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Adult classes are resuming in January 2018 in our newly renovated clay studio, thanks to grants from the Harcourt and Windgate Foundations.

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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Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Tuesdays
Tuition $408.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Clare Lewis
CL8103 Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 2018 (9:30am-12:30pm) 8 Tuesdays (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. Four Open Studio sessions are included in the tuition (12 hours). Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Wednesdays
Tuition $408.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Clare Lewis
CL8102 Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 2018 (9:30am-12:30pm) 8 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. Four Open Studio sessions are included in the tuition (12 hours). Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
   
 
 
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