Wednesdays April 13th to May 18th 6:00-9:00 PM Ages 15+ In this class, students will learn about the properties of clay, and the techniques that make clay a useful medium to create functional as well as artistic forms fitting for everyday use. Techniques that will be primarily taught will include: o Additive pinch technique fit for forming vessels from coils of clay, blending them together for sound structural constructions. o Soft slab construction for forming objects out of thinly rolled sheets of clay that can be bent and stretched to the desired form. o Hard slab construction, where slabs are allowed to dry to be cut into exact shapes and joined together at the right time to allow the clay to securely bond together. o Pre-glaze decoration techniques suitable for the various stages in which the clay may be worked. o Introductory glazing and finishing techniques for functional and decorative work. Students completing the class should also obtain a firm basic grounding in not only methods for forming clay by hand, but also an introduction to the esthetics of form. Class cost includes materials. Finished work pick-up day will be within three weeks of the end of the class to allow for firing time.
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