Friday, January 2, 2009

Jan 2009 Classes

Class info coming soon to an e-mail near you.

Note that classes are two weeks apart, not one week as in the past.

Monday Jan 12 and 26, 2009
10:30 Beginning clay work: one small pinch pot and one coil pot. 45 to 60 minutes.
1:30 Would anyone like to do the sculpting work?
3:00 Slab class.

Other classes to be announced as they come together.

Some of my ideas for this year:
Date night for parents.
Valentines Day: Paint already bisqued items.
Spring time baskets made with coils in spring colors.
Mom and daughter class.
Mother's Day.
Father's Day. (Look for the fish somewhere on this blog. Sculpt guy stuff.)
Generational classes.
Tea time with your class. You bring the goodies, I'll boil the water!

Let me know what you would like and I will see what I can put together.

Beads, slab, pinch and coil pots in the un-bisqued state

This is a simple slab project.

Simple beads can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes and colors.

Un-bisqued coil and pinch pots.

Sculpting Class

Slab construction with added sculpting.

Face mugs and a baking dish which was slab construction.

That's a large slab sculpted with assorted items.

We saw this in a pottery shop.
Wouldn't that be fun inspiration
for something unique?

My father can show you the simple techniques for making cute dogs.

Slab Class

Slab construction means that we take a slab of clay just like pie dough and create something with it. It is my favorite way to play with clay. It takes time, patience, an eye for form and design, and a willingness to crunch the project and start anew. That's my perspective.

The following things have been formed from slabs of clay, then glazed and enjoyed.

Students will spend time learning the basics of thinking through a design, forming the clay, using the glueing techniques, smoothing the rough edges, allowing it to dry properly. After the first firing we will glaze the projects.

Little purse necklaces

Cracker and dip trays


Small leaf dish

More advanced Slab Class