Slip casting is a pottery technique for the production of multiple, identical vessels, especially for shapes not easily made on a wheel. This class will demonstrate how to make a two part- square plaster mold for slip casting.
Vanessa will cover all of the basics for this method including materials, choosing the right objects to make casts of, mixing plaster, undercuts, using cottle boards, preparing a mold for slip, and finishing a cast.
Students will slip cast a dragon’s egg potion bottle — one of Vanessa’s original sculptures– to keep and finish! You will also leave the class equipped with the knowledge to start making and using your own plaster slip molds.
Join us for a 2 hour glaze workshop where our helpful and experienced instructors will help you find the best glaze for your finished pieces, walk you through the glaze options available at the studio, and a variety of techniques for applying color and texture to your work. You must be currently enrolled in classes at the studio to attend.
Techniques to be covered include using one glaze vs. layering two glazes, dipping vs brushing, and under-glazes vs glazes. We will also learn how each type of glaze at the studio works so you can achieve the results you want and be sure you are making safe combinations and applying glaze correctly.
Each student should bring at least one bone dry piece and at least two bisque-fired pieces that are ready to be glazed.
Max 8 students
Join us for an intro to the potter’s wheel! This is a great class for beginners, or anyone who just wants a refresher on the basics. In addition to step-by-step instruction to make your own wheel-thrown masterpieces, you will learn the basics behind all the ceramics buzzwords: trimming, coiling, handbuilding, throwing, glazing and firing and have a wonderful introduction to our studio.
Learning to throw on the wheel is challenging, fun, and even relaxing!
After the class, our studio staff will trim and glaze your artwork – it will be fired and ready for pick up within 3-4 weeks. Once you take your pieces home, they will be a permanent reminder of your evening with us and you new creative skills.