Spring Pottery Classes Offered at the CVCC Potters’ Workshop

Kim Ellington, Director CVCC Potters WorkshopGet your hands in the mud for spring, and watch yourself grow with the CVCC Potters’ Workshop. Cultivate your creativity and progress your personal style with the Workshop’s non-credit pottery classes.

No experience necessary, and the only requirements for students are a tool kit, purchased at the CVCC bookstore or local craft store, and a desire to create. All classes are $111.25, and include $70 registration fee, $40 supply fee and $1.25 insurance fee.

Raku Pottery with Kim Ellington • Mondays, Mar. 16 – May 4, 2015; 6pm-9pm
Experience the excitement of Raku! Originating in 16th century Japan as part of the traditional tea ceremony, the modern western version of Raku involves removing the hand built or wheel thrown pottery from the kiln while red hot and placing it in combustible material for cooling. The results are often unpredictable and spontaneous with a typical firing cycle of 20 minutes or less. Upon completion students will have a working knowledge of making, glazing and firing pottery. Students of all skill levels are welcome.

Hand Building II with Evelyn Arnold • Tuesdays, Mar. 17 – May 5, 2015; 6pm-9pm
This course is for the beginner through intermediate level pottery student and focuses on developing and refining basic hand building techniques. Students will learn techniques for hand building a variety of functional forms such as mugs, bowls and platters, without the use of the potters’ wheel. Topics include methods of pinch, coil and slab construction, applying glaze and introduction to loading and firing an electric kiln.

Independent Study with Kim EllingtonTuesdays, Mar. 17 – May 5, 2015; 6pm-9pm
This class offers students with prior experience on the potters’ wheel the opportunity to work on individual clay projects of their own choosing. The purpose of the class is to enable students to work at their own pace to develop skill level and personal style, while receiving guidance from a professional potter. Students will have full use of workshop facilities including glazes and kiln. Open Lab time outside of regular class hours is also available. Upon completion, students will have an advanced understanding of working on the potters’ wheel, glaze preparation and kiln firing.

Pottery on the Wheel II with Evelyn ArnoldWednesdays, Mar. 18 – May 6, 2015; 6pm-9pm
This course focuses on developing and refining basic wheel throwing skills. Students will begin with simple bowls, tumblers, mugs and small pouring vessels. Topics include clay preparation, turning techniques and basic glaze application. Upon completion, students should be able to produce basic forms, trim, apply glazes and be familiar with loading and firing a kiln.

The workshop seeks to promote the understanding, appreciation and continuation of Catawba Valley pottery. The goal is to provide contemporary instruction using local, historical methods and materials to make pottery.

Class space is limited. For more information and to register for classes, please visit www.cvcc.edu/Potters_Workshop, or call the Workshop at 828-327-7000 ext. 4032. To register for classes by phone, please contact Donna Davis at 828-327-7000 ext. 4319.

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