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CERAMICS CLASSES AT BYRDCLIFFE

The tradition and the future of ceramics is alive and centered at the historic Byrdcliffe Barn. Our Ceramics classes take place in the Lower Level of the Byrdcliffe Barn on 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY. The studio is available when classes are not in session (studio is open Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays). The $30-$50 materials fee includes clay glazes and firing of first box of clay. Extra clay and firings after first box have an additional charge.

 

2018 Ceramics Class Schedule

Our Ceramics classes for 2018 with Byrdcliffe Ceramics in Residence Director, Rich Conti and other guest instructors are offered at the Ceramics studio in the Byrdcliffe Barn. Scroll down for special workshops and information on our teachers.

New! Full- or half- tuition scholarships available for ceramics students in need. To request consideration for a full or half scholarship, please email your most recent tax return to derin@woodstockguild.org. Include in your email:

  • which class(es) you are interested in taking (Introduction to Wheel-throwing, Wheel-throwing All Levels, Handbuilding, special workshops)
  • whether you’ve taken classes with us before: if so, what and when?

Only one full scholarship annually per student or two half-scholarships annually per student. Selection is made on a rotating basis. Materials and firing fees are not covered by scholarships.

Wheel Throwing: multi-level – Rich Conti
Tuesdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm OR 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Spring Session 1: Bowl-In for Dollars: February 27 – April 3 (6 weeks)
Spring Session 2: April 10 – May 22 (7 weeks) –> morning class is full, there are still spots in the evening class
Summer Session 1: May 29 – July 10 (7 weeks) –> morning class is full, there are still spots in the evening class
Summer Session 2: July 17 – August 28 (7 weeks) –> morning class is full, there are still spots in the evening class
Fall Session 1: September 11 – October 23 (7 weeks)
Fall Session 2: October 30 – December 11 (6 weeks; no class on November 20)

Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Summer Session: July 11 – August 22 (7 weeks)
Fall Session 1: September 12 – October 24 (7 weeks)
Fall Session 2: October 31 – December 12 (6 weeks; no class on November 21)

Price for 7-week class: $240 for members, $260 for not-yet members
Price for 6-week class: $210 for members, $230 for not-yet members
Materials fee: $30 (will cover first box of clay and bisque firing); in addition, if you would like your work high fired in our gas kiln, it will cost $0.04 per cubic inch (for example, to have an average size mug fired will cost around $2.50)
Description: Classes are geared towards individualized instruction, based on your skill level. Learn to work on the potter’s wheel or improve the skills you already possess. In this class you will make cups, bowls, vases, plates, or whatever else you can imagine. Learn techniques for decorating and glazing your creations.
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.

Pay your class fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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Introduction to Wheel Throwing: multi-level – Rich Conti
Wednesdays: 2:00 – 4:00 pm (12 classes)

Class dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class on July 4)

Class payment options:
• 1 class: $28 for members ($30 for not-yet members) plus $10 materials fee
• 3-Class Pass: $72 for members ($75 for not-yet members) plus $20 materials fee (limited open studio time with the 3-Class Pass; arrangements to be made with instructor); 3-Class Passes are non-refundable and are good only for the year in which they are purchased
Firing fees: per cubic inch
Description: Learn the fundamental skills of throwing on a potter’s wheel. We will cover the steps from centering the clay to understanding the process in creating cylinders, bowls and spheres. We will then learn to glaze what we made. This introductory class will teach you a new skill or refresh an old one.
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.

Pay your class fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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rich conti

 

Hand-building: multi-level – Young mi Kim or Katie Love
Thursdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Spring Session 2 (with Young mi Kim): April 19 – May 24 (6 weeks)
Summer Session 1 (with Young mi Kim): May 31 – July 12 (7 weeks) –> class is full
Summer Session 2 (with Young mi Kim): July 19 – August 30 (7 weeks) –> classes are full
Fall Session 1 (with Katie Love): September 13 – October 25 (7 weeks) –> class cancelled

Price for 7-week class: $240 for members, $260 for not-yet members
Price for 6-week class: $210 for members, $230 for not-yet members
Materials fee: $30 (will cover first box of clay and bisque firing); in addition, if you would like your work high fired in our gas kiln, it will cost $0.04 per cubic inch (for example, to have an average size mug fired will cost around $2.50)
Description: Students will explore various hand-building techniques including slab construction and coil building. Some classes will explore surface decoration through applied textures and glaze application. The focus will be on hand-built functional pieces.
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.

