SUMMER of LEARNING

2 WEEK CLASSES

This summer we are very excited to try something a little different!  We will be offering topic focused 2 week class sessions instead of our normal 8 week classes.  This will give you flexibility to take classes around your vacation and move around between days and instructors every couple of weeks.  This is your opportunity to sample a class you may not have tried otherwise without committing to a full two months.  You could also choose to treat this like an eight week class, staying with the same instructor in the same time slot.  The projects will change every two weeks, but should flow together.  You will have a week after your class is over to finish glazing independently, or sign up for a glazing or firing class for the following two weeks!

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 to the right. Please review our cancellation policies HERE.

INTRO to HANDBUILDING

tuesdays, july 28 - august 4, 6:30 -8:30 with katie swartz

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Learn the basics of how to form clay through pinching, coil building, and working with slabs. Combine these forming methods together to make some fun shapes! Studenst should expect to make several pieces using these techniques. Clay and tools included in your first Intro level class at QCC.

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INTRO to WHEEL

mondays, july 27 - august 3, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein
thursdays, july 30 - august 6, 6:30 - 8:30 with amanda hollinger
sundays, july 2 - august 9, 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 throw a cylinder, the starting point for all wheel thrown forms. Create cups, bowls, or plates from your most successful cylinders. 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

***LIVE ZOOM CLASS***

tuesdays, july 28 - august 4, 6:30 - 8:30 with tony weiss

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The instruction for this class will all be virtual.Participants will be emailed the Zoom link (used to join the class each week) the week before the class starts. In-studio practice time and glazing are included. 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. Forms covered will shift depending on the needs of participants. Must have taken Intro to Wheel or similar experience.  

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Focus: MUGS (intermediate wheel)

wednesdays, july 29 - august 5, 6:30 - 8:30 with jamie grauvogel
saturdays, august 1 - august 9, 2:00 - 4:00 with andrew osterburg

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This class will focus on that most popular of pottery forms, the mug. Learn different styles of mugs, work on surfaces, and of couse- perfect those handles! Must have taken Intro to Wheel or similar experience.

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EXPLORING TEXTURE (intermediate wheel)

thursdays, july 30 - august 6, 10:00 - 12:00 with jon stein

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Spend two weeks exploring texture with Jon on the wheel. He’ll show you how to use roulettes, texture ribs, sprigs, and more to enhance your forms.

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FORMS for FIRING

tuesdays, july 28 - august 4, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein

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Work on shaping to create forms that take advantage of atmospheric firing processes. Think bottles, round bellied pots… Bisque and save the pieces you make in this class for an atmospheric or alternative firing class in the next session!

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RAMEN & RICE BOWLS

mondays, july 27 - august 3, 6:30 - 8:30 with angela belcher clark

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Angela will share her secrets for making the perfect bowls for these dishes, or whatever else you want to put in them! 

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Focus: HANDBUILT BOWLS

mondays, july 27 - august 9, 1:00 - 3:00 with chrissy trout

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Learn several different methods for creating handbuilt bowls. From round to square to organic shapes, you have lots of options for making a bowl that feels handmade and refined at the same time. We will NOT be using molds as a primary forming method in this class.

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HANDBUILDING with PORCELAIN- Focus: CUPS

wednesdays, july 29 - august 5, 6:30 - 8:30 with stephanie youngquist

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Learn how to work with thin porcelain slabs as you use them to create cups in this two-week course.  Helios porcelain reccomended.

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FORM & SURFACE (intermediate handbuilding)

mondays, july 27 - august 3, 6:30 - 8:30 with beth suellentrop-barkey

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In this class we will use GR Pottery forms to create unique, hand-built pottery. We will then use the pieces we make to experiment with underglaze, slip and wax to do resist techniques and slip trailing.

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

saturdays, august 1 - august 8, 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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SLIP SURFACES for the WHEEL (advanced wheel)

tuesdays, july 28 - august 4, 2:00 - 4:00 with ben clark
wednesdays july 29 - august 5, 6:30 - 8:30 with ben clark

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OOPS!Beth made too much slip for her class and I’m going to steal it. Lets work on applying slipswith fingers, ribs, squeeze bottles, and the John Belushi mashed potato method. We will talk through glazing on week two while continuing to make a mess on any and all wheel shapes. This class is ALL fun ALL the time. Join me.

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ALTERNATIVE FIRING (intermediate)

wednesdays, july 29 - august 5 , 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler
thursdays, july 30 - august 6 , 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler

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Experience and experiment with raku, barrel/pit firing, and Mica rakufiring during this eight 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.

 

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