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The Clay CoOp will be offering classes in its expanded space, ‘The Classroom’.  In this space we will be offering many new opportunities for our community to connect with clay and learn from our artist instructors.  Check out the information below to see what best suits your needs:

Rolling Admission Classes
8 weeks - $280
These classes are perfect for students of all skill levels who like to follow their own lead.  You know what you want to do, you just need help getting there!  We’re here to guide you. Our student directed classes offer an open studio environment with direct one-on-one access to qualified instructors.  Classes will max out at 8 students to maintain an ideal intimate student to instructor ratio. These classes operate on a rolling admission platform which means there is no beginning and no end.  Classes will meet once a week for 2.5 hours.  On your first day you will be provided with a 25 pound box of clay.  All necessary tools and materials will be provided. Additional clay is always available to purchase if need be.

 

Wednesday Morning

10am-12:30pm

Instructor: Chris Landers

 

Wednesday Evening

6:30pm-9pm

Instructor: Chris Landers

 

 

Curriculum Based Classes
These classes have a more structured learning environment.  Beginning to end, there will be an instructor helping you through the course with a clear goal in mind.  Classes will vary in direction and skill level from session to session so keep an eye on our calendar to sign up! Classes will meet once a week for 2.5 hours.  On your first day you will be provided with a 25 pound box of clay.  All necessary tools and materials will be provided. Additional clay is always available to purchase if need be.


Beginner and Intermediate  Wheel
Thursday (3/28-5/2) 6:30-9pm
Instructor: Chris Landers
6 weeks - $240


In this class students will learn the fundamental skills of the wheel while being exposed to more complex ideas of aesthetics and function.  In addition to developing a working knowledge of the ceramic process, students will be introduced to design as well as contemporary ceramics topics and aesthetic sensibilities.


Introduction to the Wheel

Saturday (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20) 10-12:30pm

Instructor: Chris Landers

6 weeks - $240

 

In this class students will learn the fundamental skills needed to create pots on the wheel.  In addition to developing a working knowledge of the ceramic process,  students will also be introduced to design as well as contemporary ceramics topics and aesthetic sensibilities.

 

Contemporary vessel maker John Christopher Landers [American, 1985-P.]is interested in the current domestic landscape. “Shouldn’t the objects we utilize on a daily basis be carefully curated to bring us joy, not just picked up off a store’s shelf?” Landers asks. With a formal education in design, he chooses to push his pieces toward his modern and unique sense of ergonomics and aesthetic innovation. Often choosing to add an element of discovery to his work, Landers finds “It’s important to me that the user forms a relationship with my objects and I find that happens most frequently when they experience something pleasant and unexpected.”  Utilizing his education in art he draws influence from historical objects and methods.  These influences, which are steeped in tradition, help participants find context in his work.  Internationally exhibited and domestically distributed, his ware can be found in private homes and restaurants throughout the United States.

 

USING THE POTTER’S WHEEL TO CREATE FUNCTIONAL FORMS

Tuesday (2/26-4/2) 9:30-12pm
Instructor: Natalia Kormeluk
6 weeks - $240
 
Class covering wedging, centering, throwing, trimming, decorating, and glazing. Participants will be encouraged to practice the elements of throwing functional wheel forms and to deepen their skills.  Specific attention will be devoted to throwing in a series, throwing off the mound, and to developing one’s personal style. In addition to throwing cups, bowls, and plates we will be covering such topics as: lids, handles, glazing, using slips, and wet clay altering.


Natalia is an experienced potter and teacher, having taught pottery and sculpture full-time for 40 years at The Field School. During her career as a studio potter/ teacher she explored a wide range of wheel and hand forming techniques with her students as well applied them in her own work. She remained current in her techniques by hosting artist potters in her school studio, by attending workshops and presenting many of her own. Natalia has exhibited nationally and internationally in one person shows and group juried shows. Her work is in private collections as well as at the University of Pittsburg, the Heritage Center at Manor College in Pennsylvania, and the National Museum of Ukrainian Pottery in Ukraine, where she recently completed a Residency, instructed an International group of potters, and curated an International Clay Sculpture Symposium.  She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982 From Antioch University.



Open Studio (for currently enrolled students)

There is no instruction or guidance during these times

Monday (6:30-9pm) Wednesday (3:30-6pm) Thursday (11am-1:30pm) Saturday (12:30-2pm)


Saturday open studio is available to anyone who participates in the studio and is an open Q&A session. On the third Saturday of each month we will have a special event- critique, special technique, presentation, or cultural excursion.This is open to the general public free of charge. More information will be posted on our calendar.



 


Classroom Memberships 

Monthly - $175
For those who are interested in a space to work outside of the offered classes.  The Classroom Membership provides you with 24 hour access to The Classroom space during non-educational time with access to all of it’s equipment. Clay is purchased separately from the CoOp and covers all associated firing and glaze costs.  Members also receive a discount on classes, purchases from The Catalyst Gallery, and workshops!

