Fall 2017 Session 2: Oct 23 - Dec 16

Space is limited (12 people max).  Please call to register 505-984-1122

$260 for 7 sessions. Each session consists of 3 hours of instruction per week. Unlimited studio access (during regular studio hours) is granted from the start of the the first session until completion of the final session.


*SFC will be closed November 22-24 for Thanksgiving holiday. 


Monday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Decorating The Surface

INST: Lee Akins

This class will focus on building a repertoire of techniques for creating visually interesting and engaging surfaces.  Applicable to potters and sculptors alike, this class will cover a variety of techniques for creating texture, working with slips, as well as glaze application. Participants will leave the class with many samples in the form of test tiles to use as reference for making future work.  Some clay experience is recommended.


Monday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Handbuilding & Sculpture

INST: Lee Akins

This class focuses on the development and refinement of a variety of hand forming clay techniques. Basic construction techniques, surface treatments and glazing are covered. Demonstrations and technical information are provided with attention to individual needs, allowing students to pursue their own ideas.


Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

INST: Frances Parker

Now that you have the basics down it's time to start expanding and playing with those skills! Throw larger, alter, discover lids, and explore the endless possibilities.


Tuesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Handbuilding with Molds & Paper

INST: Maggie Mae Beyeler

Expand your handbuilding skills utilizing  plaster molds, paper patterns, and cutting and darting techniques. All phases of soft slab construction will be covered including forming methods, embellishment with handles and feet, and complete glaze design and application. Participants will also be assisted in turning inspiration and new ideas into finished pieces.  Some clay experience is preferred.


Tuesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All Level Wheel Throwing

INST: Amy Lin

This class covers the basics of the craft for beginners as well as those with throwing experience who want to improve their skills. Fundamentals of throwing, trimming and glazing techniques will be taught for an expanded variety of functional forms. Demonstrations and technical information are provided with attention to individual needs, allowing students to pursue their own ideas.


Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sculpting with Pre-Existing Molds

INST: Andrea Pichaida

Explore the world of sculpting in clay by working with pre-existing molds. Lets start a journey into creativity by using and understanding the concepts of a 3D piece: series, sequence, repetition, symmetry, and how to apply them hands on by using molds of any kind or material, handmade or bought. You will be surprised by the beautiful, interesting and dynamic compositions that can result by using this construction method. Technical problems and solutions as surface treatment and coloring will be addressed and discussed according to each requirement and project.


Wednesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All Level Handbuilding

INST: Greta Ruiz

This class focuses on the development and refinement of a variety of hand forming clay techniques. Basic construction techniques, surface treatments and glazing are covered. Demonstrations and technical information are provided with attention to individual needs, allowing students to pursue their own ideas.


Wednesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All Level Wheel Throwing

INST: Mike Walsh

This class covers the basics of the craft for beginners as well as those with throwing experience who want to improve their skills. Fundamentals of throwing, trimming and glazing techniques will be taught for an expanded variety of functional forms. Demonstrations and technical information are provided with attention to individual needs, allowing students to pursue their own ideas.


Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Raku

INST: Bill Fajman

The raku technique of low temperature firing likely developed in the late 1500s in Japan, when tile makers discovered that they could fire rapidly and remove ware quickly form the kiln and cool it rapidly in air or water without breakage. The technique remained basically unchanged until western potters became interested in the technique. The technique was popularized in the 1950s in particular by Paul Soldner, who emphasized post firing reduction techniques that resulted in more vibrant color development. In this class we will explore this method using traditional type raku glazes and reduction techniques. Furthermore, we will investigate other techniques including Obvara and “naked” raku that have become part of the western raku tradition. Experience with throwing or hand building is required.


Thursday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Portrait Sculpture

INST: Arlene Siegel

Creating a likeness using models emphasizing how to "see" and get it from your eyes to your hands. Individual attention given to help students overcome what they perceive as "problem" features.






Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Cup:
All Level Wheel & Handbuilding

INST: Ralph Scala

The cup is one of the most elemental forms we use in our daily lives. This course will explore the history, function and expressive qualities of the cup in many different forms from functional to sculptural. We will cover chawans, yunomis, coffee mugs, handles, cups and saucers, sake and shot glasses and the cup as sculptural object.  Building techniques will include hand building, wheel throwing, bisque molds, plaster, rubber molds and handles.  Glazing techniques from cone 10 to lusters will be introduced.


Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Hand, Foot, & Head in Clay

INST: Misty Gamble

All levels are welcome. In a relaxed and fun atmosphere, learn how to sculpt proportions, expressions and movements of the human head, hands, and feet in clay. In addition to learning how to sculpt figurative fragments, the participants will create a life size mask that operates as a self-referential vehicle to explore a personal narrative. Students will learn basic anatomical construction and proportion of the face, including facial features and hair. Participants will learn approaches to both academic/idealized and expressive facial construction. The focus of the class will not be on anatomical ‘correctness’, but rather on gesture, proportion. Misty will lead discussions on where ideas come from, and how to cultivate the expression of particular themes in your work. Misty will also discuss how she references popular culture and visual metaphors to provide context and meaning. Independent work can be done outside of class.

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