CERAMICS

The Ceramics Department offers one of the best-equipped ceramics studios in Michigan, featuring two electric kilns and a fast-fire gas kiln, as well as 40- and 100-cubic-foot reduction kilns, salt kiln, raku kiln, plus a 500-cubic-foot anagama kilns. Slab rollers, pneumatic and manual extruders are available. There is an extensive glaze inventory, with two rooms devoted to glazes.

Beginning Ceramics (300)

Brian Hirt, Studio 7
Tuesday, September 10 - November 26
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$285/Members: $265
Beginning students will learn a variety of clay-forming techniques. Coiling, pinching and slab building will be demonstrated, along with an introduction to the wheel. Students will also learn glazing. Cone 10 stoneware and raku firings are available.
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Mud in the Morning (302)

Julie Devers, Studio 5
Wednesday, September 4 - November 13
9:30am -12:15pm /11 weeks
$285/Members: $265
Prerequisite: Beginning Ceramics and Beginning Potter s Wheel
This is a class for students who want a creative start to their day. Intermediate through advanced wheel throwing techniques will be demonstrated. Students will learn surface treatment and decoration as well as mixing glazes. Students will also participate in discussions about aesthetics and their work. Cone 10 stoneware and raku firings are available.
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Ceramic Sculpture: Building Seated Figures: Creatures Human and Animal (305)

Anna Ill, Studio 7
Monday, September 9 - November 25
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$285/Members: $265
Prerequisite: Beginning Ceramics
Explore ceramic sculpture techniques as we construct a series of small figures, human or other creatures. Demonstrations and discussions will focus on using 2D (drawings/photos) to assist in moving to our 3D pieces. Low- fire and high- fire techniques will be utilized. Demonstrations and discussion will encourage students to meet personal goals for reaching new skill levels.

Exploring Raku (306)

Brian Hirt, Studio 5
Wednesday, September 4 - November 13
1 - 3:45 pm/11 weeks
$285/Members: $265
Prerequisite: Beginning Ceramics
Explore the possibilities of Raku firing as well as some alternative firings, such as Blackware, Horsehair, Saggar, Obvara and Naked Raku. The emphasis is on glazing, firing and post-firing techniques. Prepare to be dazzled by the results as you master this type of firing.

Explorations in Red Earthenware (308)

Susan McHenry, Studio 7
Wednesday, September 4 - November 13
1- 3:45 pm/11 weeks
$285/Members: $265
Prerequisite: Beginning Ceramics and Beginning Potter s Wheel
Bring vibrant color and layered surfaces to your work as you explore the studio s low-fired red earthenware clay. Decorative techniques such as slip and terra sigillata application, resists, and image transfer will be the focus of this class. Students will learn how to mix a custom color palette with Mason stains to decorate their work. Demonstrations will include both wheel-thrown and hand-built forms.
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Shino and Reduction Glazes (311)

Tom Richards, Studio 7
Tuesday, October 15 "October 29
1:15-3:45 pm/ 3 weeks
$135/ Members: $115
Prerequisite: Intermediate Ceramics
Join us for this glaze- specific class. We will be learning about glaze mixing and application, loading and firing for specific glaze results, reduction cooling, and finally looking at and evaluating results. Please bring three or four pots ready to fire

Ceramic Tile (312)

Lindsay Hayosh, Studio 7
Thursday, September 5 - November 14
6:15-9 pm/ 11 weeks
$285/Members: $265
Prerequisite: Beginning Ceramics
Learn how to create custom tiles from start to finish! Plaster mold-making, repeating patterns, mosaics, as well as the centuries old Cuenca, raised line technique will be covered. Clay bodies, glazing and surface decoration will also be discussed.

Visiting Artist Workshop

VA Design Details for Daily Use (314)

Visiting Artist Workshop, Lindsay Oesterritter
Studio 5
Saturday and Sunday, January 25 - 26, 2020
9am - 5pm/2 days
$190/Members: $170
$50 cancellation fee. No refund after January 5.
This hands-on workshop will be focusing on the design details that go into making our daily use pots-cups, mugs, bowls, and pouring pots. We will be working with stoneware, and while a large portion of work will be on the wheel, we will be incorporating hand-building too. Among other things, we will be covering throwing, trimming, rim alterations, spouts, and handles and how process marks can be design elements themselves. Open to all skill levels. Please bring to class your favorite mug, cup, bowl, and a pouring pot from home, a sketchbook and basic pottery tools. This workshop is subsidized by the Jim and Lois Richmond Workshop Fund.

Beginning Ceramics (301)

Lindsay Hayosh, Studio7
Thursday, September 5 - November 14
1-3:45 pm/11 weeks
$285/Members: $265
Students will learn the fundamental techniques of pinching, slab building, coiling and other hand formed methods. Learn the way of the clay and gain essential knowledge of this wonderful material! An introduction to basic throwing techniques, as well as high-fire glazing methods will also be included in the class.

Beginning Potter's Wheel

Prerequisite: Beginning Ceramics
This class would be beneficial for students who are new to the Potter s Wheel and would like to develop their throwing skills. Students will be given instruction for centering clay on the wheel. Also, through demonstration and discussion, students will be taught basic forms such as cylinders, cups, bowls, and plates. Furthermore, we will talk about using the studio glazes and slips to highlight your thrown pots.

Beginning Potter s Wheel (303)

Amy Hudson, Studio 5
Thursday, September 5 - November 14
9:30 " 12:15pm/11 weeks or
$285/Members: $265
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Beginning Potter's Wheel (304)

Julia Brown, Studio 5
Monday, September 9- November 25
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$285/Members: $265

Salt Studio (307)

TBA, Studio 5
Wednesday, September 4 - November 13
6:15 - 9 pm/11 weeks
$285/Members: $265
Prerequisite: The Intermediate Potter s Wheel or equivalent
This is a studio course with an emphasis on salt firing. Students will be actively engaged in all aspects of the process, not only loading and salting the kiln but in selecting the glazes for the kiln. The salt kiln is ready and waiting to perform its magic on your pots.
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The Potter’s Wheel, Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisite: Beginning Ceramics, Beginning Potter s Wheel
Through demonstration and discussion, this hands on class for the intermediate to advanced potter will refine and further develop wheel- throwing skills. Trimming and wall development will be emphasized while creating bowls, bottle and vase forms, teapots, sectional thrown pieces, lidded forms and throwing off the hump. Cone 10 stoneware, porcelain and Raku firings will be offered.

The Potter s Wheel, Intermediate/Advanced (309)

Wyatt Lane, Studio 5 (309)
Tuesday, September 10 - November 26
1:15 - 3:45 pm/12 weeks
$285/Members: $265
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The Potter s Wheel, Intermediate/Advanced (310)

Tom Richards, Studio 5
Tuesday, September 10 - November 26
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$285/Members: $265

Hot Date Night/Ceramics (313)

Amy Hudson and Tom Richards, Studios 5 & 7
Friday, September 20
6:30 - 9:30 pm/One day
$90 per couple/Members: $70 per couple
The perfect hot date night! Bring your special someone and experience working together on the potter s wheel. We ll turn up the heat with a raku firing that will produce a piece to take home. Bring your own drinks and snacks. It is the perfect opportunity to have creative time together, while learning something new.