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2018 Fall Pottery Classes

September 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - November 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Welcome to BluSeed Studios Pottery Classes! 

Throughout the coming weeks you will familiarize yourself with this material and develop a “relationship” with it. Learning how to work with clay can be as equally frustrating as it is rewarding. The more time you spend working and being attentive to the clay, the more you will understand it as a material. The more you understand the material, the tools, and the processes we use to manipulate it, the easier it will be to mold it to your desired end result.  All and all, we are here to enjoy ourselves, to enjoy one another’s company, to enjoy the many processes that can be done with this material, and to have a glass of cheer here and there.

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Class (9/17- 11/5)Mondays with Carol Marie Vossler:

Advanced Beginner Class (9/17- 11/5)Mondays with Carol Marie Vossler:This class is designed for those who have some knowledge of the clay/pottery process as well as the glazing and firing fundamentals.  Students may still need time to hone their centering and throwing skills, or choose to hand-build rather than work on the wheel. Students are encouraged to: research, plan and make simple sketches of various kinds of pottery in order to understand the anatomy of the vessel; establish self -driven goals and objectives, in order to  recognize specific entry points during the clay process, in order to improve their throwing or hand building techniques as well as the quality of their work.

Intermediate/Advanced Class (9/18-11/6): Tuesdays with Peter Shrope:  In this class, led by master potter and sculptor Peter Shrope,  students will be taught more advanced techniques, and be given weekly projects to develop intermediate skills, focusing on design and function of a well-made pot.  This class is not for beginners; students must have pottery wheel experience.  This class will also focus on glaze making techniques and chemistry. 

Beginner Pottery Class (9/19-11/7)Wednesdays with Marylou ReidIn this eight-week class you will learn the basics of how to make objects out of clay. The clay that we use in this class is midrange stoneware, fired to Cone 6 (~2230 degrees Fahrenheit). We will learn several techniques on shaping the clay. Together we will explore some hand-building techniques but most of the emphasis will be exploring wheel throwing and learning how to make basic radially symmetrical shapes.

Your Artists/Instructors:

Carol Marie Vossler:  Carol Marie has been actively making and  teaching the studio arts for 18 years.  Recently retired from instructing the Studio Arts program at North Country Community College, she is the Artistic Director for BluSeed.  She holds her degrees from Paul Smiths College, Plattsburgh State University and Syracuse University.

Marylou Reid: Marylou has been teaching pottery at BluSeed Studios for many years.  She earned her degrees from North Country Community College and Plattsburgh State University.  Her work goes beyond traditional pottery techniques as she explores functional forms and shapes to create unique pieces to complement a garden setting. Her works, including Adirondack snow flowers, are deer, draft, and frost resistant.Mary Lou Reid creates wheel & hand-built pottery at her studio in Saranac Lake, NY. Functional and decorative pieces are available as well as custom hand-painted tiles.

Peter Shrope: Peter was on BluSeed Studios founding Board of Directors. He holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Pennsylvania State University. He creates his own original ceramic glaze formulas using crushed Adirondack rock dust as an ingredient. His glazes are literally made from the mountains. There will be slight variations in sizes and colors because everything is hand made.



September 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
November 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
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BluSeed Studios
24 Cedar Street
Saranac Lake, 12983 United States
(518) 891-3799


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