SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE
Discover your connection with clay! We will take you step-by-step through all aspects of either hand-building/sculptural work or wheel-throwing. Both avenues will also include the firing & glazing process. Your clay class registration allows you to come for all Open Studio sessions to practice or work on your current projects. Class sizes are limited. Register with Rita in the BMCA office (Main Building).
The six-week sessions are $135 + lab fee of $35 (covers clay, glazes, firing).
IF you are already an experienced potter, you may inquire about the application process to be in our Independent Study program, a non-production option/$100 for six weeks; clay extra.
Classes are scheduled June 4 – July 13, and July 23 - August 31
JULY 16-20 is ADULT CLAY CAMP, 9-noon w/ Maureen Joyce
Six-Week Classes ( Some classes have min/max enrollment requirements and registration deadline )
1 - 4 pm • Open Studio • Pat Levi
6 - 8 pm Adult Wheel Class Cathy Babula
10 am - noon Adult Wheel Class Charles Freeland
12 – 4 pm • Open Studio • Charles Freeland
10 am – 4 pm Drop-In Summer Clay Day* Elise Reed
6 - 9 pm • Open Studio • Charles Freeland
1 – 4 pm • Open Studio • Barbara Rogers
4 - 6 pm Ongoing Wheel Class Geoff Bird
(this class begins on rolling basis; check with BMCA office)
6 – 8 pm • Open Studio • Charles Freeland
12 – 2 pm ABSOLUTE BEGINNER CLASS Charles Freeland
2 – 4 pm • Open Studio • Barbara Rogers
10 am – 1 pm • Open Studio • Blair McKee
3 –5 pm • Open Studio • Blair McKee
Tuition: $135 + $35 Lab Fee for 25 lbs. clay, glazes and firing. Special Classes Tuition may vary.
*Drop-in Summer Clay Day $15 per hour, 2 hour min. No Open Studio. Call Office for details.
• BlackMountainArts.org • 828/669-0930 • 225 W. State Street
Cathy Babula has lived in Black Mountain for over 30 years. Her love of pottery began in high school where she focused primarily on hand built work. Bypassing her secret dream of becoming a potter, she pursued a degree in horticulture from the State University of NY instead. Eventually she left both pottery and horticulture behind, securing a career as a corporate trainer for over 15 years.
In 2008 Ms. Babula felt the creative urge again, and took pottery classes at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts concentrating on wheel throwing. Spending time with gifted instructors and the welcoming community at the Center rekindled her dream of being a professional potter. She enrolled in the Professional Crafts- Clay program at Haywood Community College in 2010, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in May of this year.
Ms Babula has sold work at the Southern Highlands Craft Guild shows, Sourwood Festival, and Art in Bloom among other venues. Her work is also on exhibit at the Mudfire Gallery in Atlanta until June 2nd, and at the Folk Art Center as part of the Haywood Graduate Show until September 2nd.
Since plants and nature motifs are prevalent in her decorating, Ms. Babula feels she has come full circle by merging her original interests of pottery and horticulture. Teaching classes at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts allows her to combine her creative talents with her love of teaching, and she is looking forward to sharing her knowledge, and enthusiasm about pottery with others.