Clay Classes in Portland
These classes provide an opportunity for you to try new tools or new techniques that we find intriguing and fun. Some classes are hands-on and others are demonstration only. 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 instruction plus materials as noted in the description. Please bring your own brushes and/or clay tools for your class.
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Please call (503) 283-1353 or (800) 999-2529 to register.
July 14th & 15th: Hand Building Stylized Figures - $150.00
Leslie Lee will demonstrate making her amazing figures with hand building techniques in this 2-day, hands-on Workshop. She will show you how abstract forms can come alive with her convincing faces, hands, and feet. The class will be shown slides and demonstrations for the student to create their own version of the figure on the first day and then hands and feet will be added the second day. Please bring your own clay tools. The class includes clay and instruction.
July 21st: Interactive Pigments - $25.00
Stephanie Burton will help you play with our Interactive Pigments on cone 6 tiles to devolp a rich patina and enhance your textures. Use them over and under glazes to bring depth and interest to your surfaces. Bring your own brushes. The class includes instruction, glaze, pigments and three 6" tiles.
July 21st: Surface Texture - $25.00
Stephanie Burton will guide you through a wide variety of rich and layered glaze techniques resulting in a painterly style surface. You will learn about a variety of products and how they work together to create these amazing colors and visual textures. Bring your own brushes. Class includes instruction, glaze, and three 6" tiles.
July 28th: RAKU! - $75.00
Wil Labelle teaches the art of Raku with two available dates (both have the same class information). You will learn raku firing techniques using Georgies raku kilns and our line of raku glazes. A variety of combustibles will be used with the post firing chamber and the use of horse hair application will be discussed. Students are welcome to bring their own cone 08 raku bique ware, but we will provide pieces to use if you do not have your own. Class includes bisque, glaze and raku firing.
August 4th: Testing the Water...Try the Wheel - $20.00
Have you always wanted to try the wheel but did not want to commit to an 8 week class? This is one day class with Katie Sandeen who will lead you through the basics of centering and pulling up a small cylinder. Clay, tools and instruction are provided. Bring a hand towel and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty...'cause you will!
August 4th: Silk Screen Prints on Pottery - $60.00
Creating and printing images on clay is really hot right now! Katie Sandeen will help you apply your stencil to your 6" x 6" bisque tiles that we will provide in this class. A PhotoEZ silk screen starter kit, two bisque tiles, and instruction are included in this fun class.
August 11th: Altering & Texturing Thrown Vessels - $20.00
RJ Tonneson will demonstrate a variety of techniques to alter and texture wheel thrown vessels. Paddling, faceting sure form, adding new dinmension to your work are great ways to add interest for your glazes to play. This a demonstration class. No tools needed.
August 11th: Marbled Clay Ware - $20.00
Hector Macias uses Georgies Colored clays to create unique and fun marbled ware! The class will focus on how to wedge and marble the clays and then cut to reveal the one of a kind effect. You will make a small marbled block to take home and have some fun with the technique that you learned today. Clay and instruction included in the class fee.
August 12th: Mold Making with Brett Binford - $150.00
Mold making is a really hot and growing facet in Ceramics right now. Brett is a co-owner of Mudshark and a master moldmaker, so we are lucky to be able to schedule this class for you! (Chris is the one pictured to the left and the other half of the business). You will make a small 2-part mold that is limited to the size of a mug or an apple. You can bring a couple of items and let Brett help you choose which one will be best to make your mold. This class always fills up fast, so call right away to reserve a seat for your opportunity to learn from the best!
August 18th: Slip Casting - $25.00
Annette Smith will demonstrate the basics of slip casting using low fire White Cast slip and cone 6 Natural White stoneware slip. Casting time, wall thickness, slip consistency and how to adjust will all be part of this discussion. You will get to choose either a gallon of White Cast or Natural White slip to take home with you to practice what you learned in class today.
Augsut 18th: Creating Darted Bowls from Clay Slabs - $25.00
Stephanie Burton will share this fun and easy hand build technique to make your own vessel that has texture and function. These versatile darted serving pieces have been a huge hit in our classroom and are great for all types of things that need to be contained.
August 25th: RAKU! - $75.00
Wil Labelle teaches the art of Raku where you will learn the firing techniques using Georgies raku kilns and our line of raku glazes. A variety of combustibles will be used with the post firing chamber and the use of horse hair application will be discussed. Students are welcome to bring their own cone 08 raku bique ware, but we will provide pieces to use if you do not have your own. Class includes bisque, glaze and raku firing.
All these classes are in our Portland store.
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.
Open studio times are uninstructed, but valuable
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.
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.
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.
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!
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