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Clay Classes in Portland

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Intro to Clay Work - Special 3 week class

These classes are in our Portland store only with a Maximum of 12 students.
Call 503.283.1353 to sign up: no online class registration.

Are you interested in Ceramics? This special 3 week course will introduce you to the basics
of clay work; Handbuilding, Wheel Throwing, and glazing. Class will meet for 3 hours once a
week and includes inctruction, clay, glaze and firing.
Week 1: Handbuilding will include working with slabs & coils and introduce you to texture.
Week 2: Wheel Throwing - each student will have a wheel & receive individual attention on centering and throwing a bowl.
Week 3: Glazing - you will glaze the pieces that you made in weeks 1 & 2. Work will be fired and ready to pick up the following week.
There is ** NO OPEN STUDIO ** time for these special classes.

Wednesdays, 9am - Noon
October
3,10,17

wk 1-Stephanie
wk 2-Katie
wk 3-RJ
SEL736
$120
10
seats open
Nov 28 &
Dec 5,12

wk 1-Stephanie
wk 2-Katie
wk 3-RJ
SEL738
$120
12
seats open
Fridays, 6pm - 9pm
October
5,12,19

wk 1-Stephanie
wk 2-Katie
wk 3-RJ
SEL737
$120
12
seats open
Nov 30 &
Dec 7,14

wk 1-Stephanie
wk 2-Katie
wk 3-RJ
SEL739
$120
12
seats open


Wheel and Handbuilding Classes

All these classes are in our Portland store with a maximum 12 students.
Call 503.283.1353 to sign up: no online class registration.

Welcome to Georgies' Community Classroom! It's a place to learn and explore this ancient craft while you also explore your personal expression and possibly make a friend or two.

Georgies offers clay classes which focus on two specific clay forming skills: throwing on the potter's wheel and hand-building techniques. While watching an experienced potter, it looks so easy, but cllay work is actually a blend of art and learned skill. Our eight week series classes are designed for both beginning and continuing students. It's rare that any beginning class will have only novice students as it takes multiple sessions to form the skill to be able to accomplish many of the steps that go into a finished glazed piece.

For most of Georgies' employees and instructors, clay and its many facets are a lifetime pursuit. There are endless ways to form the clay and decorate the surface. Explore form, function, texture, color, and design. An eight week class is a freckle in time: it may be something you want to explore further but it won't be enough time to become a master potter or make all your Christmas presents if you have never worked in clay before.

Open studio times are uninstructed, but valuable
in developing the skills you are learning in your class.

 

Beginning Wheel

Beginning wheel classes focus on the primary skill of working on the potter's wheel. These skills are centering clay, learning to control this spinning long to raise the walls in both a vertical matter to form a mug, and pulling it out to form bowl shapes. Completing these forms requires another skill that is explored, and that is trimming. Glazing is addressed in the simplest method, by dipping with a wide variety of Georgies cone 6 glazes.

Beginning students can expect to complete several small (cereal-size) bowls and a mug or two (though perhaps not to perfection!). Continuing students will be able to explore these basic forms further, and expand their scale with greater control to larger bowls and more complex cylindrical forms.

The more time you spend in open studio, the faster you will develop your skills and control. Many students repeat a class simply because it fits their schedule. Our wheel classes are small, with 12 students per class session, and you are guaranteed a wheel in your class.

Click the thumbnails for larger images of these class projects:


Mondays, 10am - Noon
July 9 -
August 27

Wil L. SEL707
$250
Full
September 10 -
October 22

Wil L. SEL714**
$219
3
seats open
October 29 -
December 17

Wil L. SEL721
$250
2
seats open

** Class will not meet on Labor Day - September 3, 2018 **


Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm
July 10 -
August 28

Katie S. SEL710
$250
Full
September 4 -
October 23
Katie S. SEL717
$250
Full
October 30 -
December 18
Katie S. SEL724
$250
Full

Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm
July 12 -
August 30

RJ Tonneson SEL713
$250
5
seats open
September 6 -
October 25
RJ Tonneson SEL720
$250
Full
November 1 -
December 20
RJ Tonneson SEL727
$250
1
seat open

** Class will not meet on Thanksgiving Day - November 22, 2018 **


Click here to see "The Fine Print" for clay classes at Georgies.

Intermediate Wheel

Intermediate wheel classes are open to all students who were proficient on the wheel, able to center and throw both bowls and mugs without further instruction. This class explores more advanced wheel forms, like covered and lidded pots, teapots, altered forms, and incorporating elements of handbuilding with wheelthrown work. The intermediate class is also able to explore more advanced glaze techniques, making use of wax resist design as well as decorative painting.

