussions along the way about form, function, and aesthetic concerns with 3-D forms. Once you have taken this class, you will be able to create work specifically for this kiln. This class is labor intensive so be ready!

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BUILDING FASTER

Mondays / 8 weeks, January 15 – March 5 / 6:30 – 8:30 with Hannah Shelb/ $245

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Too many ideas and not enough time? Build faster! In this class, instructor demonstrates different techniques, discusses strategies, and advice for building faster and bigger. Everything from using torches/heat guns to faster glazing with a sprayer. The students will build a large sculpture in just a few weeks. This class is designed to test your ability to make in a short amount of time, you may surprise yourself. Intermediate and advanced hand building students welcome.

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MOLD MAKING

Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 18 – March 8 / 10:00 – 12:00 with Kirk Mayhew / $255

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Sometimes a single object is not enough. Whether you are looking for an efficient way to create multiples of the same form in your own work, or have been inspired by an installation artist who has filled a gallery with identical looking art pieces, you know what this class is about. We will look at ceramists who use multiples in their own work to decide what sort of molds we want to create. Students will then design and create a form to be molded.  Wheel throwers and handbuilders welcome!!!  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 / 8 weeks, January 20 – March 10 / 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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