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Pottery and Clay Sculpture

Winter Registration begins November 17 for members and November 24 for non-members.

Pottery students should expect to pay additional fees for clay, firing fees, and special tools during the class session. Registration and studio fees cover the cost of instruction and maintenance of kilns, equipment, and the facility. We separate the fees to keep costs lower for individual students.

16th Annual Clay Games
Monday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Register online
$10 per person, lunch included
Competitions and lots of FUN!!!
Children ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the event.

Introduction to Clay
(Ages 12 to Adult)
Bradley Benn & Siiri Silpala Doan
1093
-Su, 1-4 p.m., 4 wks, starts Jan. 11, ends Feb. 1 Register online
1094-Su, 1-4 p.m., 4 wks, starts Feb. 8, ends March 1 Register online
1095-Su, 1-4 p.m., 4 wks, starts March 8, ends March 29 Register online
$108 nm/$97 m + $8 studio fee
Making things from clay and throwing pots on the wheel touches something primal in us. We will supply all you need to learn the basic process and make, trim and glaze several pieces. This four-week class is designed as a basic introduction class. A fun class to take with your child! Maximum 10.

Saturday Afternoon Pottery
Beginner to Intermediate
(Ages 15 to Adult)
Vanessa Greene
1101-
Sa, 12:30-3:30p, 6 wks,starts Nov. 1, ends Dec. 13* Register online
1103-Sa, 12:30-3:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Jan. 10, ends Feb. 14 Register online
1104-Sa, 12:30-3:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Feb. 21, ends March 28Register online
$162 nm/$146 m + $12 studio fee
In this class we will introduce and refine the basic skills of throwing on the wheel.  Beginners will learn to throw and trim simple bowls, cylinders, as well as how to make and attach handles and trying some simple hand built forms.  More advanced students will be encouraged to try new forms as well as refining their basic skills.  Maximum 10.


Decorative Tile
(Beginner to Intermediate)

Bradley Benn
3001
-M, 6:30-9p, 8 wks - starts Sept. 22, ends Nov. 24* Register online.
$180 nm/ $162 m + $16 studio fee
Learn the basics of working with clay to make tile.  Demonstrations include reliefs, resists and plaster molds. Plan a project, or make border or accent tiles to personalize and combine with commercial tiles.  Materials for prototypes provided. *No class Oct. 13, Nov. 10.   Maximum 10

Plaster Molds
Beginner to Intermediate
Bradley Benn
3003
-M, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 4 wks, starts Jan. 12, ends Feb. 9*
Register online
$108 nm/$97 m + $8 studio fee
Learn to make molds for tiles or two-part molds for vessels, as well as hump, slump, and sprig forms.  Special focus will be on tile mold and stamps.  *No class Jan. 19.  Maximum 8.

The Basics of Pottery
For Beginners
Bradley Benn
3090-
Tu, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Jan. 6, ends Feb. 10
Register online
3091-Tu, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Feb. 17, ends March 24
Register online
$162 nm/$146 m + $12 studio fee
You’ve never touched clay before or have had some experience years ago?  This is a structured class in which to learn the basics of throwing and hand-building.  This class is suited for beginners with little or no experience.  Maximum 8.

Explore Clay for Intermediates
Siiri Silpala Doan
3042-W, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 7 wks, starts Oct. 29, ends Dec. 17* (This Class is Full)
$189 nm/$170 m + $14 studio fee
3043-W, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 12 wks, starts Jan. 7, ends March 25 Register online
$324 nm/$292 m + $24 studio fee
Explore a variety of techniques and ideas for making and embellishing pots, both hand-built and wheel-thrown. Class may include alternative firing techniques based on student interest.  *No class Nov. 26.  Maximum 12

NEW!
No-Sweat Wood Firing
Members Only

Zac Spates
3057 - Th, Oct. 30 Register online.
$121
Interested in getting the effects of wood firing on your clay work but not interested in participating in the firing process?  This is the opportunity for you! Members registered for this class can bisque, and glaze up to 6, (9 x 9 x 6”) pieces at the Edina Art Center.  Glazed pots must be on the designated wood-fire cart by Thursday, October 30th.  The pots will be transported to and from the wood kiln firing at Zac’s studio.  We will contact you with more details about the glazed pieces once they are done! Registration in this class only provides open studio for glazing pottery for this wood firing.  Maximum 10 

