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Summer is upon us and with that we’ve got some great workshops lined up for you. From Glaze Chemistry to Developing Your Clay Brand and making Whistles, we have a broad variety of classes to entertain your brains and hands!
Basic Glaze Chemistry
Saturday, June 18 from 10 to 12 AND 12:30 to 2:30
Why does glaze act the way it does? What’s a flux? A colorant? What components does each glaze need to function?
In this detailed 4 hour class, Peri Charilfu will offer tips and suggestions to help you understand glaze and how and why it works.
Some topics covered in this class include:
Why does glaze act the way it does?
What’s a flux?
What’s a colorant?
What components does each glaze need to function?
Why does brushed on glaze look different than dipped glaze?
What is the difference between a pigment and a colorant?
This workshop is geared towards ANYONE that wants to build their glaze knowledge. This class will be a question and answer format… so bring a notebook to take notes, and all the glaze questions you may have!
Developing Your Clay Brand
Sunday, June 19 from 1:30 to 3:30
This is the next in Peri’s marketing class series. In this class, students will be discussing find your voice and brand as an artist. Finding your voice and developing a brand will help increase sales and make your products more recognizable in the marketplace. This class will hep you understand how making your work standout and lend credibility to your status as a professional artist. Even if you are not currently selling your work, this class is vital for the artist to help find a personal voice and ceramic style. While this class is part of a series, previous classes in the series are not necessary to benefit from this class.
Colored Slips, Stains, and Engobes
Saturday, July 16 from 10 to 12
Open your eyes to a new horizon of surface decoration and finished work during this 2 hour class! Learn how to mix colored slips, stains, and engobes as well as the proper technique for application, storage, and maintenance of your new color palette. We will discuss formulations, methods, and tricks of the trade with Peri Charlifu who prefers to decorate his pieces with colored slips and engobes.
Millefiori and Clay Lamination
Saturday, July 16 from 1 to 3 pm
Learn how to take a hand full of clay and some dried chemicals to transform them into colored clay. From this clay we can make complex designs not possible with other techniques. These blocks of patterned clay then be used to laminate designs onto your clay pieces whether they are handbuilt or thrown.
This workshop will include both recipes for making colored clay and the proper way to laminate. Class includes chemistry discussion.
Whistle While You Work
Saturday, July 23 from 10 to 12
Join Kylle for this fun class as students learn how to modify a closed form into a one tone whisle or multiple tone Ocarina. During this 2 hour class, students should be able to create one altered thrown whistle and one handbuilt whistle. From mouth piece to creating the form, this class will teach students to make 2 different types of whistles. Fee for this class includes studio clay and a brief lesson on how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on your new whistles!
Class participants need to bring boxes and packing material to take whistles home in as well as favorite handbuilding tools. We recommend Kemper BAS, a hole punch, K35 blade, and K24 clean up tool for this class. Firing services not included but available for an additional fee.
Advanced Forms for the Intermediate Thrower
Saturday August 20 from 10 to 12 AND 12:30 to 2:30
Cost $30 if you bring your own clay
Cost $40 if you use studio clay
Awesome, you’ve learned to throw! It’s now time to tackle more complex forms such as teapots, spouts, form fitting handles, lids, and a closed form. And hey! What’s a closed form good for anyway?
In this 4 hour class, studio potter Peri Charlifu, with over 35 years of professional throwing experience will bring your throwing to the next level and take the mystery out of some of these advanced shapes.
Students, please bring your favorite throwing tools, bats, and boxes with packing materials to take your pieces away with you. Stone Leaf’s midfire creamy white clay, Whitestone will be available for use during class. Firing of items made in class not included in class fee.
Class limit: 11 students