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Most clay classes at Brookfield Craft Center are categorized as high fire or low fire classes. These terms refer to the temperature at which the clay is fired in the kiln, but also define the types of clay, glazes and techniques used and aesthetics achieved in each class. Throwing refers to using the potter’s wheel to form shapes while hand building refers to slab, coil and pinch techniques.

EARTHENWARE / LOW FIRE

Earthenware is considered a low fire clay, and is fired in our electric kilns. Glazes retain stability at lower temperatures, so you can achieve bright colors and detailed designs. Lower temperatures also mean that the clay does not fully vitrify (or fuse), so that the glazes are what give low fire ceramics their waterproof qualities. Historically, low fire clay was red, like terracotta. Now low fire clay is also readily available in light and white colors.

STONEWARE / HIGH FIRE

Stoneware and porcelain are high fire clay, and are fired at cone 6 in our electric kilns. As hard as stone, these clays fire to be strong and waterproof. Because the clay fully vitrifies (or fuses), it can be made into thin and delicate pieces and still remain strong. Ceramicists have less control of the end result of high fire glazes, creating unique, one-of-a-kind surfaces.

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Ceramics Open Studio 2017
Tuition as low as $24/session. Single session: $30.00

Intermediate
Studio Monitor
CL7101 (1–4pm) on Wednesdays, 2017 (Clay Studio)

Current or recent ceramics students of Brookfield Craft Center are welcome to purchase clay studio time by joining the Open Studio Program in the Clay Studio. Current BCC members are also eligible to participate if they possess basic ceramic skills. (Not a Member? Click here to learn more or sign up.) During open studio sessions, the studio is open for artists to work at the wheel, slab roller, extruder and table workspace. Enjoy this time to work on class projects and practice techniques. Low fire and cone 6 clay will be available for purchase, and additional fees will be charged for pieces that are to be glazed and fired. Open studio sessions are monitored and are 3 hours in length. Clay open studio is offered on Wednesdays from 1 – 4pm. Pay a drop-in rate of $40 at the door, or purchase sessions in advance at a discounted rate (single session - $30, two sessions - $54, three sessions - $72). Sessions must be used within 12 weeks of purchase. Periodically, sessions may be dropped due to schedule conflicts. Participants will be notified with as much advanced notice as possible.
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Wednesdays
Tuition $510.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Clare Lewis

CL7202 April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21 2017 (9:30am-12:30pm) 10 Wednesdays (Clay Studio)

Whether you have never touched clay or you are experienced, this class is for you. We will construct projects using cylinders, bowls and plates as our starting point. Hand building, wheel throwing and decoration techniques (including glazing) will be taught with lots of hands on instruction and demonstrations. Your instructor will guide you as you produce a number of glazed pieces. The focus will be on having fun while experimenting and learning a variety of techniques. Bring your own ideas for projects and personal goals. A materials fee of $18.00 is added to the tuition. Two Open Studio sessions are included in the tuition (6 hours). Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
YOUTH - After School Pottery Series - Fridays
Tuition $180.00

All Levels, ages 8-16
Kaitlin Clark

CL7206 May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 2017 (4-6pm) 6 Fridays (Clay Studio)

Do you love working in clay and looking for a fun way to be creative on Friday's after school? Join us in an inspiring environment for our six session Friday after-school series and practice your skills in both hand-building and throwing on the wheel. Project ideas will be customized to adapt to the interests of each participant and we encourage you to bring in your own ideas as well! Ages 8-16. *Students are asked to bring a light nut-free snack. A 25 pound bag of clay can be purchased for $18 and optional glazing and firing fees can be arranged for an additional fee, based on size.
Basic Wheel Throwing Focused on Your Personal Goal - Evenings
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee:
All Levels
Will Talbot
CL7211 Four Thursdays within 5 weeks May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15 2017 (6-9pm)(Clay Studio)