NEW!
Wood Firing Class

Zac Spates New Instructor!
3065- Th, 6-9p, 11wks - starts Sept. 18, ends Nov. 22 (This Class is Full)
5 weeks in classroom with instructor + 3 weeks open work time + 3 weeks wood kiln time
$216 nm/ $170 m + $22 studio fee
More than any other firing method, wood firing brings exciting & unpredictable results achieved through the burning of wood and subsequent ash that melts on the pots as flames shoot from the chimney.  This unpredictability is perhaps the best part about the wood-firing method!

Class participants will meet with the instructor approximately every other week at the Edina Art Center. When the instructor is not present the classroom will be reserved for the students. Students will bisque and glaze their work at the Art Center.  The final 3 classes the participants will car-pool to meet at Zac’s studio in Hudson, Wisconsin to load, fire and unload his multi-chamber wood kiln! Students will participate in the loading, firing and unloading features of this remarkable firing experience! The firing and stoking schedule will be discussed during class time. Maximum 12

Beginning and Intermediate Pottery
Bradley Benn
3081-Th, 9:30a-12:30p, 7 wks, starts Oct. 30, ends Dec. 18*(This Class is Full)
$189 nm/ $170 m + $14 studio fee
This class covers wheel throwing and trimming; hand-building with molds, slabs, extrusions, and coils. Traditional gas-fired glazing and other decorative techniques will be covered. Continuing students will learn to work larger and try new forms.  *No class Nov. 27. Maximum 12

Pottery for All
Bradley Benn
3083-
Th, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Jan. 8, ends Feb. 12
Register online
3084-Th, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Feb. 19, ends March 26
Register online
$162 nm/$146 m + $12 studio fee
This class covers wheel-throwing, hand-building and combining the two.  Learn many techniques whether new to clay or not.  Traditional gas-fired glazing and other decorative techniques will be covered. Maximum 12.

Refining Your Skills
For Intermediates

Vanessa Greene
3108
-M, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 10 wks, starts Jan. 5, ends March 23*
Register online
$270 nm/$243 m + $20 studio fee
This wheel throwing class is designed to help intermediate potters expand their skills and improve their work by exploring larger bowls and cylinders, new forms, new glazing techniques and paying closer attention to the details in which to make a pot more successful.  There will be personal attention, class projects and discussions about form, function and aesthetics to support your individual progress.  *No class Jan. 19 or Feb. 16. Maximum 10.


Refining Your Skills: Glazing
Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Vanessa Greene
3106-
M, 9:30a-12:30p, 5 wks, starts Nov. 17, ends Dec. 15 Register online.
$135 nm/ $121 m + $10 studio fee
This class will focus on improving your glazing skills.  We will explore a variety of application techniques such as dipping, pouring, glaze butting, layering and how to use the spray booth.  We will look at different effects that can be achieved in different kilns.  Bring cone 10 bisque ware from previous EAC classes to glaze.  Maximum 12 

Clay Studio
For Intermediates

Matthew Quinn

3111-Th, 6:30-9:30p.m., 7 wks, starts Oct. 30, ends Dec. 18* Register online.
$189 nm/ $170 m + $14 studio fee
3113-Th, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 10 wks, starts Jan. 8, ends March 12 Register online
$270 nm/$243 m + $20 studio fee
Students will expand their technical abilities through class demos, discussion and critiques. A wide spectrum of building, surface treatment and firing techniques for clay work ranging from the functional to the sculptural will be taught.  *No class Nov. 27.  Maximum 12

Friday Evening Pottery
For Beginners and Intermediates

Grace Pass
3121-F, 6:30-9:30p, 6 wks, starts Oct. 24, ends Dec. 12* (This Class is Full)
3267-F, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Jan. 9, ends Feb. 13 Register online
3268-F, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Feb. 20, ends March 27 Register online

