Past Classes

Garden Animal Sculpture

A one day workshop at the Clay Studio, Sunday, June 2, 10 AM to 4PM.  No experience needed.

Make a charming 8 to 10” animal to nestle in your garden – choose a pig, hedgehog, rabbit, cat, or puppy.  You will work with red terra cotta clay and colorful glazes.

Class fee $60.00; Members pay $50.00.  Bring lunch and a drink.

Kay Jones, instructor, discovered her love of ceramics after retirement, and has expanded her skills by studying specialized techniques with professional ceramic artists.  From Japanese tea bowls to colored porcelain, from slip trailing to wood firing, her studies have taken her around the US as well as to France and Italy.  Kay sells her work in specialty shops and shares her love of ceramics by teaching adults and children at RiverArts, the Dorchester Center for the Arts, and private lessons.

How does your garden grow?

Perfect with clay flowers with Kay Jones
Saturday March 23, 10-4
$65. members $75. others

Students will make a variety of ceramic blossoms to be used as garden (or indoor) ornaments. You will learn to hand paint them the same day they are made. Students will need to return in a couple of weeks, after the flowers have been bisque fired, to add a clear glaze that will result in a beautiful glossy finish. The finished pieces can be taken home after their final firing

Kay Jones discovered her love of ceramics after retirement, and has expanded her skills by studying specialized techniques with professional ceramics artists. From Japanese tea bowls to colored porcelain, slip trailing to wood firing, her studies have taken her around the U.S. as well as to France and Italy. Her work is exhibited for sale in specialty shops. Kay loves sharing her art through teaching adults and children at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Chestertown RiverArts and private lessons

Porcelain Painting  (new dates)

with Fran Phaneuf
April 13, 20~ Downtown studio/gallery
and April 27~ Clay Studio
12:30-3:30
$85. members $75. others

Students will learn the art of painting on porcelain using an overglaze process, which means that unlike its sister arts of pottery and ceramics, all of the work is done on an already glazed tile, using the tile as an oil painter would a canvas.  Your painted tiles will be kiln fired.

Fran Phaneuf  is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and has studied botanical painting in Great Britain with Anne Marie Evans and at Longwood Gardens, PA with Joan Frain. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Chanticleer, Morris Arboretum and other venues in the Philadelphia area.

Glass Mosaics

with Jennifer Wagner
April 27, May 11~ 9:30-3:30
and May 18~ 9:30-12:30
$160. members $180. others.
$50 materials fee (paid to instructor)

This is Jen’s third year at RiverArts. Everyone loves her class and gets gorgeous results, even with no experience. She will help you create a beautiful transparent glass mosaic window in a vintage paneled window frame that she will supply. Learn design, use of tools, breaking techniques, adhering and grouting, and take away a glass mosaic window of your own design to be used indoors or out in the garden.

Jen Wagner of Easton owns and operates Jen Wagner Mosaics and is well-known for creating large-scale community murals, private commissions and gallery work. Her mosaics can be found in private collections, community organizations, schools, restaurants and salons across the region. In 2008, Wagner received the Beautification Award from Cambridge. MD. In 2009 What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine named her one of the “Top 12 People to Watch” and in 2011 she was named “Best Artist on the Upper Shore” by Maryland Life magazine.

 

Winter Classes

Potters Wheel with Marilee Schumann

All Levels

A class for beginners and students at various levels who will continue to develop their throwing and creative technique through one-on-one teaching and self-directed projects. All are welcome no matter what your level of skill. Beginners will learn to make basic forms of functional ceramics on the wheel, including trimming and glazing. For more advanced learners, the focus will be on aesthetics, craftsmanship, and personal expression.

Tuesdays 6 – 9:00 pm,  January 15 to March 5  or
Wednesdays  9:30 to 12:30,  January 16 to March 6 Class

Fees: members: $220, non-members: $250
Fee includes your first 25 lbs of clay and first bisque firing, there is an extra fee for glaze firings dependent on the size of your pieces.
Beginning students will need a tool kit which is available for purchase at the first meeting. Approximate cost $15.

Potters Wheel with Rick Bisgyer

All Levels

This class is suited to a range of learners, from beginners to those with previous experience. Beginners will learn the basics of working on the potter’s wheel to create cups, vases, and bowls. From centering clay and pulling up cylinders, to working toward esthetic shapes with an eye on form and function. More advanced students will improve their design and throwing technique and learn more nuanced glazing skills.  All are welcome no matter what your level.

Thursdays 9:30-12:30
Feb. 7 to March 28

Class Fees: members: $220, non-members: $250
Fee includes your first 25 lbs of clay and first bisque firing, there is an extra fee for glaze firings dependent on the size of your pieces.
Beginning students will need a tool kit which is available for purchase at the first meeting. Approximate cost $15.

 

Porcelain Primer with Rick Bisgyer

Intermediate

Fascinating potters and collectors alike, porcelain is equal parts delicacy and strength. It can be seductive, intoxicating, even addictive. This 8 week class is designed for the intermediate student with experience throwing on the pottery wheel. Here is your opportunity to learn techniques specific to this sensual clay body from Rick Bisgyer, a full time studio potter working in porcelain for the last ten years. Rick will teach you tricks of the trade in throwing, joining, stretching, altering, and creating dynamic surface decorations. You will explore how to use the inherent strength of this ancient clay body to finesse thin walled vessels finished in jewel-like celadon glazes as well as create the most durable tableware for everyday use.

