Wednesday, August 29, 2012

BMCA Clay Studio class schedule and info

Fall Press Release:         

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 6-week sessions are $135 (for tuition & Open Studio) + lab fee of $35 (for 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 September 8  – October 19, and October 27  - December 14
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
       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

        2 – 4 pm                   • Open Studio •                      Barbara Rogers

10 – 12 pm   ABSOLUTE BEGINNER CLASS     Charles Freeland
12 pm – TBA              • 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.
• • 828/669-0930 •   
225 W. State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711

BMCA Clay Studio Fall Classes September - December (2012)

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio is offering two fall sessions of six-week classes beginning Saturday, September 8, and Saturday October 27.  The first session will end the week of October 19, and the second session will end December 14.  Classes for Adults are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

For the true clay novice the class offered is Absolute Beginner Adult clay class.  It will meet for six weeks on Saturday mornings from 10 to noon, September 8 – October 13.  Students will be guided through all the steps of learning about the possibilities of clay, then hand building lessons and finally approaching the wheel.  At the end of the class, these students will be prepared to join another Adult Clay class with the basics learned.  Charles Freeland, BMCA Clay Studio Manager, will conduct this class for a minimum of three students and a maximum of ten.

For those wanting an evening class they can attend after work but be home before it’s late, local potter Cathy Babula teaches beginner-to-experienced students on Mondays from 6-8 pm, September 10 – October 15.  Other class times are available on Tuesdays from 10 to noon, September 11 – October 16, with Freeland teaching for experienced students, and an ongoing class on Thursdays from 4-6 pm with local potter Geoff Bird of Morning Sky Pottery teaching beginner to advanced students.  The classes with Babula and Freeland are date specific; Bird’s class can be joined at any time for six sessions. As in all Adult Clay classes, the tuition is $170 that includes 12 hours of lessons, lab fee for clay, glazes and firing, and a schedule of Open Studio practice times each week.

For experienced potters who are not looking for instruction or a production studio, another option is an Independent Study class.  Students are on their own, so must be approved by the Studio Manager.  Their tuition of $100 covers six weeks of studio time during Open Studio hours, plus glazing and firing.  Clay is an additional cost.

Freeland and other teachers offer private lessons at $25 per hour, with no Open Studio time available.

Babula, Bird, and Freeland are all well-trained, experienced potters whose classes cover all aspects of working with clay, including both hand-building and wheel-throwing, glazing and firing.

To register or for more information, come by the Center, located at 225 W. State Street, or call 828/669-0930.  The BMCA Clay Studio is located adjacent to the Center at the Dougherty St. parking lot.