Classes Oct - Dec Clay

 * 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 a given class session. There are no classes the week of November 20th. Eight week class end times are adjusted accordingly.

 Online Student Handbook 2016


Ceramics - 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 forms and advanced glazing techniques, this class is for you.
Experience Level: all

Instructor: Marie Gnesda 

$275 plus $30 Materials fee

Session A: Mondays, October 16 - December 11, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Register
Session B: Saturdays, October 21 - December 16,  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Register

Ceramics - 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

Instructor: Kate Keilty

$275+ $30 Materials Fee

Session A

Mondays, October 16 - December 11, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration closed

Session B

Wednesdays, October 18 - December 13, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration closed


   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 skills are honed, move on to more complex forms, design, and glazing techniques.
Experience Level: All

Instructor: Marie Gnesda/Kate Kielty

$275 + $30 Materials

Wednesdays, October 18 - December 13, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration closed

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 best 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

Instructor: Jean Burnett

$275 + $30 Materials Fee

Session A
Thursdays, October 19 - December 14, Noon - 3:00 pm Register
Session B
Thursdays, October 19 - December 14, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Register


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

Instructor: Jon Pacheco


$275 plus $30 materials fee


Session A

Wednesdays, October 18 - December 13, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Register

Session B

Wednesdays, October 18 - December 13, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register

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

Instructor: Pauline Ares

$100 + $15 materials

Session 5A: Thursdays, October 19 - November 9, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Register
Session 5B: Thursdays, November 16 - December 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Register

Ceramics - Goal Driven Ceramics *
Wheel throwing - Hand Building - Sculpture - Glaze. All options open and all abilities levels welcomed. This class is built around student's goals.
Experience Level: all

Instructor: Linda Kiepke

$275 + $30 Materials Fee

Session A: Tuesdays, October 17 - December 12, 9:00 am - noon Register
Session B: Thursdays, October 19 - December 14, 9:00 am - noon Register


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

Instructor: Pauline Ares

$275 + $30 Materials Fee

Tuesdays, October 17 - December 12, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register


   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

Instructor: Marie Gnesda

$50 includes materials

Session A: Friday, October 6, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register
Session B: Friday, November 10, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration Closed
Session C: Friday, December 8, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register


  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 throwing a pot yourself.
Time slots on the half hour:
Session A: Saturday, January 6, 10:00 am - 10:30 am Register
Session B: Saturday, January 6, 10:30 am - 11:00 am Register
Session C: Saturday, January 6, 11:00 am - 11:30 am Register

Instructor: Marie Gnesda

FREE (Registration Required)

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