Queen City Clay

Classes

Spring Session: 5 weeks

April 26th - May 30th

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.

5 WEEK Classes for

APRIL 26 - MAY 30

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

mondays, april 26 - may 24, 6:30 -8:30

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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, coil building, and working with slabs. You will also learn how to use drape 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, april 26 - may 24, 6:30 - 8:30 with morgan fraley
wednesdays, april 28 - may 26, 6:30 - 8:30 with jamie grauvogel
fridays, april 30 - may 28, 10:00 - 12:00 with morgan fraley
sundays, may 2 - may 30, 1:00 - 3:00 with sam jayne

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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

mondays, april 26 - may 24, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein
thursdays, april 29 - may 27, 6:30 - 8:30 with andrew osterburg
saturdays, may 1 - may 29, 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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BOARD GAMES (intermediate)

tuesdays, april 27 - may 25, 6:30 - 8:30 with lacie turcott warden

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Learn how to make unique, personalized, fully-functional board games from start to finish.  We will explore making pieces, playing boards, and display/storage solutions.  Use techniques that best suit your concept- from handbuilt or wheel-thrown components to surface texture ideas and alternative firing techniqes, the possibilities are endless.   Playtesting and collaboration will be encouraged.  Let’s play!

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JEWELRY (all levels)

thursdays, april 29 - may 27, 6:30 - 8:30 with amanda hollinger

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Learn how to make earrings, pendants, and different kinds of beads.  Finish is extremely important to jewelry making, so emphasis will not only be placed on making, but surfacing the pieces.  We’ll explore different underglazing techniques, how to glaze and fire jewelry, and how to use lusters.  The last week of class we’ll put it all together, learning how to attach the hardware and wire needed to complete your pieces.

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SERVE UP SOME COLOR (intermediate)

tuesdays, april 27 - may 25, 6:30 - 8:30 with katie swartz

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This class is for both throwers and handbuilders looking to enhance their pieces with some surface decoration.  You’ll work on creating forms and then turn your focus to color, pattern and texture as you explore painting and surfacing techniques on your pieces.  Think serving dish or centerpiece…lots of surface to work with.  Demonstrations will include both handbuilt and thrown pieces. Some underglazes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you want specific colors. 

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SURFACE & FORM (intermediate handbuilding)

mondays, april 26 - may 24, 1:00 - 3:00 with beth suellentrop-barkey

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Make your forms and surfaces talk to each other.  We’ll work on several different surface techniques over the next few weeks.  Learn how to create a surface that will enhance your form, and also how to create a form out of a flat slab that you’ve already decorated.  Some underglazes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you want specific colors.

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SERVING WARE (intermediate/advanced wheel)

thursdays, april 29 - may 27, 10:00 - 12:00 with amanda hollinger

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So you’ve made the things to eat things from, you may have even made the things to cook things in, now make the the things to serve things on.  We can do big serving bowls, platters, dippers, cake stands, cheese trays… or other items suggested by the class, TBD week 1.  What’s that serving piece you always seem to need but don’t have?  Let’s make it! 

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BOWLS (intermediate wheel)

wednesdays, april 28 - may 26, 6:30 - 8:30 with ben clark

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Everyone likes making bowls, so let’s make a bunch of them in this shorter class session.  Ben will go over good technique for making bowls, trimming and finishing them, how to make sets of bowls that stack, and throwing larger serving bowls.  Maybe even sculptural bowls if time allows. 

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BOOT CAMP (intermediate/advanced wheel)

tuesdays, april 27 - may 25, 2:00 - 4:00 with jon stein
tuesdays, april 27 - may 25, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein

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Get your pottery skills whipped into shape!  This class will correct all of your technical problems (by force if necessary).  Think about it like Wheel 2 on steroids.  Are you tough enough?

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DARTING (intermediate handbuilding)

wednesdays, april 28 - may 26, 6:30 - 8:30 with chrissy trout

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This class is all about altering forms through darting.  We’ll use slabs to work on mugs, bowls, and a pitcher form.  Learn several different types of darts and other advanced techniques to elevate your pieces along the way. 

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

saturdays, may 1 – may 29, 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. Kirk will assist students through self directed projects and seek to enhance their understanding of sculptural forms, and advise on surface treatments.  Previous Advanced Sculpture class required for this class. 

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING (intermediate)

thursdays, april 29 – may 27, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler

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This class will focus on lots of experimentation and partying. Experience and experiment with raku, barrel/pit firing, and Mica raku firing during this five week class. Students should 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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