Fall I Ceramics Classes
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 Fall I Ceramics Classes
* These classes come with FREE three-hour Open Labs -- one for each week of class (eight-week classes receive eight and four-week classes receive four). Additional Open Labs can be purchased. Open Labs are only given for classes (not for workshops). Please consult your instructor for dates, times, and to purchase additional Open Labs.
Online registration closes three days prior to event start time. Afterward those interested may call Clayspace at 630 393 2529 to inquire about availability.


Cups: The Intimate Form *

Using handbuilding techniques, you will explore a variety of shapes and textures using the cup as your impetus, but you can make what your heart desires. We will discuss functional aspects of a cup as well as the unique relationship we have with ritual. Formally, we will consider clay consistency and pottery elements such as handles and feet. Note: this is a six-week class and comes with six free Open Labs.
Experience Level: all

Tuesdays, August 18 - September 22, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register

Instructor: Mary Kay Botkins

$203 + $30 Materials Fee  



Beginning/Intermediate Ceramics *

Learn and explore the basics - from technique to design - with an eye towards raising your skills to the next level. Whether it is learning centering and throwing simple forms on the wheel or learning combined forms and advanced glazing techniques, this class is for you.
Experience Level: all

Saturdays, August 22 - October 10, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Register

Instructor: Marie Gnesda

$270 + $30 Materials Fee


  Ceramics - Throwing on the Wheel  *

You will be challenged to not only develop a personal style, but also an awareness of the entire process of creating functional pottery. Included will be demonstrations of the creation of simple forms, (mugs, small bowls, and plates) along with more complex forms (covered bakers, large platters, and bowls) as well as slip trailing, sgrafitto, and glaze formulation.
Experience Level: all

Session A - Mondays, August 17 - October 12 (no class on Labor Day), 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Registration Closed
Session B - Wednesdays, August 19 - October 7, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  Register

Instructor: Kate Keilty

$270 + $30 Materials Fee



Handbuilding *

Functional or sculptural, ceramic handbuilding has no limits. You will explore the various handbuilding methods: pinch - coil - soft/hard slabs.
Experience Level: all

Instructor: Linda Kiepke

Tuesdays, August 18 - October 6, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Register

$270 + $30 Materials Fee

Throwing: Wheel Basics and Beyond *
Ready to get your hands wet at the potter's wheel? Practice, centering, pulling, and creating the basic shapes, cylinder - vase - bowl - plate; then move beyond to lids, handles and throwing off the hump.
Experience Level: all

Thursdays, August 20 - October 8, 9:00 am - Noon Register

Instructor: Linda Kiepke

$270 + $30 Materials Fee


Ceramics - Sculpture

Designed to expand the knowledge of the sculptural ceramic world, you will explore various techniques and artists to inspire you to create your own pieces of art.
Experience Level: all

Session A - Wednesdays, August 19 - October 7, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Register
Session B - Wednesdays, August 19 - October 7, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register

Instructor: Jon Pacheco

$270 + $30 Materials Fee

  Get Muddy
Want to experience clay without a big commitment then this four-week class is for you. You will work on a different project each week during the first three weeks that will involve the use of the slab-roller while learning various handbuilding techniques. In the fourth week, you will glaze your work. Projects will be available for pick-up two weeks after class ends. No Open Labs are offered with this class.
Experience Level: all

Summer Session B: Thursdays, June 18 - July 9, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Register
Session A: Thursdays, August 20 - September 10, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Register
Session B: Thursdays, September 17 - October 8, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Register

Instructor: Pauline Area

$100 + $15 Materials Fee

   Ceramics - Anything Can Happen *
Is there a wheel thrown project you've always wanted to master? Bring your project ideas to this instructor assisted independent study designed around you. In addition to advising on how best to execute the projects students bring to class, Jean will demonstrate some of her personal favorites. This session is best suited to students already proficient in the basics (centering, pulling, trimming, etc) of wheel thrown ceramics. Questions before registering can be directed to jeanburnett@clayspace.net.
Experience level: Intermediate

Wednesdays, August 19 - October 7, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Register

Instructor: Jean Burnett

$270 + $30 Materials Fee




Ceramics Workshops


Date Night

The two of you together working in clay, sharing a bite and a sip while you create a great memory and mugs! You will also get a chance to try the wheel. Your mugs will be ready for pick-up two weeks after your date.

Summer Session B: Saturday, June 13, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register

Session A - Saturday, August 22, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register
Session B - Saturday, September 19, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register

Instructor: Eric Oslos

$79 per couple includes refreshments and materials.


   Gas Reduction

Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in at least one other concurrent Clay class or pay an additional $45.00 fee at start of class.

Learn how to fire an Alpine updraft gas kiln. This class is for experienced student interested in the process of reduction firing. Participant requirements: must have taken at least one beginning ceramics class, must have bisque work glazed for firing at cone 10 prior to May 16th and must be able to participate in a six hour firing shift.

July Session: Register by July 17 Register
Load kiln July 25, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fire July 26, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Unload July 29, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Students not meeting the prerequisite may glaze during Open Lab between July 17th and 25th.
September Session: Register by September 4 Register
Load kiln September 12, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fire September 13, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Unload kiln September 16, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Students not meeting the prerequisite may glaze during Open Lab between September 4th and 12th.
November Session: Register by November 6 Register
Load kiln November 15, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fire November 15, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Unload kiln November 18, 4:00 pm -6:00 pm
Students not meeting the prerequisite may glaze during Open Lab between November 6th and 14th.

Instructor: Jon Pacheco

Cost $100.00


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