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Adult Community Ceramic Classes

2018 Schedule

Winter: January 8–March 25
*Registration begins December 6, 2017

Spring: April 2–June 17
*Registration begins February 21

Summer 7-Week Session:
Aug 12–Sept 30
*Registration begins June 27

Fall: October 1–December 16
(no class week of November 19–25)
*Registration begins August 23

Sorry, no early registration

Community Class

Tuition

Materials and firing are not included in the class tuition unless otherwise stated. See additional expenses below

10-week sessions:
Members: $160
Non-Members: $180

7-week session:
Members: $180
Non-Members: $160
*no additional costs; clay, tools and firings included

Special Topics:
Tuition costs varies; lab fees may apply

Click here to Become a Member today!

Registration

Click here to register online or call Lindsey at 406/443-3502 ext. 11
Sorry, no early registration

Cancellation Policy:
If you are not able to attend the class refunds less $15 administrative fee (and membership, if applicable) are available only if the Bray is contacted two days before the second class.

Immerse yourself into the world of ceramics. Join a Bray Community Class to refine your skills or build new ones.

Classes are offered seasonally four times a year and are available and designed for everyone from beginners to experienced artists. We teach traditional wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques while encouraging students to discover their own artistic voice with clay. Classes are taught by our resident artists who are engaged and knowledgeable about ceramics.

Class sessions meet one night a week for three hours. Class length varies from five to ten weeks.

The Community Class studio is equipped with 15 electric wheels, 1 kick wheel, slab roller, spray booth and extruder.

All work is fired by the Education staff to cone 6 unless otherwise stated. Firing options often offered include oxidation, reduction and soda. Students may work additional hours in the studio during open studio time.

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Winter Ceramics Classes
10-Week Session
January 9–March 24, 2018
(no class week of March 12–18)

Click here to register online >

Call 406/443-3502 ex. 11 for questions.


First-Time Potters

FULL--Register for the waitlist here
January 9–February 20

Tuesday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
$180 non-member/ $160 member (clay, tools and firing fees included)

First-Time Potters is a 7-week introductory wheel throwing course designed to give students a hands-on educational and artistic experience using clay. This class is designed for first-time beginning ceramics students interested in wheel throwing. Students will learn to center the clay on the wheel, throw basic forms including mugs and bowls, glaze pots and so much more!

Class tuition includes everything a beginning student will need: a box of clay, toolkit and firings. There are no extra costs associated with this course. Students will want to wear clothes that can get dirty.

Taught by Bray resident artist Kyle Johns.

New student? Click here to learn more about classes at the Bray.

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Beginning Ceramics: Handbuilding and Throwing
January 13–March 24 (no class on March 17)

Saturday mornings from 10 am–1 pm
$180 non-member/ $160 member

Beginning Ceramics is a 10-week introductory course designed to give students a hands-on educational and artistic experience using clay. This class is designed for novice students or individuals seeking to revisit the basics. You will learn a variety of techniques including handbuilding and wheel throwing. You will also be introduced to various decorating, glazing and firing techniques.

Students will need clay, basic clay tools, a water bucket that will hold 1 quart–1 gallon and a towel. Recommended clay: A-Clay or Wally’s. Clay and tools may be purchased at time of registration to be available at the first class or at the Archie Bray Clay Business.

Taught by Bray resident artist Kyle Johns.

New student? Click here to download the basic list of tools and supplies needed for your class.

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Intermediate Ceramics: emphasis on handbuilding
January 9–March 20 (no class on March 13)
Tuesday mornings from 10 am–1 pm
$180 non-member/ $160 member

Intermediate Ceramics is intended for students who are ready to expand upon the basic skills and ideas gained in beginning ceramics. This course has an emphasis on handbuilding techniques. Projects will involve pinch methods, coil building and slab construction. The resident instructor will present a demonstration during each class.

Taught by Bray resident artist Ling Chun.

