Queen City Clay is excited to offer eight week 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, 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. 

May Session 2018:
8 week session:  May 14 - July 8

ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays / 8 weeks, May 19 - July 7 / 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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INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 16 - July 4*/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Xan Conner/$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.
*No class Wednesday, July 4th, glaze week.  Wednesday students will glaze another night.

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INTRO to WHEEL

Mondays / 8 weeks, May 14 - July 2*/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Jessie Fossenkemper/ $245
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 16 - July 4*/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Amanda Hollinger/ $245
Sundays / 8 weeks, May 20 - July 8 / 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.*No class May 28th, Memorial Day or Wednesday, July 4th, glaze week. Wednesday students will glaze another night. Monday students will meet on Tuesday, May 29th for week 3 of class.

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INTRO to KILN GLASS

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 15 - July 3/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Phil Taylor/ $255

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This class will teach you the basics of fusing, casting, and slumping glass so you can make our own works of art out of glass.  We will teach you about glass selection, mold making, kilns, firing schedules, and annealing.  While working with the materials in class you will learn how to cut glass, design projects, and how to incorporate your glass creations into your other artwork.  Glass included! 

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INTRO to CLAY

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 15 - July 3/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer/ $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

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HANDBUILDING 2

Mondays / 8 weeks, May 14 - July 2*/ 1:00 - 3:00 with Chrissy Trout/ $245
Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 17 - July 5/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout/ $245

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This intermediate to advanced level handbuilding class will focus on taking your forms to the next level.  Emphasis will be placed on proportions of forms and finishing techniques wile students work on self directed projects.
No class May 28th, Memorial Day. Monday students will meet on Tuesday, May 29th for week 3 of class.

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WHEEL 2:  TECHNIQUE

Mondays / 8 weeks, May 14 - July 2*/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel/ $245
Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 17 - July 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Clark/ $245
Saturdays / 8 weeks, May 19 - July 7 / 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. *No class May 28th, Memorial Day. Monday students will meet on Thursday, May 31st for week 3 of class. 

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WHEEL 3:  ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 15 - July 3/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel/ $245

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So now you can throw.  It’s time to take your work to the next level.  Faceting, stacking forms, merging functional and sculptural, throwing 10 pounds or more, and form altering techniques may all be explored in this class.  At any point in the class, students can choose to stick with a specific technique and continue working with it for the remaining weeks.  Try something new and spark a whole new style of work for yourself!  

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FORM & SURFACE

Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 17 - July 5 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Beth Suellentrop/ $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.  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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PAINTING with GLAZES

Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 17 - July 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Laurie Wright/ $255

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We will take a broad look at how to achieve painting effects with glazes. We will study brushwork, layering to achieve a rendered appearance, resist, screen printing and many other methods of painting with a focus on design and composition. Some projects will be guided, while others will be your own ideas. Bring a sketchbook for planning. Techniques will be practiced with Mayco’s Stroke and Coats on low fire bisque but they can be applied to stoneware as well as other glazes and underglazes. All materials will be included, but we’ll talk about additional things you might want to pick up on the first day of class.  Beginners welcome!

  

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 15 - July 3/ 2:00 - 4:00 with Ben Clark/ $255

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This class will focus on lots of experimentation and partying. Beginners and advanced students welcome. We will focus on raku for two weeks, barrel firing for two weeks, Obvara firing for two weeks and the last two weeks of the class will be student choice- whatever your favorite section was. Students must have a few pieces made and bisque fired before the first class.

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING II

Mondays / 8 weeks, May 14 - July 2*/ 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.  $255 *No class May 28th, Memorial Day. Monday students will meet on Tuesday, May 29th for week 3 of class.

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SALTY DRINKERS

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 16 - July 4*/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark /$265

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In this mash up of ‘A Class for Drinkers’ & ‘Salt Firing’ students will not only discuss and create several beverage specific drinking vessels, but also learn how to fire everything in the salt kiln!  Firing the salt kiln is a lot of hard work and everyone should expect to put in some hours outside of class to help with loading and firing.  Also expect some visits from local experts in the adult beverage industry and some yummy cocktails along the way.  $265  *No class Wednesday, July 4th, glaze week.  Wednesday students will glaze another night.

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