FALL SEMESTER 2022

Adult Ceramics Classes

Artist taking an online art class

5360 Great Beginnings: The Ultimate Introduction to Clay
Instructor: Peter Syak
Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Want to get your hands dirty and have a blast in the process? Great Beginnings is the class for you! Students will make plates and cups with saucers, build vases, perfume bottles, a box or two, perhaps a bit of sculpture, and try your hand on the potter’s wheel. This class will feature a little bit of everything, a bunch of fun, and a supportive environment.
10 sessions: 9/19–11/28 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5361/5362 Advanced Wheel Throwing: Tightening Up Your Skills & Achieving Your Goals
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
5361 Mondays, 9:45 AM–12:15 PM
5362 Mondays, 12:30–3 PM
This limited-size advanced class is for students who have been working on throwing skills in larger classes and would like to take advantage of an intimate setting with additional valuable one-on-one time with the instructor. Students will have the opportunity to develop a body of work under the supervision of the instructor. Increased individual attention will allow troubleshooting of throwing problems and work towards achieving new throwing goals.
10 sessions: 9/19–11/28 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $425, non-member $455
Materials fee: $60

5375 Dynamics of Throwing Functional Pottery
Instructor: Melissa Krishnamurthy
Mondays, 12:30–3 PM
This class is for those eager to experiment! The focus will be on finishing techniques, expanding on simple forms, and using a variety of methods.
10 sessions: 9/19–11/28 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5403 Magic in the Machines: New Projects with Ceramic Equipment
Instructor: Peter Syak
Mondays, 3:30–6 PM
The ceramics studio has all sorts of great equipment including extruders, a slab roller, and wheels. It also contains textures, gadgets, and hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered and become part of your designs. In this class, we will explore ways to utilize underappreciated studio assets to create both sculptural and functional ceramic items. Along the way, we will seek out ways to develop your personal style and make our machines your friends. This class will give participants the opportunity to push clay and imagination to the limit as we create everything from perfume bottles and vases to chalices and architectural features.
10 sessions: 9/19–11/28 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5376 NEW! Potentials in Pottery
Instructor: Melissa Krishnamurthy
Mondays, 6:30–9 PM
Come and create beautiful pottery! Learn how to make functional and sculptural forms in clay through instructor demonstrations and personal experimentation. The focus of this class will be handbuilding techniques such as slab, pinch pot, coil, and free-form design. The use of studio equipment such as the slab roller and extruder will be included. While the emphasis will be on handbuilding techniques, some instruction for wheel-throwing will also be offered if requested.
10 sessions: 9/19–11/28 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5377 Functional Pottery: Strategies & Techniques
Instructor: Melissa Krishnamurthy
Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Ever dream of drinking coffee out of a mug you made yourself or admiring flowers in a vase of your own design? Learn a variety of ceramic techniques to make your own functional pieces of pottery! Design and decoration methods including texturing, coloring with slips, and glazing will also be covered.
10 sessions: 9/20–11/22
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5352 NEW! Clay Creations: Handbuilt Ceramics
Instructor: Shelley Rosen Howard
Tuesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Whether you are new to ceramics or an experienced clay artist, this class will let you explore the various methods of designing, constructing, and finishing handbuilt ceramics. Heavy emphasis will be placed on creating a solid foundation of handbuilding techniques with time for experimentation. Wheel-throwing is available and self-guided projects are always welcome. Students will be encouraged to push boundaries and explore different ways to decorate and finish their pieces including adding found objects.
10 sessions: 9/20–11/29 (no class on 10/4)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5353 NEW! Ceramic Purse/Teapot
Instructor: Melissa Krishnamurthy
Tuesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Students will create a ceramic teapot or a decorative purse sculpture out of clay. Students use slabs of clay wrapped around a balloon to create the form of their functional teapot or decorative purse sculpture. Some experience with clay is helpful but not necessary.
5 sessions: 9/20–10/18
Tuition: member $190, non-member $210
Materials fee: $30

5378 New Approaches to Glazing & Finishing Ceramics
Instructor: Melissa Krishnamurthy
Tuesdays, 12:45–3:15 PM
In this 5-week class, come try something new and add fun tricks to your glazing and finishing repertoire. You will learn how to use slip and underglaze, create monoprints, and use the sgraffito technique to carve designs into leather-hard clay. You can experiment with bubble-glazing by trying dishsoap mixed with glaze. You can even explore making stencils on a Cricut machine to mask off areas before glazing. Both wheel throwers and handbuilders are welcome. Please bring both bisque-fired and leather-hard pieces for glazing and decorating. New pieces can also be created.
5 sessions: 11/1–11/29
Tuition: member $190, non-member $210
Materials fee: $30

