Queen City Clay is excited to offer eight and twelve 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.

June - August 2017
6 week session:  June 26th - August 6th
10 week session: June 26th - September 10th

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

Thursdays / 6 weeks, June 29 - August 3/ 6:30 - 8:30/ $185

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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.

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INTRO to WHEEL

Mondays / 6 weeks, June 26 - July 31/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $185 
**Tuesdays / 6 weeks, June 27 - August 1/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English / $185
Sundays / 6 weeks, July 2 - August 6/ 1:00 - 3:00 with Corey Shultz / $185

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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 Tuesday, July 4th.  Make up date will be decided during the first class.  Tuesday students may also choose to make-up the second class by attending Intro to Wheel on Monday, July 3rd or Sunday July 9th.

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INTRO to KILN GLASS

**Tuesdays / 6 weeks, June 27 - August 1/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Phil Taylor / $195

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This class will teach you the basics of fusing, casting, and slumping glass so you can make your 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!**No class Tuesday, July 4th.  Make up date will be Thursday, July 6th.

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PAINTING with GLAZES

Thursdays / 6 weeks, June 29 - August 3/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Laurie Wright / $195

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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.

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WHEEL 2:  TECHNIQUE

**Tuesdays / 6 weeks, June 27 - August 1/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer/ $185
Saturdays / 6 weeks, July 1 - August 5/ 2:00 - 4:00 with Tony Weiss / $185

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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 Tuesday, July 4th.  Make up date will be decided during the first class.  Tuesday students may also choose to make-up the second class by attending Wheel 2 on Saturday July 8th.

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BISQUE MOLDS

Tuesdays / 6 weeks, June 27 - August 1**/ 2:00 - 4:00 with Didem Mert/ $185

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Join Didem Mert in her Bisque Prototype/Mold Making Class!  Why bisque molds instead of plaster you ask?  Well, because they’re lighter weight, more durable, you’re able to use metal tools on them, etc.!  In these six weeks you’ll design several objects to then make bisque molds from and we’ll even see some finished pieces through the glaze firing!  *This isn’t a plaster class.  We will strictly be using clay to make molds. **No class on July 4th & 18th. They will be tentatively rescheduled for Thursday, July 20th & Friday, July 28th.**

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Wheel 2/3:  ALTERED POTS

Mondays / 6 weeks, June 26 - July 31/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher/ $185

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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 bowls, plates, and vases.  You’ll also learn less typical ways to alter, such as altering trapped air forms to make unique shapes.  Wheel 2 or similar experience required. 

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WHEEL 3: FIND YOUR STYLE

Wednesdays / 6 weeks, June 28 - August 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel / $185

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This class will take your pottery to the next level as you work to find your own distinctive style in your pieces.  Start out by looking at work by artists who have a very distinct style and what elements they are using to make their work unique.  Students will be encouraged to gather their own inspiration from various sources.  Jamie will show a variety of forming, altering, and surfacing techniques throughout the class, adding her own style of course.  Students will be challenged to take the techniques and make them their own, drawing from their inspirational resources and ideas from the group. 

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W3:  JAPANESE TEABOWLS with IKUHIKO SHIBATA

Saturdays / **3 weeks, July 22 - September 3** / 1:00 - 4:00 with Ikuhiko Shibata / $185

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We’re lucky enough 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 35 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.  In addition to class time, students can schedule a private lesson with Iku each week.  **Please note that due to Iku’s limited time in Cincinnati, this is an intensive 3 week course.  Class will meet for 3 hours and students will get a private lesson each week, giving them the same amount of instruction time as the regular six week classes.

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FORM & SURFACE

Thursdays / 6 weeks, June 29 - August 3 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Beth Suellentrop & Laurie Wright/ $195

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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.  Come see how the heck Laurie’s perfectionism and Beth’s NON-perfectionism work together so well!?!  This class is geared towards intermediate to advanced students. 

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Handbuilt Tableware

Wednesdays / 6 weeks, June 28 - August 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $185

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n this class we will focus on making totally functional ware off the wheel. Dishes don’t have to be round! Students will learn to use slabs, molds, and other handbuilding techniques to make some funky tableware; creating cups, plates, bowls, and serving trays. After this class, you might just leave the wheel forever! Intro to Handbuilding or equivalent experience required.

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HANDBUILDING 2

Mondays / 6 weeks, June 26 - July 31 / 1:00 - 3:00 with Chrissy Trout / $185

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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 developing forms and finishing techniques wile students work on self directed projects.

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FIGURE SCULPTURE

Thursdays / 6 weeks, June 29 - August 3/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Kirk Mayhew / $195

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Learn to see the human body from all directions and measuring tricks to get the correct proportions right away.  Students will have the opportunity to work with a live model as a reference.  We’ll work on one pose over the six week class session, learning to use simple armatures to aid in construction.  Previous handbuilding or sculpture experience required.  Figure drawing students welcome to bring their sketchbooks and sit in for a $5 fee per class.  No drawing instruction included.

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays / 10 weeks, July 1 - September 9 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Kirk Mayhew / $300

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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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