Hand-Build Ceramics for Beginners (Adult workshop)

September 18-November 20, 2019. Adults only

In this 3 month workshop, students will be introduced to 3 primary handbuilding techniques (including Pinch pot, Slab, and Coiling), along with surface decorating techniques including Glazing, Majolica, Sgraffito, and Mishima. Students will experience small class sizes and instructor led step-by-step demonstrations by our very own ceramics expert, Marina Smelik. By the end of the course, each student will have completed and can take home 4-5 ceramic pieces they’ll be proud to put on full display.

  • 10 Wednesday sessions

  • April 3 - June 5

  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

  • $480 (includes material & firing fees)

  • 6-8 person class size

  • Adult students only

  • Instructor: Marina Smelik

Projects we’ll be doing in this workshop:

  1. Pinch Technique

    Cup or bowl:
    In your first project, you’ll learn the basic pinch pot technique to make a round bowl or cup. After bisque firing, you’ll be able to glaze your creation using food-safe glazes.

    Seedpod:
    Building on your newfound pinch technique knowledge, your second project will draw on natural forms to make a decorative seedpod. Let your imagination run wild in creating the design of your own choosing. After bisque firing, you’ll be able to glaze your creation using food-safe glazes.

  2. Soft Slab Technique

    Bowl:
    Your third project will introduce you to soft slab construction and shape molding, allowing you to make a functional or decorative bowl on an elegant pedestal foot. You will then use a coiling technique to decorate the outside surfaces of your creation. After bisque firing, you will apply majolica (Italian tin glaze) and underglazes.

  3. Coil Technique

    Vessel:
    Your fourth project will have you look over historical or contemporary vessel shapes to inspire you to create a vase, pitcher, or sculpture using the coil technique. Then, you will use the sgraffito technique to decorate your piece. After bisque firing, you will apply a clear glaze to capture the natural beauty of your creation.

  4. Rigid Slab Technique

    Candle holder:
    Time permitting, you will may have the opportunity to create a fifth and final project - a beautiful candle holder using rigid slab construction. Decorating your piece will include tracing a design and texture using impression stamping. After bisque firing, celadon glaze or mishima surface decoration will put the final touches on your fully functional candle holder.