Classes August Clay Intro for Adults

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For Adults: Every August, Mudflat offers a 3-week semester of introductory classes in clay. All classes meet twice each week for a total of 6 classes and include 25 lbs. of clay. We also offer additional free practice time on Mondays through Thursdays, 10 am-9:30 pm and on Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm (No lab hours on Fridays or Sundays!). This short semester is a great way to try out a clay class!

For students who are not beginners and want to work in clay in August, we also offer Beginning Tilemaking, Altering Wheelthrown Parts, and Independent Study.



AUGUST 5-24, 2019

Intro to Clay: Hand & Wheel Basics

Come try your hand at working with clay! These introductory classes meet 6 times over 3 weeks and are a great way to see if you like this material. Designed for first-timers, with hands-on instruction, these classes cover handbuilding, wheelthrowing, and glazing techniques.

Working on the potter's wheel is also called wheelthrowing. Students begin by wedging the clay - similar to kneading bread. Then, sitting at the pottery wheel, you go through 4 steps: centering, pulling up the walls, shaping, and finally, removing your finished pot from the wheel. Sounds simple, but each step takes coordination between your hands and just the right amount of pressure on the clay. Too much pressure and oops! - your pot now has a rip in the side or has just flopped over or worse. We can show you how to make pottery on the wheel!

Handbuilding is a way to work with clay without using the pottery wheel - instead we use techniques with coils, slabs or pinching the clay to make functional and sculptural work. We also use equipment like rolling pins, slab rollers, extruders and hump molds to start the process, using more clay to embellish and decorate our work. Using handbuilding techniques you can make anything from a small slab plate to a set of tiles to a life-size figure sculpture!

Section A: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 am - 1 pm, Instructor: James Webb -  Tuition: $275- FULL!

Section B: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Instructor: James Webb -  Tuition: $275 - FULL!

Section C: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 am - 1 pm, Instructor: Lisa Knebel -   Tuition: $275- FULL!

Section D: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Instructor: Lisa Knebel -  Tuition: $275 - FULL!


Beginning Tilemaking

Design and create individual handmade tiles that can be decorative wall pieces or incorporated into finished projects. Demonstrations will include slab making options, decoration techniques, and lowfire glazing. For all levels

Section E: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-5 pm, Instructor: Gabrielle Fougere - Tuition: $275- FULL!


Altering Wheelthrown Parts

Combining throwing and handbuilding techniques to develop new forms for your work. We will use the wheel as our springboard for thrown forms, then add coils, slabs and extrusions. Spring your pieces off the wheel in this class! For advanced beginner to intermediate students.

Section F: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Instructor: Arthur Halvorsen -  Tuition: $275- FULL!


Independent Study

For students who have already been working in clay either here at Mudflat or at another studio and just want time to work with no instruction. Same open lab hours as classes.

Tuition: $275- FULL!