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 Ceramics

A variety of clay forming techniques will be explored in this class. Coiling, pinching, and slab building will be demonstrated, along with an introduction to the wheel. Students will also learn about glazing and glazes. Cone 10 stoneware and Raku firings are available.

Beginning Ceramics (312)

Brian Hirt, Studio 7
Tuesday, January 7 - March 24,
6:30-9 pm/12 weeks
$285/ Members: $265
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Beginning Ceramics (313)

Lindsay Hayosh, Studio 7
Thursdays, January 9 - March 26
12:30-3pm /12 weeks
$285/ Members: $265

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. Through demonstrations and discussion, students will be taught basic forms such as cylinders, cups, bowls, and plates. There will be instruction on using the studio glazes and slips to highlight your thrown pots.

Beginning Potter's Wheel (315)

Amy Hudson, Studio 5
Thursday, January 9 - March 26
9:30-noon/12 weeks
$285/ Members: $265

Beginning Potter's Wheel (316)

Julia Brown, Studio 5
Thursday, January 9 - March 26
6:30-9 pm/12 weeks
$285/ Members: $265
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Exploring Raku/ Alternative Firing (319)

Brian Hirt, Studio 5
Wednesdays, January 8 " March 25
6:30 "9 pm/ 12 weeks
$285/ Members: $265

Prerequisite: Potter s Wheel or equivalent
Warm up by the winter Raku fire! 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.

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Anagama (321)

Julie Devers, Studio 5
Mondays, January 6 - March 23
6:30-9 pm/12weeks
$285/ Members: $265

Prerequisite: Potter's Wheel or equivalent
Cast your fate to the fire and discover the wonderful possibilities of wood fired ceramics. Julie will share her in-depth knowledge of forming pots and sculpture for the KNAS's Japanese style kiln. The class will culminate with a 4-day firing in early May. This is one of our most enlightening and challenging clay classes.

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Hot Date Night: Ceramics (323)

Tom Richards and Julie Devers, Studios 3 and 5
Friday, Feb. 14, 6:30- 9:30 pm
$75/Members: $55, (per couple)

Bring your special someone and experience working on the potter s wheel. We ll turn up the heat with a Raku firing that will produce a piece to take home. It s the perfect opportunity to have creative time together, while learning something new. Couples can bring their own beverages and snacks.

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Mud in the Morning (324)

Julie Devers, Studio 5
Wednesday, January 8 - March 25
9:30 am - noon/12 weeks
$285/ Members: $265

Prerequisite: Beginning Ceramics

Start your day with this general ceramics class, appropriate for all levels of clay experience. Wheel-throwing techniques are emphasized, but intermediate and advanced students may explore independent goals and interests. With forming, decorating, firing and discussion, we cover it all.
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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 (317)

Tom Richards, Studio 5
Tuesdays, January 7 - March 24
6:30 - 9 pm/ 12 weeks
$285/Members: $265

The Potter s Wheel: Intermediate/ Advanced (318)

Wyatt Lane, Studio 5
Wednesdays, January 8 - March 25
1 - 3:30 pm/ 12 weeks,
$285/Members: $265

Advanced Red Earthenware (320)

Susan McHenry, Studio 7
Wednesdays, January 8 - March 25
6:30 -9 pm/12 weeks
$285/ Members: $265

Prerequisite: Red Earthenware
For advanced students who have a mastery of red earthenware clay and slips. Come to the first class with ideas on how you want to further develop your personal style and voice. Individual guidance from the instructor and group discussion will be a cornerstone of this class. Special attention will be given to integrating forms with surface. Note: Slips, glazes, and other materials to be maintained by the class. Susan's website; www.emptyvesselpottery.com/

Image Transfer (322)

Chad Bagge, Studio 7
Thursdays, January 9 - March 26
6:30-9pm 12 weeks
$285/ Members: $265

Prerequisite: Beginning Potter s Wheel or equivalent
Students will explore a variety of techniques for transferring images onto clay. Screen-printing, decals, monoprint, and relief techniques will be demonstrated. Images can be transferred onto tile, sculptural forms, and forms made on the wheel. Expand your horizons in this idea-packed class.

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