This class, held for any 4 Thursday nights between May 18 and June 15, will focus on learning the basics of wheel throwing and moving on to your personal project. It can be a set of plates, mugs, a teapot. Whatever you can imagine, we can create. We will begin with demonstrations of objects that are of interest to the class. Then, after you have mastered the basics of centering the clay, you will delve into your chosen project (which can be collaborative if you choose). A discussion of glazes and glazing techniques will provide you with the tools you need to complete your project. Clay purchase ($18 per 25lb bag) and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 17 and over.
Youth Joy of Pottery Wk 1 Afternoon Session
Tuition $250.00

Youth

YP7311 Jul 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2017 (1-4pm) Mon-Fri (Clay Studio)

Join us in a fun, inspiring and collaborative environment as we create unique pieces in clay! This week-long session will cover hand-building techniques (slab, pinch and coil) as well as wheel thrown methods to create your own vessels or sculptures to take home and use! Each day we will explore a variety of methods and how they apply to creating unique and functional art. Project ideas will be customized to adapt to the interests of each participant and we encourage you to bring in your own ideas as well! Pieces will be under glazed and fired with clear glaze that is food safe. No experience necessary - All levels are welcome!
Summer Youth Joy of Pottery Wk 3 Afternoon Session
Tuition $250.00

Youth

YP7317 Aug 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 2017 (1-4pm) Mon-Fri (Clay Studio)

Join us in a fun, inspiring and collaborative environment as we create unique pieces in clay! This week-long session will cover hand-building techniques (slab, pinch and coil) as well as wheel thrown methods to create your own vessels or sculptures to take home and use! Each day we will explore a variety of methods and how they apply to creating unique and functional art. Project ideas will be customized to adapt to the interests of each participant and we encourage you to bring in your own ideas as well! Pieces will be under glazed and fired with clear glaze that is food safe. No experience necessary - All levels are welcome!
Youth Wheel Thrown Ceramics Wk 4 Morning Session
Tuition $250.00

Youth

YP7312 Aug 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 2017 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Clay Studio)

We will start with the basics, how to center a piece of clay and move on from there. Once we grasp that concept we will create mugs and bowls. Once we have created all these pieces we will delve into personal projects using the skill obtained from the first project. We will then glaze or projects and drink a cup of tea from our mugs.
Youth Wheel Thrown Ceramics Wk 4 Afternoon Session
Tuition $250.00

Youth

YP7313 Aug 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 2017 (1-4pm) Mon-Fri (Clay Studio)

We will start with the basics, how to center a piece of clay and move on from there. Once we grasp that concept we will create mugs and bowls. Once we have created all these pieces we will delve into personal projects using the skill obtained from the first project. We will then glaze or projects and drink a cup of tea from our mugs.
Kiln Casting with Fiber Paper
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $33
All Levels
Kathy Corigliano
GF7302 Sept 10 2017 (10am-2:00pm) Sunday (Glass Studio)

When kiln casting with fiber paper, the student creates an image on the paper. Think paper dolls. The image is then cut out with scissors or Exacto knife. The image is then placed on the kiln shelf with either transparent or opal glass laid over it. The decision is made to have the image recessed on the top layer of glass or bottom layer. All this will be explained in class with examples to choose from. One application is a grandmother plate in which a child's hand is traced onto paper and then transferred to the fiber paper. The student may choose to have a flat presentation or to have the flat presentation slumped into a dish shape. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $33.00 will be added to the tuition.
Christmas Ornaments
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $30
All Levels
Kathy Corigliano
GF7401 Oct 15 2017 (10am-2:00pm) Sunday (Glass Studio)

Students will make a Christmas Tree, a Snowman or Snow woman, and a third design of their choosing. Cutting sheet glass and adding embellishments of crushed glass and powdered glass will provide the opportunity to make a unique ornament. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Glass Pattern Bars
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $45
All Levels
Kathy Corigliano
GF7402 Nov 4 & 11 2017 (10am-1:00pm) 2 Saturdays (Glass Studio)

Students will cut strips of glass approximately 5"x1 1/2"x1/2" thick After fusing into a solid bar, the glass will be cut into 1/4" thick slabs which will be cut into squares or rectangles to form a design that is then incorporated into a final piece which will be fused into a flat piece before being slumped into a mold. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $45 will be added to the tuition.
   
 
 
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