Adult Classes

Fall 2017 Session 1: Sep 4 - Oct 21
Fall 2017 Session 2: Oct 23 - Dec 16

Space is limited (12 people max). Please call to register 505-984-1122

$260 for a seven week session which includes 25 lbs of clay & unlimited access to the communal studio during regular studio hours.

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Fall 2017 Session 1: Sep 4 - Oct 21


Monday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

INST: Lee Akins

*Due to Labor Day Holiday, this class will start on Monday September 11. A make-up class will be scheduled by the instructor at a later date. 

Push your throwing skills to the next level.  Demonstrations will be tailored to the needs of the individual students.


Monday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Finishing Without Glazes

INST: Lee Akins

*Due to Labor Day Holiday, this class will start on Monday September 11. A make-up class will be scheduled by the instructor at a later date. 

Unhappy with your glazes? Learn a wide variety of ways to finish your work without using glazes.


Monday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Handbuilding

INST: Katie Doyle

*Due to Labor Day Holiday, this class will start on Monday September 11 and run through Monday October 23

In this multi‐level course, students will learn the basic methods of hand building, ways to decorate the ceramic surface, and glazing techniques. These skills will be fused with a set of conceptual techniques for observing, listening, and responding to the immediate environment of our surroundings. Students will complete the course with 1­‐2 Finished objects, a small list of artists and writings to reference, as well as an archive of drawings, photographs/reference images, written words, and/or maps.


Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Micaceous

INST: Anita Ginocchio

$260 plus a $20 lab fee for a seven week session which includes 25 lbs of clay & unlimited access to the communal studio during regular studio hours.

Micaceous clay has been used for centuries by the indigenous peoples of the Southwest to create functional cookware. This class will focus on making mica clay pots using the traditional coil-building method, slipped surface treatment and pit firing. Demonstrations and individual attention from the instructor will be provided for students of all levels. The session will close with a traditional outdoor firing.


Tuesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All Level Wheel Throwing

INST: Cindy Gutierrez

Students will experience the fun and challenge of throwing on the wheel. Beginners will receive instruction on the foundations of wheel work and glazing. More experienced throwers will get advanced demos and be challenged to throw beyond their current level. Individual help during class and access to the studio every day gives everyone the opportunity to throw and grow!”


Tuesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Beginner Wheel Throwing

INST: Amy Lin

This class is an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Demonstrations will cover the fundamental steps required to make simple pots such as cups and bowls on the wheel. Basic surface treatments and glazing will be covered. 


Wednesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Handbuilding: 
Sculptural &  Functional

INST: Greta Ruiz

Our handbuilding and sculpture classes focus on developing and refining clayforming skills and exploring form and surface for both functional and sculptural work. All classes have demonstrations and individual attention from the instructor that allow students to pursue their own directions. 


Wednesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All Level Wheel Throwing

INST: Mike Walsh

This class covers the basics of the craft for beginners as well as those with throwing experience who want to improve their skills. Fundamentals of throwing, trimming and glazing techniques will be taught for an expanded variety of functional forms. Demonstrations and technical information are provided with attention to individual needs, allowing students to pursue their own ideas.


Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Bas Relief
on 3D Pieces

INST: Andrea Pichaida

This class focuses on exploring how to make a bas relief on a 3 dimensional surface.

Students will experiment with a variety of techniques, like carving, adding, printing, inlaying, sgraffito, mishima, etc.. to create a dynamic and interesting bas relief on a non flat piece. These many possibilities will be addressed accordingly to the needs of each design and composition. We will also explore surface treatments, texture and color.

Inspiration for the bas relief can come from many sources: there own drawing, found images from magazines, pictures, objects that can be printed into the clay and many more. 


Thursday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sculpting The Head

INST: Arlene Siegel

Sculpting the head from the inside out; starting with the skull, understanding the muscles and finishing with a completed head. It may be a self portrait or someone else of your choice.



Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Micaceous

INST: Anita Ginocchio

$260 plus a $20 lab fee for a seven week session which includes 25 lbs of clay & unlimited access to the communal studio during regular studio hours.

Micaceous clay has been used for centuries by the indigenous peoples of the Southwest to create functional cookware. This class will focus on making mica clay pots using the traditional coil-building method, slipped surface treatment and pit firing. Demonstrations and individual attention from the instructor will be provided for students of all levels. The session will close with a traditional outdoor firing.


Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Advanced Wheel Throwing: 
Pouring Vessels

INST: Flor Widmar

This class focuses on the containing, storage and pouring aspects of pottery making. Instructor demonstrations include options for jars, pitchers, teapots and other objects that contain. We discuss a variety of issues potters encounter when producing wares for the kitchen, countertop and pantry. 


