Queen City Clay

Classes

Holiday Session: 2 weeks

November 30th - December 13th

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’ or that don’t show up once you click through to the registration page are already full.  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 on this page. Please review our cancellation policies at the bottom of the page or by clicking HERE.

2 WEEK Classes for

NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 13

ORNAMENTS (intro level handbuilding)

mondays, november 30 - december 7, 6:30 - 8:30 with morgan fraley
sundays, december 6 - december 13, 1:00 - 3:00 with morgan fraley

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This class is for anyone, whether you have no experience or have been doing clay for years.  Join Morgan to knock out these gifts that will become holiday keepsakes.  You will spend the first week cutting your shapes out of clay slabs.  We’ll have cookie cutters here but feel free to bring your own if there’s a certain shape you want or one that’s special to you.  Week 2 we’ll have your ornaments bisqued and Morgan will go over several cool glazing techniques as you focus on finishing them up.  White low-fire clay and low-fire glazes will be provided by the studio for this class.

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THROWN ORNAMENTS (intermediate/advanced wheel)

thursdays, december 3 - december 10, 6:30 -8:30 with angela belcher clark

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We all know Angela is the master of trapped air forms around here.  She’ll show you how to use that technique to throw hollow ornaments on the wheel.  Make classic globe shapes, or get creative.  Try to get your throwing done week 1.  Week 2 we’ll focus on finishing our ornaments and discuss carving and slip trailing if you want to add designs or texture.

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PIERCED CLAY CANDLE HOLDERS (all levels, intro-adv. handbuilding)

mondays, november 30 - december 7, 1:00 - 3:00 with beth suellentrop & chrissy trout
tuesdays, december 1 - december 8 , 6:30 - 8:30 with katie swartz

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We’ll make holders for votives, as well as a large square holder for a bigger candle in this 2 week class.  Learn how to use drill bits to pierce perfect holes into the clay and also the tricks for cutting designs out of clay without having it crack on you!  These make great gifts, but you’ll probably want to keep them for yourself!  No joke.  $67  *New students who don’t already have clay they like will have the option to purchase white low-fire clay at a discount.  The studio will dip pieces made from this clay in clear glaze if you wish.

 

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CANDLESTICKS (intermediate wheel)

tuesdays, december 1 - december 8, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein

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Whether lining your table for a romantic evening or stuffing stockings at holiday parties candles help us through the long dark winter months.  Candlesticks, candelabra, and votives will all be covered in this two week crash course of illumination. 

  

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SETS of SIPPERS (intermediate/advanced wheel)

mondays, november 30 - december 7, 6:30 - 8:30 with angela belcher clark

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Angela will teach you the methods she uses to repeat making the same form over and over again and also how she carries that into the finishing of the pieces.  Whether you’re going for a shape that more resembles a collins, or a rocks glass, or something in between she can help you get there.  You should expect to make a cohesive set of 4-6 cups and possibly a storage or pouring vessel to go with by the end of class. 

  

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MUGS/STEINS (intermediate wheel)

wednesdays, december 2 - december 9, 6:30 - 8:30 with jamie grauvogel
saturdays, december 5 - december 12, 2:00 - 4:00 with andrew osterburg

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We’ll focus on making pieces that go together.  You choose whether to make mugs, beer steins, a couple of each… The technique will be  similar either way.  We’ll see what the class wants to do week 1 and base demos on that.  Most of the throwing should be done that first week.  Week 2 bring your leather hard pieces and we’ll focus on finishing and GOOD handles!  Pieces should be ready by the holidays for the coffe or beer fanantics in your life if you intend on gifting these.  

  

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WINE GOBLETS & CHILLERS (intermediate/advanced wheel)

tuesdays, december 1 - december 8, 6:30 - 8:30 with amanda hollinger

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In this 2 week class you’ll learn how to make wine goblets with fancy stems.  Amanda will also teach you how to make her signature wine chiller.  Great for gift giving or for keeping.  Either way, wear your party pants to class.  Knowing Amanda, it’s sure to be a fun couple of weeks.

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DECORATIVE HOLIDAY PLATTERS (all levels, intro-adv. handbuilding)

wednesdays, december 2 - december 9, 6:30 - 8:30 with katie swartz

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Katie will guide you through creating and decorating a unique holiday platter perfect for serving or gifting!  Week one we’ll create the platter using a mold for the base and attach sprigs, or cut-outs, to add dimension and interest to the surface.   Focus on finishing the surface during the second class, using underglaze and carving techniques to add color and dimension.  *New students who don’t already have clay they like will have the option to purchase white low-fire clay at a discount.  The studio will dip pieces made from this clay in clear glaze if you wish.