 


Workshops

​​A menu of mini workshops:

Stylize your own course; hop on, hop off.  Choose from a menu of instructional thematic classes for a hands-on experience.  Whether you are beginning, intermediate or advanced sign up for all the classes and follow a progression of instruction or take only the sessions you want to pursue to build your own personal style.  Choose the methods and techniques which best fit your interests and creative direction, whether you are expanding your repertoire of skills, seeking inspiration or wanting to work in a studio setting. Each session will consist of a hands-on demonstration with time to develop personal work with guided instruction.

Build your own tool box with materials specific to the forms you choose to build and acquaint yourself with the most recent methods of clay construction.

Work at your pace and skill level while benefiting from the interaction with other members in the class and exchange of ideas. At the end of each session, forms will be completed to reflect the subject covered in the session. To get the most of each session, participants should plan on using open studio time to complete their projects.

Instructor: Natalia Kormeluk
Cost: 
Package - 10 classes $450 Includes 25lbs of clay
à la carte - $65 + Clay 


February 26: 6:00-8:30pm
KNOW YOUR CLAY!
Why pinching is essential to all methods? Explore how to move clay.  A series of exercises will be presented to develop forms through pinching while recognizing clay properties and the physics of clay. Methods of wedging will be explored for recycling and preparing clay for hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel to obtain the results sought after.  Pinched forms will be completed at the end of the class recognizing the value of working in a series.

March 5: 6-8:30pm
COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTIONS:   
The class will create a series of multiples, join them into a larger overall form, and give consideration to transitions, wet clay strength and three-dimensional design.  Proper drying, storing, surface treatments and function vs sculpture will be addressed.

March 12: 6-8:30pm
SCULPTING AND WEDGE COILING:
Concepts of Eastern Wedge Coil and how it is used to construct large pieces. The class will construct forms using the Wedge Coil method to create a sculpture. Topics such as adding new clay, developing the outer “skin” of the clay, shaping with a variety of tools, compressing, collaring, curving, paddling and working with equal thickness will be addressed throughout the class. Students should expect to complete one form in class and a second one on their own time with proper resolution of surface and orientation.

March 19: 6-8:30pm
GLAZES AND GLAZING:
What is a glaze and what are the different ways of using it creatively? The class will explore how glazes are formulated, tested and the approaches to glazing used by potters. Topics to be addressed are glaze fit, glaze adjustments, line blend, the impact of ingredients make on a glaze and the role it plays on the overall statement of the work created. Students will glaze their own bisque ware and do a line blend.

March 26: 6-8:30pm

SLAB FORMING PROCESSES #1: How to create free-thrown slabs big and small, establish desired thickness and compression, work with specific equipment and develop a series of functional cups and cylinders. The class will create templates, learn to store and dry clay for appropriate consistency, finish edges and seams, explore surface treatments with textures, use the potter’s wheel to attach bases and learn to dry finished work. At the end of the session participants should have a series of cups or cylinders.

April 2: 6-8:30pm
SLAB FORMING PROCESSES #2:
The class will use the free-thrown slab methods from the previous session and will be introduced to using the slab roller to explore SQUARE PLATES, BOWLS & PLATTERS. Special sequential steps, tools and equipment will be introduced to allow for consistent efficient functional form-making.  Students will learn to prepare, store, and dry their clay to a proper working consistency in order to achieve wet strength. A set of forms will be completed by the end of class. /depending on skill level, Session #1 is recommended but not required/

April 9: 6-8:30pm
CREATING PERSONAL BISQUE MOLDS AND USING THE POTTER’S WHEEL IN HAND BUILDING FUNCTIONAL PLATES, BOWLS, LIDS AND FEET.
The potter’s wheel, bisque molds and foam will be used as a means for creating functional pieces. By integrating a variety of tools and methods, the class will design one or more forms, prepare the slab, create and use the molds, to achieve ROUNDED BOWLS AND PLATES. /wheel throwing experience is beneficial but not required/. Students will explore several applications of bisque molds, create the molds of their choosing to personalize their work. Molds are intended to be used as tools and to develop a series in hand- formed clay.

April 16: 6-8:30pm
THE SEAMLESS CYLINDER:  
 The Mitch Lyons Technique. The class will introduce the methods, tools and materials to create seamless cylinders, cups, and lidded vessels according to the Mitch Lyons’ approach of rolling and stretching clay. A variety of dowels and cardboard tubes will be used to form a cylinder and thin the clay slab.  The different sizes of tubes allow for large vessel-like cylindrical construction as well as very narrow tapered tubes used for spouts and handles. 

April 30: 6-8:30pm
SURFACE TREATMENTS # 2:  MIXING & DECORATING WITH SLIPS & UNDERGLAZES.
This class will explore all things related to mixing and using slips and underglazes on the clay surface. Traditional and nontraditional techniques of slip trailing, monoprinting and sgraffito will be covered including the painted stretched slab. 

May 7: 6-8:30pm
WRITING AN ARTIST STATEMENT:
In order to show one’s work, the artist must consider his or her work with a critical eye and provide the viewer insight into their interests and intentions with a statement.   The class will consider the elements in an artist statement. Participants will share their thoughts and observations about each other’s work, and practice writing statements. The group will provide each other with feedback.

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