5380 Beginning/Intermediate Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Jessica Garber
Tuesdays, 6:30–9 PM
Enter the world of wheel-thrown pottery! Throw pottery on the wheel, trim, and apply surface decorating techniques. Learn how to create and finish beautiful vases, bowls, and plates, including glazing techniques.
10 sessions: 9/20–11/29 (no class on 10/4)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5382 Set the Table: Wheel-Thrown Kitchen & Table Ware
Instructor: Emma Tabachnick
Tuesdays, 6:30–9 PM
This class will focus on functional pottery such as bowls, plates, mugs, and other kitchen goods. The focus will be on form, function, design, problem-solving, and consistency. Work on building skills such as centering, pulling, trimming, finishing, and glazing. Students will develop an attention to detail while developing their own unique style. Self-driven projects are welcome.
10 sessions: 9/20–11/29 (no class on 10/4)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5386 Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Instructor: Beatrice (Jao-O) Chang
Wednesdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Study fundamentals and forms of wheel-thrown pottery as you receive step-by-step instructions for both traditional and experimental processes. You will experiment with decorative elements such as surface pattern, texture, and glazing.
10 sessions: 9/21–11/30 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5429 NEW! Ceramic Explorations: Functional & Beyond
Instructor: Shelley Rosen Howard
Wednesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Explore various methods of clay construction to create pieces both functional and decorative. Students will be encouraged to explore their individual style by creating unique forms and working in series. One-on-one instruction will help students achieve their visions from construction to glazing and finishing. Although the emphasis will be on handbuilding, wheel-throwers are welcome.
10 sessions: 9/21–11/30 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5381 Beginning/Intermediate Wheel Throwing (limited class size)
Instructor: Emma Tabachnick
Wednesdays, 7–9:30 PM
Enter the world of wheel-thrown pottery! Throw pottery on the wheel, trim, and apply surface decorating techniques. Learn how to create and finish beautiful vases, bowls, and plates, including glazing techniques. Limited class size for maximum attention.
10 sessions: 9/21–11/30 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $425, non-member $455
Materials fee: $60

5404 It’s Personal: Special Projects in Clay
Instructor: Peter Syak
Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Do you have a project inside you that is yearning to get out? Can’t figure out how to get started, or worse, have you hit a snag? Perhaps you saw something cool and want to try to make it yourself. This is the class for you! Instructor Peter Syak will offer specialized instruction and technical expertise to help you figure out what you want to create and will then help you to build it. This will be a unique experience, part workshop and part learning laboratory. This class is limited to six students to allow for ample individual attention.
10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $425, non-member $455
Materials fee: $60

5439/5440 Throwing with Lisette Bedoya
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
5439 Thursdays, 9:45 AM–12:15 PM
5440 Saturdays, 10–12:30 PM
Concentrate on your throwing skills with one of the Art Center’s most energetic instructors! Learn fundamentals such as centering, opening, and pulling the clay. Surface decoration and glazing will also be covered.
5439 10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60
5440 8 sessions: 10/1–12/3 (no class on 10/22 & 11/26)
Tuition: member $306, non-member $336
Materials fee: $50

5405 The Joy of Handbuilding
Instructor: Peter Syak
Thursdays, 12:30–3 PM
Discover the joy and versatility inherent in creating ceramic objects. You will explore various handbuilding techniques such as slab construction, slump molding, coil building, pinch forming, and tile making.
10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5440 Ceramics for the Ultimate Beginner
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Thursdays, 12:30–3 PM
Join the fun-filled world of wheel-thrown ceramics in this stress-free class! Learn about and work with various clays and experiment with all of the glazing and decorating techniques available at the Art Center.
10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5441 Taking It to the Next Level: Intermediate Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Thursdays, 6–8:30 PM
Are you ready to step up your wheel-throwing game? Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, students will work through a series of projects designed to introduce new skills to add to their throwing repertoires. Topics such as throwing lidded forms, multiple component forms, and various surface embellishments will be covered. This class is for intermediate students who are proficient in basic wheel throwing.
10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $390, non-member $420
Materials fee: $60

5443 Ceramics for the Ultimate Potter
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Saturdays, 1–3:30 PM
Continue your growth as a ceramic artist! We will fine-tune our wheel-throwing skills by mastering wall thickness, pottery design, and function. Explore different surface and finishing techniques. For intermediate to advanced students.
8 sessions: 10/1–12/3 (no class on 10/22 & 11/26)
Tuition: member $306, non-member $336
Materials fee: $50