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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm ()

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Ceramics is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. All materials must be purchased through the OCAC Ceramics Studio Manager. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use. Maker Space Ceramics is not available for production work due to limited resources.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.         

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Start Date: Sep 18, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

In this beginner level course, you’ll learn the wheel as a source of production and expression. Explore how to derive functional pots – cup, bowl, and plate – from three basic forms: the cylinder, the cone, and the disc. Multiple glaze applications will be discussed.  The class includes plenty of Open Studio time. Studio fee includes clay, glaze and firings during the time of class. Come discover our ceramics community!

Prerequisites: None              

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Start Date: Sep 19, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Tue)

Continue your studio practice and enhance your range of techniques in this level II class on functional pottery and holiday themed projects. Projects will include: gravy boats and dip chillers, large bowls and haunting luminaries, pie plates and casseroles. Embrace the holidays while showcasing your pottery making skills.

Prerequisite: Functional Pottery I or basic wheel throwing (able to center and throw a cylinder)

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Start Date: Sep 28, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

Engage in productive creative strategies useful in exploring complex ideas in ceramics. Starting with a wide range of construction techniques including pinching, coiling, slab work and modeling, open up more possibilities in the world of handbuilt ceramics. Use handbuilding techniques to explore the vessel both as functional container and aesthetic object. Create sculptures and use a range of surface approaches with unfired and fired treatments (such as oxides wash, underglazes cold paint, resin and flocking) to explore different ways of layers and to make engaging, depth-filled surfaces. Gain a deeper understanding of the clay itself as through creative problem solving and develop a personal creative language of integrated techniques that will accomplish your artistic goals.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Oct 6, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Fri)

Learn to make useful everyday pottery - bowls, mugs, plates and serving dishes - on the wheel in this Friday evening workshop. New glazing techniques will add a colorful finishing touch to your new clay pieces to keep or give as gifts for the upcoming holidays.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Oct 28, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This course will focus on the historical, cultural, and functional applications of Chinese tea wares and the appreciation of various teas that are implemented in Gongfu Cha (Literally translates to “making tea with skill”). The course will begin with a slideshow on a brief survey of Chinese tea history and tea culture, and many of the numerous tea ware types used to prepare, infuse, and enjoy loose/whole leaf teas. Students will learn to make a gaiwan (tea infusing vessel consisting of a lid, bowl, and saucer), a chahu (teapot), cha bei (teacup), cha hai (fairness cup), and a small cha pan (tea boat). The course will conclude with a slideshow and tea tasting that will focus on a selection of delicious Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese teas consisting of white, green, oolong, and puerh. Students will use the wares that they made in class for the concluding tea tasting.

The dates of this 5 session course are: 10/28 ,10/29, 11/4, 11/5, 11/11

Prerequisties: Beginning to intermediate pottery wheel-throwing skills are required for this course.