Pottery

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Get messy in our pottery studios! Whether you’re interested in working on the wheel or hand building from scratch, The Arts Center has a pottery class for you. Don’t worry– our master-level instructors guide you through the whole process, from shaping your creation to glazing the final product. Even the most novice students can create something worth bringing home.

What are you waiting for? Sign up to mold some clay into your perfect vase, bowl, or sculpture!

 

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014
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Try It! Pottery Studio Tour

September 20, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Instructor: John Visser

Have you always wondered what it would be like to take a pottery class? Try it! Get a feel for our pottery classes before you sign up for an extended class. Students will learn all about our ceramics studio, including wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, and firing. Students will watch a demo, try working with the clay, work with the wheel, and gain knowledge to jump start their interest in clay!

Monday, Sep 29, 2014
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Introduction to Pottery

September 29, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

This is an introductory studio class in stoneware ceramics. Through lectures, wheel throwing, and hand-building, students will explore the aesthetic, sculptural, and functional possibilities of clay. Techniques will be demonstrated and lectures will feature technical information on high temperature firing and stoneware glazes. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 10/13. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Monday, Sep 29, 2014

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Introduction to Pottery

September 29, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

This is an introductory studio class in stoneware ceramics. Through lectures, wheel throwing, and hand-building, students will explore the aesthetic, sculptural, and functional possibilities of clay. Techniques will be demonstrated and lectures will feature technical information on high temperature firing and stoneware glazes. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 10/13. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
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Pottery II

September 30, 2014 to December 2, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

This class is a continuing development of pottery techniques with a refinement in both technical and aesthetic pursuits. The emphasis in this class will be to bring students’ skills to a point where the creative aspects of the medium may be explored freely with emphasis on traditional form. A more in-depth exploration of glaze technology, various kiln atmospheres and firing techniques, as well as a more and complex treatment of surface decoration will be pursued. The historical background of ceramic arts, from ancient to contemporary, will be explored. This class involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Prerequisite: Pottery I. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
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Introduction to Pottery

October 2, 2014 to December 11, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

This is an introductory studio class in stoneware ceramics. Through lectures, wheel throwing, and hand-building, students will explore the aesthetic, sculptural, and functional possibilities of clay. Techniques will be demonstrated and lectures will feature technical information on high temperature firing and stoneware glazes. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/27. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

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Independent Study in Clay

October 2, 2014 to November 20, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: John Visser

This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced clay student to realize a personal goal in clay. Working independently, students will pursue their own ceramic project objectives with John Visser, who has mastered the art of throwing, hand building and sculptural ceramics. He will act as a resource providing expertise in support of the unique goals of each student and fostering creative thinking through demonstration, lecture, and discussions. This is an advanced class that requires pre-approval by the instructor. Prerequisite: Students must have taken at least two pottery classes at The Arts Center or have significant outside experience.

Monday, Oct 20, 2014
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Ceramic Bust Sculpture

October 20, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM Instructor: John Visser

This class will introduce students to anatomical proportion with the help of one of the The Arts Center’s figure drawing instructor, Monica Bills Hughes, through drawings, studies, and analysis of the model. John Visser, our resident potter, will collaborate with the three-dimensional modeling of the bust with emphasis on successful armature creation and skill development in clay sculpting. The culmination will be a fired stoneware bust which will withstand the ages. Come create with these two great instructors as they help you learn the tricks of sculpting the human form in clay. Patience, dexterity, attention to detail, and general enthusiasm are all that are needed for this class.

Friday, Oct 31, 2014
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The Potter’s Wheel

October 31, 2014 to January 9, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

In this all-levels course, students will learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel and continue to develop wheel throwing skills, refine techniques, and explore the creative aspects of the medium. Students will learn how to throw vases, bowls, pots and more. Carving and slip trailing for surface decoration will embellish creations, which will be glazed and kiln-fired. This is a fun, hands-on class for any beginning or continuing student. No class 12/26/14 or 1/2/15.

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014
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Beginning Wheel

November 4, 2014 to December 16, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Kristen Martin

Learn how to “throw” on the potter’s wheel. Create vases, bowls, pots and more. This class is for those true beginners who have always wanted to try their hand at the wheel. Experienced and approachable instructor Kristen Martin will help you learn the skills it takes to throw a successful piece of pottery. Carving and slip trailing for surface decoration will embellish your creations, which will be glazed and kiln-fired. This is a fun, hands-on course for any enthusiastic beginner, and can be repeated to better improve your skills.

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014

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The Potter’s Wheel

November 4, 2014 to January 6, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: John Visser

In this all-levels course, students will learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel and continue to develop wheel throwing skills, refine techniques, and explore the creative aspects of the medium. Students will learn how to throw vases, bowls, pots and more. Carving and slip trailing for surface decoration will embellish creations, which will be glazed and kiln-fired. This is a fun, hands-on class for any beginning or continuing student. No class 12/30.

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014
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Advanced Study in Wheel Throwing

November 19, 2014 to February 4, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

This advanced level class will improve students’ technical mastery on the wheel. Demonstrations of advanced throwing techniques will include a wide variety of different kinds of vessels. This intense and focused course will fine tune your throwing skills while expanding the creative potential of wheel work. Prerequisite: Students must have taken at least two pottery classes at The Arts Center or have significant outside experience. No class 12/24 or 12/31

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014
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Independent Study in Clay

December 4, 2014 to February 5, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: John Visser

This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced clay student to realize a personal goal in clay. Working independently, students will pursue their own ceramic project objectives with John Visser, who has mastered the art of throwing, hand building and sculptural ceramics. He will act as a resource providing expertise in support of the unique goals of each student and fostering creative thinking through demonstration, lecture, and discussions. This is an advanced class that requires pre-approval by the instructor. Prerequisite: Students must have taken at least two pottery classes at The Arts Center or have significant outside experience. No class 12/25/14 or 1/1/15.