Adult Ceramic Classes: Spring 2020

ADULT CERAMICS CLASSES

Chester Springs Studio offers ceramic classes using both wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques. Tuition includes a materials fee covering use of studio tools, glazes, electric kiln firings and your first bag of clay. Additional clay may be purchased at $20 for a 25 lb. bag of stoneware or terra cotta, and $25 for porcelain. Tool kits are available for $25, along with a selection of individual clay tools at various prices. Adult classes are for students of 16 years of age and older. Please bring a towel with you to the first ceramic class for all wheel throwing classes.


Pottery for Beginners

ONE-DAY POTTERY: Throwing

Ages: 16+ years
Level: Beginner
Limit: 8 Students
Sun., Jessica Greet, Feb.23, 1-4pm
Sun., Susan Bankert, April 5, 1-4pm
Sun., Rich Holck, May 3, 1-4pm
Sun., Susan Bankert, May 31, 1-4pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $35 Member, $45 Non-member

Interested in pottery but feeling shy about signing up for a class? Come on down to the pottery studio and just try it! This three-hour session, Pottery for Beginners: Throwing (16 years and older), will cover the basics of wheel throwing clay. Please bring a towel with you to class, all other tools and materials provided.

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WORKSHOP: Ceramic Tile Making

Ages: 16+ years
Level: All levels
Limit: 8 Students
Sun., Jeanie Silver, April 19, 1-4pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $50 Member, $60 Non-member

Are you interested in the art of tile making? In this one-day workshop students will create ceramic tiles with instructor Jeanie Silver and learn about the techniques used to prevent difficulties such as warping and shrinkage. Learn how to make three different types of tiles:

            • Plain
            • Relief
            • Tesserai

No previous experience is required. The instructor will work with each student at their individual level.

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Monday AM Pottery Classes

Pottery with surface treatment by Jessica Greet.

Speaking Through Clay

Level: All levels
Limit: 8 students
Pottery Class Instructor: Jessica Greet
Length: 10 Weeks
Mondays, March 30 – June 8
(no class Memorial Day May 25)
Time: 12:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $295 Member, $320 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)
ACT 48 CREDITS

 

Jessica Greet demonstrating how to handbuild a butter dish.

Greet demonstrates how to handbuild a butter dish.

In this handbuilding class we will explore how surface texture alters the resulting aesthetic of a glazed piece. Special techniques will include applying surface texture as well as other demos. Emphasis will be on the growth of each individual student. Beginners will focus on basic technique while more advanced students will have the opportunity to explore individual projects in their own style.

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Monday PM Pottery Classes

“American Bittern Basket,” terracotta, by Jeanie Silver.

Playful Clay

Level: Some experience required
Limit: 8 students
Pottery Class Instructor: Jeanie Silver
Length: 10 Weeks
Mondays, March 30 – June 8
(no class Memorial Day May 25)
Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $295 Member, $320 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)
ACT 48 CREDITS

This is a wheel throwing and handbuilding class that will help build your skill through a playful investigation of the behavior of clay. You may pursue your own goals as you participate in the occaisional group activity. Through short appropriate demonstrations on form, surface, function and history, we can find new reasons for keeping our hands in clay.

Some experience will be helpful, but all levels welcome.

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Tuesday AM Pottery Classes

All About the Wheel

Pottery classes with Susan Bankert at Historic Yellow Springs.

Cup and saucer by Susan Bankert.

Level: All levels
Limit: 10 students
Pottery Class Instructor: Susan Bankert
Length: 10 Weeks
Tuesdays, March 31 – June 2
Time: 9:30 – 12:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $295 Member, $320 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)
ACT 48 CREDITS

This 10-week class, All About the Wheel, will introduce basic to advanced wheel-throwing techniques. Beginners will start with centering the clay, and throwing cylinders and bowls. Returning students will continue to refine their personal style, learn advanced techniques and focus on individual projects. Glaze application and decoration will be explored as a group. Come on out and enjoy a wonderful environment and explore your creative side. This Spring we will continue to focus on making functional pots for specific foods and events.

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Tuesday PM Pottery Classes

Throwing Concentration

Ceramic plate by Suzanne Kent.

Level: All levels
Limit 10 students
Instructor: Suzanne Kent
Length: 10 Weeks
Tuesdays, March 31 – June 2
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $295 Member, $320 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)
ACT 48 CREDITS

The Throwing Concentration class is an opportunity for intermediate and advanced ceramic students to develop and strengthen their throwing skills, explore more complex forms, and work towards having a personal voice in their clay work with projects and demonstrations related to form and surface decoration. We will discuss various ways of firing our work and learn together as results are shared in this creative, friendly atmosphere.