Fall 2017 Session 2: Oct 23 - Dec 16

Space is limited (12 people max).  Please call to register 505-984-1122

$260 for a seven week session which includes 25 lbs of clay & unlimited access to the communal studio during regular studio hours.

*SFC will be closed November 22-24 for Thanksgiving holiday. 


Monday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Decorating The Surface

INST: Lee Akins

This class will focus on building a repertoire of techniques for creating visually interesting and engaging surfaces.  Applicable to potters and sculptors alike, this class will cover a variety of techniques for creating texture, working with slips, as well as glaze application. Participants will leave the class with many samples in the form of test tiles to use as reference for making future work.  Some clay experience is recommended.


Monday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Handbuilding & Sculpture

INST: Lee Akins

This class focuses on the development and refinement of a variety of hand forming clay techniques. Basic construction techniques, surface treatments and glazing are covered. Demonstrations and technical information are provided with attention to individual needs, allowing students to pursue their own ideas. 


Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

INST: Frances Parker

Now that you have the basics down it's time to start expanding and playing with those skills! Throw larger, alter, discover lids, and explore the endless possibilities. 


Tuesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Handbuilding with Molds & Paper

INST: Maggie Mae Beyeler

Expand your handbuilding skills utilizing  plaster molds, paper patterns, and cutting and darting techniques. All phases of soft slab construction will be covered including forming methods, embellishment with handles and feet, and complete glaze design and application. Participants will also be assisted in turning inspiration and new ideas into finished pieces.  Some clay experience is preferred.


Tuesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All Level Wheel Throwing

INST: Amy Lin

This class covers the basics of the craft for beginners as well as those with throwing experience who want to improve their skills. Fundamentals of throwing, trimming and glazing techniques will be taught for an expanded variety of functional forms. Demonstrations and technical information are provided with attention to individual needs, allowing students to pursue their own ideas. 


Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sculpting with Pre-Existing Molds

INST: Andrea Pichaida

Explore the world of sculpting in clay by working with pre-existing molds. Lets start a journey into creativity by using and understanding the concepts of a 3D piece: series, sequence, repetition, symmetry, and how to apply them hands on by using molds of any kind or material, handmade or bought. You will be surprised by the beautiful, interesting and dynamic compositions that can result by using this construction method. Technical problems and solutions as surface treatment and coloring will be addressed and discussed according to each requirement and project.


Wednesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All Level Handbuilding

INST: Greta Ruiz

This class focuses on the development and refinement of a variety of hand forming clay techniques. Basic construction techniques, surface treatments and glazing are covered. Demonstrations and technical information are provided with attention to individual needs, allowing students to pursue their own ideas. 


Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Raku

INST: Bill Fajman

The raku technique of low temperature firing likely developed in the late 1500s in Japan, when tile makers discovered that they could fire rapidly and remove ware quickly form the kiln and cool it rapidly in air or water without breakage. The technique remained basically unchanged until western potters became interested in the technique. The technique was popularized in the 1950s in particular by Paul Soldner, who emphasized post firing reduction techniques that resulted in more vibrant color development. In this class we will explore this method using traditional type raku glazes and reduction techniques. Furthermore, we will investigate other techniques including Obvara and “naked” raku that have become part of the western raku tradition. Experience with throwing or hand building is required.


Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Cup:
All Level Wheel & Handbuilding

INST: Ralph Scala

The cup is one of the most elemental forms we use in our daily lives. This course will explore the history, function and expressive qualities of the cup in many different forms from functional to sculptural. We will cover chawans, yunomis, coffee mugs, handles, cups and saucers, sake and shot glasses and the cup as sculptural object.  Building techniques will include hand building, wheel throwing, bisque molds, plaster, rubber molds and handles.  Glazing techniques from cone 10 to lusters will be introduced.


Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Hand, Foot, & Head in Clay

INST: Misty Gamble

All levels are welcome. In a relaxed and fun atmosphere, learn how to sculpt proportions, expressions and movements of the human head, hands, and feet in clay. In addition to learning how to sculpt figurative fragments, the participants will create a life size mask that operates as a self-referential vehicle to explore a personal narrative. Students will learn basic anatomical construction and proportion of the face, including facial features and hair. Participants will learn approaches to both academic/idealized and expressive facial construction. The focus of the class will not be on anatomical ‘correctness’, but rather on gesture, proportion. Misty will lead discussions on where ideas come from, and how to cultivate the expression of particular themes in your work. Misty will also discuss how she references popular culture and visual metaphors to provide context and meaning. Independent work can be done outside of class.


Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Intermediate Wheel: Casseroles

INST: Flor Widmar

Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel. We’ll cover throwing and altering techniques that exploit this elegant and sensuous material’s best qualities. We’ll work with a variety of bottomless wheel-thrown forms and slabs in the soft and leather-hard stages, as well as various altering techniques and additions of slabs, handles, and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms.

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