Ceramics

Blackbird Arts' ceramics studio offers classes for the absolute beginner to the advanced student. Begin with wheelthrowing and handbuilding and explore ways to make teapots, platters, bowls, mugs and more! Join a community of potters in our generous open studio hours and professional equipment, including an on-site kiln, slab roller, extruder and a raku kiln. 

Fall Ceramics Classes

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Intermediate to Advanced Wheelthrowing

Already familiar with the pottery wheel and comfortable centering and throwing a variety of vessels? This class helps move students to a new level in design and execution. We'll explore more complicated forms and ways to combine hand-built and thrown pieces to find your unique style. An instructor demonstrates new techniques each week and students may choose the direction to go with their pottery.

Dates/Times

8 Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am, begins 9/25 (CLASS IS FULL)

8 Wednesdays: 10:00am-12pm, begins 9/26

Cost:  $255 includes all materials, 25 pounds of clay, glazes, firings, and shelf rental. Unlimited open studio time included during the duration of the course.

Instructor: Phil Wilson

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Beginner and Beyond Wheelthrowing

Learn or refresh the basics of wheel throwing and how to center, open, pull, shape and trim shapes such as cups, bowls and other vessels. High-fire clay and glazing will be covered. Open studio sessions are included FREE in the price, so students can experiment and practice what they learn. We provide lots of one-on-one instruction, so students may work in independent directions. 

Dates/Times

8 Mondays, 1-3pm, begins   9/24    

8 Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm, begins 9/24

Cost: $225;  includes unlimited open studio time to practice what you learn, 25 pounds of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental. 

Instructor: Clay Maas

 

 INTRO TO CERAMICS-wheel and handbuilding

This class allows students the explore the possibilities in clay-from wheel throwing to hand building. Students learn the basics of wheel throwing and will additionally learn to use the slab roller and extruder. Discover a variety of ways to treat surfaces and glaze your work.  

Dates/Times

6 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, begins 10/24- 12/12 (no class Oct 31 or Nov 21).

Cost: $175 includes all materials, 25 pounds of clay, glazes, kiln firings and open studio time to practice.

Instructor: Clay Maas & Phil Wilson

 

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MONTHLY Open Studio ACCESS

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Our open studio access is for potters comfortable working on their own and without instruction. It allows maximum flexibility while keeping up with skills on the wheel or handbuilding. For potters new to the ceramics program at Blackbird Arts, we require an orientation session to familiarize new students with our procedures. Please email melissa@blackbirdartstc.org to arrange.

Cost: $150 includes #25 bag of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental.

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Worried About Committing That Much Time?

Don't worry. We also offer a variety of one-time classes and events that give you a chance to get your hands dirty without having to make a multi-week commitment. .

 Private Lessons for yourself and up to two others.

Custom classes or events where you get to design your own 2 hour clay class or pottery party for family, friends, co-workers or charity.

Open Studio packages. You decide how much time you need and when to spend it.

Team-Building Workshops for your corporation, business or organization.

Check our Calendar for upcoming class offerings and times. For additional information, please contact melissa@blackbirdartstc.org

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IMages on Clay

Learn exciting techniques that combine processes of both silkscreen printing and clay handbuilding! Begin with a black and white image and learn to "burn" a silkscreen using a photo emulsion method.  Students learn a variety of clay slab handbuilding techniques and create individual boxes or panels. "Burn" screens in the printmaking studio, then choose underglaze colors and learn to pull a print on clay. Projects will go through two kiln firings and be ready in approximately 2-3 weeks.

Dates/Times

2 Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm: 10/10 & 10/17

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3 Tuesdays, 1-3pm: October 10/2, 10/9 & 10/16.

Cost: $ 75 includes all materials and kiln firings.

Instructor: Clay Maas

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SMALL SCALE SLIPCASTING (CANCELLED)

Slip casting is a ceramic technique in which any object can be cast hollow in clay. A layer of clay is formed on the inside of a plaster mould; multiple casts can be taken from one mould.

Learn how to mix plaster, partition a piece to be molded, and create one- and two- part molds. Learn how to care for molds, mix casting slip, pour and release pieces, and attach  decorations for small objects or ornaments. This workshop is perfect for those wishing to make holiday ornmanents or  mutiple small objects. 

Dates/Times

2 Tuesdays, 1-3pm:  11/6 & 11/13 OR

2 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm: 11/7 & 11/14

Cost: $75/person includes all materials for slipcasting 1-2 original pieces. Additional studio time and materials will be available for purchase after the class.

Instructor: Phil Wilson