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The Resident Artist Series in Clay is a program designed for students of all levels. Topics change monthly involving both wheel throwing and hand building techniques.  Class tuition includes one 25lb bag of clay, Open Studio for the 2 weeks of class (excluding weekends), glazing, and firing for projects made during class.  For more information, please contact Frank Vickery at fvickery@thebascom.org.  

Tuition

$250 per class 

07
Feb
2023

February Beginner Potter's Wheel

February 7, 2023 9:00 am - February 16, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

February Beginner Potters Wheel

All the basics you will need to know to get started working on the potter’s wheel. We will make bowls (ex. berry bowls, soup bowls, colander, cereal bowls, etc) and cylinders (ex. Mugs, tumblers, sippers – based on the learning curve) and learn how to trim. Glazing will be covered the last class.

Class meets: February 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, and 16th 

07
Feb
2023

February Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project

February 7, 2023 1:00 pm - February 16, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

February Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project 1

February Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project:  Use this class and Open Studio time as a way to work on a specific project you have always wanted to start.  Bring ideas, sketches, pictures, and whatever personal research you have completed and the role of the teacher is to guide you through the process and help you complete your idea.  *It should be noted that not all ideas can be completed in 2 weeks and the time frame should be discussed with the instructor before starting.  This class is self-directed and the studio is open to other classes and open studio members.

Dates: February 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, and 16th

07
Mar
2023

March Beginner Slab Work

March 7, 2023 9:00 am - March 16, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

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All the basics you will need to know about using the slab machine to make functional serving pieces from slump and hump molds.

Dates: 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, and 16th

07
Mar
2023

March Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project

March 7, 2023 1:00 pm - March 16, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

March Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project 1

Use this class and Open Studio time as a way to work on that specific project you have always wanted to start.  Bring ideas, sketches, pictures, and whatever personal research you have completed and the role of the teacher is to guide you through the process and help you complete your idea.  *It should be noted that not all ideas can be completed in 2 weeks and the time frame should be discussed with the instructor before starting.  This class is self-directed, the studio is open to other classes and open studio members. 

Dates: 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, and 16th 

13
Mar
2023

March Visiting Artist, Casey Engel "Surface Play"

March 13, 2023 9:00 am - March 22, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$185 (Members); $260 (Non-Members)

Casey Engle

Lines, color, pattern, and resist! This four day playful workshop will be loaded with instructional demos focusing on surface design – line, sgraffito, underglaze decals, wax resist techniques, sanding, and color mixing. In this course, students will work with a rich red clay body that provides a lot of potential with the use of drawing and layering colorful underglaze, slips, and decals. This class is designed for seasoned beginner, intermediate, and advanced students who have prior experience working with clay. Students will make forms independently however they feel the most comfortable either wheel throwing or handbuilding. 

Dates:  March 13, 15, 20, and 22nd.   Artist Talk, March 23 | 4:00-5:00 PM

04
Apr
2023

April Visiting Artist, Marga McBride "Creating a Lifelike Bust"

April 4, 2023 9:00 am - April 11, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$185 (Members); $260 (Non-Members)

Marga Hayes Creating a Lifelike Bust

Learn to form realistic features and facial expressions that add depth and soul to your work.  This ongoing class will teach you how to make a simple clay bust, model realistic faces, and demonstrate surface design and textures.  We will use a basic slab technique, cutting and assembling the pieces to form the bust, neck and head.  Additional clay is attached to form the features, clothing and hair. Underglazes may then be applied to begin the process of painting the work with patterns and stencils, to give your piece a unique surface of coloration and design.

Dates: April 4th, 5th, 6th, and 11th

18
Apr
2023

April Beginner Potter’s Wheel

April 18, 2023 9:00 am - April 27, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

April Beginner Potter wheel

All the basics you will need to know to get started working on the potter’s wheel.  We will make bowls (ex. berry bowls, soup bowls, colander, cereal bowls, etc) and cylinders (ex. Mugs, tumblers, sippers – based on the learning curve) and learn how to trim.  Glazing will be covered the last class.

