Queen City Clay

Classes

Fall Session: 8 weeks

September 21 - November 15

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.

8 WEEK Classes for

SEPTEMBER 21 - NOVEMBER 15

INTRO to CLAY

mondays, september 21-november 9, 6:30 - 8:30 with morgan fraley

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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

tuesdays, september 22-november 10, 6:30 -8:30 with katie swartz

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This program is great for anyone from a true beginner, to throwing students looking to get off of the wheel and try something different. Learn the basics of how clay behaves through pinching and coil building. Discover what you can make the clay do at various stages of dryness by 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, september 21-november 9, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein
tuesdays, september 22-november 10, 6:30 - 8:30 with amanda hollinger
sundays, september 27-november 15, 1:00 - 3:00 with morgan fraley

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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

tuesdays, september 22-november 10, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein
wednesdays, september 23-november 11, 6:30 - 8:30 with ben clark
thursdays, september 24-november 12, 10:00 - 12:00 with jon stein
saturdays, september 26-november 14, 2:00 - 4:00 with andrew osterburg

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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 Intro to Wheel or similar experience.   

  

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VIRTUAL INTERMEDIATE WHEEL

***LIVE ZOOM CLASS***

tuesdays, september 22-november 10, 6:30 - 8:30 with tony weiss

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he instruction for this class will all be virtual.  Participants will be emailed the Zoom link (used to join the class each week) before the class starts. In-studio practice time, firing allotment, and glazing are included.  This class will strengthen your foundation techniques and get you comfortable with most wheel thrown forms, just like our in-person Intermediate Wheel class. Forms covered will shift depending on the needs of participants.  Must have taken Intro to Wheel or similar experience.  

  

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INTERMEDIATE HANDBUILDING

mondays, september 21-november 9, 1:00 - 3:00 with beth suellentrop barkey
wednesdays, september 23-november 11, 6:30 - 8:30 with chrissy trout

 

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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. 

  

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INTRO to PLASTER MOLDS

thursdays, september 24-november 12, 6:30 - 8:30 with kirsti burton

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Plaster can be an amazing tool in ceramic production. In this class we’ll learn about different ways to use molds to enhance your work, speed up your workflow, what makes a “good” mold, and what type of mold is best suited for your ideas. We’ll be focusing mainly on 2-part slip molds, but we’ll learn how to make other molds as well. The class size will be small, so sign up early to guarantee a spot!  ***Class fee includes plaster, reclaim clay for mold-making, and use of QCC plaster tools. Yearly class members must pay lab fee of $15 for this class.***

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

saturdays, september 26-november 14, 2:00 - 4:00 with kirk mayhew

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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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A CLASS for BAKERS (intermediate wheel)

thursdays, september 24-november12, 6:30 - 8:30 with amanda hollinger

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Join Amanda to focus on cooking items and other fun pieces you can use in the kitchen or for serving.  In A Class for Bakers you will work on forms like batter bowls, berry bowls, pie dishes, casseroles, muffin and bread bakers.  There are several tricks of the trade Amanda will pass on to make these creations “must have” pots in the kitchen. 

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TRAPPED AIR & ALTERING (intermediate/advanced wheel)

mondays, september 21-november 9, 6:30 - 8:30 with angela belcher clark 

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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.  Angela will also share her expertise in throwing and altering trapped air forms to make unique shapes, only possible through this technique.  Wheel 2 or similar experience required. 

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PLANTERS (intermediate wheel)

wednesdays, september 23-november 11, 6:30 - 8:30 with jamie grauvogel

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In this 8 week class session Jamie will combine elements from all of her short 2 week classes to help you create cohesive, thought out pots.  She will focus on making planters, but you can take these techniques to any kind of vessel you like.  Learn how to alter thrown forms, plan for and apply textures that enhance your forms, and how to handle working with larger amounts of clay than you may be used to. 

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MAKE BETTER POTS! (advanced wheel)

tuesdays, september 22-november 10, 2:00 - 4:00 with ben clark

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What makes a “good” pot?  Lets look at all the elements that go into pot making from aesthetics like design, proportions, textures… to technical components such as how to get something the correct size and expected weight.  Come to class with ideas about what forms you make that could use some improvement.  We’ll work on perfecting those throughout the class session.

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING

wednesdays, september 23-november 11, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler
thursdays, september 24-november 12, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler

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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 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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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.
  • Introductory classes only include some clay and basic tools.

 

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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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