The March class schedule, posted below, will resume on June 8th for previously registered students only.  We cannot accept any new registrations at this time. Open registration for our fall class session is coming soon!  We appreciate your continued support and patience.   Please check out the educational videos on our YouTube page while you wait for classes to start up again.

Queen City Clay is excited to offer classes in handbuilding, wheel throwing, and sculpture!  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’ or that don’t show up 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. Please review our cancellation policies HERE.

VESSELS & DISPLAYS (advanced wheel)

Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 • March 10 - May 5 • Ben Clark

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We make all of these nice pots and then they end up stuck in a cabinet! This class will attempt to remedy that problem. Students will design and create unique display shelving, trays, and racks to properly highlight the pottery they love. We may incorporate wood, metal, and glass to highlight and enhance our clay displays. This class will use advanced wheel and intermediate handbuilding techniques. $250

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JEWELRY (intro/intermediate)

Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 • March 12 - May 7 • Amanda Hollinger

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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.  $260

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays, 6:30 - 8:30 • March 14 - May 9 • Kirk Mayhew

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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 students’ further experience. Kirk recommends taking at least two handbuilding or sculpture classes (or similar experience) before this class. $250

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INTRO to PLASTER MOLDS

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 • March 10 - May 5 • Kirsti Burton

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Plaster can be an amazing tool in ceramic production. In this class we’ll learn about different ways to use molds to enhance your work, speed up your workflow, what makes a “good” mold, and what type of mold is best suited for your ideas. We’ll be focusing mainly on 2-part slip molds, but we’ll learn how to make other molds as well. The class size will be small, so sign up early to guarantee a spot!  ***Class fee includes plaster, reclaim clay for mold-making, and use of QCC plaster tools. Yearly class members must pay lab fee of $15 for this class.*** $265

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FORM & SURFACE (intermediate handbuilding)

Mondays, 1:00 - 3:00 • March 9 - May 4 • Beth Suellentrop

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In this class we will discover different methods of using the GR Pottery forms to create unique, hand-built pottery. We will then use the pieces we make to experiment with surface techniques throughout various stages of the making process. Some of the things we will work on include: mishima, sgraffito, slip/underglaze transfer, commercial decals and silkscreens and more! $260

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BOOT CAMP

Tuesdays, 6:30 -8:30 • March 10 - May 5 • Tony Weiss

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Get your pottery skills whipped into shape!  This class will correct all of your technical problems (by force if necessary).  Think about it like Wheel 2 on steroids.  Are you tough enough? $250

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INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Tuesdays, 6:30 -8:30 • March 10 - May 5 • Katie Swartz

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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 in your first Intro level class at QCC. $250

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HANDBUILT TABLEWARE

Wednesdays, 6:30 -8:30 • March 11 - May 6 • Chrissy Trout

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In this class we will focus on making totally functional ware off the wheel.  Dishes don’t have to be round!  We’ll use multiple handbuilding techniques to make some funky tableware creating cups, plates, bowls, etc.  We may spend more than one week on some forms as we explore different possibilites for constructing that shape.  As always, emphasis will be placed on using the clay at the proper dryness for each technique, good design, and good craft which will elevate your handbuilt forms to a new level of finish.  Handbuilding experience required. $250

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INTRO to CLAY

Mondays, 6:30 -8:30 • March 9 - May 4 • Morgan Fraley

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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 in your first Intro level class at QCC.  $250

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KITCHEN BASICS (intermediate wheel)

Thursdays, 10:00 - 12:00 • March 12 - May 7 • Amanda Hollinger

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If you liked A Class for Bakers, this is the second in our series focusing on cooking items and other fun pieces you can use in the kitchen or for serving. Kitchen basics will explore various useful everyday pots.  Think salt cellars, butter crocks, oil bottles, grater dishes, spoon rests, utensil holders… There are several tricks of the trade Amanda will pass on to make these creations “must have” pots in the kitchen.   Intermediate wheel experience required.  A Class for Bakers is NOT a pre-requisite for this class. $250

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INTERMEDIATE WHEEL

Wednesdays, 10:00 - 12:00 • March 11 - May 6 • Jon Stein
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 • March 11 - May 6 • Ben Clark
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 • March 12 - May 7 • Angela Belcher Clark
Saturdays, 2:00 - 4:00 • March 14 - May 9 • Andrew Osterburg

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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. $250  

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INTRO to WHEEL

Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 • March 9 - May 4 • Jessie Fossenkemper
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 • March 11 - May 6 • Jamie Grauvogel
Sundays, 1:00 - 3:00 • March 15 - May 10 • Rebecca Rohr

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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 in your first Intro level class at QCC. $250  

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING (intermediate)

Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 • March 12 - May 7 • John Fowler

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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 Mica raku firing during this eight week class. Students should have a few pieces made, but will also be able to make forms throughout the class. $260

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ATMOSPHERIC FIRING (advanced)

Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 • March 9 - May 4 • Jon Stein

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Salt, Soda, and Wood! Oh my….. In this course Jon will help you design work for atmospheric firing from material selection and construction to firing. We all know that glazing is for suckers (Just Kidding. It’s an incredibly important part of the ceramic process) so lets let the kiln do a little of the work for us.  $295  ***This class is Labor Intensive.  All members will be expected to pitch in outside of class hours.  Class fee includes all materials required for firing in the atmospheric kilns, including fuel.  Yearly Class members must pay lab fee of $45.***

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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.

 

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