Summer 2017 Session 2: July 17 - September 2

Space is limited (10 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.


Monday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Smoke Fire

INST: Lee Akins

This class will focus on a variety of low fire techniques involving smoke.  Some are historical; some are more contemporary adaptations for achieving unique surfaces.

Students will be introduced to pit firing, sagger firing, and low fire salt. We will fire raku, tin foil fuming and sawdust firing during the class. Raku finishes will include halo stain, slip resist, copper mat, horsehair and iron chloride fuming.

This class will combine slide lectures with group demonstrations and individual attention from the instructor. 


Monday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Handbuilding & Sculpture

INST: Lee Akins

Our handbuilding and sculpture classes focus on developing and refining clay forming skills and exploring form and surface for both functional and sculptural work. Basic construction techniques such as coil, slab, and assemblage will be covered, along with surface treatment, texture and glazing. 

This class is structured for all levels of experience and will combine group demonstrations with individual attention from the instructor. 


Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wheel Throwing
(All-Level)

INST: Cindy Gutierrez

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 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Independent Study

INST: Ralph Scala

This class is designed for participants to pursue a project or continue a body of work. Many questions will be raised while viewing each other’s work. Demos will be tailored to individual needs and pursuits. Class discussions will bring new awareness to each student’s work while traditional as well as non traditional approaches to ceramic medium will be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to experiment and take risks in their work.

*Ceramics experience necessary  


Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Handbuilding
& Sculpture:  Slab Building (All Level)

INST: Greta Ruiz

Slab-building allows the artist to work in a wide range of scale. During this class, students will focus on honing their slab-building skills and will explore a variety of style possibilities from functional to sculptural forms. Demonstrations are tailored to the needs of the students in the class.


Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wheel Throwing 
(All-Level)

INST: Matt Repsher

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.






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