Summer 2017 Session 1: May 29 - July 15

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

Advanced Coil & Slab

INST: Lee Akins

This class will cover a variety of more advanced hand building approaches. The students will learn how to work from a maquette, how to speed up coiling, and texturing as part of the coil building process. Both soft slab and stiff slabs techniques will also be explored including use of molds and tarpaper forms. 

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


Monday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Beginning & Intermediate Wheel

INST: Lee Akins

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. 


Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Handbuilding with Molds & Paper Patterns

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.

Maggie Mae Beyeler holds an MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado. Since graduating in 1993, Maggie has taught ceramics and image transfer on clay workshops in many colleges and ceramic centers throughout the Southwest. She has owned and operated Magpie Pottery in Santa Fe for the last 19 years.


Tuesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Focus on Surface: Glaze

INST: Matt Repsher

This class will focus on techniques and strategies for creating glazed surfaces for ceramic sculptures, vessels and functional pots.  The class will begin with demonstrations of basic glaze application techniques and simple methods for using test tiles to obtain valuable information about glazes and glaze combinations.  As the class progresses, students will learn how to use the information provided by test tiles to make informed decisions about glazing finished pieces.  Throughout the progression of the class more advanced glaze application techniques such as using wax resist, glaze inlay and using stains and oxides will be also be demonstrated.   Because this class will focus on the glazed surface, some experience working with clay and the ability to create basic forms is recommended.


Thursday 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

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.


Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Beginning Wheel Throwing

INST: Yutaka Kawahito

This class is geared toward complete beginners to intermediate level wheel throwers.  On the pottery wheel, the students will learn the process of making simple vessels like cups and bowls intending to be functional for everyday use.  The class will also cover basic techniques for surface decoration and glazing processes.

Yutaka Kawahito was born and raised in Hiroshima.  He received his BA in Cinema from San Francisco State University.  Also spending time at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO) in various positions has given him diversified perspectives on art making as well as a chance to assist and works with Takashi Nakazato.  He then received MFA in Sculpture from Yale School of Art.  He has exhibited his work around the US and in Japan.  He has been an artist-in-resident at Skowhegan School in Maine and Bemis Center Nebraska. 

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