Private pottery class
We offer private one-time studio sessions on an on-going, individualized basis. Great if you're in town for a brief time, on your own or with family, friends, your professional organization. Groups of one person to about fourteen people are a good size. A two-hour time frame is good but shorter times can work too.
Available weekdays, weekends, evenings. We find a time & work together in the studio. Fine if you're a total beginner or have some clay experience - either way. During the session we typically work on the potter's wheel. The pieces you make are glazed & fired afterwards, then shipped to you within about a month. Let us know if members of your group are under age 8.
The cost is 75 per hour per person - $65. per hour per person for groups of four or more. Plus tax. This includes all the materials you'll need and provides for glazing, firing, & shipping.
Tuesday night intro wheel class
If it’s been a while since you’ve worked on the wheel, or you’ve always wanted to give it a try, our introductory class on the potter’s wheel is a great place to start. It’s also a good introduction to our studio here at the Lena Street Lofts.
Registration is on-going & you can start on any given Tuesday evening, continuing for 8 weeks. This is enough time to get acquainted with the main steps in the wheel-throwing process: wedging, throwing, trimming, glazing. Work at your own pace, independently, together in a group with other students at various other stages of the process & with guidance from an experienced teacher.
Clay, glaze, & firing provided for all the work you make. A firing fee may apply if you are very prolific or working at a large (greater than 10”) scale. Access to the studio throughout the week & weekend is also provided with your registration.
Teacher: Theo Helmstadter
Building a lidded oval jar
This short course will meet for three sessions. Using slab construction techniques, students will practice ways to make a form that isn’t round or square and that has a beautiful, well-fitting lid. Not as easy as you might think! But fun.
And - widely translatable skills to other kinds of forms & processes in the studio.
Teacher: Melina Lozano
January 7, 8, & 14 at 10:00 am
cost: 180. includes materials & studio access
The science of clay
What is clay? How is it formed, what is the importance of its parent material, and what are some of its key properties & behaviors?
Bring your questions and learn from a Los Alamos Lab scientist about this abundant and inspiring earth material.
Teacher: Adam Atchley
January 17 10 am
cost: 10 (free if you’re already a member of a class or a regular studio user)
We’ll cover some basic theory about glazes - what they are and what’s in them.
Then we’ll move on to some practical tips about dipping, pouring, and brush-application of glazes in liquid form. We’ll talk specifically about the eight base glazes current in the studio - which ones look better thick, which ones to keep thin, which don’t like to overlap…
Free for current studio users or if you’re already in a class. Bring some bisqueware if you’re joining us from your own or another studio - just make sure it is a cone ten stoneware or porcelain.
cost: 10. (free for current students & studio users)
January 24 10 am
Drawing for Potters
As a springboard for better work, or as an art form all on its own, sketching - learning to quickly draw what you see - can be an exciting and simple way to experiment with original ideas, develop new work, and deepen your ‘view’ of ceramic form. A variety of sketching tools, papers, and methods will be presented. Feel free to bring your favorite sketchbook or work on any of our provided papers.
This workshop is in two parts on two consecutive days. On the second day, delve more deeply into drawing with graphite and charcoal. Explore the fundamentals of light, form, value, and composition.
April 25, 10am - noon
April 26, 9am - 1pm
Instructor: Chelsie Murfee
cost: 75. day one only; 125. both days