SUMMER of LEARNING

2 WEEK CLASSES

This summer we are very excited to try something a little different!  We will be offering topic focused 2 week class sessions instead of our normal 8 week classes.  This will give you flexibility to take classes around your vacation and move around between days and instructors every couple of weeks.  This is your opportunity to sample a class you may not have tried otherwise without committing to a full two months.  You could also choose to treat this like an eight week class, staying with the same instructor in the same time slot.  The projects will change every two weeks, but should flow together.  You will have a week after your class is over to finish glazing independently, or sign up for a glazing or firing class for the following two weeks!

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’ or that don’t show up once you click through to the registration page are already full.  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. Please review our cancellation policies HERE.

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Class Level Key

INTRO:  new to clay or limited experience

INTERMEDIATE:  understand basic steps used to form the clay and can make basic shapes.  looking to strengthen techniques, get comfortable making most forms, and improve your craft.

ADVANCED:  comfortable with basic techniques and can make intended forms easily.  ready to learn new techniques to advance your forms and develop a personal style.

 

Classes for

AUGUST 10 - 23

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

tuesdays, august 11 - 18, 6:30 -8:30 with katie swartz

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Learn the basics of how to form clay through pinching, coil building, and working with slabs. Combine these forming methods together to make some fun shapes! Studenst should expect to make several pieces using these techniques. Clay and tools included in your first Intro level class at QCC.

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INTRO to WHEEL

mondays, august 10 - 17, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein
thursdays, august 13 - 20, 6:30 - 8:30 with amanda hollinger
sundays, august 16 - 23, 1:00 - 3:00 with morgan fraley

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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 throw a cylinder, the starting point for all wheel thrown forms. Create cups, bowls, or plates from your most successful cylinders. Remember, the more you practice the better you get, so use your free studio time. Clay and tools included in your first Intro level class at QCC. 

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INTERMEDIATE WHEEL

***LIVE ZOOM CLASS***

tuesdays, august 11 - 18, 6:30 - 8:30 with tony weiss

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The instruction for this class will all be virtual.Participants will be emailed the Zoom link (used to join the class each week) the week before the class starts. In-studio practice time and glazing are included. 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. Forms covered will shift depending on the needs of participants. Must have taken Intro to Wheel or similar experience.  

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Focus: BOWLS (intermediate wheel)

wednesdays, august 12 - 19, 6:30 - 8:30 with ben clark
saturdays, august 15 - 22, 2:00 - 4:00 with andrew osterburg

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This time we’re focusing on bowls.  Nail down the techniques to get the size, shape, weight, and trimming of your bowls just right over the next two weeks.  Must have taken Intro to Wheel or similar experience.

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REPETITION THROWING (intermediate wheel)

thursdays, august 13 - 20, 10:00 - 12:00 with jon stein

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Learn to throw with intent to make multiples that match. 

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SODA FIRING

tuesdays, august 10 - 17, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein

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This session we will explore soda firing to cone 6.  Learn how the soda kiln works and how to prepare pieces for a soda firing. We will load the kiln during the first class, so make sure to bring some bisqueware.  We’ll schedule the kiln firing over the week, and come back to unload and discuss the results during the second class.

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TUMBLER SETS

mondays, august 10 - 17, 6:30 - 8:30 with angela belcher clark

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Learn how to approach making sets over the next couple of weeks.  Angela will teach you the methods she uses to repeat making the same form over and over again, and also how she carries that into the finishing of the pieces.  You should expect to make a cohesive set of 4-6 tumblers by the end of class.  

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SILKSCREENS & TRANSFERS (intermediate handbuilding)

mondays, august 10 - 17, 1:00 - 3:00 with beth suellentrop-barkey

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In this intermediate hand building  class we will use underglaze transfers and commercial silkscreens to create layered surfaces. We will then turn our slabs into functional pieces using the GR Pottery Forms. 

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Focus: HANDBUILT BOWLS (intermediate handbuilding)

thursdays, august 13 - 20, 6:30 - 8:30 with chrissy trout

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Learn several different methods for creating handbuilt bowls. From round to square to organic shapes, you have lots of options for making a bowl that feels handmade and refined at the same time. We will NOT be using molds as a primary forming method in this class.

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GLAZING

mondays, august 10 - 17, 6:30 - 8:30 

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This class is geared towards those of you coming out of an intro level class who need glazing instruction, anyone who needs a refresher on glazing, or students with a bunch of bisqueware to finish up.  Learn about the glazes, how to apply them properly, and some techniques to give you cool effects.

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

saturdays, august 15 - 22, 2:00 - 4:00 with kirk mayhew

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This class is intended for current sculpture students who want to continue working on in-progress pieces. Kirk will assist students through self directed projects and seek to enhance their understanding of sculptural forms, and advise on surface treatments. Previous Advanced Sculpture class required for this class.

