CERAMICS & SCULPTURE

ADULT

Ceramics

 

Learn to wheel throw or hand build 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 Mead

$175:  8 classes

Class 28710       Mon           9:00am-12:00pm                 6/22-8/10

 

Ceramics (Int/Adv)
INSTRUCTOR:  Lynne Mead

$175:  8 classes

Class 28711       Mon           1:00pm-4:00pm                   6/22-8/10

 

Ceramics (Int/Adv)
INSTRUCTOR:  Bruno Kark

$175:  8 classes

Class 28715       Tue            7:00pm-10:00pm                 6/23-8/11

ass 7/3

 

Ceramics (Beg/Int)
INSTRUCTOR:  Michael Berkley

$175:  8 classes

Class 28712       Wed           7:00pm-10:00pm                 6/24-8/12

 

Ceramics (Beg-Adv) Ages 17 & up
INSTRUCTOR:  Lesley Jensen

$175:  8 classes

Class 29370       Thu            1:00pm-4:00pm                   6/25-8/13

 

Ceramics (Beg/Int)
INSTRUCTOR:  Coreen Abbott

$175:  8 classes

Class 28714       Thu            7:00pm-10:00pm                 6/25-8/13

 

Ceramics (Beg-Adv)
INSTRUCTOR:  James Newton

$162:  7 classes

Class 28713       Fri              9:00am-12:00pm                 6/26-8/14

No class 7/3

 

Ceramics (Beg/Int)
INSTRUCTOR:  Michael Berkley

$162:  7 classes

Class 28716       Fri              7:00pm-10:00pm                 6/26-8/14

No class 7/3

 

 AGES 17 & up

Makers Series: Hand Decorated Pottery

Want to make your own hand-decorated pottery? You can decorate a cup or bowl, paint it yourself, and then finish it using an historical technique called raku. In one day, you’ll learn to decorate pre-made bisque ware pottery, observe the raku firing process, and take the finished work home in the same day! Supply fee includes glazes and one bisque piece (cash or checks only).

INSTRUCTOR:  Gregory Byard
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$43:  1 class                                                  $10 supply fee due at class

Class 28727       Sat             9:00am-12:00pm                 8/22

 

 AGES 17 & up

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 7/29 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:  8 classes

Class 29369      Mon      7:00pm-10:00pm           6/22-8/3

 

 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 hand building 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

$180:  8 classes

Class 28722       Tue            9:00am-12:00pm                 6/23-8/11

Class 28723       Tue            1:00pm-4:00pm                   6/23-8/11

 

 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

$175:  8 classes

Class 28721       Thu            9:00am-12:00pm                 6/25-8/13

 

 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:  Gregory Byard
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$211:  8 classes

Class 28726       Wed           9:00am-12:00pm                 6/24-8/12

 

 ADULT

NEW | Mold Making

Explore various techniques of mold making. We will be exposed to one and two part press molds for reproducing simple objects, multiple part molds for slip casting, making forms for hand-building projects, and using latex and rubber for reproducing textures.  We will learn how to prepare clay for plaster casting, press and pour plaster, and how to prepare the final mold for casting. Bring one or more small simple objects the first week for practice.

INSTRUCTOR:  Chris Kanyusik
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$162:  7 classes

Class 28733       Sun            10:00am-1:00pm                 6/21-8/9

 

 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 hand built 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.

INSTRUCTOR:  James Newton
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$187:  7 classes

Class 28725       Sat             9:00am-12:00pm                 6/27-8/15

No class 7/4

 

 ADULT

NEW | Teapots

Teapots are the quintessential forms of ceramics, incorporating skills in modular construction such as spouts, lids and handles and understanding how the rules of construction can affect function. Come learn the fundamentals of teapot construction and use your creative license to design your own.

INSTRUCTOR:  James Newton
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$178:  5 classes

Class 28735       Mon-Fri                 9:00am-12:00pm         8/17-8/21

 

 ADULT

NEW | Abstract Sculpture

We will explore various approaches to creating abstract ceramic sculptures. Through our investigation of art historical concepts such as geometric, lyrical, biomorphic, formalist, expressionist, minimalist and process-based abstraction, we will determine how best to articulate our ideas in clay. We will discuss the importance of form, color, texture, line, volume, materiality and spatial relation as the non-objective components of our work take precedence. Students are encouraged to arrive with general ideas to create.

INSTRUCTOR:  Chris Kanyusik
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$108:  3 classes

Class 28739       Mon, Tue, Fri        1:00pm-4:00pm           8/17-8/21

 

 ADULT

NEW | Throwing and Relief Carving

Students will learn to carve designs, in relief, on the surface of their pots; ranging from bas- to high relief. Simple methods to quickly and easily draw a design on a three-dimensional round piece will be demonstrated the first day. On the subsequent two days, students will throw their own form(s) and reflect the techniques demonstrated on the first day’s presentation. This is a great way to address surface decoration on all angles of your pottery: rims, walls, bottoms, and the interior!

INSTRUCTOR:  Gregory Byard
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$108:  3 classes

Class 28738       Mon-Wed              9:00am-12:00pm         8/24-8/26

 

 ADULT

NEW | Clay Totems

Create your own personal totem that expresses your unique personality. Totems are 3-D self-portraits/stories in clay using a slab-hand building technique. Totems may include keepsakes, tactile beads and sculptural elements, such as carving and journalistic pieces that are all about you.

INSTRUCTOR:  Ellen Sachtschale
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$178:  5 classes

Class 28737       Mon-Fri                 1:00pm-4:00pm           8/24-8/28

 

 ADULT

NEW | Glaze Explorations

Students will focus on Cone 10 reduction glazes and how they work. You’ll learn brushing techniques, layering glazes, wax resist, underglazing and overglazing with oxides and slips, airbrush, subtractive glazing, and more. Please bring a Cone 10 reduction glaze recipe/formula you’ve always wanted to try, and a one gallon jar with lid. Also, bring bisque ware to experiment on--the more bisque ware, the more tests

INSTRUCTOR:  Gregory Byard
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$73:  2 classes

Class 28736       Thu-Fri                  9:00am-12:00pm         8/27-8/28

 

 ADULT

Open Studio Ceramics

Open Studio provides up to 30 hours per week of supervised studio time for currently enrolled ceramics and sculpture students (workshops not eligible) to enhance and share skills and knowledge. Hours may be adjusted at the 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

$110:  46 classes
$70:  Walnut Creek Clay Arts Guild Members

Class 28717       6/20-8/15

No class 7/3-7/5