SPRING SEMESTER 2021

Adult Ceramics Classes

3995 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. Let’s make plates and cups with saucers, build vases, perfume bottles, a box or two, and perhaps a bit of sculpture. Let’s even try our 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: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

3988/3987 Refining Your Throwing Skills
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
3988 Mondays, 9:45 AM–12:15 PM
3987 Mondays, 12:30–3 PM
This limited enrollment class is for students with wheel throwing experience who want to further develop and perfect their skills. With a limited class size, students will receive individualized attention allowing for accelerated growth and more complex projects.
10 sessions: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $395, non-member $425
Materials fee: $50

4064 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: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

3996 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 the underappreciated studio assets to create both sculptural and functioning 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: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

3998 It’s Personal: Special Projects in Clay
Instructor: Peter Syak
Mondays, 7–9:30 PM
Do you have a project inside you that is yearning to get out? Can’t figure out how to get started, or worse, you have 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 his 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: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $395, non-member $425
Materials fee: $50

4037 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: 4/6–6/8
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

4000 NEW! Handbuilding Made Easy
Instructor: Peter Syak
Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Spend five weeks making some fun projects and learning useful handbuilding techniques along the way. Pete Syak has taken his favorite projects and created a five-week mini class to explore them. Learn to make cute little sake cups, not-your-grandma’s coil pot, a little covered dish, a baking dish, and a set of nautilus bowls. Who would have thought you could do so much in such a short time? Once you master these basic techniques, you can build pretty much anything!
5 sessions: 4/6–5/4
Tuition: member $175, non-member $195
Materials fee: $25

4062 Creative Explorations in Ceramics
Instructor: Carole Wong Chesek
Tuesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Build your skills in handbuilding, wheel-throwing, glazing, and finishing projects. Open to all levels of experience, we focus on personal expression and growth. Learn about pottery from various cultures across time. If you want, develop work in conjunction with other media.
10 sessions: 4/6–6/8
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

4063 Pottery
Instructor: Carole Wong Chesek
Tuesdays, 6:30–9 PM
Create beautiful pottery. Roll up your sleeves and learn how to create with clay through instructor demonstrations and personalized attention. The focus of this class is handbuilding, but some instruction for wheel-throwing will be offered if requested.
10 sessions: 4/6–6/8
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

4109 NEW! 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. 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 attention to detail while developing their own unique style. Self-driven projects are welcome.
10 sessions: 4/6–6/8
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

4038 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 instruction in both traditional and experimental processes. You will experiment with decorative elements such as surface pattern, texture, and glazing.
10 sessions: 4/7–6/9
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

3999 The Joy of Handbuilding
Instructor: Peter Syak
Wednesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Discover the joy and versatility 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: 4/7–6/9
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

4126 Beginning/Intermediate Wheel Throwing
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.
10 sessions: 4/7–6/9
Tuition: member $395, non-member $425
Materials fee: $50

3991/4027 Throwing with Lisette Bedoya
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
3991 Thursdays, 9:45 AM–12:15 PM
4027 Saturdays, 10 AM–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.
3991 10 sessions: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50
4027 8 sessions: 4/10–6/5 (no class on 5/29)
Tuition: member $285, non-member $315
Materials fee: $45

3992 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: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

3993 Beyond Beginner: 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 repertoire. 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: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

4161 NEW! Repeat Pattern Designs from Press Molds
Instructor: Judith Hugentobler
Thursdays, 6:30–9 PM
Learn how to make ceramic multiples using plaster press molds to create a repeated design. Begin by carving a low-relief in clay set on base. A one-piece plaster mold will then be cast from the carving. Students will then be able to create multiples by pressing clay slabs into the plaster negative. A sequence of repeating designs will be the outcome, enhanced by the application of colored slips. Various styles of mounting will be discussed for the finished design.
10 sessions: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

4028 Ceramics for the Ultimate Potter
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Saturdays, 1–4 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: 4/10–6/5 (no class on 5/29)
Tuition: member $360, non-member $390
Materials fee: $50

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