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 2019:
8 week session:  August 19 - October 13

All classes are now full.  Please use the contact form at the top of this page if you’d like to be notified when classes are posted for the next session.  

ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays / 8 weeks, August 24 - October 12 / 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 handbuilding or sculpture classes (or similar experience) before this class. 

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INTERMEDIATE HANDBUILDING

Mondays / 8 weeks, August 19 - October 7 / 1:00 - 3:00 with Beth Suellentrop/ $245
Thursdays / 8 weeks, August 22 - October 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $245 Full

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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, come with their own projects 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 September 2nd, Labor Day, Make-up Wednesday, September 3rd.

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DAY DRINKERS (intermediate wheel)

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, August 20 - October 8 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Ben Clark/ $260

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Every once in a while a truly great and noble class comes along to shape the landscape of pottery for future generations. A CLASS FOR DRINKERS is that class! Ben Clark will take you on a voyage of cultural discovery through the use of booze and clay. We will explore the culture behind Kahlua, Irish cream, champagne, and the ever-changing bloody mary. Through this exploration we will discover how to make the perfect drinking vessel for each of these vices. Help will come from local experts, TBA. This is a class like no other and you might be changed forever. Proceed with caution.  ***Yearly Class Members will be charged a $15 lab fee for this class.

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INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, August 21 - October 9 / 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 CLAY

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, August 20 - October 8 / 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 WHEEL

*Mondays / 8 weeks, August 19 - October 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Jessie Fossenkemper / $245 Full
Thursdays / 8 weeks, August 22 - October 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark / $245 Full
Sundays/ 8 weeks, August 25 - October 13 / 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.  *No class September 2nd, Labor Day, Make-up Thursday, September 5th.

 

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INTERMEDIATE WHEEL

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, August 20 - October 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Tony Weiss / $245 Full
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, August 21 - October 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $245 Full
Thursdays / 8 weeks, August 22 - October 10 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Jon Stein / $245 Full
Saturdays / 8 weeks, August 24 - October 12 / 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.

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GLAZE EXPLORATION:  SHINOS

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, August 20 - October 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Phil Taylor /$245

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We know you want to use the Shinos.  We also know you’re afraid of them. They do weird things when you layer them, take forever to dry, sometimes crawl, but are amazing when they come out right.  Well, Phil has been running tests on them for months and wants to teach you everything you need to know so you can expect good results every time you use these glazes.  Discover how glaze application, drying time, oxide decoration, and masking the glaze can affect its fired results.  You will fire your pieces in both the new Blauuw kiln and the old Olson gas kiln to see how the surfaces vary in the two different environments.  Making forms is up to you whether thrown, handbuilt, or sculptural.  You’ll have time to make pieces during class and Phil will demo some thrown shapes that make good platforms for Shino glazes.  He’ll also briefly cover some of the history and chemistry behind Shinos.  This is your chance to explore these unique glazes and learn how to get the results out of them that fit your aesthetics.

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ADVANCED WHEEL

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, August 21 - October 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Jon Stein /$245

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If you remember Jon, you’ve been around here for awhile.  Well, Jon is back…and he’d love to show you what he’s been doing whether you know who he is or not!  Let’s see what tips and tricks he picked up over the last few years traveling around the country.  This class will focus on technique and gaining control while throwing on the potters wheel.  Larger vessels and complex forms will be discussed. 

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING

Thursdays / 8 weeks, August 22 - October 10 / 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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FOCUS:  TEAPOTS (advanced wheel)

*Mondays / 8 weeks, August 19 - October 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English /$245

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In this class centered on the thousands of year old beverage, students will explore different forms that have been used for tea consumption throughout history. Teapots will be the star but cups and saucers, tea bowls, and mugs will all be covered.  *No class September 2nd, Labor Day, Make-up Tuesday, September 3rd.

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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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