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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 Wednesdays, (1pm-4pm), (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 1pm– 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
CL8301 Sep 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 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.
Homeschool Pottery
Homeschool Pottery
Tuition $180.00

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

CL8305 Sept 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 (1:45pm-3:45pm) 6 Tuesdays (Clay Studio)

During this 6 week course, students will learn a variety of building techniques including both hand building and working on the wheel. Glazing techniques will also be explored. 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 7-16. 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.
Ceramics Family Open Studio
Ceramics Family Open Studio
Tuition as low as $12/session. Single session: $20 $20.00

Intermediate
Studio Monitor

CL8306 Tuesdays, Sept 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 (3:45pm-5:15pm) (Clay Studio)

Current or recent ceramics students and Current Brookfield Craft Center Members (if they possess basic ceramic skills) are welcome to purchase clay studio time. (Not a Member? Click here to learn more or sign up.) During the Family Open Studio sessions, the studio is open for children and adults to work on the wheel or hand build at a table workspace. Enjoy this time to work on your own projects and practice technique. Clay will be available for purchase, and additional fees will be charged for pieces that are to be glazed and fired. Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Rates per person: A drop-in rate of $30 at the door, or purchase sessions in advance at a discounted rate (single session - $20, two sessions - $36, three sessions - $48, ). Periodically, sessions may be dropped due to schedule conflicts. Participants will be notified with as much advanced notice as possible.
Wheel and Beyond - Wednesday Nights
Wheel and Beyond - Wednesday Nights
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Karen Dries
CL8403 Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 2018 (6-9pm) 4 Wednesdays (Clay Studio)

Learn to take a lump of clay and turn it into a work of art. Focus on mastering the basics of wheel throwing, and then explore shape altering. We will combine wheel throwing with hand building techniques to create a variety of pieces. Use of texture and sculpture will turn your clay into functional art. Choose to make mugs, bowls, planters, vases, colanders...bring all of your ideas! A materials fee of $18.00 for purchase of clay is added to the tuition. Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 17 and over.
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
CL8302 Sep 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 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.
Fall Open House on Saturday, October 13th, Noon-5pm
Fall Open House on Saturday, October 13th, Noon-5pm
Come join us!




SM8401 October 13, 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.
Wheel and Beyond - Saturday Afternoons
Wheel and Beyond - Saturday Afternoons
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Karen Dries
CL8404 Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 2018 (1-4pm) 4 Saturdays (Clay Studio)

Learn to take a lump of clay and turn it into a work of art. Focus on mastering the basics of wheel throwing, and then explore shape altering. We will combine wheel throwing with hand building techniques to create a variety of pieces. Use of texture and sculpture will turn your clay into functional art. Choose to make mugs, bowls, planters, vases, colanders...bring all of your ideas! A materials fee of $18.00 for purchase of clay is added to the tuition. Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 17 and over.
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
CL8409 Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13, 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.
Homeschool Pottery
Homeschool Pottery
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels, ages 7-16
Kaitlin Clark

CL8401 Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, 14, 2018 (11:00am-1:00pm) 6 Fridays (Clay Studio)

During this 6 week course, students will learn a variety of building techniques including both hand building and working on the wheel. Glazing techniques will also be explored. 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 7-16. 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: $10.00
All Levels, child age 3-5 plus a parent/caregiver
Kaitlin Clark

CL8402 Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, 14, 2018 (1:00pm-2:00pm) 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 $75 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.
Roll it or Throw it - Sunday Mornings
Roll it or Throw it - Sunday Mornings
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Erin Singleton
CL8408 Nov 18, Dec 2, 9, 16, 2018 (9.30am-12.30pm) 4 Sundays (Clay Studio)

Join us for hand building and wheel throwing for all levels. Create cups, bowls, plates, pitchers, teapots, or any other vessel you can imagine. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction. We will experiment with texture, underglaze, and glaze. Ages 18 and older, a materials fee of $18.00 is added to the tuition. Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
Wheel and Beyond - Saturday Afternoons
Wheel and Beyond - Saturday Afternoons
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Karen Dries
CL8406 Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 2018 (1-4pm) 4 Saturdays (Clay Studio)

Learn to take a lump of clay and turn it into a work of art. Focus on mastering the basics of wheel throwing, and then explore shape altering. We will combine wheel throwing with hand building techniques to create a variety of pieces. Use of texture and sculpture will turn your clay into functional art. Choose to make mugs, bowls, planters, vases, colanders...bring all of your ideas! A materials fee of $18.00 for purchase of clay is added to the tuition. Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 17 and over.
Wheel and Beyond - Wednesday Nights
Wheel and Beyond - Wednesday Nights
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Karen Dries
CL8405 Nov 28, Dec 5, 12, 19, 2018 (6-9pm) 4 Wednesdays (Clay Studio)

Learn to take a lump of clay and turn it into a work of art. Focus on mastering the basics of wheel throwing, and then explore shape altering. We will combine wheel throwing with hand building techniques to create a variety of pieces. Use of texture and sculpture will turn your clay into functional art. Choose to make mugs, bowls, planters, vases, colanders...bring all of your ideas! A materials fee of $18.00 for purchase of clay is added to the tuition. Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 17 and over.
   
 
 
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