Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ursula Groebels-Ellis has Inspired us! Thank you for sharing your gift...

Clay Community reaches out to Erin Campbell

Thank You Erin Campbell for sharing your tips, techniques and inspiration! Our Clay Community truly enjoyed your demonstration and we reflect on your advice as we grow in clay.

Join us in future trips and workshops to learn from our fellow potters.....

Akira Satake, Annie Singletary, Brad Stromann, and Will and Trish Beyers are in the schedule of our attempt to reach out to our clay community programming. More information below and forthcoming!

Sorry...NO OPEN STUDIO Saturday March 5th - EXTENDED OPEN STUDIO Saturday March 12th 12 am - 2pm

BMCA Clay Studio Offers Next Set of Classes

Beginning Monday March 7 a new term of classes will begin at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio, located in the old city garage at the back of the Center at 225 W. State Street. All Adult Classes are $135 for 6-weeks, plus $35 for the lab fee that covers clay, glazes, firing, and Open Studio. Most classes have a minimum enrollment, and registration is due three days prior to the first class. To register call 828/669-0930.

For learning the basics of the wheel and continuing practice, three classes are offered. Geoff Bird teaches an ongoing clay class on Thursdays from 4-6 pm, which a beginning or intermediate student can begin at any time. Gwen Ottinger and Maureen Joyce each teach an Adult Wheel Class, also available to beginners or intermediates. Maureen’s class meets Tuesdays from 10-noon and Gwen’s class is on Mondays from 6-8 pm.

For students who are wanting to take their skills to the next level or learn something different, Will Byers will teach a class on Japanese bowls, lidded pots and teapots on Wednesdays from 4-6. It is appropriate for beginning and advanced students.

Joyce will continue to teach “Clay Connections” class on Thursdays from noon-2 pm for folks who have a special project in mind – a “mud bucket list,” if you will. This class is for folks who have some experience with clay and are looking to create something unique to them. In addition, Joyce is heading up a series of field trips to local experienced potters and clay resources. These trips are an inspiration to students learning pottery, whether for the first time or after many years of study.

For those under the age of thirteen, Ottinger will teach a Family Clay time for an adult and child on Sundays from 2-4 pm from March 13 through April 3. The Family Clay time is a 4-week session and costs $100, including clay, glazes and firing, but includes no Open studio time. An additional child may be included for $75. This class is a great opportunity for a parent and child to experience clay together.

A similar class for Adults will be offered on consecutive Friday nights, March 25 and April 1 from 6-8. TGIF Big Kid Clay Playtime offers the opportunity to come play with clay. Take this opportunity to sample hand building techniques to learn the relaxing benefits of this creative outlet. With your specific choice of project designs offered by the instructor, or your own inspired idea, this is a chance to try clay without a long commitment. For $45 you get two classes (one wet clay, one glaze day). No experience is necessary. The class has a 3-student minimum, with registration due by Tuesday, March 22. Although no beginning wheel instruction is offered in this session experienced wheel students are welcome. Finished products can be picked up the second week of April.

if someone is interested in Judy Ashe's Sacred Objects class Please email Judi at