Clay Studio/Classes

Clay Studio/Classes

RiverArts’ popular Clay Studio, the only one in our area, provides equipment and workspace for our many potters, as well as classes from beginning pottery and sculpture to advanced workshops.

Pottery classes include hand building, throwing on the wheel, raku, and the exploration of different glazing and firing techniques. We endeavor to inspire the creative forces in all of us, from beautiful vessels, gracefully formed on the potter’s wheel to imaginative hand-built forms, Talavera decorating technique. and more. . Many short workshops enable even the inexperienced to produce a personal piece of art you can show at home or present as a gift.

Clay Studio Classes and Workshops

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Hand Building with Marilee Schumann (4 weeks)

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

A 4-week course focusing on hand building techniques for functional and sculptural objects. The course will be held at Schumann studio. We will use coiling and slabs to make vessels, asymmetrical forms and sculptures. The studio will be available on Saturday afternoon and one other day during the week for open studio time. There will be ample time and space for finishing your projects. The course fee includes your first 25 lbs. of clay (Std. 308) and 4 free open…

Try It!

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This one hour workshop will introduce you to clay and the wheel. You will receive minimal instruction, so that you can get a sense of what is needed to produce a bowl. Then, you can take a Beginner Pottery Wheel class, starting later in the month. Participants can purchase their creation for an additional $10, paid during the workshop. The instructor will trim and glaze your piece for pick up in approximately 2 weeks. Each session is limited to 10…

Decorate and Glaze (4 weeks)

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - March 31 @ 9:00 pm

This course is intended to show different techniques in decorating and glazing your pottery. Each week you are expected to have at least one piece ready to decorate and/or glaze. More than one is recommended. A syllabus containing piece requirements can be obtained in advance (see below) or you may get it the first night of class. Please bring a minimum of one piece of bisqueware. Preferably, one with & one without texture or a combination of both on one…

Mobile Raku Workshop

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  Have kiln, will travel! Ceramic artist and educator Brett Thomas returns to Chestertown with his Mobile Raku studio and kiln: a ceramics studio on wheels with full teaching facilities right on the Clay Studio's doorstep. Following the success of his previous visit in November, Brett will again conduct a full day Raku workshop on Court Road, just down the block from the Clay Studio. Class will meet in the Clay Studio in the morning to discuss glazes, under glazes, and…

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