All Workshop classes have a cancellation date of 3 weeks prior to the start of class.
with a $25.00 cancellation fee.
2021 - 3 Day Weekend Workshop, Ceramic Masks and Assemblage
June 25, 26, 27
Gail Rappa and Elaine Parks will be the instructors for this mixed media class.
Elaine will guide the class in using plaster gauze, working with partners to make a cast of our own face. When the molds have set, we will press clay into the molds to make several masks. As these are drying we will scavenge for treasures for the final assemblage piece.
Using a single fire technique, we will glaze then raku the clay masks when they are dry.
Gail will show us cold connection techniques to assemble the clay masks with our scavenged treasures.
The price for the 3 days includes room, board and materials and firing.
Join us to make a piece that is uniquely you.
Topics covered vary depending on the individuals enrolled in the workshop but can include the basics of getting started on the wheel--centering, learning to throw functional forms as well as more advanced topics like altering thrown pots, learning to throw larger pots, developing your own glazes using natural materials in your environment, and so forth. We work with a couple of different stoneware clay bodies we purchase pre-mixed, glaze it raw (i.e. no bisque fire), and single fire in a soda kiln to cone 10 using propane as fuel.
In addition, we have a raku kiln for doing some extra firing while waiting for the big kilns to cool at the end of a session.
Class sizes are small (we limit the residency to 6 participants) so there is ample opportunity for one-on-one interaction with the instructor(s). Positions are filled first come first serve with deposit.
Emphasis is on meeting the individual student at his or her skill/interest level and working from there.
The price for two weeks includes room and board and glaze and firing. There is an at cost charge for commercial clay and the school clay is free of charge. Session cost is $1,750.00. Final payment and signed liability waiver due June 18th. Cancellation date June 18th.
2021 Session II: 2 weeks
Community Building through Clay
Friday, July 30th--
Friday, August 13th
Elaine Parks and Goedele Vanhille will be teaching this two week class.
Studio time will cover both hand building and throwing techniques.
Elaine will be demonstrating how to use coils -handmade and extruded - to make open forms exploring sculptural possibilities. Other hand-building techniques of pinch and hard and soft slab will be introduced and if there’s interest we can explore that further.
Goedele’s focus will be on all aspects of wheel throwing from centering, opening and shaping to trimming, lids and handles.
All levels are welcome
Goedele and Elaine are interested in helping students build skills with clay, so everyone in the session feels they can come to gain a better competency and understanding of clay as a material.
Students can try both ways of working, focus on hand building and on throwing and progress at their own comfort.
Work will be fired in the high fired gas kiln, using glazes available at the school.
We are exploring community building with a work exchange, hoping to reach people willing to help maintain our campus and keep the community spirit of over 50 years of the Pottery School alive.
The price for two weeks includes room and board and glaze and firing, with the exception of clay, which is charged at cost.
Session cost is $1,250.00 instead of the full tuition of $1,750.00.
Final payment and signed liability waiver due July 9th. Cancellation date, July 9th.