Click the thumbnails for larger images of these class projects:

Blue Plate by Wil Labelle Skull Vessel by Wil Labelle Lidded Container by Andrew Kail

Tuesdays, 10am - Noon
July 10 -
August 28

Wil L. SEL709
$250
Full
September 4 -
October 23
Wil L. SEL716
$250
Full
October 30 -
December 18
Wil L. SEL723
$250
Full

Wednesdays, 6pm - 8pm
July 11 -
August 29

Wil L. SEL711
$250
6
seats open
September 5 -
October 24
Wil L. SEL718
$250
3
seats open
October 31 -
December 19
Wil L. SEL725
$250
Full

Click here to see "The Fine Print" for classes at Georgies.

Handbuilding

Hand-building is often the best place to start your clay experience. Hand building explores many popular methods of clay forming including slab building, pinch pots, and building with coils. By touching and forming clay with these simple unaided methods, you learn the fundamentals of joining clay into cohesive forms. Our hand-building class is open to beginning and continuing students. When we present a specific technique, such as 'soft slab' work, we introduce it with a specific project that teaches the skills needed for that type of work. As you begin to develop your skills, you are able to bring your ideas to fruition. Again, basic glazing skills are explored.

Click the thumbnails for larger images of these class projects:



Mondays, 6pm - 8pm
July 9 -
August 27

Stephanie B. SEL708
$250
3
seats open
September 10 -
October 22

Stephanie B. SEL715*
$219
6
seats open
October 29 -
December 17

Stephanie B. SEL722
$219
8
seats open

** Class will not meet on Labor Day - September 3, 2018 **


Thursdays, 10am - Noon
July 12 -
August 30

Stephanie B. SEL712
$250
2
seats open
September 6 -
October 25

Stephanie B. SEL719
$250
Full
November 1 -
December 20

Stephanie B. SEL726
$250
Full

** Class will not meet on Thanksgiving Day - November 22, 2018 **


Click here to see "The Fine Print" for clay classes at Georgies.

Made With Clay Summer Fun Fridays

These classes are meant not only to answer the many questions we are asked on a daily
basis, but to also provide the opportunity for you to try new tools or new techniques that we
find intriguing. All class fees are charged in full when you sign up and all fees are
NON-REFUNDABLE.
Pre-registration is required. Firing is NOT included in the class fees,
unless otherwise noted. Fees include materials and instruction for the designated project.
Most classes require basic pottery tools and brushes as listed.

Please call (503) 283-1353 or (800) 999-2529 to register

Traditional Raku with Wil Labelle

July 13 - $75.00
This hands-on workshop will feature the basics of Raku using our trash can quick-fire Raku Kiln plus our own Raku glazes designed for amazing color FLASHES. You can bring up to 2 medium sized pieces to glaze and experience the magic of this firing process. If you do not have your own Raku clay pieces bisque fired to ^08 - then we can provide some tea bowls for you to use.
SUM200 ~ 10am-2pm ~ FULL


Using Mason Stains with Christy Runyan

July 18 - $30.00
We get so many questions about how to use Mason Stains so we are offering this class to address use for slips/engobes, colored clays and glazes, as well as using them for brushable color washes. You will work on tiles and blend stain into a clay body, plus take home a Mason Stain Color Chart! Bring tools & brushes
SUM201 ~ 10am-1pm ~ FULL


Slip Casting with Annette Smith

July 20 - $25.00
Annette will demonstrate the basics of slip casting using low fire White Cast Slip and 6^ Natural White Stoneware Slip. Casting time, wall thickness, and how to adjust your slip will be the bulk of the discussion. You will be able to take home one gallon of either ^06 White Cast or ^6 Natural White Stoneware Slip.
SUM202 ~ 10am-12pm ~ 8 spaces availalble


Crystalline Glazes Workshop with Michael Metz

July 20 - $100.00
Crystalline Glazes are super cool! They are the sparkling jewels within the glaze surface. Michael has been a crystalline glaze potter/artist for over 30 years. He will share his vast knowledge while you explore this fascinating method of glazing. You will also get his ^10 recipes, techniques, firing schedules and various tricks that aid in forming the best and most professional results. No tools needed, this is a lecture and demonstration format.
SUM203 ~ 10am-4pm ~ 19 spaces availalble