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UTENSIL HOLDERS (intermediate wheel)

tuesdays, december 1 - december 8, 2:00 - 4:00 with ben clark

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Utensil holders seem pretty straight forward, but there is an art to making them a high quality piece you’re proud to display in your home or give as a gift.  The size, shape, weight, finish…all of these things are key and that’s what we’ll be working on.  Make a few of these and you’ll always have that perfect gift ready to go for that last minute engagement you weren’t prepared for. 

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

saturdays, december 5 - december 12, 2:00 - 4:00 with kirk mayhew

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This class is intended for current sculpture students who want to continue working on in-progress pieces.  This will be the last session of sculpture for the year, so you should be focusing on finishing up whatever you’ve been working on. As always, Kirk will be there to assist and advise on surface treatments.  Previous Advanced Sculpture class required for this class.

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JEWELRY: PENDANTS & TRANSFERS (all levels, intro - adv.)

thursdays, december 3 - december 10, 6:30 - 8:30 with amanda hollinger

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We’ll work exclusively on making pendants in this two week jewelry class. Learn how to use underglaze transfers to add colorful patterns to your jewelry pieces.  We’ll also discuss some of the hardware do’s and don’ts so you can complete them successfully.  White clay is reccomended.  Amanda prefers porcelain because it is a little softer against your skin, but whatever clay you like is fine!  

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GLAZING: BOTTLES to BUCKETS (all levels, intro - adv.)

mondays, november 30 - december 7, 6:30 - 8:30 with beth suellentrop barkey & jon stein

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This class will cover the basics on just what your glazing options are and how to execute them successfully.  The first week of class Beth will show you how to apply underglazes and underglaze transfers. She’ll also take you through selecting and applying commercial glazes correctly so you get the results you expect!  Week 2 meet Jon in the glaze area where he’ll walk you through the studio bucket glazes.  Discuss selecting the right glaze combo and firing temperature, executing a nice clean dip, sparying, pouring and when each tequnique is most appropriate.  Plan on bringing bisqueware to this class, though some of the underglaze techniques taught week one wil also work on leather-hard clay.  

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GLAZE LIKE YOUR TEACHER (intermediate)

wednesdays, december 2 - december 9, 6:30 - 8:30 with ben clark
thursdays, december 3 - december 10, 10:00 - 12:00 with jon stein

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Ben and Jon will spend the next two weeks teaching you to glaze how they glaze.  Discuss everything from how they think about glaze selection, to being as efficient as possible, to adding unique touches to the surfaces that reflect their personal style.  Problem solve and trouble shoot your own glaze issues with them, as well.  Gather up all that bisqueware you’ve got sitting around and use it to learn how to become a more effective glazer. 

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING (intermediate)

wednesdays, december 2 - december 9, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler
thursdays, december 3 - december 10, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler

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Experience and experiment with raku, barrel/pit firing, and Mica raku firing during this two week class. Students must bring bisqueware to this class. Raku clay recommended.  Previous Alternative Firing class required for this class. 

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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.

 

Classes Include

  • Instruction during your class time.
  • Studio practice time during business hours (to be used by the end of your session).
  • A storage shelf for your work and supplies.
  • Firing allotment for pieces made for class.
  • Clay and tools are not included unless stated in the class description.

 

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and session changes are permitted up to 14 days prior to the start of the session.  Due to the limited number of spaces available in each class, students who must cancel from 14 to 7 days prior to the start of a session will be given a credit towards a future class.  No refunds are permitted on cancellations less than 7 days prior to the start of the session.  We reserve the right to cancel or merge any of our classes based on enrollment.  All students that may be affected by these changes will be notified, and those students will have the right to cancel their registration for a full refund, or receive a credit for the next class session.

Make-up Policy

Queen City Clay is not responsible for changes in students’ personal schedules.  All students should attend one class per week on the day and time they are registered for to ensure that they keep up with the sequential material covered in class.  Most classes may not be made up.  No make-ups for 2 week classes.  If an eight week class must be missed, students may audit a different meeting time of the same class that week, if there is another session and there is room.  Please call ahead.  Priority seating is given to students who are registered for the scheduled meeting time of any class.  Students auditing as a make-up are not guaranteed a work space, based on availability.  No additional makeup classes, refunds, or credits for class will be given for missed classes.  Private lessons are available at $50 per hour.

End of Session Policy

Your instructor will ask you if you plan on re-registering for class during your class session.  If you do not plan on re-registering your instructor will advise you on firing and picking up your final pieces.  The last week for working in wet clay is week 7 for 8 week classes.  This includes trimming.  the last week of each session is reserved for glazing.  Non-returning students must clear off their shelves by the Sunday before glaze week (end of week 7).  Any work or personal items found on shelves of students who have not re-registered for class before Monday of glaze week will become property of the studio to be recycled or thrown away as we re-assign shelves to new incoming students.

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