Historic Yellow Springs

Adult Ceramics Classes - Winter 2023

Chester Springs Studio offers ceramic classes using both wheel-throwing and handbuilding techniques. We are COVID compliant, and all students that are not vaccinated must wear masks in the studio. Tuition includes a materials fee covering use of studio tools, glazes, electric kiln firings and your first bag of stoneware clay. Additional clay may be purchased at $25 for a 25 lb. bag of stoneware or terra cotta, and $35 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 and water bottle with you to your ceramic class.


Adult Pottery Classes

Pottery for Beginners: Throwing

Sunday AM One-Day Pottery

Pottery for Beginners

Ages: 16+ years
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Aphrodite Kunkle
Date 1: Sunday, January 8
Date 2: Sunday, January 22
Date 3: Sunday, February 5
Date 4: Sunday, February 12
Date 5: Sunday, February 26
Time: 9:30 – 12:30pm
Location: Clay Studio, Chester Springs Studio
$45 Member, $55 Non-member
(Price includes: Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Interested in pottery but feeling shy about signing up for a class? Come on down to the pottery studio and just try it! This 3-hour class (16 years +) will cover the basics. The instructor will demonstrate how to center and throw pottery, and then the students try it for themselves as the instructor gives guidance. Students choose from a selection of glazes. After the pottery dries to leather state, our studio tech trims them, and they are bisque fired. Then the pottery is glazed and fired again. We will contact you when your pots are complete and ready for you to pick up.

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Speaking Through Clay

Monday PM Pottery Classes

Handbuilt vase by Jessica Greet

Level: All Levels
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Jessica Greet
Length: 8 weeks
Mondays, January 2 – February 20, 2023
Time: 12:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)

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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Playful Clay

Monday PM Pottery Classes

Thrown teapot with illustrated surface by Jeanie Silver

Level: Must have experience
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Jeanie Silver
Length: 8 weeks
Mondays, January 2 – February 20, 2023
Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 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 occasional 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 is required. Email Cher Pizzi if you have questions.

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All About the Wheel

Tuesday AM Pottery Classes

Wood-fired pitcher by Susan Bankert

Level: All Levels
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Susan Bankert
Length: 8 weeks
Tuesdays, January 3 – February 21, 2023
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)
ACT 48 CREDITS

This 8-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 Winter we will continue to focus on making functional pots for specific foods and events.

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Throwing Concentration

Tuesday PM Pottery Classes

Pottery by Suzanne Kent

Level: Must have Previous Experience
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Suzanne Kent
Length: 8 weeks
Tuesdays, January 3 – February 21, 2023
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 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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Throwing with Confidence

Wednesday PM Pottery Classes

Wood-fired platter by Jessica Greet

Level: All Levels
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Jessica Greet
Length: 8 weeks
Wednesdays, January 4 – February 22, 2023
Time: 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 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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The Potter’s Wheel

Wednesday PM Pottery Classes

Pottery by Susan Bankert

Level: All Levels
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Susan Bankert
Length: 8 weeks
Wednesdays, January 4 – February 22, 2023
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)
ACT 48 CREDITS

This 8-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 Winter we will continue to focus on making functional pots for specific foods and events.

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Building with Clay

Thursday PM Pottery Classes

Handbuilt platter by Rich Holck

Level: All Levels
Limit: 9 students
Instructor: Rich Holck
Length: 8 weeks
Thursdays, January 5 – February 23, 2023
Time: 12 – 3 pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)

In Building with Clay we will be working with various ways to construct a pot through handbuilding. The use of drape molds and press molds will be explored as well as other building techniques. We will also work with slips and oxides and incorporate different types of surface treatments such as trailing, inlay, masking and wax resist—all of which will help to emphasize the finished form. All levels of experience are welcome.

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Possibilities in Clay

Thursday PM Pottery Classes

Sculptural and thrown stoneware by Dina Schmidt

Level: All Levels
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Dina Schmidt
Length: 8 weeks
Thursdays, January 5 – February 23, 2023
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)

Create ceramics by handbuilding, throwing, or a combination of both techniques. Sculptural, decorative, and functional possibilities in clay will be explored through brief demonstrations and class discussions. Develop your own projects as we experiment with hand-building techniques and basic throwing and altering skills on the potter's wheel. We will also investigate traditional and non-traditional methods to finish your pieces. All levels welcomed.

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Modes of Clay

Friday AM Pottery Classes

Wood-fired pottery by Rich Holck

Level: All Levels
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Rich Holck
Length: 8 weeks
Fridays, January 6 – February 24, 2023
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 Non-member
(Includes $50 Materials/Firing Fee)

Modes of Clay will incorporate both wheel throwing and handbuilding 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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Throwing with Confidence

Friday PM Pottery Classes

Wood-fired pottery by Jessica Greet

Level: All Levels
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Jessica Greet
Length: 8 weeks
Fridays, January 6 – February 24, 2023
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 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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Open Studio

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.)

Registration Fee: $40 Member, $45 Non-member


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