CERAMICS & SCULPTURE

  

 ADULT

Master Potter Workshop with Jeff Oestreich

 

The Potter’s Wheel and Beyond. Kicking off our workshop will be a slide presentation with images that trace 45 years of pottery making. This in-depth talk encompasses the early inspiration from Warren MacKenzie and Bernard Leach, the wood firing decades in the 1980s, and the current influence of art deco architecture discovered in New Zealand in 1991. The majority of the workshop will be the making of forms that relate to the drinking and serving of tea and other foods. A majority of these wheel thrown pieces will be altered employing a variety of techniques, such as faceting, cut and join, darting and ribbing. Surrounding the work will be discussions on surface treatment, soda firing methods as well as issues related to what is involved in being a self-sustaining potter in modern times. And of equal importance is how to maintain a sense of humor in the changing 21st century! Open to all skill levels. Co-sponsored by Walnut Creek Clay Arts Guild and Trax Gallery.

INSTRUCTOR:  Jeffrey Oestreich
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$93:  1 class                                                  $53:  Clay Arts Guild Members    $83:  Trax Gallery Discount

Class 27343       Sat             10:00am-4:00pm                 2/7

 

 ADULT

Master Potter Workshop
with Wesley Anderegg

Learn the hand building techniques used to make people and animals. Students will observe coiling, pinching, solid and hallowing, slab, plus additive and subtractive techniques. Special emphasis will be given to making eyes, hands, teeth and clothes. Instructor will also discuss the subject matter and the narrative ideas of his sculptures. Open to all skill levels. Co-sponsored by Walnut Creek Clay Arts Guild.

INSTRUCTOR:  Wesley Anderegg
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$83:  1 class
$43:  Clay Arts Guild Members

Class 27344       Sat             10:00am-4:00pm                 3/28

  

 ADULT

NEW | Decorating with Smoke (Int/Adv)

Exploration of of saggar, terra sigellata, burnishing, pop off slip and Raku 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 Also included is a historical reference to Native American Indian and Mexican pottery. Prerequisite: At least one quarter of ceramics.

INSTRUCTOR:  Lesley Jensen
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$175:  8 classes

Class 27085       Mon           7:00pm-10:00pm                 1/12-3/16

No class 1/19, 2/16

 

 ADULT

Functional Pottery with a Focus on Lids (Int/Adv)

Learn traditional functional forms with the bonus of addressing a wide variety of lid styles for many of them. A simple plate can become a covered butter dish or a cheese server. Turn a plain small pot into a honey jar, sugar bowl or garlic keeper. Learn many casserole designs: crock pot, low-sided thrown casserole, deep dish, oval shape, small, large, bean pot. The course will include thrown and some hand-built pieces.

INSTRUCTOR:  Ann Henderson
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$195:  10 classes

Class 27092       Thu            1:00pm-4:00pm                   1/15-3/19

 

 ADULT

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

$172:  8 classes

Class 27076       Mon           9:00am-12:00pm                 1/12-3/16

No class 1/19, 2/16

 

Ceramics (Int/Adv)
INSTRUCTOR:  Lynne Meade

$172:  8 classes

Class 27077       Mon           1:00pm-4:00pm                   1/12-3/16

No class 1/19, 2/16

 

Ceramics (Beg/Int)
INSTRUCTOR:  Michael Berkley

$195:  10 classes

Class 27078       Wed           7:00pm-10:00pm                 1/14-3/18

 

Ceramics (Beg/Int)
INSTRUCTOR:  Coreen Abbott

$195:  10 classes

Class 27081       Thu            7:00pm-10:00pm                 1/15-3/19

 

Ceramics (Beg-Adv)
INSTRUCTOR:  James Newton

$195:  10 classes

Class 27083       Fri              9:00am-12:00pm                 1/16-3/20

 

Ceramics (Beg/Int)
INSTRUCTOR:  Michael Berkley

$195:  10 classes

Class 27094       Fri              7:00pm-10:00pm                 1/16-3/20

 

 

 ADULT

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

$195:  10 classes

Class 27088       Wed           9:00am-12:00pm                 1/14-3/18

 

 ADULT

Handmade Art Tiles and Wall Reliefs (Beg-Adv)

Explore a variety of methods for making art tiles and wall reliefs. Emphasis on decorative techniques with underglazes, slips and glazes to enhance your work. Moldmaking techniques and use of extruded forms will be included. Surface decoration with carving, stamp images and relief designs.

INSTRUCTOR:  Ed Blackburn
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$195:  10 classes

Class 27096       Sun            10:00am-1:00pm                 1/11-3/15

 

 ADULT

NEW | Ikebana Flower Vases (Int/Adv)

Create abstract vase forms for Ikebana flower arranging. You will be coached through the wheel, slab roller and extruder to make other than usual containers. Water tight, high temp reduction firing will be used to finish off the pieces.

INSTRUCTOR:  Bruno Kark
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$195:  10 classes

Class 27207       Tue            7:00pm-10:00pm                 1/13-3/17

 

 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

$195:  10 classes

Class 27086       Tue            9:00am-12:00pm                 1/13-3/17

Class 27087       Tue            1:00pm-4:00pm                   1/13-3/17

 

 ADULT

NEW | Makers Series: Introduction to Raku

This three-hour class gives you an opportunity to glaze and fire a bowl or cup. A pre-made bisque cup or bowl will be provided for you to glaze, pull from the kiln and reduce with a variety of combustibles. No forming of ceramic work will be done is this class. The focus will be on the firing and the post reduction process of the Western version of the Japanese tea bowl ware firing, Raku.

INSTRUCTOR:  Gregory Byard
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$43:  1 class              $20 supply fee due at class

Class 27401       Sat             7:00pm-10:00pm                 3/21

 

 ADULT

NEW | Sculptural Vessels (Int/Adv)

Emphasis will be put on the development of original tactile surfaces. Learn to make your own press molds, roulettes and drape molds. We will whack, impress, stretch, slip, carve, scrub and glaze our clay to create soulful original surfaces!

INSTRUCTOR:  Ellen Sachtschale
LOCATION  Studio E, Civic Park Studios

$195:  10 classes

Class 27093       Thu            9:00am-12:00pm                 1/15-3/19

 

 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

$238:  10 classes

Class 27095       Sat             9:00am-12:00pm                 1/10-3/21

No class 2/7

 

 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 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

$152
$91:  Walnut Creek Clay Arts Guild Members

Class 27084       Sat-Wed, Fri            12:00pm-7:00pm   1/10-3/21

No class 1/19, 2/7, 2/16