$162 nm/ $146 m + $12 studio fee 
Join this casual Friday night class to learn the fundamental skills of working with clay.  The basics of wheel-throwing, hand-building, and glazing will be covered.  Individual attention will be provided to students based on their skill level.  Please bring a check or about $25 cash to the first meeting for tools and clay. *No class Oct. 31, Nov. 28.  Maximum 12

Friday Morning Pottery
For Beginners to Intermediates

Harriet Campe
3141-F, 9:30a-12:30p, 6 wks, starts Oct.  31, ends Dec. 12*
Register online.
$162 nm/ $146 m + $12 studio fee
3143-F, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 12 wks, starts Jan. 9, ends March 27 
Register online
$324 nm/$292 m + $24 studio fee
Students of all skill levels from beginning to advanced are welcome in this class.  Basic clay prep, hand building, wheel and glazing are taught.  More advanced projects; including Asian brushwork will also be explored.  Large group discussions, including critiques, as well as introduction to cultural and historical traditions will be held in class each week.  Each student will work at their own pace on projects of their choosing, with individual help from instructor.  *No class Nov. 28.  Maximum 12

Ceramic Sculpture
For All Skill Levels

Krissy Catt
3161-F, 9:30a-12:30p, 7 wks, starts Oct. 31, ends Dec. 19**
Register online.
$189nm/ $170 m + $14 studio fee
3163-F, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Jan. 9, ends Feb. 13
Register online
3164-F, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Feb. 20, ends March 27
Register online
$162 nm/$146 m + $12 studio fee
The possibilities are endless in this lively ceramic sculpture class.  Students create a variety of sculptures including figurative, animal and human, abstract and realistic.  You will learn about proper architecture and interior structure for sculptured work.  Come to class with your own project ideas and we will work together to create your masterpieces.  **No class Nov. 28. Maximum 10

Wheel Throwing Boot Camp
Genevieve Chamberland
3176- M, 9:30a-12:30p, 6 wks, starts Nov. 3, ends Dec. 15** Register online.
$162 nm/ $146 m + $12 studio fee
The students in this class will bring their throwing skills to the next level.  With a series of rigorous exercises, they will become familiar with clay behavior on the wheel and solve some “centering” and “rising of the wall” difficulty to become more consistent in their technique.  Understanding “collapsing” and “wobbly lip” issues will be addressed.  Students will be asked to dissociate themselves from a “finished project” as they experiment fully at each class.  The class is designed for students with wheel-throwing experience. Students will purchase clay for use in this class.  *No class Oct. 13. 
**No class Nov. 10.  Maximum 10

Advanced Soda-fired Pottery
Sandra Shaughnessy
3201-Tu, 6:30-9:30p, 7 wks - starts Nov. 4, ends Dec. 16 Register online. 
$189 nm/ $170 m + $14 studio fee
3203-Tu, 6-9 p.m., 6 wks, starts Jan. 6, ends Feb. 10  Register online
3204-Tu, 6-9 p.m., 6 wks, starts Feb. 17, ends March 24 Register online
$162 nm/$146 m + $12 studio fee
This hands-on class will focus on creating, preparing, and firing work in our soda kiln.  Advanced students will work on and off the wheel on thrown, altered and hand built forms.  Emphasis will be on creating pottery forms and their relationship to the soda firing atmosphere.  We’ll learn the theory and practice of kiln loading, firing, and glazing for the soda kiln.  Maximum 10

Pottery and Sculpture For All Skill Levels
Adama Sow
3221-M, 6:30-9:30p, 7 wks, starts Oct. 27, ends Dec. 15** (This class is Full)
$189 nm/ $170 m + $14 studio fee
3223-M, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 10 wks, starts Jan. 5, ends March 23* Register online
$270 nm/$243 m + $20 studio fee
Demonstrations will cover hand-building and basic wheel-throwing techniques as well as more advanced concepts upon request. Students work at their own pace with both individualized and group instruction.  No clay experience necessary.  All skill levels welcome.  **No class Nov. 10.  *No class Jan. 19 or Feb. 16.  Maximum 12

