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.

8 WEEK Classes for

JANUARY 4 - FEBRUARY 28

INTRO to CLAY

mondays, january 4 - february 22, 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

thursdays, january 7 - february 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 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 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, january 4 - february 22, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein
tuesdays, january 5 - february 23, 6:30 - 8:30 with amanda hollinger
fridays, january 8 - february 26, 10:00 - 12:00 with ben clark
sundays, january 10 - february 28, 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

wednesdays, january 6 - february 24, 6:30 - 8:30 with jamie grauvogel
thursdays, january 7 - february 25, 10:00 - 12:00 with jon stein
thursdays, january 7 - february 25, 6:30 - 8:30 with amanda hollinger
saturdays, january 9 - february 27, 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

tuesdays, jan 5 - feb 23, 6:30 - 8:30 with tony weiss

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**THE INSTRUCTION FOR THIS CLASS WILL ALL BE VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM**  Not quite ready to come back to the studio?  No problem!  Join Tony on Tuesday nights from the comfort of your home as he demonstrates from his home studio.  Wheel demos will be appropriate for intermediate level students and techniques covered will be based on the needs of the students.  Work along with Tony if you have a wheel at home, or use this time to take notes, observe, problem solve, and of course socialize with your classmates.  Demos will usually last about an hour with plenty of time after for questions, critiques, and individual help.  We will send you a ZOOM link for the class a few days ahead of time.  Please take a few minutes before the class starts to test out ZOOM and make sure everything is working properly.

  

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SETS (intermediate/advanced wheel)

mondays, jan 4 - feb 22, 6:30 - 8:30 with angela belcher clark

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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. Additionally, the class will discuss design theme and principles to enable a cohesive holistic family of pieces in your set. Bring your vision and favorite pieces so that we may dissect what makes it great and how to accomplish that for your own set. Each student can expect to make a four piece dinnerware place setting plus a centerpiece that will accompany your set design. 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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A CLASS for BAKERS (intermediate/advanced wheel)

tuesdays, jan 5 - feb 23, 2:00 - 4:00  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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THROWING BIGGER (advanced wheel)

tuesdays, jan 5 - feb 23, 6:30 - 8:30 with jon stein

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What does throwing large mean to you?  Learn the techniques you need to increase the amount of clay you can deal with so you can make bigger forms.  Alternative techniques will be covered to allow you to push the envelope of what you can comfortably handle on the wheel, knuckle pulling, coil throwing, stacking forms, and creating large platters will all be covered. 

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USING RIBS to CREATE SURFACE (advanced wheel)

wednesdays, jan 6 - feb 24, 6:30 - 8:30 with ben clark

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Shaping ribs, texture ribs, fix-it ribs, metal, wood, plastic, homemade?????? WHAT DO THEY ALL DO?  Calm down and sign up for this exploration class that looks at every rib you can imagine.  Ben will explain the intended use of each tool along with surface results one can achieve with each rib.  Every week we will tackle a specific form that benefits from a couple of these wonderful tools.  By the end, you will be considered…RIB MASTER. 

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KITCHEN GADGETS (intermediate handbuilding)

mondays, jan 4 - feb 22, 1:00 - 3:00 with beth suellentrop-barkey

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In this class, we will use hand building techniques to create beautiful and useful objects for everyday kitchen use! Baskets & colanders for fruit, citrus juicers, salt and peppers, egg crates for your farmer’s market eggs, and butter dishes are just some of the gadgets we will be learning about. Make yourself a coordinating set! You won’t want to miss this one! 

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ANIMALS (intermediate handbuilding)

tuesdays, jan 5 - feb 23, 6:30 - 8:30 with katie swartz

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We’ve all admired Katie’s work around the shop.  Join her for this 8 week class as you combine function and sculpture to bring narrative into your work through animal themes.  You’ll work on some short term projects such as making water bowls, bird houses, etc. for your animals.  You’ll also work on a longer project, learning how to sculpt an animal.  You don’t need to be a sculptor to take this class!  Katie will guide you through ways you can animate your pieces with a focus on decorative elements that will give them some personality.  

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ADVANCED SCULPTURE

saturdays, jan 9 - feb 27, 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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PREPPING WORK for ALTERNATIVE FIRING (all levels)

thursdays, jan 7 - feb 25, 6:30 - 8:30 with john fowler

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While we will NOT be doing any raku firing during these cold winter months, it is the perfect time to get all your pieces made and prepped for Alternative Firing Class in the spring.  If you’ve never taken Alternative Firing before now is the time to jump in and learn what it’s all about.  We will work on making forms with raku/pit/barrel firing in mind.  Learn how to burnish, make and use terra sigillata, experiment with slip and sodium silicate, and learn about mica firing.  We’ll also prep pieces for a pit fire and plan on firing those during the last class.

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SLIP & UNDERGLAZE (intermediate)

wednesdays, Jan 6 - feb 24, 6:30 - 8:30 with chrissy trout

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This class will be an exploration in using slips, underglaze, transfers,…and how you can combine all these things together to create interesting layered surfaces.  We’ll make some slip, add some colorants, and then PLAY.  We’ll cover several techniques such as slip trailing, inlay, marbling.  We’ll make transfers using underglazes.  Most weeks we’ll be working on leather hard clay.  Pieces should be made ahead, but you won’t need to have anything ready for the first week of class.  Everything you make for this class should be considered a test.  Find out what works first and then apply those surface treatments to your favorite pieces

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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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