Mini Portrait Busts with Jim Gion

July 21 - $50.00
This fast-fun Saturday class will introduce you to sculpting a bust in just 3 hours! Bring a photo/picture of a friend, loved one, favorite pet or random stranger and Jim will show you how to turn that 2-D image into a 3-D sculpture. These are small - only 6" so you should be able to get most of the work done in class. Firing is available for an additional charge of $12 here at Georgies or at Jim's studio. Bring tools for clay work and sculpting.
SUM213 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 3 spaces availalble


Making Teapots Thrown Off The Hump with Wil Labelle

July 25 - $25.00
Experience throwing off the hump with all of your clay on the wheel head to create all of the parts needed to form your teapot. Super efficient for busy potters. If time allows, you will be able to assemble your teapot or at least take the components home to assemble. Bring your tools or you can buy pottery tool kits here.
SUM204 ~ 1pm-4pm ~ 10 spaces availalble


Surface Texture with Stephanie Burton

July 27 - $50.00
Learn to create rich and layered textured surfaces. Texture created in the clay while forming plus the texture of the glaze itself as it enriches the clay texture. You will create texture on clay as well as work on tiles with glaze, Interactive Pigments, stencils and Silk Screens. Stephanie has so much fun teaching you how to embellish and enhance your pottery. Bring tools and brushes.
SUM205 ~ 10am-3pm ~ 5 spaces availalble


Mold Making with Brett Binford

July 28 - $150.00
Brett is a Master Mold Maker and a very popular teacher! This hands-on mold making class will allow you to bring home a working 2-piece mold. Bring several objects about the size of an apple or mug to choose from.
SUM219 ~ 10am-4pm ~ FULL


Coilbuilding with Stephanie Burton

August 1 - $25.00
Do you want to explore a "new to you" way of working with clay? We all get stuck in our familiar methods, so this is a great way to shake things up a bit. Challenge yourself to try something different to shake loose new ideas and possibilities. This age old method is being re-born as new eyes and hands have taken hold. Stephanie will get you jump started as you build a coil foundation. Bring your clay tools.
SUM206 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 8 spaces availalble


Testing The Waters ... Try the Potter's Wheel with Katie Sandeen

August 3 - $25.00
Fascinated by the magic of the potter's wheel and just want to see if you want to commit to an 8-week class? This skill looks deceptively easy in the hands of a skilled thrower. Katie will lead you through the basics of centering and pulling up a small cylinder. Bring basic clay tools. Kits available in the store.
SUM207 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 1 space availalble


Creating Your Own Silk Screen Images with Katie Sandeen

August 3 - $60.00
Creating and printing images on clay is one of the hottest trends in the pottery world right now. Class includes one PhotoEZ silk screen starter kit, which contains everythign you need to create a 4¼" x 5½" stencil image for printing. Students will be able to test their new silk screen stencils on 6" x 6" tiles we provide.
SUM208 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ 6 spaces availalble


Figurative Handbuilding Workshop with Kelly Garrett Rathbone

August 10 & 11 (Friday & Saturday) - $200.00
This 2-day condensed and hands-on workshop will focus on her slab construction methods, sculpting facial features following anatomy, proportion, and tricks to achieve symmetry. She will also show ways to create emotion and altered expression as well as methods for sculpting hands. All skill levels are welcome to make your own miniature wall bust to take home.
SUM209 ~ 10am-4pm ~ 3 spaces availalble


Throwing Bottle Forms with RJ Tonneson

August 17 - $25.00
Grab a wheel and join RJ as he leads you through the ins and outs of making beatiful bottle forms. Once thrown you will be able to alter your work by paddling, faceting, using a sureform, or adding handles. Bring basic pottery tools.
SUM210 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 7 spaces availalble


Throwing Tall & Sectional Forms wit RJ Tonneson

August 17 - $25.00
Many of us have the desire to make a larger piece and lack the strength and skill to center and control large amounts of clay on the wheel. Technique and working in sections may be your answer. Join RJ as he leads this class in forming, attaching, and creating shapes in new ways. Bring basic pottery tools.
SUM211 ~ 2pm-5pm ~ 7 spaces availalble


Mini Portrait Busts with Jim Gion

August 18 - $50.00
This fast-fun Saturday class will introduce you to sculpting a bust in just 3 hours! Bring a photo/picture of a friend, loved one, favorite pet or random stranger and Jim will show you how to turn that 2-D image into a 3-D sculpture. These are small - only 6" so you should be able to get most of the work done in class. Firing is available for an additional charge of $12 here at Georgies or at Jim's studio. Bring tools for clay work and sculpting.
SUM214 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 6 spaces availalble


