Friday, April 5, 2013

Spring Clay Classes UPDATE April 5, 2013

Clay Classes To Begin at BMCA Clay Studio

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio will offer a six-week set of clay classes for adults beginning April 13. 

The Classes offered are:

 “Absolute Beginner for Adults” on Saturday 
from 10 am – noon, April 13 – May 18 
with Charles Freeland,  

"Intermediate Adult Class" on Tuesdays 
from 10 am – noon 
with Charles Freeland April 16-May 21, 

"Clay Class for Beginners and Intermediates"
on Tuesdays  April 16 – May 21 
from 6 – 8 pm with Annie Singletary, 

"Clay Class for Beginners and Intermediates"  
on Thursdays 
from 4-6 pm 
with Geoff Bird. Bird’s class is not date specific. 

Tuition for any Adult class is $185, which includes a lab fee that covers clay, glazes and firing, as well as weekly Open Studio hours.  

An "Independent Study" class for experienced potters is open by application through Freeland, Clay Studio Manager.  Cost is $115 for six weeks to be used during Open Studio times.  Clay is not included in the cost.  

For more information or to register, call or stop by The Black Mountain Center the Arts at 225 W. State Street or at 828/669-0930.

BMCA Clay Studio Announces A New Class Session
by Rita Vermillion

Soon the days will be longer and the weather warmer, making this an ideal time to try your hand at making pottery.  The Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio is beginning a new set of six-week classes on Saturday, February 23.  This session will end the first week of April.  Classes for Adults are offered on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

For those wanting an evening class they can attend after work but be home before it’s late, local potter Annie Singletary of Annie Singletary Ceramics teaches beginner to experienced students on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm, February 26 – April 2.  As in all Adult Clay classes, the tuition is $185 that includes 12 hours of lessons, lab fee for clay, glazes and firing, and a schedule of Open Studio practice times each week. Class size limits for this class are a maximum of six students.

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, February 23 – April 6, with no class on March 30.  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 any other Adult Clay class with the basics learned.  Charles Freeland of Charles Freeland Pottery and BMCA Clay Studio Manager will conduct this class, for a minimum of three students.

Other class times available are on Tuesdays from 10 to noon with Freeland teaching experienced potters, and an ongoing class on Thursdays from 4-6 with local potter Geoff Bird of Morning Sky Pottery teaching beginner to advanced students.  The classes with Singletary and Freeland are date specific; Bird’s class can be joined at any time for six sessions. Singletary, Freeland, and Bird are all trained, experienced potters who offer just the right mix of hands-on basics and experiential encouragement.

Another option for experienced potters who are not looking for a production studio option or instruction is an Independent Study class.  Students are on their own, so must be approved by the Studio Manager.  The tuition of $115 covers six weeks of studio time during Open Studio hours, glazing and firing.  Clay is an additional cost.

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.

*  Clay Studio
 Geoff Bird                                                     Charles Freeland                                        Annie Singletary         

Adult Wheel Classes - $185 – 6 weeks,
includes Open Studio and Lab Fee
Tuesday, 10-noon: Freeland – Feb. 26 – Apr. 2; Apr. 16 – May 21
Tuesday, 6-8 pm:  Singletary – Feb. 26 – Apr. 2; Apr. 16 – May 21
Thursday, 4-6 pm: Bird – ongoing – no specific start date
$185 ~ 6 weeks includes Open Studio and Lab Fee
Saturday, 10 - 12:  Freeland ~ Feb. 23 – Apr. 6; Apr. 13 – May 18
No Class March 30

$115 for 6 weeks of Open Studio – Application Required
Register today!   828-669-0930
225 W. State Street in the old City Garage
Visit:  &
                                    * Other Workshops May Be Added During the Spring – check online or phone
*Handicapped Accessible Wheel Available
                                Wheel Throwing               Hand Building                                  Decorating                             Glazing


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 $50 (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/$115 for six weeks; clay extra.
Classes are scheduled February 23 - April 4 (no class March 30), and April 13 – May 23
Six-Week Classes ( Some classes have min/max enrollment requirements and registration deadline )
           1 - 4 pm                           • Open Studio •                                   Pat Levi
        10 am - noon                 Adult Clay Class                             Charles Freeland
        12 – 4 pm                     • Open Studio •                               Charles Freeland
          6 - 8 pm                Adult Clay Class                                Annie Singletary
        6 - 9 pm                    • Open Studio •                        Charles Freeland
        1 – 4 pm                   • Open Studio •                         Barbara Rogers
        4 - 6 pm                    Ongoing Clay Class         Geoff Bird
(this class continues on rolling enrollment  basis – i.e no specific start date; check with BMCA office)

        6 – 8 pm                   • Open Studio •                         Charles Freeland

        2 – 4 pm                     • Open Studio •                           Sarah Vekasi

10 – 12 pm   ABSOLUTE BEGINNER CLASS        Charles Freeland
12  3  pm                     • Open Studio •                                    Blair McKee
         3 –5 pm                 • Open Studio •                 Blair McKee
Tuition: $135 + $50 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