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Intermediate & Advanced Ceramics: Finding Form: Cups and Bowls
January 11–March 22 (no class on March 15)FULL--Register for the waitlist here
Thursday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
$180 non-member/ $160 member

January 14–March 25 (no class on March 18)
Sunday afternoons from 2 pm–5 pm
$180 non-member/ $160 member

This 10-week course will allow students to take risks and to develop their visual language and technical skills. The focus will be on stretching your imagination and making new and experimental cup and bowl forms—a firm foundation for any vessel large or small. Each class will include demonstrations such as throwing, coil building, pinching and slab construction. Short videos and handouts will be provided to help aid with new discoveries. Although class focus will be on the pursuit of new forms, demonstrations will address surface options including slip application, terra sigillata and glazing.

Students will need clay and preferred clay tools. Recommended clay: Wally’s or your favorite cone 6 clay.

Taught by Bray resident artist Nicholas Danielson.


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Special Topics

Figure in Clay: An Anatomical Approach to Sculpting Ceramic Figure
FULL--Register for the waitlist here
January 10–March 21 (no class on March 14)
Wednesday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
$180 non-member/ $160 member

This ten-week class will tackle the human form from the inside out. Demonstrations will cover everything from advanced construction to surface and finishing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to study muscular and skeletal structures as well as proportional considerations. This class is designed for intermediate and advanced students wanting to expand upon basic handbuilding skills and ideas gained in beginning ceramics. Whether you want to achieve a realistic bust or an abstract human form, this class will equip you with a better understanding of the human form in a fun environment!

Students will need basic clay tools, water bucket, towel, cheap soft bristle paint brush, fabric tape measure. Recommended clay: Mel’s, ABF Earthenware, Sculpture Low-Fire or preferred sculpting clay.

Taught by Bray resident artist Richard W. James

Mold Making Foundations
FULL--Register for the waitlist here
January 13–March 24 (no class on March 17)

Saturday afternoons from 2 pm–5 pm
$205 non-member/ $185 member (price includes $25 lab fee)

This ten-week course will introduce students to mold making basics—including two-part molds for slip casting or pressing. Johns will discuss and demonstrate principles of making prototypes, making plaster molds from student-made prototypes and mixing and pouring casting slip. Students will have the opportunity to design and construct their own plaster mold in this class.

Lab fee covers the first bag of plaster. We recommend every student bring a respirator, which can be purchased at time of registration to be available at the first class. Cone 6 porcelain casting slip will be available for students at an extra cost.

Taught by Bray resident artist Kyle Johns.

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Pottery Studio Hours and Policies

The Pottery Studio is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Students enrolled in a class may use the pottery outside of scheduled class times. The Bray periodically hosts special events that might occur in the Pottery, causing it to be closed to students for short periods of time. It may also be closed in preparation for and during workshops.

Only students enrolled in a class can use the Pottery Studio.

Please don’t bring children to the Pottery. We offer children’s classes for their enjoyment.
Click here for a schedule of upcoming children’s classes.

Dogs & cats are not allowed in the Pottery Studio.


No smoking in any building on the Bray grounds. If you smoke outside, please throw your cigarette butts in the receptacles outside.

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Additional Expenses


Materials and firing fees are not covered by the class tuition.

The basic firing fee is $20 per 12” x 24” kiln shelf. This fee covers the cost of the glaze materials, bisque and glaze firings.
Beginners on average fire 1-2 shelves while intermediate/advanced students may fire up to 5 or 6. Firing fees are the student's responsibility to track for the duration of the class and will be tallied toward the end of class.

Clay costs start at around $20 per 50 lbs. and go up. The price depends on the type of clay. Most beginners use 25-50 lbs in their first class. Students will receive a locker space to store their tools and clay.

The Archie Bray Clay Business carries a full line of clay, ceramic supplies, equipment, tools and books for beginners to an expert level. Clay Business hours are Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm, and Saturday 9 am–1 pm. Clay, toolkits and firing fees are available for purchase at the time of registration. Materials purchased at time of registration will be available at the first class. After the first class, students are expected to purchase neededl materials from the Clay Business.

Click here for more information about the Clay Business.