Aug - Oct Clay Classes
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Aug - Oct Clay Classes

*These classes come with FREE three-hour Open Labs, one for each week of class (eight week classes receive eight and four-week classes receive four). Open Labs are only given for classes (not for workshops). Please consult your instructor for dates and times.

Online registration closes three days prior to event start time. Afterward those interested may call ClaySpace at 630 393 2529 to inquire about availability. No refunds are given after the start of any given class session. No classes will be held September 2nd through 4th for the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Eight week class end times are adjusted accordingly.

Online Student Handbook

Throwing on the Wheel*
You will be challenged to not only develop a personal style, but also an awareness of the entire process of creating functional pottery. Included will be demonstrations of the creation of simple forms (mugs, small bowls, and plates) along with more complex forms (covered bakers, large platters and bowls) as well as slip trailing, sgraffito, and glaze formulation.
Experience Level: All

Session A: Mondays,August 7 - October 2, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration Closed
Session B: Wednesdays, August 9 - September 27, 9:00 am - Noon Registration Closed
Instructor: Kate Keilty
$275 plus $30 Materials Fee

Goal Driven Ceramics*
Wheel Throwing - Hand Building - Sculpture - Glaze, all options are open and all ability levels welcomed. This class is built around student's goals.
Experience Level: All
Session A: Tuesdays, August 8 - September 26, 9:00 am - Noon Registration Closed
Session B: Thursdays, August 10 - September 28, 9:00 am - Noon Register
$275 plus $30 Materials Fee


Ceramics - Anything Can Happen*
This intermediate independent study focuses on students improving skills in areas of their choice. In addition to advising on how best to improve focus areas, Jean will demonstrate some of her personal favorites. This session is suited to those already proficient in the basics (centering, pulling, trimming, etc) of wheel thrown ceramics. Questions before registering can be directed to
Experience Level: Intermediate
Session A: Thursdays, August 10 - September 28, Noon - 3:00 pm Register
Session B: Thursdays, August 10 - September 28, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Register
Instructor: Jean Burnett
$275 plus $30 Materials Fee


Ceramics - Hand Built and Sculptural*
Designed to expand your knowledge of the sculptural ceramic world, you will explore various techniques and artists to inspire you to create your own pieces of art. After learning the basics of hand building functional ware, the student may transition to sculptural hand building.
Experience Level: All

Session A: Wednesdays, August 9 - September 27, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Register
Session B: Wednesdays, August 9 - September 27, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Register
Instructor: Jon Pacheco
$275 plus $30 Materials Fee

Beginning/Intermediate Ceramics*
Learn and explore the basics - from technique to design- with an eye towards raising your skills to the next level. Whether it is learning centering and throwing simple forms on the wheel or learning combined formed and advanced glazing techniques, this class is for you.
Experience Level: All

Session A: Mondays, August 7 - October 2, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Register
Session B: Saturdays, August 12 - October 7, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Registration Closed
Instructor: Marie Gnesda
$275 plus $30 Materials Fee

Back to Basics Throwing*
In this beginning to intermediate class, you will learn the steps to throwing on the potter's wheel. We will prep the clay, center, raise the walls, and shape the pot. After basic skill are honed, move on to more complex forms, design and glazing techniques.

Experience Level: All
Wednesdays, August 9 - September 27, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register
Instructor: Marie Gnesda/Kate Kielty
$275 plus $30 Materials Fee

Hand Built Ceramics*
This class highlights the many exciting clay methods that do not incorporate the use of the potter's wheel, such as slab, coil, and pinch construction.Classes are structured around the experience level and goals of each student. New techniques will be presented each week as the student is guided in creating limitless variations in functional, and/or decorative art. The student will be exposed to a vast array of surface decoration options, as well as receive glazing instruction.
Experience Level: All
Tuesdays, August 8 - September 26, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register
Instructor: Pauline Ares
$275 plus $30 Materials Fee


  Get Muddy
Want to experience clay without a big commitment then this four-week class is for you. You will work on a different project each week during the first three weeks that will involve the use of the slab-roller while learning various hand building techniques. In the fourth week, you will glaze your work. Projects will be available for pick-up two weeks after class ends.
No open labs are offered with this class.
Experience Level: All
Session 4A: Thursdays, August 10 - August 31, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Register
Session 4B: Thursdays, September 14 - October 5, 7:00 - 8:30 pm Register

Instructor: Pauline Ares
$100 plus $15 Materials Fee
Try It Ceramics
Never tried clay before? Create something wonderful! Hand build using simple techniques. Some examples of a project are: mugs, small dishes with texture, trays with handles, or soup bowls. Wheel demo included. Your work will be ready for pickup in two weeks.
Experience Level: All

Session 4A: Friday, August 11, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register
Session 4B: Friday, September 8, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register
Session 4C: Friday, October 6, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register
Instructor: Marie Gnesda
$50 includes materials

  Try the Wheel - FREE
Come and try your hand at the potter's wheel. This will be a quick demonstration of the process and then you will get a chance to try your hand at throwing a pot yourself.

Session A: October 7, 10:00 am - 10:30 Register
Session B: October 7, 10:30 am - 11:00 am Register
Session C: October 7, 11:00 am - 11:30 am Register
Session D: October 7, 11:30 am - 12:00 am Register
Instructor: Marie Gnesda
FREE - Registration Required
   Leaf Workshop
Create a lovely soft slab leaf dish or bowl using leaves you bring from home. Bring a selection of offer more variety. Big leaves make great bowls. Some dried leaves will be available. Decorate with underglaze. Project will be glazed with clear by instructor and available for pickup in about one week.
Experience Level: All
Saturday, October 14, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Registration closed
Instructor: Lee Ristow
$50 includes materials
   Jennifer McCurdy Special Workshop
 Details and Registration
Tuesday, September 19th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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