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SERVING BOWLS (advanced wheel)

tuesdays, august 11 - 18, 2:00 - 4:00 with ben clark

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Try your hand at throwing large bowl forms over the next two weeks.  Ben will walk you through the techniques and tips you need to be successful.  This class should make you more comfortable with throwing and shaping larger amounts of clay.

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PLANTERS (intermediate/advanced wheel)

wednesdays, august 12 - 19, 6:30 - 8:30 with jamie grauvogel

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Learn how to alter your wheel thrown forms to make some unique planters for your home.  We will focus on windowsill and tabletop planters in this two-week course.  

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING (intermediate)

wednesdays, august 12 - 19, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler
thursdays, august 13 - 20 , 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler

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Experience and experiment with raku, barrel/pit firing, and Mica rakufiring during this eight week class. Students must bring bisqueware to this class. Raku clay recommended.  Previous Alternative Firing class required for this class.

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Classes for

AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 6

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

tuesdays, august 25 - september 1, 6:30 -8:30 with morgan fraley

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Learn the basics of how to form clay through pinching, coil building, and working with slabs. Combine these forming methods together to make some fun shapes! Studenst should expect to make several pieces using these techniques. Clay and tools included in your first Intro level class at QCC.

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INTRO to WHEEL

mondays, august 24 - 31, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein
thursdays, august 27 - september 3, 6:30 - 8:30 with staff
sundays, august 30 - september 6, 1:00 - 3:00 with morgan fraley

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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 throw a cylinder, the starting point for all wheel thrown forms. Create cups, bowls, or plates from your most successful cylinders. Remember, the more you practice the better you get, so use your free studio time. Clay and tools included in your first Intro level class at QCC. 

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INTERMEDIATE WHEEL

***LIVE ZOOM CLASS***

tuesdays, august 25 - september 1, 6:30 - 8:30 with tony weiss

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The instruction for this class will all be virtual.Participants will be emailed the Zoom link (used to join the class each week) the week before the class starts. In-studio practice time and glazing are included. 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. Forms covered will shift depending on the needs of participants. Must have taken Intro to Wheel or similar experience.  

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VASES, BOTTLES & SHAPING (intermediate wheel)

wednesdays, august 26 - september 2, 6:30 - 8:30 with ben clark
saturdays, august 29 - september 5, 2:00 - 4:00 with andrew osterburg

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Master the techniques of collaring and stretching to create exciting vases and botles on a consistent basis.  This class will focus on those techniques and more.

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TEAPOTS (advanced wheel)

thursdays,august 27 - september 3, 10:00 - 12:00 with jon stein

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Teapots have an extremely long history.  Jon will take you through different styles and all the components of the teapot to improve form and function in this icon of pottery. 

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FORMS for FIRING

tuesdays, august 25 - september 1, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein

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Work on shaping to create forms that take advantage of atmospheric firing processes. Think bottles, round bellied pots… Bisque and save the pieces you make in this class for an atmospheric or alternative firing class in the next session!

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ALTERED PLATTERS

mondays, august 24 - 31, 6:30 - 8:30 with angela belcher clark

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Learn all about altering slabs through darting and stretching techniques as we work on a unique pitcher form over the next couple of weeks.  If time allows, we’ll make some simple tumbler forms to go with your pitcher and make it a set. 

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ALTERED PITCHERS (intermediate handbuilding)

mondays, august 24 - 31, 1:00 - 3:00 with chrissy trout

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Learn all about altering slabs through darting and stretching techniques as we work on a unique pitcher form over the next couple of weeks.  If time allows, we’ll make some simple tumbler forms to go with your pitcher and make it a set. 

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SILKSCREENS & TRANSFERS (intermediate handbuilding)

mondays, august 24 - 31, 6:30 - 8:30 with beth suellentrop-barkey

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In this intermediate hand building  class we will use underglaze transfers and commercial silkscreens to create layered surfaces. We will then turn our slabs into functional pieces using the GR Pottery Forms. 

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GLAZING

thursdays, august 27 - september 3, 6:30 - 8:30

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This class is geared towards those of you coming out of an intro level class who need glazing instruction, anyone who needs a refresher on glazing, or students with a bunch of bisqueware to finish up.  Learn about the glazes, how to apply them properly, and some techniques to give you cool effects.

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

saturdays, august 30 - september 6, 2:00 - 4:00 with kirk mayhew

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This class is intended for current sculpture students who want to continue working on in-progress pieces. Kirk will assist students through self directed projects and seek to enhance their understanding of sculptural forms, and advise on surface treatments. Previous Advanced Sculpture class required for this class.

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ADVANCED SHAPING (intermediate wheel)

tuesdays, august 25 - september 1, 2:00 - 4:00 with ben clark

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Use stacking, darting, and stretching to create shapes that no longer resemble a simple wheel thrown form. 

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THROWING for TEXTURE (intermediate wheel)

wednesdays, august 26 - september 2, 6:30 - 8:30 with jamie grauvogel

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Learn to make pots intended for heavy texture.  We’ll consider the form as well as the thickness.  Keep them leather hard and week 2 we’ll experiment with carving and other reductive texture techniques.