Thursdays 1:30-4:30
Feb. 7 to March 28

Class Fees: members: $220, non-members: $250
Fee includes your first 25 lbs of clay and first bisque firing, there is an extra fee for glaze firings dependent on the size of your pieces.

Introduction to Clay with Gia Campana

This is your invitation to learn the basics of pottery making, both by hand and on the wheel, in a friendly and supportive environment. A complete overview of  clay will help you decide on a personal areas of interest you may wish to pursue. Basic glazing will be included.

Tuesdays 9:30-12:30 Jan. 22~ March 12

Class Fees: members: $220, non-members: $250
Fee includes your first 25 lbs of clay and first bisque firing, there is an extra fee for glaze firings dependent on the size of your pieces.
Beginning students will need a tool kit which is available for purchase at the first meeting. Approximate cost $15.

Porcelain Painting with Fran Phaneuf

3-Day Beginners Workshop

Saturdays 1:30-4:00  Jan.19, 26 and Feb.2
$85 ($75 members)

Learn the art of painting on porcelain using an overglaze process, which means that unlike its sister arts of pottery and ceramics, all of the work is done on an already glazed tile, using the tile as an oil painter would a canvas.  Your painted tiles will be kiln fired.

APRIL CLAY CLASSES

NEW! Sculpture Class  8-weeks
Gia Campana

Fridays Starting: April 6th, 9:30 am – Noon
Class Fees: members: $200, non-members: $220

Total Beginners Clay – 8-weeks
Gia Campana

A class where people with little to no experience can learn the basics of forming clay, decorating, and glazing their designs. Functional, sculptural, hand building, and throwing on the potters wheel will be introduced. Focus on personal interests.

Thursday mornings: 9:30 – Noon Starting April 5th
Class Fees: members: $200, non-members: $220

Fee includes your first 25 lbs of clay and first bisque firing, there is an extra fee for glaze firings dependent on the size of your pieces.

Beginning students will need a tool kit which is available for purchase at the first meeting. Approximate cost $15.

Ongoing Potters Wheel – 8-weeks
Marilee Schumann

A class for students at various levels who will continue to develop their throwing and creative technique through one-on-one teaching and self-directed projects.

Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:30 pm – Starting April 3rd
Wednesdays 9:30 – Noon – Starting April 4th

Class Fees: members: $200, non-members: $220
Fee includes your first 25 lbs of clay and first bisque firing, there is an extra fee for glaze firings dependent on the size of your pieces.

Beginning – Intermediate Pottery Wheel – 8-weeks

Rick Bisgyer

In this class students will learn the basics of working on the potter’s wheel to create cups, vases, and bowls. From centering clay and pulling up cylinders, to working toward esthetic shapes with an eye on form and function, students will create finished shapes and learn the basics of glazing. This class is suited to a range of learners, from beginners to those with previous experience .

Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:00 pm– Starting April 11th
Saturdays 9:30 am- Noon – Starting April 14th

Class Fees: members: $200, non-members: $220
Fee includes your first 25 lbs of clay and first bisque firing, there is an extra fee for glaze firings dependent on the size of your pieces.

Beginning students will need a tool kit which is available for purchase at the first meeting. Approximate cost $15. rule

Handbuilt Covered Jars for Picnics, Serving and Storage
Kay Jones

Kay has a way with clay that is colorful and whimsical. She teaches in
Cambridge, MD as well as Artworks. The weekend will be spent making a couple of covered jars or casseroles. Time is then allowed for drying and bisque firing before a third day for glazing which will be set to be convenient for the students.

April 28th – 29th9:30 am- 4:00 pm, glaze day TBD

Class Fees: members: $130, non-members: $145

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MOSAIC CLASS

Make a Stained Glass Mosaic in a Vintage Window Frame with Jen Wagner
Jen Wagner, well known creative mosaic artist from Easton, MD, will help you create a beautiful stained glass mosaic window using vintage windows that she provides. Learn design, use of tools, breaking techniques, adhering and grouting and take away a stained glass mosaic window to be used indoors, or out in the garden. This is the third time we have offered this popular class. See her on Facebook: Jen Wagner Mosaics.

Saturday mornings: 9:30 – 2:30 Starting May 5th & 12th
Saturday morning: 9:30 – 11:00 on May 19th

Class Fees: members: $160, non-members: $180, materials $50

Monthly Handbuilding Workshops
Karen Douglas

Sunday afternoons, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$35 each including clay and the use of any tools needed.

Almost Berry Picking Time! – April 15
Make berry bowls – coil technique

Is This a Weed? – May 20
Make weed pots and wall hangers – slab technique

Proudly Displayed! – June 10
Make a small casserole – slab technique

Workshops are limited to 6-8 adults. Expect to come back to the studio a couple of weeks after each workshop for about one hour for a lesson in glazing your bisque fired pieces and then coming back to pick the pieces up after the final glaze firing.

From functional pots to decorative pieces, handbuilding in clay has a lot to offer. There is so much room for self-expression. A piece can be functional or decorative, symmetrical or asymmetrical…whatever suits your fancy. These workshops are suitable for beginners on up. Try handbuilding for the first time, or learn a new technique.

 

 

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