Dates: 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, and 27th

09
May
2023

May Intermediate Slab Construction GARDEN STOOLS

May 9, 2023 9:00 am - May 18, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

Take the next step in slab work with slab construction.  Create a template, cut the shapes, and build your creation.  Basic hand building and construction techniques will be covered.  Students need to bring ideas, pictures, or other research materials to aid in the project.  Students need to know or understand basic clay working methods and how to use tools, such as the slab machine. 

Dates: May 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, and 18th

23
May
2023

May Intermediate Horsehair Firing

May 23, 2023 9:00 am - June 1, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

Horsehair Pottery

Students will make forms on the potter’s wheel or slab machine the first 2 classes.  Pots or pieces need to be bone dry by 3rd class. The 3rd class, students will learn to apply terra sig, and burnish the pieces to be shiny.  The pieces will be loaded into the kiln the 4th class for firing and then we will finish your pieces with horse hair and feathers for a primitive low fire aesthetic.  If students can bring horse hair, that is helpful.  Feathers can be purchased online.  See Frank for more information.

Dates: May 23rd, 24th, and 25th, 30th, and June 1st

06
Jun
2023

June Beginner Potter’s Wheel

June 6, 2023 9:00 am - June 15, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

June Beginners Potters Wheel

All the basics you will need to know to get started working on the potter’s wheel.  We will make bowls (ex. berry bowls, soup bowls, colander, cereal bowls, etc) and cylinders (ex. Mugs, tumblers, sippers – based on the learning curve) and learn how to trim.  Glazing will be covered the last class.

Class meets: June 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, and 15th

06
Jun
2023

June Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project

June 6, 2023 1:00 pm - June 15, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

June Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project

Use this class and Open Studio time as a way to work on that specific project you have always wanted to start.  Bring ideas, sketches, pictures, and whatever personal research you have completed and the role of the teacher is to guide you through the process and help you complete your idea.  *It should be noted that not all ideas can be completed in 2 weeks and the time frame should be discussed with the instructor before starting.  This class is self-directed, the studio is open to other classes and open studio members.

June 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, and 15th

08
Aug
2023

August Beginner Slab Construction – Totems -

August 8, 2023 9:00 am - August 17, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

In this class we will use the slab machine and/or the potter’s wheel to make various shapes that will be stacked together on a metal pole/rebar for either garden art or inside your home.  Students will need to source their own rebar and mounting base/block before class and have it ready on the first day of class.   Various hand building techniques will be demonstrated as well as student created templates and studio forms used to construct shapes.  Students need to bring resource materials for inspiration such as pictures, sketches, etc.

August 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, and 17th

08
Aug
2023

August Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project

August 8, 2023 1:00 pm - August 17, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

August Intermediate to Advanced Independent Project

Use this class and Open Studio time as a way to work on that specific project you have always wanted to start.  Bring ideas, sketches, pictures, and whatever personal research you have completed and the role of the teacher is to guide you through the process and help you complete your idea.  *It should be noted that not all ideas can be completed in 2 weeks and the time frame should be discussed with the instructor before starting.  This class is self-directed, the studio is open to other classes and open studio members.

August 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, and 17th

05
Sep
2023

September Glaze Testing, Formulation, and Application

September 5, 2023 9:00 am - September 14, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

September Galze Testing

Students will learn the basics for testing glaze using test tiles, mixing new glaze and using a line progression to make new colors, and finally applying glazes to pots.  Students need to have some pots already made as most of the class time will be used testing glaze. 

September 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, and 14th

07
Nov
2023

November Beginner Slab Work

November 7, 2023 9:00 am - November 16, 2023 12:00 pm
Instructor(s):
$250 (Members); $325 (Non-Members)

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Christmas Ornaments, Gnomes, and Villages and other Christmas related projects will be made using the slab machine and other hand building techniques.

November 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, and 16th

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