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8 Week Pottery Courses

Seattle, WA , United States
3 h
English

About Your Host

I first started working in ceramics as a teenager 20 years ago and I've loved pottery every since! I received my bachelor's of arts degree in ceramics and sculpture from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, and my masters of fine arts degree in organizational leadership from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. I have a varied background in art and nonprofit work - working in two production ceramic studios, as an art center teacher, starting a small clothing design company, collaborating on a small arts fundraising organization, and working as a manager and director at several Seattle-area nonprofits for over fifteen years. I started my business, Saltstone Ceramics in May of 2015, making pottery, offering group classes on an 8-week rotating basis, private instruction and workshops, studio rental and firing services for bisque, low, and high-fire ceramics in electric and gas kilns. In addition to ceramics, I love gardening, hiking, cooking, weightlifting, and learning new home-steading skills - I think they all fit together. Natasha Alphonse, who teaches the Tuesday night Surface Decoration class is First Nations Canadian, coming from Northern Saskatchewan and runs her own ceramic studio in Seattle, Washington. She studied Drawing and ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design located in Alberta, Canada and then went to Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Natasha makes objects that are inspired by nature and welcome beauty into your everyday; creating details for carefully considere

What we'll do

Learn to make pottery over 8 weeks. Skills you will learn include raising, firing, and trimming. Explore your creativity and have fun! Learning to turn a lump of wet, unformed clay into something beautiful and useful is an incredible experience. In this 8 week pottery course, you will learn all of the basic skills and techniques to create your own pottery from start to finish: Wedging Centering, raising, and shaping forms on the pottery wheel Hand-building Trimming Glazing/finishing Firing Classes are 3 hours weekly for 8 weeks (the listed date is the start date for the course). Classes max out at 4 people, and the small, intimate environment allows students to get to know each other and have fun while receiving the personalized instruction necessary to learn the skills. All tools and materials are provided, all you need are comfortable clothes you can get dirty! This class is in NorthWest Seattle, between 15-40 minutes from the city center depending on traffic. PLEASE NOTE: Requests to book must be submitted at least a week out in advance!

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