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03
May
2023

May Youth Pottery: Wheel Throwing

May 3, 2023 3:30 pm - May 17, 2023 5:00 pm
Instructor(s):
120

Youth Pottery Wheel Throwing

In this class, students will learn how to make a cylinder and put a handle on it for a mug.  Dates: 3rd, 10th, and 17th  

Ages 8 and up
04
May
2023

Travis Owens Artist Talk

May 4, 2023 4:00 pm -5:00 pm
Instructor(s):
FREE

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Please join us for an artist talk with Jugtown Potter, Travis Owens.  This event is free and open to the public. 

05
May
2023

Process, Techniques, and Design at Jugtown Pottery with Travis Owens

May 5, 2023 9:00 am - May 7, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Travis Owens
$425 (Members); $500 (Non-Members)

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During this workshop, Travis will demonstrate making several Jugtown forms, as well as shapes made in NC for generations. Attendants can use these forms as inspiration, and Travis will give help and suggestions as everyone creates the shapes as they interpret them. Travis will demonstrate pitchers, a few Jugtown vase forms, and a larger jar. Over the course of three days, Travis will finish up each of the shapes, adding handles and embellishments, and in turn, everyone can see his techniques. His demonstrations and images that will be shown, along with hands on instruction, will help everyone find their approach to these forms.  

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

01
Jun
2023

Katherine Maloney Artist Talk

June 1, 2023 4:00 pm -5:00 pm
Instructor(s):
FREE

Katherine Maloney

Please join us for an artist talk with potter Katherine Maloney. 

02
Jun
2023

Sculpting Animals

June 2, 2023 9:00 am - June 4, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Katherine Maloney
$425 (Members); $500 (Non-Members)

Katherine Maloney

During this three day workshop, students will learn how to sculpt expressive animal forms, drawing inspiration from animal narrative within historical art and personal experiences. Throughout the weekend, we’ll build multiple sculptures to practice scale and details while learning various techniques including the hollowing method and coil building to form larger animals. Instruction will include individual guidance on portraying emotion and character through facial expressions or gesture and students are encouraged to bring their own aesthetic approach, whether whimsical or realistic. We’ll also explore methods for achieving textured surfaces such as creating feathers, fur, or designs using slips and oxides washes. While the workshop does not include a firing, we’ll discuss various ways to glaze and fire the completed sculptures. Students can bring their favorite sculpting and clay tools along with a sketchbook and printed images of animals they might want to create. Join us for a playful exploration into representing with clay the animals that bring us wonder in our everyday lives!

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
Jul
2023

Making Large Pots on the Wheel

July 8, 2023 9:00 am - July 10, 2023 4:00 pm
Instructor(s): David Stuempfle and Chad Brown
$550 (Members); $625 (Non-Members)

David Stuempfle and Chad Brown

This is a process oriented workshop aimed toward intermediate and advanced level potters interested in making large scale work on the wheel. There will be both group demonstrations and individual instruction. Techniques covered will include coil and throw, paddle and anvil, and making pots in sections. Both Chad and David have deep connections to the Seagrove pottery traditions through family and work history. We will explore the history of Seagrove pottery and what it is like to work in a traditional pottery community.

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