CERAMICS & SCULPTURE

Ceramics

Learn to wheel throw or handbuild basic ceramic forms. Decorating, glazing and firing techniques will be covered. Emphasis on developing a personal sense of form using sound fundamental skills. Prerequisites: For all Int/Adv classes student must be able to center and throw a simple cylinder and bowl form. Note: It is highly recommended that all beginning students attend first class.

LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

Ceramics (Beg/Int)
INSTRUCTOR:  Lynne Meade

$171:  8 classes

Class 25436     Mon         9:00am-12:00pm             6/23-8/11

 

Ceramics (Int/Adv)
INSTRUCTOR:  Lynne Meade

$171:  8 classes

Class 25437     Mon         1:00pm-4:00pm               6/23-8/11

 

Ceramics (Int/Adv)
INSTRUCTOR:  Bruno Kark

$171:  8 classes

Class 25439     Tue          7:00pm-10:00pm             6/24-8/12

 

Ceramics (Int/Adv)
INSTRUCTOR:  James Newton

$171:  8 classes

Class 25438     Wed        7:00pm-10:00pm             6/25-8/13

 

Ceramics (Beg/Int)
INSTRUCTOR:  Coreen Abbott

$171:  8 classes

Class 25441     Thu          7:00pm-10:00pm             6/26-8/14

 

Ceramics (Beg/Int)
INSTRUCTOR:  Lesley Jensen

$171:  8 classes

Class 25449     Thu          1:00pm-4:00pm               6/26-8/14

 

Ceramics (Beg-Adv)
INSTRUCTOR:  Roger Yee

$171:  8 classes

Class 25440     Sat          9:00am-12:00pm             6/21-8/16

No class 7/5

 

 ADULT

Alternative Firing Techniques (Int/Adv)

Exploration of sagger, raku, sawdust and pit firing. Decorating and forming techniques for each process will be covered, including both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Also included is a historical reference to Native American Indian and Mexican pottery. One additional class session on Wed 7/30 will be a full day at the beach doing a pit firing. Prerequisite: At least one quarter of ceramics.

INSTRUCTOR:  Lesley Jensen
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$207:  7 classes

Class 25448     Mon         7:00pm-10:00pm             6/23-8/4

                       Wed        All day                           7/30

 

 ADULT

Pottery Making for Raku Firing (Int/Adv)

Raku is a low-firing process. Preheated ware is put into a hot kiln with tongs, then withdrawn and usually heavily smoked. First half of class will focus on forms and techniques in making both handbuilt and wheel thrown objects that work well with the Raku firing process and demos of glaze application, use of resists and terra sigillata. Second half of class will focus on firing of work. Note: Students participate in the firing process and must be physically able to pull their own work from kiln. It is advisable that students provide their own gloves and tongs which are also available in the studio for purchase. No registration permitted after second class.

LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios
INSTRUCTOR:  James Newton

$184:  7 classes

Class 25452     Fri           9:00am-12:00pm             6/27-8/15

No class 7/4


INSTRUCTOR:  Coreen Abbott

$184:  7 classes

Class 25451     Fri           7:00pm-10:00pm             6/27-8/15

No class 7/4

 

 ADULT

Intro to Sculpture

More fully understand the process of working with clay and constructing sculpted ceramic objects from functional to figurative. Investigate broad artistic concepts like abstraction, representation, form and/or narrative through building demonstrations, image presentations and our own explorations in the studio. Techniques include pinch, slab, coil and solid handbuilding methods. Surface texture and treatments both ceramic and nontraditional also addressed. No wheel work will be taught.

INSTRUCTOR:  Chris Kanyusik
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$176:  8 classes

Class 25445     Tue          9:00am-12:00pm             6/24-8/12

Class 25446     Tue          1:00pm-4:00pm               6/24-8/12

 

 ADULT

Sodium Vapor (Int/Adv)

Emphasis on ceramic work for high-fire salt kiln, to be stacked with kiln shelves. Students participate in loading and unloading of kilns.

INSTRUCTOR:  Roger Yee
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$207:  8 classes

Class 25447     Wed        9:00am-12:00pm             6/25-8/13

 

 ADULT

Garden Vessels and Expressive Totems (Int/Adv)

Create a fantastical garden of voluptuous vessels and totems that express your unique personality. Totems will include large tactile beads, sculptural elements and journalistic pieces that are all about you. Class will include one-of-a-kind planters, birdbaths, mushroom sculptures and more. Instructor’s bulbous textured slab techniques will be demonstrated in the garden vessel portion of this class.

INSTRUCTOR:  Ellen Sachtschale
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$171:  8 classes

Class 25450     Thu          9:00am-12:00pm             6/26-8/14

 

 ADULT

Open Studio Ceramics

Open Studio provides up to 30 hours per week of supervised studio time for currently enrolled ceramics and sculpture students to enhance and share skills and knowledge. Hours may be adjusted at City of Walnut Creek’s discretion. Studio is closed on all legal City holidays. Check current Open Studio hours posted in studio. No instruction is provided. Student must purchase clay in the studio and provide own tools. Glazes, firing and use of studio equipment are included in the fee. Clay Arts Guild members qualify for discounted open studio fee and other benefits. Studio use is strictly for non-commercial learning purposes.

LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$107
$67:  Walnut Creek Clay Arts Guild Members

Class 25442     4:00pm-7:00pm                              6/23-8/16

No class 7/4

 

 ADULT

NEW | Sharpening Your Throwing Skills and Enhancing Your Forms

Are you often lost when you sit at the potter’s wheel and don’t know what to make? Have you been throwing pots for years and feel like your skills have flattened out? Do you feel like your pots are really heavy? Then this workshop is for you. Learn to advance and refine your pottery skills in this 5-day intensive workshop. You will learn to alter shapes that you have made on the potter’s wheel, as well as throwing larger forms. Be ready to push yourself and your pots.

INSTRUCTOR:  Roger Yee
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$271:  5 classes

Class 25579     Mon-Fri    10:00am-3:00pm             8/18-8/22

 

 ADULT

NEW | Handbuilding and
the Potter’s Wheel

Explore the use of the potter’s wheel to change the shape of coils and slabs into plates, platters, bowls and other functional forms. Thrown forms will be taken off the wheel and manipulated on the hand building table to create one of a kind trays, vases, square and oval baking dishes and more. This is a great introduction to working with clay for the beginner and a great class for the student who only uses the potter’s wheel or only hand builds but is not versed in both methods of working in clay.

INSTRUCTOR:  James Newton
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$171:  5 classes

Class 25730     Mon-Fri    3:30pm-6:30pm               8/18-8/22

 

 ADULT

NEW | Functional Teapots

Teapots are the epitome of ceramics, incorporating a wide range of skills from making spouts, lids and handles to understanding the rules of construction for effective function. There is a broad range of creative license when designing a teapot. Learn the fundamentals of teapot construction and try your hand at creating your own.

INSTRUCTOR:  Ann Henderson
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$141:  2 classes

Class 25460     Sat-Sun   10:00am-4:00pm             8/23-8/24