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. 

Spring Session 2019:
8 week session: April 29th - June 23rd*
*No class Memorial Day, May 27th.  Make-ups will be June 24th.

INTRO to CLAY

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 1 - June 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Katie Swartz /$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 in your first Intro level class at QCC.

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INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 2 - June 20 / 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 in your first Intro level class at QCC.

 

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INTRO to WHEEL

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, April 30 - June 18/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Amanda Hollinger/ $245
Thursdays/ 8 weeks, May 2 - June 20/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Jessie Fossenkemper/ $245
Sundays/ 8 weeks, May 5 - June 23/ 1:00 - 3:00 with Rebecca Rohr/ $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 in your first Intro level class at QCC.  

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INTERMEDIATE WHEEL

Mondays* / 8 weeks, April 29 - June 24*/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark/ $245
Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 2 - June 20/ 10:00 - 12:00 with Ben Clark/ $245

Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 2 - June 20/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Tony Weiss/ $245
Saturdays / 8 weeks, May 4 - June 22/ 2:00 - 4:00 with Andrew Osterburg / $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. *No Class May 27, Memorial Day.  Make-up Monday, June 24th. 

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INTERMEDIATE HANDBUILDING

Mondays / 8 weeks, April 29 - June 24*/ 1:00 - 3:00 with Chrissy Trout /$245
Mondays / 8 weeks, April 29 - June 24*/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Josh Maier /$245

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The focus of this class will be to push your handbuilding skills to the next level.  Emphasis will be placed on technique and craft as students work on self-directed projects.  Students may use this class to dive deeper into projects introduced in previous sessions, or come with their own project(s) in mind, or follow demonstrations.  Specific demos will be decided on the first week of class.  Group discussion will take place regularly to share progress and solve any problems with your peers in the class.  Handbuilding experience required. *No Class May 27th, Memorial Day.  Make-up June 24th.

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays / 8 weeks, May 4 - June 22 / 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 students’ further experience. Kirk recommends taking at least two sculpture classes (or similar experience) before this class. 

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FORM & SURFACE

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, April 30 - June 18/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English /$245

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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. Students will learn to use faceting, fluting, carving, and slip decoration as ways to enhance their pieces and really marry the surfaces to the forms. A different shape will be introduced for each of the surfacing techniques explored in the class. Discovering which techniques work best for which forms, and having an idea of what the finished product should look like from the beginning, will bring your pottery to a whole new level of finish. 

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EXPLORING CONE 6

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, April 30 - June 18/ 2:00 - 4:00 with Jewels Wagner /$270**

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Queen City Clay has been 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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SALT FIRING

Saturdays / 8 weeks, May 4 - June 22 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Lacie Turcott Warden /$255*

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In this process-intense Salt Firing class, we will explore the possibilities of the Salt Fired surface by creating new Salt Glazes, experimenting with texture and fuming, and learn the firing process from start to finish. This class will include up to 5 kiln firings, giving students plenty of time to experiment. Focus will be on surface treatments and learning to prep for and fire the salt kiln.  Students should be able to make pieces independently.  This class is very labor-intensive and extra time outside of class on firing weeks to prep, load and fire the kiln will be required for all students.  *Yearly class members must pay $10 lab fee for this class.

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Classes below the green line are currently full.  Please use the contact form at the top right of this page to be put on the waitlist for full classes.  If we can get you into the class, we will contact you.  Make sure to specify which class you’d like to be waitlisted for.

PLANTERS

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 1 - June 19/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark /$245

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Planters class is for everyone. These pots come in all shapes and sizes with every texture and surface treatment under the sun. There are several plants that need very specific forms and drain hole structures while others could grow out of a rock. Come with ideas and Ben will take you through some traditional planters as well as some off the wall forms. Anyone who has taken beginner wheel will be fine in this class.

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FOCUS:  BOWLS

Mondays / 8 weeks, April 29 - June 24*/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Patrick Dougherty /$245

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Spend the next eight weeks working on refining your favorite form to throw, the bowl.  It may seem like a simple shape, but is actually surprisingly complex once you learn to see and consider all the elements that go into making a good bowl.  Work through shaping, rims, feet, and surfaces until you achieve the perfect bowl for you.  Patrick will start you off with smaller bowl shapes and work up to large serving bowls, demonstrating how to use a mold on the wheel to help you create bigger pieces.  Surface and finishing will be a main focus and addressed throughout the class.  Requirement of two Intermediate Wheel classes or similar experience.  $245  *No class May 27th, Memorial Day, Make-up Monday, June 24th.

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 1 - June 19/ 6:30 - 8:30 with John Fowler /$255

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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 new 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. 

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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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