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. 

March Session 2019:
8 week session: March 4 - April 28

INTRO to CLAY

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, March 5 - April 23 / 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

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, March 6 – April 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Seana Higgins /$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

Mondays / 8 weeks, March 4 - April 22/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Jessie Fossenkemper/ $245
Wednesdays/ 8 weeks, March 6 - April 24/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Amanda Hollinger/ $245
Sundays* / 8 weeks, March 10 - April 28 / 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 Sunday, April 21st, Easter.  Make-up class will be Saturday, April 20th OR students may attend another section of Intro to Wheel earlier in the week. 

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INTERMEDIATE WHEEL

Wednesdays / 8 weeks, March 6 - April 24/ 10:00 - 12:00 with Amanda Hollinger/ $245
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, March 6 - April 24/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark/ $245

Thursdays / 8 weeks, March 7 - April 25/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Tony Weiss/ $245
Saturdays* / 8 weeks, March 9 - April 27 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 Saturday, April 13 for our spring sale.  Make-up class will be Sunday, April 14 OR students may attend another section of Intermediate Wheel earlier in the week. 

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INTERMEDIATE HANDBUILDING

Thursdays / 8 weeks, March 7 - April 25/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout /$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 the January session, or come with their own project(s) in mind.  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.  $245

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ALTERNATIVE MOLDS (intermediate handbuilding)

Thursdays / 8 weeks, March 7 - April 25 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Beth Suellentrop /$245

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This hand building class will focus on how you can use molds to create interesting one-of-a-kind pieces. Emphasis will be placed on using molds in new and exciting ways. How can we use traditional molds as well as everyday household items to create unique functional and sculptural forms? $245

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BEGINNING SLIP CASTING

Mondays / 8 weeks, March 4 - April 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Joshua Maier /$258

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In this class we will explore the basics of making multiples using the slip casting technique.  We will explore basic techniques of making a “prototype”, and making a mold that will capture this form for repetition.  We will look into efficient plaster formulation and slip recipes for productivity, freeing you up to make MORE of what you make.  You will be making molds of YOUR work, making you able to repeat that work identically, infinitely.  Class fee includes plaster and one log of studio clay for prototypes. $258

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Saturdays* / 8 weeks, March 9 - April 27 / 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. *No class Saturday, April 13th for our spring sale.  Make-up class will be Sunday, April 14th.

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ADVANCED WHEEL

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, March 5 - April 23/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English/ $245

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So now you can throw.  It’s time to take your work to the next level.  Faceting, stacking forms, throwing with 10 pounds or more will all be covered in this exploration of formal, decorative and altering techniques. At any point in the class, students can 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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SETS (advanced wheel)

Mondays / 8 weeks, March 4 - April 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher Clark /$245

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Sets class will focus first and foremost on repetition throwing. Students will learn several techniques used to ensure consistency in both form and size. Additionally, the class will discuss design theme & principles to enable a cohesive holistic family of pieces in your set. Bring your vision and favorite pieces so that we may dissect what makes it great and how to accomplish that for your own set. Each student can expect to make a four piece dinnerware place setting plus a centerpiece that will accompany your set design. Students should already feel comfortable throwing all forms (cups, bowls, plates etc) as the class will focus on repetition, refinement, and design.  $245

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TOTEMS (advanced wheel)

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, March 5 - April 23/ 2:00 - 4:00 with Ben Clark/ $245

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Our students try different clays, kilns, firing techniques, and glazes. Why not record these events with a totem! These stacks of clay objects can tell a story, record your family history, or just help you remember what your favorite glaze combinations are. In this class each student will chart their own course after learning the basics of totem construction and project possibilities. Any kiln will be open for use with this class.  $245

 

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GLAZING

Tuesdays / 8 weeks, March 5 - April 23/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Tony Weiss/ $255

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Dust off your old bisque ware and conquer your fear of glazing.  This class will take you through glazing with our bucket glazes, give you the opportunity to experiment with underglazes, and show you the magic of image transfers.  As you re-visit the basics and get into more advanced techniques you will learn which glazes and methods are best for which forms, and also become more comfortable with glazing.  You will make some test pieces at the begining of the session, so no need to have a bunch of bisque ready before class starts.  $255

 

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BARREL/PIT FIRING

Mondays / 8 weeks, March 4 - April 22 / 1:00 - 3:00 with Joshua 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

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING

Thursdays / 8 weeks, March 7 - April 25/ 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.  $255

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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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