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. 

Summer Session 2019:
6 week session:  July 8 - August 18

FUSED GLASS

Tuesdays / 6 weeks, July 9 - August 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Phil Taylor /$195

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This class is for all levels.  Students who’ve taken a glass class in the past or have glass fusing experience can use this class as an independent study.  Beginners will learn about glass selection and get the basics of fusing, and slumping glass in the kiln.  Firing schedules, and annealing will also be discussed.  Advanced demos will focus on how to incorporate enamels, oxides, copper inclusions, and trapped air bubbles into your glass work to add interest and create designs and imagery.  We only offer glass twice a year, so if you’ve been thinking about taking a glass class this is your chance!  Glass included!

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TEABOWLS (intermediate/advanced)

Tuesdays / 6 weeks, July 9 - August 13 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Ikuhiko Shibata / $187

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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. Wheel experience required.

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FORM & SURFACE (intermediate handbuilding)

Mondays / 6 weeks, July 8 - August 12 / 1:00 - 3:00 with Chrissy Trout / $195  Full
Thursdays / 6 weeks, July 11 - August 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $195

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In this six week intermediate level handbuilding course we will work on a few specific slab projects where the surfacing becomes part of the making process.  We’ll try out slip, underglaze, stencils, underglaze transfers, and more to decorate the clay either before or after creating our forms.  We’ll spend two weeks on each project to give you the chance to play with the materials and really figure out what kind of surface enhances your forms.  It could be minimal or highly decorative.  Come ready to experiment!

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays / 6 weeks, July 13 - August 17 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Kirk Mayhew /$187

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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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Classes below this line are already full.  Please use the contact form at the top of this page if you’d like to be put on a waitlist or notified when classes are posted for the next session.  Please make sure to note the class, time, and day you’d like to be on the waitlist for.

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Mondays/ 6 weeks, July 8 - August 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Josh Maier / $187

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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 / 6 weeks, July 8 - August 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Jessie Fossenkemper / $187
Wednesdays / 6 weeks, July 10 - August 14 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Amanda Hollinger / $187
Wednesdays / 6 weeks, July 10 - August 14 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Katie Swartz/ $187
Sundays/ 6 weeks, July 14 - August 18 / 1:00 - 3:00 / $187

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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 / 6 weeks, July 8 - August 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark / $187
Tuesdays / 6 weeks, July 9 - August 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Tony Weiss / $187
Saturdays / 6 weeks, July 13 - August 17 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Andrew Osterburg / $187

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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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JEWELRY

Wednesdays / 6 weeks, July 10 - August 14 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Amanda Hollinger / $195

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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.

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PLANTERS (intermediate/advanced)

Tuesdays / 6 weeks, July 9 - August 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel /$187

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It’s gardening season!  In this class you’ll design and make unique ceramic planters to dazzle anyone coming to your home.  Bouncing between handbuilding and wheel throwing, we will make hanging, windowsill, succulent, air plant planters and more!  We will talk about plants and what kind of planter will allow them to flourish.

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING

Thursdays / 6 weeks, July 11 - August 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 with John Fowler /$195

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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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FOCUS:  MUGS (intermediate wheel)

Wednesdays / 6 weeks, July 10 - August 14 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $187
Thursdays / 6 weeks, July 11 - August 15 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Ben Clark / $187

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Most potters are terrible at making handles and yet most of their sales come from mugs and smaller items.  This class will give you the time to explore several mug shapes and practice handles on a weekly basis.  Don’t be like most potters!  Find a mug shape that fits you and put a decent handle on it for Pete’s sake!  Pete will really appreciate it.

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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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