Queen City Clay

Classes

Summer Session: 8 weeks

July 5th - August 29th

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.

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2760 HIGHLAND AVE, 45212

Follow us on Social Media to see the progress and the fluctuating hours as we’re getting situated.  Classes and normal hours will resume on July 5th.

8 WEEK Classes for

July 5th - August 29th

INTRO to CLAY

tuesdays, july 6 - august 24, 6:30 - 8:30 with katie swartz

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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, july 7 - august 25, 6:30 -8:30  with chrissy trout

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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, july 5 - august 23, 6:30 - 8:30 with angela belcher clark
wednesdays, july 7 - august 25, 6:30 - 8:30 with staff
thursdays, july 8 - august 26, 6:30 - 8:30 with amanda hollinger
fridays, july 9 - august 27, 10:00 - 12:00 with morgan fraley
sundays, july 11 - august 29, 1:00 - 3:00 with morgan frailly

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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, july 6 - august 24, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein
thursdays, july 8 - august 26, 6:30 - 8:30 with tony weiss
saturdays, july 10 - august 28, 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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INTERMEDIATE HANDBUILDING

mondays, july 5 - august 23, 1:00 - 3:00 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 you learn to construct more complex forms than you may have tackled in the past.  Specific projects will be decided on the first week of class, but we’ll definietly discuss proper clay dryness for each technique and how to properly finish handbuilt pieces so they don’t feel sloppy. 

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PORCELAIN SLABS (intermediate handbuilding)

thursdays, july 8 - august 26, 6:30 - 8:30 with stephanie youngquist

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This class will guide you through the process of handbuilding with thin porcelain slabs and show you how to be successful with this tricky medium.  You’ll go over how to properly roll out and prep the porcelain, how to construct your pieces, using tar paper templates, proper drying times for building with porcelain, and how to dry your pieces to avoid cracking.  This is the class for you if you’ve been thinking about starting to work with porcelain, or you’re having problems when using it.  Stephanie will give you all her tips and tricks to get you on the right track for using this finicky but beautiful clay body. Stephanie prefers Helios porcelain.

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SURFACE (all levels)

tuesdays, july 6 - august 24, 6:30 - 8:30 with sara torgison

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This 8 week class will cover a range of alternative surfacing and decorating techniques. Topics will include slip and underglaze application, carving, sgraffito, mishima, underglaze pencils and brushwork. Students will make a series of basic forms for experimentation with various surfacing methods. Some experience with wheel throwing and/or handbuilding is preferred but not required.

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ICE CREAM- Handbuilding Edition (intermediate)

mondays, july 5 - august 23, 6:30 - 8:30 with beth suellentrop-barkey

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!   Ice Cream lovers unite! Learn how to make the tools for an ice cream shop paradise. From basic bowls to sundae dishes, spoons, scoops and pouring vessels for all your syrup, this class is sure to please your sweet tooth.

Unlike other classes… there will be a hand-building section and wheel throwing section running simultaneously. Select which style fits you best, but you will have the option to observe the demo’s from the other class as well!

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ICE CREAM- Wheel Edition (intermediate)

mondays, july 5 - august 23, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!   Ice Cream lovers unite! Learn how to make the tools for an ice cream shop paradise. From basic bowls to sundae dishes, spoons, scoops and pouring vessels for all your syrup, this class is sure to please your sweet tooth.

Unlike other classes… there will be a hand-building section and wheel throwing section running simultaneously. Select which style fits you best, but you will have the option to observe the demo’s from the other class as well!

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CLASS for BAKERS (intermediate wheel)

thursdays, july 8 - august 26, 10:00 - 12:00 with amanda hollinger

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Join Amanda for this class focusing on bakeware and other fun pieces you can use in the kitchen or for serving.  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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SETS (intermediate/advanced wheel)

wednesdays, july 7 - august 25, 6:30 -8:30  with jamie grauvogel

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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. We’lll also discuss other elements that make peices feel like a set, such as surface treatment, color, and the overall style of the pieces.  Students should already feel comfortable throwing all forms (cups, bowls, plates etc) as the class will focus on repetition, refinement, and design.

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ADVANCED WHEEL

tuesdays, july 6 - august 24, 2:00 - 4:00 with jon stein

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So now you can throw.  It’s time to take your work to the next level.  This class will get you throwing larger than you ever thought you could and we’ll work on techniques for making extreme and complex forms.  Demos will be geared towards the interst of the students so feel free to come with ideas about what you’d like to learn!  

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

saturdays, july 10 - august 28, 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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ALTERNATIVE FIRING (all levels)

thursdays, july 8 - august 26, 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 rakufiring 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.
  • 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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