Explore New Raku Techniques with Wil Labelle

August 24 - $75.00
Explore several of the HOT new techniques in the raku world such as 'Naked' Raku and 'Horsehair' Raku. Wil will have slip made up for the Naked Raku plus share his recipe. We will have some tea bowls in bisque available to use or you can bring a couple of your own low fire clay body items fired to ^08-^06. Bring your brushes for glazing your pieces.
SUM212 ~ 10am-2pm ~ FULL


Mini Portrait Busts with Jim Gion

September 15 - $50.00
This fast-fun Saturday class will introduce you to sculpting a bust in just 3 hours! Bring a photo/picture of a friend, loved one, favorite pet or random stranger and Jim will show you how to turn that 2-D image into a 3-D sculpture. These are small - only 6" so you should be able to get most of the work done in class. Firing is available for an additional charge of $12 here at Georgies or at Jim's studio. Bring tools for clay work and sculpting.
SUM215 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 4 spaces availalble


Mini Portrait Busts with Jim Gion

October 20 - $50.00
This fast-fun Saturday class will introduce you to sculpting a bust in just 3 hours! Bring a photo/picture of a friend, loved one, favorite pet or random stranger and Jim will show you how to turn that 2-D image into a 3-D sculpture. These are small - only 6" so you should be able to get most of the work done in class. Firing is available for an additional charge of $12 here at Georgies or at Jim's studio. Bring tools for clay work and sculpting.
SUM216 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 6 spaces availalble


Mini Portrait Busts with Jim Gion

November 17 - $50.00
This fast-fun Saturday class will introduce you to sculpting a bust in just 3 hours! Bring a photo/picture of a friend, loved one, favorite pet or random stranger and Jim will show you how to turn that 2-D image into a 3-D sculpture. These are small - only 6" so you should be able to get most of the work done in class. Firing is available for an additional charge of $12 here at Georgies or at Jim's studio. Bring tools for clay work and sculpting.
SUM217 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 6 spaces availalble


Mini Portrait Busts with Jim Gion

December 15 - $50.00
This fast-fun Saturday class will introduce you to sculpting a bust in just 3 hours! Bring a photo/picture of a friend, loved one, favorite pet or random stranger and Jim will show you how to turn that 2-D image into a 3-D sculpture. These are small - only 6" so you should be able to get most of the work done in class. Firing is available for an additional charge of $12 here at Georgies or at Jim's studio. Bring tools for clay work and sculpting.
SUM218 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 6 spaces availalble


Firing Your Electric Kiln

Whether your kiln is new or used, computerized or manual, Bob covers it all. Learn the nuts and bolts of firing, and how to operate and maintain your electric kiln for optimum results to achieve ceramic success with the proper firing. Questions about firing glass are welcome, but the class focuses on firing clay. Bring your notepads and questions!

Thursdays, 9:30am - 12pm
June 21 Bob L. SEL731
$25
10
seats open
July 26 Bob L. SEL746
$25
14
seats open
August 23 Bob L. SEL747
$25
15
seats open
September 27 Bob L. SEL748
$25
15
seats open
October 25 Bob L. SEL749
$25
15
seats open
November 29 Bob L. SEL750
$25
15
seats open



 

THE FINE PRINT FOR EIGHT-WEEK CLAY CLASSES:
At the time of registration for our clay classes we charge a $25 deposit to hold your reservation. The $25 deposit will not be refunded if you cancel your registration, but will be applied when you pay the rest of your class fee ($25 + $225 = $250).

You will get an acknowledgement for your class by email (or mail if we do not have an email address for you on file). We will notify you a few days prior to the 10 day cancellation deadline.We will bill the class fee to your credit card number one week before the first class session. If you choose to pay by cash or check, please arrange to pay 10 days prior to the class so we can complete your invoice. Call or email us as soon as possible if you have to cancel your registration.We have waiting lists for many of our classes, and your early call allows someone else to attend.

The fee for our clay classes includes Georgies classroom clay, use of Georgies glazes on your work, studio time to practice between class sessions (when there is not another class using the studio space), and firing your classroom work. Other clays and glazes are not included in the class fee. You'll have to purchase those on your own if you wish to use them and must be kept separate from the class clay and glazes. Cone 06 lowfire clays are NOT allowed in our classroom area for any reason.

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Georgies Ceramic & Clay Co. • 756 NE Lombard • Portland OR 97211 • 503.283.1353 • 800.999.CLAY
Georgies of Eugene • 1471 Railroad Blvd #9 • Eugene OR 97402 • 541.338.7654 • 866.234.CLAY
Fax numbers: Portland 503.283.1387 Eugene 541.338.7565
Store Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 9:00a to 5:00p Pacific time • Business office hours 9a-5p, Monday thru Friday

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