Intro to Hand Building will be an opportunity for students to work with clay as an art medium. Each student will become familiar with the basic methods of construction, decoration, vocabulary, as well as sculptural techniques.
Classes are held at The Potter's Shop and will consist of 6 consecutive sessions, one day a week for 2 hours.
Students will be able to create one decorative ceramic box, one pinch vessel, one coil vessel, and one decorative flat ornament through exploring the following techniques:
- Slab building
- Coil Method
- Pinch Method
- Surface Applications, such as:
Day 1: Demonstration on Rolling out slabs (which will be class slab), pinching technique, and coil technique, Students rolling out slab. All designs must be approved by instructor before creation. Students will create one coil vessel.
Day 2: Demonstration on textures with objects students have brought in. Demo on slipping and scoring slabs together. Use texture to create decorative flat ornament.
Day 3: Demonstration on modeling clay for required application. More work time for box construction.
Day 4: Demonstration on creating box lid and surface application. The rest is work time.
Day 5: Last day to finish wet clay. Finish construction, surface application, etc. so piece can begin to try and be bisque fired.
Day 6: Brief glazing demo with brush or dunking techniques. Bisque pieces returned and day for glazing. Piece must be completed by end of class.
We know practicing helps so each class includes lab time:
Starting with the second class, students can arrive 30 minutes early to warm up prior to the start of the class. Class fee covers all tools and clay during class and 30 minutes practice time before class.
Finished pottery pieces not picked in 120 days will be disregarded.
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 the session will be refunded 50% of the class fee. 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.