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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 2018
Ceramics Open Studio 2018
Tuition as low as $24/session. Single session: $30.00

Intermediate
Studio Monitor

CL8101 (1–4pm) Wednesdays, beginning January 17, 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 - Tuesdays
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Tuesdays
Tuition $408.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Clare Lewis
CL8204 Apr 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 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
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Wednesdays
Tuition $408.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Clare Lewis
CL8205 Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 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.
Basic Wheel Throwing Focused on Your Personal Goal - Evenings
Basic Wheel Throwing Focused on Your Personal Goal - Evenings
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Will Talbot
CL8207 April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 2018 (6-9pm) 6 Thursdays (Clay Studio)

This class will focus on the very basics of wheel throwing and then move 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. Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $18 will be added to the tuition.
Spring Homeschool Pottery
Spring Homeschool Pottery
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels, ages 7 and up
Kaitlin Clark

CL8201 May 4, 11, 18 , 25 June 1, 8 2018 (1:00pm -3:00pm) 6 Fridays (Clay Studio)

During this 6 week course, students will learn a variety of building techniques including both hand building as well as wheel-thrown pieces. All levels of skill are welcome and projects will be customized to adapt to the interests of each student. This course is open to students ages 8-16. Twenty five pounds of clay is included in the materials fee, additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
Parent/Child Adventures in Clay
Parent/Child Adventures in Clay
Tuition $75.00

Materials Fee: $5.00
All Levels, child age 3-5 plus a parent/caregiver
Kaitlin Clark

CL8202 May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2018 (3:00pm-4:00pm) 6 Fridays (Clay Studio)

Join us for a fun and creative experience as we explore adventures in clay! This class focuses on creativity and the art making process. Through observation, attention to detail and our imaginations, we will explore space, shapes, colors and more. This class is designed for an adult to work one on one with a child and the $70 tuition is for an adult and child and includes clay, glazes and firing fees for 2 people. Techniques and concepts incorporate the use of problem solving, cognitive and cooperative learning techniques. Childrens' literature books are the focus on a theme such as insects, nature, animals, seasons landscapes, etc. This class requires the parent/caregiver's attendance and participation. Clay, firing and glazing are included in the material fee.
YOUTH - After School Pottery Series - Fridays
YOUTH - After School Pottery Series - Fridays
Tuition $180.00

All Levels, ages 8-16
Kaitlin Clark

CL8203 May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8 2018 (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.
Ceramic Handbuilding
Ceramic Handbuilding
Tuition $360.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Tracy Fulop

CL8208 May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018 (10am-2pm) 6 Saturdays (Clay Studio)

In this unique handbuilding course, students will learn to manipulate clay slabs, coils and extrusions. They will explore a range of handbuilding techniques, creating both two and three-dimensional work such as teapots, mugs and bowls. Glazing will be a major focus; students will explore color and texture through high or low fire glazes and underglazes. Seeking a fine balance between spontaneity and purpose, students will produce complex works of art with conviction and disciplined craftsmanship. They will observe the chemistry of clay and glazes. They will learn to refine and adapt ideas, methods, reflect on their work. Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $18 will be added to the tuition
Spring Open House on Saturday, May 19th, Noon-5pm
Spring Open House on Saturday, May 19th, Noon-5pm
Come join us!




SM8201 May 19, 2018 (noon-5pm) Saturday (Campus-wide)

Brookfield Craft Center will host a community open house on their campus located at 286 Whisconier Road in Brookfield, Connecticut. This creative event is free, open to the public and will feature demonstrations conducted by talented faculty artists working in all of the studios.
Working with Clay - Wednesdays - Continuation
Working with Clay - Wednesdays - Continuation
Tuition $180.00

Intermediate
Clare Lewis
Working with Clay - Wednesdays Continuation
CL8206 June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 (9:30am-12:30pm) 4 Wednesdays (Clay Studio)
This class is for students with some prior experience in ceramics. Hand building, wheel throwing and decoration techniques (including glazing) will be taught in this 4 session class. The focus will be on having fun while experimenting and learning a variety of techniques. Clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
   
 
 
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