Full calendar of Adult classes at Baltimore Clayworks for the Winter session (January-February 2018). Beginners, intermediate, experienced potters, makers and builders — learn more about the joy and magic of clay in these 6-week sessions. Click + for descriptions and dates. Also available: Try It Workshops and Date Nights. Space is limited. Please register early. Questions? Email or phone 410.578.1919. How to register:
- CHECK — Mail or deliver registration form with check.
- PHONE 410.578.1919 or IN PERSON (please use this option for registration via gift card or summer credit).
- ONLINE — Use online “store.” Select class, use dropdown to select date, and enter credit card payment.
Short Focus: Surface & Decoration
In this 6-week intensive surface course participants will enjoy learning about the wide variety of decorating techniques available with majolica glazes. Participants will explore traditional, domestic pottery and tile through a series of demonstrations designed to provide an overview of both contemporary and historical majolica work. Basic color theory and a range of brush work will be demonstrated. This course is intended for students with no prior experience with the technique – hand-builders and potters welcome. Course fee includes 25# clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional.
(Volker Schoenfliess) 18W_ST01 – Sunday, 11:00am-2:00pm, January 7 – February 11
This 6-week course will explore a plethora of surface techniques that can be used to illustrate both sculptural and functional ceramic work. Techniques for the many stages of clay will be covered, including wet, dry, bisque and glazed surfaces. Sgraffito, mishima, mono-printing, stencils, water-etching, slip trailing, painting on bisque, glaze resist, china paint, luster and commercial decals will be demonstrated. Weekly demonstrations will be coupled with student experimentation on 4” tile or finished test pieces. Firing will be ^6 oxidation but this arsenal of ideas and techniques may be useful on all clay at any temperature. This course is for students who have a basic foundation in ceramics – applicable for both hand-builders or wheel students. Course fee includes clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional.
(Sara Morales-Morgan) 18W_ST05 – Wednesday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 10 – February 14
Wood Fire at Clayworks
Noborigama: Community Woodfire
Sign up now to experience the flash of the Baltimore Clayworks Noborigama! Your pots may take on a rich variety of colorful flashing and deposits from wood ash or salt depending on which chamber you choose. We fire into the evening on Saturday into Sunday morning which allows plenty of time for shared conversation and food. Everyone will have an opportunity to choose shifts in preparation and during the firing process that are appropriate. One share constitutes kiln space equal to 12” x 12” x 60”. Participants are encouraged to contact Baltimore Clayworks with questions regarding appropriate clay bodies, slips or glazes for use in the Noborigama.
18W_CW01 Thursday, February 22 – load,
Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25– fire
Introduction to Woodfire
This class is intended for those who have a foundation in clay seeking to explore the potential of wood firing & salt firing in the 2-chamber noborigama kiln. This class will be open to independence and experimentation of style, technique and surface possibilities. Students will be encouraged to take chances and try their hands at exploring the subtle raw clay surface, flashing slips and glaze surface. Participants may play with tumble stacking, applied ash, glass or other inclusions, and saggar firing. Jeremy will act as a facilitator and guide to help you find solutions on your way to creating the work that excites you. This course is for students comfortable at an Intermediate level. Course fee includes 25# clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional. Participants may join a community woodfire facilitated by the instructor.
(Jeremy Wallace) 18W_ST02 – Sunday, 6:00-9:00pm, January 7 – February 11
Basic Wheel Sampler: a wheel tease
This course offers new students a 6-week introduction to the potter’s wheel. This class is designed for those students who are unable to commit to a full length class but still wish to have an extended studio clay experience. Participants will experience basic methods of centering clay, forming cylinder and bowl forms, trimming and adding handles. Students will also learn how to finish their pots using standard decorating and glazing techniques. This class is for students with no prior wheel experience, all are welcome. Course fee includes 25# clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional. Fee: $185
(Sam Wallace) 18W_BWS2 – Wednesday, 10:00am-1:00pm, January 10 – February 14
FULL - (Joanna Merry) 18W_BWS1 – Sunday, 6-9pm, January 7 – February 11
FULL -(Melissa Davis) 18W_BWS3 – Tuesday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 9 – February 13
FULL - (Brad Blair) 18W_BWS4 – Wednesday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 10 – February 14
This 6-week session offers you the refinement of your technical skills through repetition and production. Each week students will be encouraged to explore two functional forms of their choosing and will be encouraged to define design goals. Tangible technique throughout the course will emphasized including methods for making more confident forms, throwing a thinner walls and crafting pottery with specific purpose with a goal of identifying individual “voice” in clay. Students will be challenged to be more critical with the process as well as the finished pieces. Previous throwing experience is required. Course fee includes 25# clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional. Fee: $185
(Antoinette Nero) 18W_IW2 – Monday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 8 – February 12
FULL -- (Shawna Pincus) 18W_IW1 – Sunday, 11 - 2pm, January 7 – February 11
Sculpture & Hand-building
Jamaican Coil Building: Extended Soft Slab and Coil
Come dance around your pot with Sam Wallace in this 6-week exploration of commercial clays. Participants will gain insight into traditional folk art hand-building techniques employed by Sam for building his large-scale vessels. Combining both slab-building plus press molds students will create a wide variety of forms, from vases to the famous “pineapple pot”. Students will be using a variety of clay in this class including hand-processed natural ^10 clay. This is a wonderful cultural opportunity in which you will learn a different and unique method of working in clay. Course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay and bisque firing, glaze firing fees are additional.
(Sam Wallace) 18W_HB3 – Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 11 – February 15
Focus on Form
Focus on Form: Breakfast Settings
This 6-week class will design settings and examine the purpose and intent behind each object unique to the breakfast table. The cup is arguably the most intimate of all functional ceramic forms, the bowl is the most versatile while the plate serves to frame and formalize a meal. These basic forms serve the central role of the everyday dining ritual. These objects set the tone for our meal – formal, casual, intimate or traditional – and designing these vessels demand consideration to the shape, volume, lip, foot, handle, surface. Through demonstration, conversation and hands-on practice participants will consider these tabletop elements and explore a cast of supporting vessels. Previous wheel experience is required. Course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional.
(Matthew Hyleck) 18W_ST04 – Tuesday, 10:00am-1:00pm, January 9 – February 13
Focus on Form: Teapots and Tea Sets
Using the teapot form and related pieces, participants will learn throwing/hand-building fundamentals as well as honing their 3-D design sensibilities. Attention to proportion, scale, related shape/size of component parts of teapots will sharpen visual acuity and sensitivity to function and presentation. Timing, decorating and glaze application are key to pulling together a successful teapot. Complimentary pieces may be incorporated to complete a setting. Basic Wheel or one hand-building class is suggested prerequisite. Course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay and bisque firing - glaze firing fees are additional.
(Deborah Bedwell) 18W_ST06 – Thursday, 10:00am-1:00pm, January 11 – February 15
Focus on Form: Jars
In this 6-week session students will focus on lidded forms and methods for crafting a variety of lids. Students will learn to craft lids that fit well and compliment the form and specific function of the form. Demonstrations that will focus on the use of 3 primary lid styles – recessed inset, flanged and rose covered – to create a range of functional containers including but not limited to; spice jars, canisters and cream & sugar sets! Surface glaze application specific to lidded form will be discussed. Previous wheel experienced is required, recommended for intermediate level and above. Course fee includes 25# clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional.
(Matthew Hyleck) 18W_ST07 – Tuesday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 9 – February 13