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. 

Fall Session 2018:
8 week session:  August 20 - October 14

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, August 21 - October 9/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Staff /$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, August 20 - October 8/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Jessie Fossenkemper/ $245
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, August 21 - October 9/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Rebecca Rohr/ $245
Sundays / 8 weeks, August 26 - October 14/ 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

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, August 22 - October 10/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark/ $245
Saturdays / 8 weeks, August 25 - October 13/ 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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WHEEL 2/3:  SETS

Thursdays / 8 weeks, August 23 - October 11/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark $245

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Sets class will focus first and foremost on repetition throwing. Students will learn several techniques used to ensure consistency in both form and size. Additionally, the class will discuss design theme & principles to enable a cohesive holistic family of pieces in your set. Bring your vision and favorite pieces so that we may dissect what makes it great and how to accomplish that for your own set. Each student can expect to make a four piece dinnerware place setting plus a centerpiece that will accompany your set design. Students should already feel comfortable throwing all forms (cups, bowls, plates etc) as the class will focus on repetition, refinement, and design.

 

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SERVING WARE

Tuesdays/ 8 weeks, August 21 - October 9/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer $245

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How do you serve food to guests at home or at a gathering?  Through a blend of wheel throwing and handbuilding, we’ll focus on how to build up the presentation of your pots.  Items to be explored will be serving trays and platters, large bowls, lidded bowls, pitcher sets, and small plate and bowl sets.  Wheel 2 experience is preferred, no handbuilding experience needed.

 

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JAPANESE TEABOWLS

Tuesdays/ 8 weeks, August 21 - October 9/ 2:00 - 4:00 with Ikuhiko Shibata $245

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We’re lucky to have Iku back this summer to offer his always popular tea bowl class! Ikuhiko Shibata has been a ceramic artist in Japan for over 40 years, creating both production and independent art. His work has won multiple awards and is displayed in public spaces in several different countries. Iku has intensively studied the tea ceremony tradition in the Tajimi area, famous since the 16th century for Mino and Seto style wares. Participants of this class will learn several techniques including wheel throwing and coil to create traditional style tea bowls while gaining an understanding of the tea ceremony. Students will also learn how the tea ceremony affected Japanese culture, including the wabi-sabi aesthetic and haiku. In addition to class time, students can schedule a private lesson with Iku each week.  Ben Clark will take over the last two weeks of class to go over finishing and glazing with our studio glazes as Iku heads back to Japan.  Wheel experience required.

 

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W2:  FLAMEWARE

Thursdays/ 8 weeks, August 23 - October 11/ 10:00 - 12:00 with Amanda Hollinger and Ben Clark $255

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Amanda and Ben will take students on a culinary tour of old world cooking with this flameware class. We will produce a special type of clay that is built to handle the stress of an open flame and talk through shapes that go with specific recipes for cooking in clay. This may include, Tagines, Donabe, Tandoors, and grill baskets. Get ready to work, and eat…..lots…..and drink stuff……..because this is Amanda and Ben we are talking about.  Some flameware clay will be included, with more available to purchase if needed for you ambitious types.

 

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Barrel & Pit Firing

Mondays / 8 weeks, August 20 - October 8 / 6:30 -8:30 with Josh Maier/ $255

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This alternative firing class will focus on pit and barrel firing.  Learn about terra sigillata, different combustibles, and flashing chemicals as you explore the range of surfaces that can be achieved in the pit or barrel.  Masking and other techniques will be discussed as a way to create different effects on your pieces. 

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EXPLORING CONE 6: QCC glazes & Kentucky Mudworks clay bodies

Mondays / 8 weeks, August 20 - October 8 / 6:30 -8:30 with Jewels Wagner / $270* (includes clay)

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Queen City Clay will be offering brand new clay bodies as a result of partnering with Kentucky Mudworks.  This is your chance to try out these new clays in combination with our cone six glazes!  Each student will select 2 contrasting clay bodies (25 LBS. each) to experiment with over the course of 8 weeks.  We will learn how to create vertical test tiles that include texture for testing.  After that, the possibilities are limited only to your imagination.  Dip, paint, or spray the glazes.  Try marbling contrasting clays, create slips or employ any of your favorite techniques.  We will make observations as a class and learn from each other, making final forms with our clay bodies and surfaces in mind.  Finally, your favorite combinations will be presented in a gallery exhibit in the studio.  50lbs of Kentucky Mudworks mid-range clay included in lab fee, $25.  Yearly class members must pay lab fee for this class.  Total for Class + Clay: $270

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FORM & SURFACE

Mondays / 8 weeks, August 20 - October 8 / 1:00 - 3:00 with Beth Suellentrop/ $255

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Many of us tend to put a lot of energy into the process of making work, leaving surfacing and glazing as an afterthought.  Start thinking about surface and decorating from the beginning of the making process.  Using wheel thrown and handbuilt elements, we will explore forms that lend themselves to particular surface techniques.  We will spend one week focusing on building a form/object and then the following week we will explore various surface treatments to compliment that form.  This class is geared towards intermediate to advanced students.  

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RE-DO:  USING BISQUE PRESS MOLDS

Thursdays / 8 weeks, August 23 - October 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Nicolin Haines/ $245

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The objective of this course is to explore alternative methods of construction, while expressing meaning through abstraction and repetition. Students will begin by creating multiple press molds of small objects.  We will then construct larger forms out of the press-molded pieces. Forms can resemble that of a vessel, display formal attributes relative to the object chosen for the mold, or be further abstracted.  Through the making of these common objects and various approaches to construction, students will become acquainted with different aesthetics through which meaning can be expressed.

  

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ARCHITECTURAL CERAMICS

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, August 22 - October 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Patrick Dougherty/ $255

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This class will serve as an introduction to the history and techniques of architectural ceramics. You’ll get historical perspective, including on-site tours of examples throughout Greater Cincinnati. Learn architectural construction techniques including joining of slabs for large scale pieces, box building, columns and capitals, sectioning and installation of large scale pieces, sinks, sconces, corbels, and tables.  A large scale piece such as a door surround will be created by the class for the entrance of Queen City Clay. 

  

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays / 8 weeks, August 25 - October 13 / 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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