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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 adult (18 & over) 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.

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Mondays, 10am - Noon
July 8 -
August 26

Wil L. SEL225

** Class will not meet on Memorial Day - May 27, 2019 **

Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm
July 9 -
August 27
Katie S. SEL228

Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm
July 11 -
August 29
RJ Tonneson SEL231

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.

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

Tuesdays, 10am - Noon
July 9 -
August 27
Wil L. SEL227

Wednesdays, 6pm - 8pm
July 10 -
August 28
Wil L. SEL229
seat open

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


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.

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Mondays, 6pm - 8pm
July 8 -
August 26

Stephanie B. SEL226
seats open

Thursdays, 10am - Noon
July 11 -
August 29

Stephanie B. SEL230
seat open

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

Made With Clay classes

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
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. These are adult classes -
you must be 18 years old to register.

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

"Testing the Waters" with Katie Sandeen

Friday, July 26 - $30.00
This class was designed for those of you that simply want to try throwing on the potter's wheel. It seems so easy, and yet there is some skill involved. This is a great way to see if this is an art form that you want to explore further with our 8-week classes.
SUM227 ~ 10am-12pm ~ 3 spaces available

"Testing the Waters" with RJ Tonneson

Friday, July 26 - $30.00
This class was designed for those of you that simply want to try throwing on the potter's wheel. It seems so easy, and yet there is some skill involved. This is a great way to see if this is an art form that you want to explore further with our 8-week classes. .
SUM228 ~ 1pm-3pm ~ 1 space available

"Mold Making" with Brett Bindord

Saturday, July 27 - $150.00
Brett, from Mudshark, is a master mold maker and we are lucky to have him teach this workshop. You will make a 2-part working mold during this 1 day workshop. Bring several objects to choose from that are the size of an apple or mug. Call early because this class fills fast!
SUM229 ~ 9:30am-4pm ~ FULL

"Cone 6 Glaze Workshop" with Christy Runyan

Wednesday, July 31 - $60.00
We are offering two separate classes that include as much information and "hands-on" work that is possible to do in a single day. We will use Georgies ^6 glazes and cover brushing & application, layering, using gloss vs. matte and how they partner with our specialty glazes. Class includes 6x6" tiles and glazes. Bring your brushes for glazing your pieces.
SUM230 ~ 10am-4pm ~ FULL

"Template Vases" with Stephanie Burton

Friday, August 2 - $30.00
Create your version of this sweet Bud Vase with templates and texture tools. Perfect for all those special summer blooms in your garden. Bring your tools for handbuilding.
SUM231 ~ 10am-12pm ~ 7 spaces available

"Form Changing ... Altering Shapes" with Wil LaBelle

Friday, August 2 - $35.00
Whether you are a wheel thrower or a handbuilder, this skill building class will help you in creating new and exciting forms. Going from round to square or oval, darting to create drama ... Wil has static clay forms for you to out different shaping methods. Bring your tools for altering shapes.
SUM232 ~ 1pm-4pm ~ 2 spaces available

"Kiln Maintenance and Repair" with Katie Sandeen

Friday, August 9 - $35.00
Katie will take you through the components and function of basic electric kilns. Class will cover how to change elements, relays and switches, thermocouples and kiln sitter tubes. Bring the model number of your kiln if available.
SUM233 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 13 spaces available

"Glaze Design & Getting Painterly " with Christy Runyan

Wednesday, August 14 - $60.00
This is our second glaze class that takes the lessons learned from the combos and layering and adds ways to create design. We will go over wax techniques, brush strokes, majolica, paper stencils and include Georgies Interactive Pigments along with our other glazes. Class includes 6x6" tiles and glaze supplies.. Bring a lunch and your brushes for glazing your pieces. Wear work clothes for this 6 hour class.
SUM234 ~ 10am-4pm ~ FULL

"Formed for Function" with Adrienne Eliades

Friday & Saturday, August 16 & 17 - $175.00
Want to create unique dinnerware or serving sets? This "hand-on" two day workshop will guide you toward making fun and clever forms for a variety of uses. Day one covers making and designing your forms. Day two covers slip, underglaze stencil decorations and how to complete your sets. All skill levels are welcome, but previous clay experience is recommended. A supply list will be included when you register for the class. Bring your lunch for both days.
SUM220 ~ 9am-4pm ~ 9 spaces available

"Interactive Pigments" with Stephanie Burton

Friday, August 23 - $35.00
Stephanie is the master when it comes to using the Interactive Pigments to enhance the surface of your work! This workshop puts you in her world as you explore a variety of glazes along with their pigment enhancements. Class includes 6x6" tiles, glazes and pigments. Bring your brushes for glazing your pieces.
SUM235 ~ 10am-1pm ~ 7 spaces available

"Portrait Heads" with Stephanie Burton

Friday, August 23 - $35.00
Modeling and working figuratively can be very daunting. We have scaled this down to teach you how to create a small portrait head. This comes from our teacher workshop series and as we have discovered, making faces and heads is something most of us want to try! Bring your tools for handbuilding.
SUM236 ~ 2pm-4pm ~ 1 space available

"Slip Casting Basics" with Christy Runyan

Wednesday, August 28 - $30.00
Slipcasting is seeing a resurgence and slip casting clays requre a bit of understanding. We will cover rheology, the various materials used to deflocculate your slip as well as how to corrrect your slip by weight and drip time. Included in the price of this demo/discussion is one gallon of either low-fire or stoneware ^6 slip for you to take home.
SUM237 ~ 10am-12pm ~ FULL

"Terrasigilatta" with Christy Runyan

Wednesday, August 28 - $35.00
Terrasigillata is one of the oldest forms of color and decorations known on the ceramic surface. It is also one of the most often "how to" questions that we get. We will go through the process of making terra sig and have some here for you to use on tiles. Class includes 6x6" tiles to use. Bring your brushes for glazing your pieces.
SUM238 ~ 1pm-3pm ~ 6 spaces available

"Raku 2" with Wil LaBelle

August 30 - $75.00
This class will explore the techniques of using Horse Hair and Naked Raku. Don't know what that is? Come to the class to find out! Both methods produce dramatic results. Bring 2-3 small pieces of ^08 bisque or we will have bisque tea bowls for you to use.
SUM223 ~ 10am-2pm ~ 4 spaces available

Firing Your Electric Kiln

Whether your kiln is new or used, computerized or manual, Katie 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
August 15 Katie S. SEL306
seats open
September 19 Katie S. SEL307
seats open
October 24 Katie S. SEL308
seats open
November 21 Katie S. SEL309
seats open
December 19 Katie S. SEL310
seats open

The FINE PRINT for eight-week clay classes:
At the time of registration for our clay classes we request a $25 deposit and a credit card number 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 + $275 = $300).

You will get a registration confirmation in the mail. We normally bill your class fee to your credit card number one week before the first class session. If you choose to pay by cash or check, please arrive before 5:00 pm on the first class day 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. 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
Portland Store Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:00a to 5:00p • Business office hours 9:00a-5:00p, Monday-Friday Pacific time
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