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Ceramics III: Intro to Clay Formulation and Glaze Calc
Instructor: Jane Dillon
Price: $410.00
Dates: 09/12 – 10/31
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm (3 hours)
Class Days: Wednesdays
Number of Classes: 8
No Class On: 01/01/17
Just where does this ‘clay’ stuff come from? What makes a glaze transparent or opaque? How do materials melt together? In this advanced course, students will dig into the mysteries of different clay formulations and learn glaze mixing processes. With the guidance of the instructor, students will develop small batches of three different clay bodies, then collectively build a palette of colored slips for surface decoration. Once bisque fired, they’ll mix small batches of clear glaze, then alter the glaze with colorants and opacifiers. Students will leave this class with a deeper appreciation of earth materials, and with the skills needed to safely manage the clay/glaze-mixing process. This advanced class is appropriate for any student who have already taken two or three previous ceramics class and feels confident in their practice. Students will receive a complimentary 25 pound bag of cone 6 clay and dry materials, but may need to purchase additional materials for their projects. All other materials and tools will be provided. Enrollment in this course includes additional access to one monitored Open Studio session per week; either on Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday evenings from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, or Sunday evenings from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Unfinished student work should be picked up within two weeks of last class.
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Instructor Info: Jane Dillon:
Jane Dillon is a teacher, potter, and designer from Providence. After graduating from RISD, she apprenticed in San Francisco, then went on to grad school in Boulder, building a traditional 50 foot long anagama wood kiln on the way. She headed the ceramic program at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, bringing in artists to collaborate in new genres. Over the years she has taught students from age 6 to 90, from Mendocino, California to Cortona, Italy. Jane loves studio collaboration and continues to be inspired by the Steel Yard.