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    • Mon, July 10, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6

    Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, 31

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    This is a fun, intermediate-level class in wheel thrown and hand-built pottery. Fine-tune your skills, and explore techniques in surface decoration and shapes. This class is tailored to the needs of the students attending, and we will explore areas specific to your interests. Each session offers a different focus on specific techniques to enhance your pottery. Must know basic skills to join.

    Reg by 7/06



    • Thu, July 13, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Thursdays, July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3

    Facilitator: Dana Russell-Brown

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to make wheel thrown pottery? Then this class is for you! Starting from the beginning, you will learn how to wedge, center, pull and shape the clay on a potters wheel. You will get the opportunity to practice both bowl shapes as well as vase shapes and learn how to add handles or other decorative aspects to your work. You will complete the process of thrown pottery by trimming your pieces to get them ready to fire. Once out of the kiln you will glaze and finish off your artwork. Fee includes up to 25lb of clay, glazes and firing. Come ready to learn this enticing new skill!

    Register by 6/05.


    • Wed, July 19, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 3

    Wednesdays,   July 19, 26,  Aug 2, 9, 16, 23

    Facilitator: Stacey McDonald

    Intermediate potters, keep your skills fresh over the summer with a fun and relaxing evening class! Whether you love to work on the wheel, or prefer to hand build, this class will give you an opportunity to practice what you have learned in your beginner classes and to learn from others in a small group. Demonstrations and challenges will be presented around topics determined by the group and as always students are free to work independently on their own projects.

    Register By:  July 17

    • Tue, August 08, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6

    Tuesdays, Aug 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept 5, 12

    Facilitator: Stacey McDonald

    No experience necessary! An intensive bead workshop focusing on creating just a few unique pieces throughout the class to translate your artistic vision into wearable art. You will make pendants, beads and accent pieces for a few ensembles, with a goal of quality rather than quantity. Various techniques will be demonstrated, including hollow beads, carving, use of molds and textures, and using slips and oxides in addition to bead making techniques.

    Register by 8/02


    • Tue, August 08, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6

    Tuesdays, Aug 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept 5, 12

    Facilitator: Stacey McDonald

    This fun class is for beginners or potters who would like to see a fresh perspective. Coil and slab building techniques will be explored. We will focus on good workmanship and problem solving so the pieces look good and survive the intensity of the kiln. Texture, sculptural additions and layered decorating techniques will make your ware a uniquely personal statement. Making use of everyday items as molds, and learning how to make and use custom bisque molds will be a central theme of this class. The process will be geared to making sets of functional ware, but will equally inform the artist who wishes to expand on their sculptural vocabulary. Some molds will be provided and students will be encouraged to make or bring their own. *** No plaster molds allowed in the studio. ***

    Register by 8/02


    • Tue, August 08, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 4

    Tuesdays, Aug 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept 5, 12

    Facilitator: Stacey McDonald

    Starting from scratch, the beginner will learn the essentials on the wheel. We will begin by centering the clay on the wheel and making a bowl. Building on that success, we will progress to mugs and vases where we will have the opportunity to attach handles. Proficient students will have time to make a plate, and/or explore different ways to decorate and alter your thrown forms and express your unique style. The focus of this class is to take the student from where they are, with little or no experience, and foster the skills and confidence to incorporate wheel throwing pottery into their artistic expression.  No class on July 4th

    Register by 8/02.


    • Fri, August 11, 2017
    • Sun, August 13, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • New Dimensions Studio and Anjali Pavilion
    • 15

      Friday - Sunday,          August 11, 12, 13

      Facilitator: Tracy Gamble

      This action packed, 2 1/2-     day, hands on workshop with Tracy Gamble will focus on application of AMACO’s main cone 5/6 - glaze lines (Potter’s Choice, Celadon, Satin Matte and Shino). Special decorating techniques using Velvet Underglazes, drawing on leather hard and bisque clay and additional bonus demonstrations (newsprint image transfer onto leather hard and bisque using Underglaze) are all part of the action. Bring bisque fired test tiles and small pot test creations to class to experiment on with AMACO (American Art Clay Company, Inc.) cone 5/6 glazes. Tracy is delighted to share tips and techniques for applying, combining, accenting and testing with these glazes. Glazes will be provided by AMACO. The plan is to fire our tests and experiments in the kilns, on site, each day. Bring your favorite sketch book, glaze brushes and your sense of adventure! Open to all skill levels. Lunch will be provided for both Saturday and Sunday sessions.

    Each attendee must bring bisque of 15 – 20 test tiles and bisque of 10 – 15 small bowls, cups, plates or vases (one pounders – hand built or wheel thrown) on the first day of the workshop. All of this bisque must be made from a cone 5/6 clay body.

    Reg by:  8/9


Past events

Tue, June 20, 2017 Imagine! Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery II (BWT 16-12)
Tue, June 20, 2017 Handbuilt Functional Pottery with Pizazz! II (CW16-14)
Tue, June 20, 2017 Wearable Works of art in Clay II (CW16-13)
Thu, June 08, 2017 Smoke & Mirrors (CW16-12)
Thu, June 08, 2017 Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery I (BWT16-11)
Mon, June 05, 2017 Wild Women in Clay II - Carving & Texture (HB16-12)
Wed, May 31, 2017 Intermediate Wheel Thrown & Handbuilt Pottery I (IWT16-8)
Tue, May 09, 2017 Imagine! Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery I (BWT16-10)
Tue, May 09, 2017 Handbuilt Functional Pottery with Pizazz! I (*CW-16-11)
Tue, May 09, 2017 Wearable Works of art in Clay I (*CW16-10)
Wed, May 03, 2017 Whimsical Creations I (HB16-11)
Mon, May 01, 2017 Wild Women in Clay I -Terra Sig & Saggar Fire (HB16-10)
Wed, April 19, 2017 Intermediate Wheel Thrown & Handbuilt Pottery (IWT 16-7)
Tue, April 18, 2017 NEW! Imagine! Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery April class (BWT16-9.5)
Thu, April 06, 2017 Smoke & Mirrors (CW16-8)
Wed, March 22, 2017 Whimsical Creations III (HB16-8)
Thu, March 16, 2017 Beyond the Basics II (IWT 16-6)
Mon, March 13, 2017 Decorating Pottery (HB16-7)
Tue, March 07, 2017 Imagine! Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery II (BWT 16-8)
Wed, March 01, 2017 Mythical Creatures (CW16-7)
Sun, February 19, 2017 Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery (BWT 16-7)
Wed, February 15, 2017 Whimsical Creations II (HB16-6)
Mon, February 13, 2017 Art Uncorked: Wheel Thrown Pottery Night (AW16-5)
Wed, January 25, 2017 Creating Sculptures & 3D Forms (CW16-6)
Mon, January 23, 2017 Clay Glazes & Underglazes (HB16-5)
Thu, January 19, 2017 Beyond the Basics I (IWT 16-5)
Tue, January 17, 2017 Imagine! Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery I (BWT 16-6)
Wed, January 11, 2017 Whimsical Creations I (HB16-4)


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