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WORKSHOP: Glazing Made Easy

Glazing workshop with Jessica Greet

Level: All Levels
Limit: 
10 Students
Instructor:
Jessica Greet
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Chester Springs Studio
Tuition: $50 Member, $60 Non-member

Workshop Description

Afraid of glazing?
Not sure why you’re finished pot doesn’t look like the test tile? During this three-hour morning workshop learn both basic techniques and special tricks to make your glazing more professional. Our discussion will incorporate both oxidation and reduction results. Students should bring a towel and notebook. No bisque ware necessary.

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Wednesday PM Pottery Classes

Throwing with Confidence

Thrown pottery by Jessica Greet.

Level: All levels
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Jessica Greet
Length: 10 Weeks
Wednesdays, April 1 – June 3
Time: 12:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $295 Member, $320 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)

The Throwing with Confidence class will explore the possibilities of transforming the thrown object to fit individualized aesthetics. Students will learning beneficial studio tricks and tips. Weekly demonstrations will offer techniques that can be used to alter thrown forms for enhanced functionality.

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Wednesday
PM Pottery Classes

Large shallow bowl by Susan Bankert.

The Potter’s Wheel

Level: All levels
Limit 10 students
Pottery Class Instructor: Susan Bankert
Length: 10 Weeks
Wednesdays, April 1 – June 3
Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $295 Member, $320 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)
ACT 48 CREDITS

This 10-week class, The Potter’s Wheel, will introduce basic to advanced wheel-throwing techniques. Beginners will start with centering the clay, and throwing cylinders and bowls. Returning students will continue to refine their personal style, learn advanced techniques and focus on individual projects. Glaze application and decoration will be explored as a group. Come on out and enjoy a wonderful environment and explore your creative side. This Spring we will continue to focus on making functional pots for specific foods and events.

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Thursday
PM Pottery Classes

Clay Your Way

Serving platter by Jeanie Silver.

Level: All levels
Limit 8 students
Instructor: Jeanie Silver
Length: 10 Weeks
Thursdays, April 2 – June 4
Time: 12 – 3 pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $295 Member, $320 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)
ACT 48 CREDITS

This is primarily a handbuilding class where the goal is teaching the art of “Fearless Clay.” As you learn how clay really behaves, you learn what it takes to be a confident maker. You can plan individual projects you create as you build the necessary skills. Emphasisis is on group participation and individual goals.

Some experience is hepful, but all levels are welcome.

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Thursday PM Pottery Classes

Possibilities in Clay

Sculptural and thrown stoneware by Dina Schmidt.

Level: All levels
Limit: 8 students
Class Instructor: Dina Schmidt
Length: 10 Weeks
Thursdays, April 2 – June 4
Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $295 Member, $320 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)
ACT 48 CREDITS

Create ceramics by handbuilding, throwing, or a combination of both techniques. Sculptural, decorative, and functional possibilities in clay will be explored through brief demonstrations, class discussions, and individual consultations. Develop your own projects and experiment with hand-building techniques, and basic throwing and altering skills on the potter’s wheel. All levels welcome.

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Friday AM Pottery Classes

Modes of Clay

Wood-fired stoneware vase by Rich Holck.

Level: All levels
Limit: 10 students
Pottery Class Instructor: Rich Holck
Length: 10 Weeks
Fridays, April 3 – June 5
Time: 9:30 – 12:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $295 Member, $320 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)

Modes of Clay will incorporate both wheel throwing and hand building techniques. It will also introduce ways of altering forms, decorating, and tips on handling the clay at each stage of the process; from wet on the wheel to glazing and firing. The class accepts all levels, but intermediate and advanced students will find much from which they may benefit.

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WORKSHOP: Glazing Made Easy

Glazing workshop with Jessica Greet

Glazing workshop with Jessica Greet

Level: All Levels
Limit: 
10 Students
Instructor:
Jessica Greet
Date: Friday, April 3
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Location: Chester Springs Studio
Tuition: $50 Member, $60 Non-member

Workshop Description

Afraid of glazing?
Not sure why you’re finished pot doesn’t look like the test tile? During this three-hour morning workshop learn both basic techniques and special tricks to make your glazing more professional. Our discussion will incorporate both oxidation and reduction results. Students should bring a towel and notebook. No bisque ware necessary.

REGISTER NOW

 


Open Studio

Registration Fee:
Members: $35
Non-Members: $40

Open Studio is available only to students (ages 16 and up) currently enrolled in a full semester ceramic class. Continue to work on your class projects during Open Studio. Tech support is available during some open studio times. (This option becomes available online during the process of enrolling for your class.)

 

          • Monday: 9:30am – 12pm
          • Tuesday: 1 – 4pm
          • Wednesday: 9:30am – 12pm (except 4/29)
          • Friday: 1 – 4pm
          • Saturday 1 – 6pm
            (except during scheduled events and workshops)