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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.

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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 Tuesdays, July 31 & Aug 28 (9.30am-12.30pm), Thursdays, Aug 2 & Aug 30 (9.30am-12.30pm) (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 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am– 12.30pm. 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.
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.
Basic Wheel Throwing Focused on Your Personal Goal - Evenings
Basic Wheel Throwing Focused on Your Personal Goal - Evenings
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Will Talbot
CL8303 Four Thursdays July 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 2018 (6-9pm)(Clay Studio)

This class, held for any 4 Thursday nights, 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.
   
 
 
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