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Take a Pottery Class!
February 18 @ 5:30 pm - April 5 @ 7:30 pm$280
Welcome to BluSeed’s
Time to Sign-Up for
- All classes begin the week of February 18th through April 6th (each class lasts for 8 weeks). Your class meets once a week from 5:30-7:30 pm.
- The classes are as follows: Monday (Advance Beginner-Intermediate), Tuesday (Advanced), Wednesday(Beginners) & Friday (Intermediate)
- Thursdays are open studio days. Descriptions for each class are below
- *Participants are allowed to use the studio 24/7 except during the scheduled class times.
- To Register online click here! Call 518-891-3799 or email: email@example.com
Cost: $280. Includes 16 hours of instruction, 25 pounds of clay/firings/glaze & 24/7 studio access
Advanced Beginner Class (2/18- 4/1):
Mondays: 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 fundamental. The student may still need time to hone their centering and throwing skills, or choose to hand-build rather than work on the wheel. The student is 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; begin to recognize specific entry points during the clay process, improving their clay techniques as well as the quality of their work.
Advance Class (2/19-4/2):
Tuesday: 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 (2/20-4/3):
Wednesday: Marylou Reid: In 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 mid-range 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.
Intermediate Pottery Class (2/20-4/6):
Friday: Marylou Reid: This class is designed for those who have some knowledge of the clay/pottery process as well as the glazing and firing fundamental. The student may still need time to hone their centering and throwing skills, or choose to hand-build rather than work on the wheel. The student is 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; begin to recognize specific entry points during the clay process, improving their clay techniques as well as the quality of their work.
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 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.
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 now the acting Artistic Director for BluSeed. She holds her degrees from Paul Smiths College, Plattsburgh State University and Syracuse University.
Kerri Zeimann: Kerri is an accomplished potter and scientist. at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. She has taught both beginner and advanced classes. Her attention to detail combined with her creative touch inspires both beginners and experienced students.
We are here to help you get in touch with your “inner-mud”! Throughout the coming weeks you will have time to 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 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 in the studio to enjoy ourselves, to enjoy one another’s company, to learn the many processes that can be done with this material, and to have a glass of cheer here and there.