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING (intermediate)

wednesdays, august 26 - september 2, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler
thursdays, august 27 - september 3, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler

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Experience and experiment with raku, barrel/pit firing, and Mica rakufiring during this eight week class. Students must bring bisqueware to this class. Raku clay recommended.  Previous Alternative Firing class required for this class.

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Classes for

SEPTEMBER 8 - 20

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

tuesdays, september 8 - 15, 6:30 -8:30 with morgan fraley

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Learn the basics of how to form clay through pinching, coil building, and working with slabs. Combine these forming methods together to make some fun shapes! Studenst should expect to make several pieces using these techniques. Clay and tools included in your first Intro level class at QCC.

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INTRO to WHEEL

tuesdays, september 8 - 15, 6:30 - 8:30 with QCC Staff
thursdays, september 10 - 17, 6:30 - 8:30 with QCC Staff
sundays, september 13 - 20, 1:00 - 3:00 with morgan fraley

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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 throw a cylinder, the starting point for all wheel thrown forms. Create cups, bowls, or plates from your most successful cylinders. Remember, the more you practice the better you get, so use your free studio time. Clay and tools included in your first Intro level class at QCC. 

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INTERMEDIATE WHEEL

***LIVE ZOOM CLASS***

tuesdays, september 8 - 15, 6:30 - 8:30 with tony weiss

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The instruction for this class will all be virtual.Participants will be emailed the Zoom link (used to join the class each week) the week before the class starts. In-studio practice time and glazing are included. 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. Forms covered will shift depending on the needs of participants. Must have taken Intro to Wheel or similar experience.  

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FACETING (intermediate wheel)

wednesdays, september 9 - 16, 6:30 - 8:30 with ben clark
saturdays, september 12 - 19 2:00 - 4:00 with andrew osterburg

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Learn how to throw shapes intended for the technique of faceting.  Then practice removing clay with wires, ribs, and blades in order to create pots with architectural lines and planes.

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DESIGN (intermediate wheel)

thursdays, september 10 - 17, 10:00 - 12:00 with jon stein

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A crash course in the design principles for constructing successful forms.  (Mini art school.)

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CONE 10 SODA FIRING

tuesdays, september 8 - 15, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein

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This session we will explore soda firing to cone 10.  Learn how the soda kiln works and how to prepare pieces for a soda firing. We will load the kiln during the first class, so make sure to bring some bisqueware.  We’ll schedule the kiln firing over the week, and come back to unload and discuss the results during the second class.

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SAKE SETS

thursdays, september 10 - 17, 6:30 - 8:30 with angela belcher clark

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Let Angela guide you through making your own sake set over the next couple of weeks.  You’ll learn how to create the bottle form as well as the cups to go with and be able to add your own personal style to the set.

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BASKETS (intermediate handbuilding)

wednesdays, september 9 - 16, 1:00 - 3:00 with beth suellentrop-barkey

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In this class we will create hand-built baskets using coils, extruder, slabs, and molds. Some handbuilding experience is required. 

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ALTERED PITCHERS (intermediate handbuilding)

thursdays, september 10 - 17, 6:30 - 8:30 with chrissy trout

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Learn all about altering slabs through darting and stretching techniques as we work on a unique pitcher form over the next couple of weeks.  If time allows, we’ll make some simple tumbler forms to go with your pitcher and make it a set. 

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GLAZING

wednesdays, september 9 - 16, 6:30 - 8:30 

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This class is geared towards those of you coming out of an intro level class who need glazing instruction, anyone who needs a refresher on glazing, or students with a bunch of bisqueware to finish up.  Learn about the glazes, how to apply them properly, and some techniques to give you cool effects.

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

saturdays, september 12 - 19, 2:00 - 4:00 with kirk mayhew

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This class is intended for current sculpture students who want to continue working on in-progress pieces. Kirk will assist students through self directed projects and seek to enhance their understanding of sculptural forms, and advise on surface treatments. Previous Advanced Sculpture class required for this class.

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POTS with PERSONALITY (advanced wheel)

tuesdays, september 8 - 15, 2:00 - 4:00 with ben clark

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Nothing’s better than a pot with an attitude.  Learn to give pots a unique personality through spontaneous mark making and texture.

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THROWING LARGER (intermediate wheel)

wednesdays, september 9 - 16, 6:30 - 8:30 with jamie grauvogel

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Jamie is super tall, but you don’t need to be to make big pots.  She will guide you through techniques focuse on increasing how much clay you can deal with.

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING (intermediate)

wednesdays, september 9 - 16, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler
thursdays, september 10 - 17, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler

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Experience and experiment with raku, barrel/pit firing, and Mica rakufiring during this eight week class. Students must bring bisqueware to this class. Raku clay recommended.  Previous Alternative Firing class required for this class.

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