NEW!
Romancing Porcelain

Marion Angelica
3244- Tu, 10a-1p, 7 wks - starts Nov. 4, ends Dec. 16 Register online.
$189 nm/ $170 m + $14 studio fee
Fear Porcelain? Conquer your fears!  Learn to romance porcelain into doing your bidding.  Learn how to make a variety of functional pieces in porcelain hand-building with soft slabs.  Get special tips on how to handle this lovely yet challenging material.  The course will include pattern-making and design concepts.  Try your hand at unique bowls, drinking vessels, platters and pouring vessels…all made of luscious porcelain.  Maximum 12

Wednesday Pottery
For Beginners and Intermediates   

Grace Pass
3261-W, 6:30-9:30p.m., 6 wks, starts Oct. 22, ends Dec. 10*(This Class is Full)
3263-W, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Jan. 7, ends Feb. 11 Register online
3264-W, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 6 wks, starts Feb. 18, ends March 25 Register online

$162 nm/ $146 m + $12 studio fee 
Join this enjoyable Wednesday night class to learn the fundamental skills of working with clay.  The basics of wheel-throwing, hand-building, and glazing will be covered.  Individual attention will be provided to students based on their skill level.  Appropriate for new and continuing students. Please bring a check or about $25 cash to the first meeting for tools and clay. 
*No class Oct. 29, Nov. 26.  Maximum 12

Pottery Workshops

Spring Break 4-Day Clay Workshop
(Ages 8-12)
Elena Griggs

3464-M-Th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., March 30 – April 2 Register online
$212 nm / $191 m
School’s out! Come and create with clay every day. Make pieces you’ll be proud to show family and friends. You will hand build, work on the wheel, and glaze your pieces.  The following Friday artwork will be available to pick up from the art center. Bring a bag lunch every day. Maximum 10.

Fundamentals of Design in Clay Workshop
Nick Devries
3500-
Sa & Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21 & 22 Register online
$159 nm / $143 m
Open expanses, strong consistent lines and balance describe the clay work of artist and teacher, Nick Devries.  Participants in this two-day workshop will focus on reviewing and understanding the elements and principles of design and how they can be put to use when working in clay. Participants will use a mix of lecture, demonstrations, and hands on activities to explore how paying attention to simple design principles can help us develop our own style and work. Potluck lunch both days.  Maximum 25

Amore & Clay
Elena Griggs
3450
- Sa, 1-3:30 p.m., 2 wks, starts Feb. 7, ends Feb. 14  Register online
$66 nm/$60 m + $4 studio fee
Looking for an alluring Valentine activity to share with someone special? Spend an afternoon creating a heart shaped clay project, return the next week to add a red glaze and share a decadent treat! Pots will be ready for pick up two weeks after the last class. Maximum 12.

Making Potter’s Tools Workshop
Beginner to Intermediate
Bradley Benn
3013-
Sa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 7 Register online
$53 nm/$48 m + $10 supply fee
Clay tools are a potter’s best friend – especially hand-made tools designed to be perfect for specific tasks.  Students will make hardwood ribs, bamboo trimming tools, special cutting wires using ligature wire or monofilament and plaster molds for sprigs and forms.  Maximum 12.
 

Artist’s Studio Fieldtrip

Visit with Gary Erickson
3650-Thursday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., February 5 Register online
$10 – lunch on your own at Cupcake Café
Meet at the Edina Art Center to carpool to Gary’s teaching studio at Macalester Colleges NEW Art facilities! First, we will have a guided tour of the facilities, then drive to the Cupcake Café where we can purchase lunch. Gary’s studio is located over the café so we will take our lunch there and spend time to look at and discuss his artwork from Jingdezhen, China. Gary will also offer some of his favorite tools and decals from his travels for sale at his studio!

Gary has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally. His artwork is in many private and public collections, including the National Museum of American Art/Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C., Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People in Santiago de Cuba, Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Recent career related travel experience have taken him to Jingdezhen, China and Santiago de Cuba for art making and cultural exchange residencies. Gary is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art-Ceramics at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and works from his Minneapolis studio.

 

Edina Art Center

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4701 W. 64th St.
Edina, MN 55435
952-903-5780
952-903-5781 (fax)
ArtCenter@EdinaMN.gov

Learn More!

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