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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 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 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

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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.
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