Hand Building - Monday Afternoons
Mondays 4/12-6/7, 12:30-3:00 PM with Hilde Schaaf. Over the 8-week class, adults will learn how to use the extruder and slab roller to create a variety of shapes and forms to use as building blocks for your creations. You will also learn a variety of hand building techniques including slab, coil, or pinching to create functional or sculptural pieces. All experience levels welcome, including no experience at all. Bring your own project ideas or follow along with a guided project led by Hilde.
- 8-week class, 2.5 hours per class - total instruction time 20 hours, ages 16+. Class size limited to 8 people. Dress for a mess and bring an old towel. Communal aprons are not available at this time but you are welcome to bring your own.
- Beginners are welcome to use the studio tools to start with to ensure this is a hobby you want to commit to. At some point you will want to start investing in your own tools, which you can purchase at Burnish or at a number of online retailers. If you have tools already you are encouraged to bring them.
- Clay is sold separately; it is not included in the class fee. Bags of clay are $31 for 25lbs, which includes the cost for bisque and glaze firings, access to use the studio glazes and slips, and sales tax.
- Cash/Check Payment Discount: If you register for classes or purchase tools or clay in the studio with cash or a check you will receive a 3% discount at the register.
- All students are encouraged to use open studio time to practice and make work. Open studio is by appointment using our online scheduling system. You will receive a link to create an account on the Skedda website a few days before the class begins.
- Some open studio hours overlap with class times, which will be reflected on the schedule in Skedda. You are welcome to use the other parts of the studio during those times. For example, the wheels will be available to schedule on Wednesday mornings while the kids class is happening in the Hand Building / Glazing side of the space.
- Open studio hours are not the same as the Retail Hours listed online. The current open studio hours are:
- Tuesdays 8AM-9PM
- Wednesdays 8AM-9PM
- Thursdays Noon-9PM
- Fridays & Saturdays Noon-6PM
- Closed Sundays and Mondays
- Refunds are not provided for missed classes. Students may make up a missed class by attending one day of another class during the same 8-week session.
- Store credit towards a future class or a partial refund will be provided if a student must withdraw from the class due to quarantining requirements
- COVID-19 Preparedness:
- Wash your hands as soon as you arrive at the studio.
- Studio wheels and work tables are spaced 6 feet apart. Try to maintain a minimum of 6 feet away from other people in the studio as you travel through the space. Do not crowd around the sinks or the wedging table.
- Masks covering both your nose and mouth will be required until the CDC says otherwise, including for vaccinated people. Bandanas and face shields do not provide sufficient protection and are not accepted as substitutions.
- If you cannot wear a mask for any reason then we are unable to welcome you inside the studio. We are happy to provide a listing of studios that have online classes and can help provide tools and resources for you to work with clay at home as well as provide contactless pick-up/drop off options for firing work in progress.
- Part of your clean up process at the end of each work session will be to spray down your work area and any studio tools with one of the bottles of hydrogen peroxide that will be available.
- If you or anyone you have been in contact with has been exposed to COVID-19 please self-quarantine for 2 weeks.
About Hilde: I have my roots deep in the art of pottery. I grew up in an area of Germany where pottery has a long standing tradition and in a family of potters who fueled my early interest in working with clay. My designs are my own unique creations. Early in my professional development I started to make my own brushes, which led me to the brush strokes on much of my work.