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Just Scratching the Surface: Sgraffito in Clay

Sgraffito comes from the Italian word for scratch, so just scratch the surface to reveal your design! Explore the exciting visual and textural possibilities of sgraffito decoration on white clay using contrasting and varied colored underglazes. Learn a cool hack to easily transfer design onto 2D and 3D surfaces! Make a tumbler and a platter. Look at wood or linoleum block cuts and prints for your textural design inspiration. Clear over-glazing will be covered in this class. Ages 16-Adult

Let the Clay Speak

Do you want to learn how to work better with clay and develop advanced techniques? Then, this is the class for you! This course is open to intermediate and advanced level students. You will learn new techniques to create more advanced forms in wheel throwing. You will also have the opportunity to pursue handbuilding, sculptural work, and/or a combination of any of these methods. Ages 16-Adult

Crystalline Glazes

Learn how to properly make, apply, and fire crystalline glaze while discovering the most attractive forms for these spectacular glazes. This is a fantastic opportunity to advance your knowledge of glazing in general and produce beautiful pieces of pottery. Ages 16-Adult

Landscape Tile

Bring a picture of your favorite landscape to capture on a ceramic tile, creating your very own lasting memento! In this workshop style mini class, you will create a single plaque style tile using perspective, textural, and slip application tricks and other techniques for you to use in your finished works of art. Adults

Handbuilding Ceramic Sets

Do you love matching sets? Come build your own matching set of wares in this course. The possibilities are endless with sets. Learn to build with slabs, coils, templates, additions, and stamps! Create a pour over coffee set, a mortar and pestle, sugar and creamer, the list goes on. Use your ceramics to serve drinks, snacks, or whatever you choose. Adults

ArtTrax: Sculpture III

Synthesizing the knowledge from Sculpture I and II, you will learn how to design and create a small sculpture using an armature, hollowing, and single firing techniques. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. Ages 16-Adult