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’ 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 2020:
8 week session:  January 13th - March 8th

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 14th - March 3rd  / 6:30 - 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel / $250

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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.

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INTRO to WHEEL

Mondays / 8 weeks, January 13th - March 2nd / 6:30 - 8:30 with Jessie Fossenkemper / $250  FULL
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 15th - March 4th/ 10:00 - 12:00 with Amanda Hollinger / $250
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 15th - March 4th/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $250  FULL
Sundays/ 8 weeks, January 19th - March 8th / 1:00 - 3:00 with Rebecca Rohr / $250  FULL

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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.  

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FIBER & CLAY (intro/intermediate)

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 15th - March 4th / 6:30 - 8:30 with Katie Swartz / $255

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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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PLATTERS (intermediate handbuilding)

Mondays / 8 weeks, January 13th - March 2nd / 6:30 - 8:30 with Beth Suellentrop/ $250

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In this class we will explore different methods of constructing hand-built platters and serving trays. We will focus on serving trays for specific food items as well as learning decorative techniques to enhance rims, feet and handles. Learn tips on how to work with large slabs without the fear of cracking during drying and firing!  

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays / 8 weeks, January 18 - March 7 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Kirk Mayhew /$250

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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.

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Classes below this line are full.  Please use the contact form at the top right of this page if you’d like to be put on the waitlist for a specific class or notified when classes are posted for the next session.

INTRO to CLAY

Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 16th - March 5th/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Morgan Fraley / $250

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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.

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MEDITATION & POTS (intro/intermediate wheel)

Sundays / 8 weeks, January 19th - March 8th / 1:00 - 3:00 with Moriah Oberlin / $250

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In this class we take a step back from our busy lives and learn how to use meditation techniques in pottery. We will learn how to use our breath to help our bodies build the muscle memory needed to have better and more productive practice sessions, as well as how pottery can be more than just making an object. Every class will begin and end with a mediation or mindfulness exercise specifically aimed at throwing on the wheel.  This class is for absolute beginners or more seasoned students who want a fresh approach to their usual practice routine.  

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ALTERED POTS (advanced wheel)

Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 16th  - March 5th/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark/$250

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Altering your thrown pieces can add interest and put your personal signature into your work. Angela will take you through altering common shapes like cylinders, bowls, & plates. You’ll also learn less typical ways to alter, such as altering trapped air forms to make unique shapes. Come with your altered pots inspiration and we will form the class around what the students define as wish fors. Intermediate wheel or similar experience required.   

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INTERMEDIATE WHEEL

Mondays / 8 weeks, January 13th - March 2nd / 6:30 - 8:30 with Jon Stein/ $250
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 14th - March 3rd / 6:30 - 8:30 with Tony Weiss / $250
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 16th - March 5th/ 10:00 - 12:00 with Ben Clark / $250
Saturdays / 8 weeks, January 18th - March 7th / 2:00 - 4:00 with Andrew Osterburg / $250

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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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HANDBUILT TABLEWARE (intermediate)

Mondays / 8 weeks, January 13th - March 2nd / 1:00 - 3:00 with Chrissy Trout / $250

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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.  

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SETS (advanced wheel)

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 14th - March 3rd / 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English/$255

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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 explore decorative practices and surface techniques that can further advance the cohesive quality of their sets. Each student can expect to create four piece dinnerware place settings, as well as a small scale formal set for tea, coffee, whiskey etc… of his or her choice.  

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KITCHEN BASICS (intermediate wheel)

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 15th - March 4th / 6:30 - 8:30 with Amanda Hollinger / $250

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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. 

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POURING VESSELS (advanced wheel)

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 14th - March 3rd / 2:00 - 4:00 with Jon Stein /$250

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This class will cover all aspects of making pitchers, ewers, tea pots, and batter bowls.  Pots that pour have tremendous room to explore and personalize.  Knobs, spouts and handles can separate good pots from great pots.  Come make great pots.  

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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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