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.

Visiting Artist Workshop

VA Design Details for Daily Use (314)

Visiting Artist, 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 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.

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.