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Start Date: Jan 16, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Tue)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to throw pottery on the wheel? Here’s your chance to learn from a local professional potter at Portland’s original craft college. You will learn to throw the Mug, Plate, Bowl, and covered Jar. Basic glaze application will be discussed along with along with the concepts of theme, aesthetic, and utility. Know the gratification that comes with building and using your own handmade dishes.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Jan 22, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Mon)

This alternative firings class will consist of the making and firing of Raku pieces. Forming techniques will include throwing, slab, coil, and hollow extrusion. Terra sigillata and burnishing will be covered, as well as exploring horse hair, feathers, and other organic combustibles. Raku work is mainly decorative and nonfunctional. Raku Vessels, for example, may not hold standing water and become brittle due to the nature of the firing process. Come enjoy the making and beauty of raku.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 24, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Red clay and white slip offer endless possibilities for creating unique and interesting ceramic forms, both functional and sculptural.  In this class we will delve into the world of earthenware, using pinch, coil and slab techniques, as well as bisque molds and paper templates. Wheel throwers can also join in the fun, and experiment with altering and combining wheel thrown forms with handbuilt components, all in the rich beauty of terra cotta clay. A variety of surface treatments, including slips and underglazes, terra sigillata, stains, stencils, sgraffito and mishima techniques will be demonstrated.  Come and join the #redclaylove revolution. All skill levels welcome.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 26, 2018 Days: Fri Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri)

Welcome to the world of crystalline glazes. This advanced class introduces crystals to potters who want to expand their glazing techniques. You will be able to throw pots with an emphasis on form rather than function. Learn how crystals grow in the molten glaze during a special firing with a very long cooling process. Because crystals are very fluid, each pot has a special base attached and cut off after the firing. This is an unpredictable technique with the artist teaming with Nature for beautiful results.

Prerequisites: Advanced throwing skills on the potters wheel. Understanding of traditional glaze techniques.

Start Date: Jan 27, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm (Sat)

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”). This course is a longer and more in-depth version of the three-weekend-long tea workshop offered in Fall 2017. 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. You 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 tea tasting that will focus on a selection of delicious Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese teas consisting of white, green, oolong, and puerh.

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

Start Date: Feb 1, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

This course is for beginner to advanced students will engage in productive creative strategies useful in exploring complex ideas in ceramics. We’ll start with exercises that cover a wide range of construction techniques including pinching, coiling, slab work and modeling in order to open up more possibilities in the world of hand built ceramics.

You will use handbuilding techniques to explore mixed media sculptures, using a wide range of surface approaches. These include un-fired and fired treatment: such as oxides wash, underglazes, cold paint, resign, and flocking. You will explore different ways of layering to create engaging, depth-filled surfaces.

You will gain a deeper understanding of the clay itself as we establish a standard of creative problem solving and develop a personal creative language of integrated techniques that accomplish each student’s artistic goals. All levels welcome.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 10, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm (Sat)

This courses will focus on handbuilding processes for creating figurative faces, bust, and heads in ceramic sculpture. We will cover ways to approach surface development that is rich with textures to create visual narratives. You will learn construction techniques using modified slabs, coils, practice press molding, and altering techniques in clay. You will learn and use a wide range of surface approaches including un-fired and fired treatment. These include oxides wash, underglazes, cold paint, resign, and encaustic wax. We will work with studio stoneware clay and multiple fired to cone 04. You will leave with a full finish figurative sculpture. All skill levels welcome.

Prerequisites: None