Ceramics

The Cermaics program serves nearly 500 adult students each year in a positive, creative, community atmosphere. The ceramics program offers classes on hand-building, wheel-throwing, raku, glazing, digital embellishments and much more. Students also have the opportunity to participate and learn from visiting artists during workshops that are offered frequently throughout the year.

Course Requirements

Students registering for ceramic classes should be physically capable of lifting up to 25 lbs. Intermediate and advanced students will be required to spend time outside of the scheduled class period to load, fire, and unload kilns (under appropriate supervision). Currently, students registered for an in-person studio ceramic class will only be allowed practice time on the same day their class is scheduled on. Open studio hours will not be available at this time. Students registered for online classes will have assigned times to drop-off and pick-up work from firing as well as for in studio glazing.

Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Class details (meeting times, tuition, etc.) are listed below.

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Ceramic Class Notes

Tuition now includes one 25lb bag of clay for each student registered. Students should be able to lift 25lbs of clay. Tuition also covers shop glazes, and some underglazes as well as kiln firing; however, students should anticipate fees for purchasing additional clay, specialty underglazes, and tools unless otherwise noted. Additional 25lb bags of clay and introductory tool kits are $20 each and must be purchased online; show your receipt to the instructor to receive your purchase. Or clay and materials can be purchased locally at retail stores.

Open Studio Hours

Open Studio Hours: Enrolled ceramic students will be allowed limited open studio access—one (1) hour prior to the start of their class and 1 ½ hours immediately following the end of their class. Limited open studio time for students to practice will be determined at the beginning of the session; times will be discussed in each class and posted on studio doors. Open studio time is intended for practicing techniques and projects covered in class; no outside work is allowed.

Registration Information

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Ceramics Classes - Spring 2023


Course Description

Fundamental handbuilding skills and techniques will be covered including pinch pots, coil building, and slab construction with a focus on fun, artful, and utilitarian forms as well as surface techniques to add decorative elements to make the work truly one-of-a-kind. The class will work in low-fire terracotta clay and glazes; students will learn how to use these materials for the purpose of handbuilding. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Instructor

Lisa Nigro

Dates

Thu, Jan 26 – Mar 30 | 6:00 – 8:30pm

Location

Handbuilding Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$340

Tuition - Friends

$325


Course Description

This class will focus on the basic skills of wheel throwing—centering, opening, and pulling clay into shape—followed by learning to form bowls, cylinders, and cups. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel’s function. NOTE: Sections SP1, SP2, and SP3 will work in mid-range clay and oxidation glazes. Section SP4 will work in low-fire clay and glazes. Class tuition includes one 25lb bag of clay per student; see Ceramic Note*.

Instructor

  • Section A: Lyn Woods
  • Section B: Michael Corney
  • Section C: Lyn Woods
  • Section D: Maria Gould

Dates
  • Section A: Mon, Jan 23 – Mar 27 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Section B: Tue, Jan 24 – Mar 28 | 12:30 – 3:30pm
  • Section C: Tue, Jan 24 – Mar 28 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Section D: Fri, Jan 27 – Mar 31 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location

Wheelthrowing Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$355

Tuition - Friends

$340


Course Description

Majolica was first introduced to Italy during the 16th century and was heavily influenced by Hispano-Moresque decorated wares of Muslim Spain. Today, Majolica refers to a white, opaque tin-based glaze, composed of frits and tin oxide. Through demonstrations and lectures, students will be introduced to both traditional and non-traditional methods of glaze applications and construction techniques. Handbuilding techniques will be demonstrated and presented; those experienced in wheelthrowing can work independently to create pottery forms but will not be demonstrated in class. The pieces will be fired at low-temperature in electric kilns using a red earthenware clay body. Prerequisite: Students must have completed one handbuilding class or one wheelthrowing class. Class tuition includes one 25lb bag of clay per student; see Ceramic Note*.

Instructor

Maria Gould

Dates

Mon, Jan 23 – Mar 27 | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Location

Handbuilding Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$355

Tuition - Friends

$340


Course Description

This handbuilidng class will focus on the skills for making maquettes (or small models) of ideas and concepts as reference to make larger future sculptures. Students will practice with gestures first, then make small models of their ideas. A variety of forming methods will be discussed and demonstrated. Work will be fired at low-temperature in the electric kiln. Prerequisite: Students should have had one introductory handbuilding or wheelthrowing courses. Class tuition includes one 25lb bag of clay per student; see Ceramic Note*.

Instructor

Marc Rosenthal

Dates

Tue, Jan 24 – Mar 28 | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Location

Handbuilding Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$355

Tuition - Friends

$340


Course Description

Expand and refine your throwing skills through the forming of bowls, cups, lids, pitchers, and the assemblage of two-part forms. Presentations and discussions will cover how to integrate form with function. This class will use high-fire Balcones clay and gas fired reduction glazes. *See Ceramic Note. Students should have completed at least two Introductory to Wheelthrowing courses.

Instructor

  • Section A: Michael Corney
  • Section B: Ed Escobedo

Dates
  • Section A: Wed, Jan 25 – Mar 29 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Section B: Sat, Jan 28 – Apr 1 | 10:00am – 1:00pm/li>
Location

Wheelthrowing Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$360

Tuition - Friends

$345


Course Description

Glazing takes more time and consideration than you think! This class will focus on a form’s glazed surface and the many application techniques that may be used—from wax resist, glaze spraying applications, to layering of glazes. Experimentation and persistence in glazing will be the goal of this class allowing an understanding of how cone 10 glazes work in the high-fire gas kiln. Work from a series of small handbuilt or thrown forms and progress to larger forms as you experiment. The instructor will work with each student to assist in fruition of their personal ideas. Prerequisite: Students must have completed at least two beginning level wheelthrowing or handbuilding classes. Class tuition includes one 25lb bag of clay per student; see Ceramic Note*.

Instructor

Michael Corney

Dates

Wed, Jan 25 – Mar 29 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Wheelthrowing Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$360

Tuition - Friends

$345


Course Description

In this class, students create ceramic sculptural work that will incorporate the use of other non-ceramic materials and media to enhance the content and visual aesthetics of their work. During class students will be working on clay components, taking trips to thrift stores and scrap yards to find alternate materials, and then developing ways to incorporate the mixed media. Work will be low-fired and glazed or cold finished to achieve brighter colors and alternate surfaces. Students may need to purchase their own underglazes, glazes, or alternative finish materials. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of one introductory and one intermediate handbuilding courses. Class tuition includes one 25lb bag of clay per student; see Ceramic Note*.

Instructor

Andy Bally

Dates

Mon, Jan 23 – Mar 27 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Handbuilding Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$355

Tuition - Friends

$340

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