Pay your class fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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Advanced Hand-building with Young mi Kim
Thursdays: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Fall Session: September 13 – October 25 (7 weeks)

Price for 7-week class: $240 for members, $260 for not-yet members
Materials fee: $30 (will cover first box of clay and bisque firing); in addition, if you would like your work high fired in our gas kiln, it will cost $0.04 per cubic inch (for example, to have an average size mug fired will cost around $2.50)
Description: By popular demand, we’ve created a hand-building class for more advanced ceramic artists. Students must have prior experience with slab construction, coil building, and other hand-building techniques, whether in Young mi Kim’s all-level hand-building class or elsewhere.
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.

Pay your class fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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NEW! Ceramics for Kids! with Inyo Charbonneau
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Summer Sessions: (classes paid for individually)

Session 1: July 7, 14, 21, and 28
Session 2: August 4, 11, 18, and 25

A chance for young artists to learn to express themselves through clay. Parents are encouraged to attend; children 9 years old and up may be left without parental supervision; 8 and under must be accompanied by parent (no charge). 10 student maximum.

Price: $20 per student per class; pre-registration required with a 4-student minimum per class required for the class to run.

Pay your class fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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young mi kim and katie love

 

NEW! Tradition as Evolution: 3-day Ceramics Workshop – Marino Moretti
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
with one hour break for lunch; Monday, October 8, 4:00 pm: reception and work critique at a supporter’s home, location to be announced
Description: This workshop will mainly address brushes, their different shapes, and the many possibilities originating from their usage. The creation of geometrical designs, classical profiles, and the fusion of the two will be included. Students should come prepared with several pieces of white earthenware bisque, either created in your own studio or made during scheduled studio time with our ceramics Program Director Rich Conti. Contact Rich at ceramics@woodstockguild.org in order to schedule a time to pick up the clay, or if you prefer to work in Byrdcliffe’s ceramics studio prior to the workshop. Earthenware needs to be fired to Cone 03/04. Students should bring a sketchbook, a pencil, and flat and calligraphic brushes.

Day 1 – Maiolica
Introduction and history of maiolica
Brush demonstration
Maiolica glazing
Painting – medieval, geometric designs and the profile
Wax resist technique

Day 2 – Selenium and Cadmium Glazes
Introduction
Glazing and painting demonstration
Selenium and cadmium glazing
Painting – geometric, floral designs and the profile
Wax resist technique

Day 3 – Reception and work critique

Cost for 3-day workshop: $150 for members, $175 for not-yet members. All students pay a $50 materials fee; bisqueware pots available for purchase starting at $5 for non-ceramic artists interested in taking the workshop.

Pay your class fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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NEW! Clay, Form, Slip, Glaze, Fire: 4-day Ceramics Workshop – McKenzie Smith
Thursday, August 2 – Sunday, August 5: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
with one hour break for lunch
Description: This class will focus on ceramic glazing and decorating techniques. Students are asked to bring 10 bisqued pots to this workshop: in 4 days it is hard to make pots, bisque, and fire, so bringing bisque ware will prevent us from having to rush the process.

Because of space restrictions we ask that you bring small to medium sized pots: please do not exceed 2 to 3 cubic feet of work. We will do our best to get all the ware in the kiln, but remind participants that this workshop is focused on the process of learning and not production. Bring some extra bisque along in case we need more work to fill the kiln. In this regard, a variety of sizes is suggested. Only high fire clay will be allowed in the kiln and it is suggested to use stoneware or porcelain in making pots for this workshop. We will fire to a hard cone 10, so make sure your clay can handle these temperatures. Byrdcliffe will supply the slips and glazes for the firing. A second firing after the workshop is available at .06 cents per cubic inch.

Please bring your favorite brushes for decorating. We will also make brushes in the workshop. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at kenziebs@gmail.com.

Call 845.679.2079 about possible housing arrangements at Byrdcliffe.

Cost for 4-day workshop: $275 for members, $325 for not-yet-members. All students pay a $60 materials fee for clay. Workshop fee also includes admission to a lecture by McKenzie Smith on August 4, location TBD.

Pay your class fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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marino moretti


NEW! Surface Strategies: 2-day Ceramics Workshop – Mary Barringer
Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
with one hour break for lunch
Description: This workshop will address a dilemma that bedevils many potters: the creative energy that goes into forming our work runs out when we get to the surface. Technical and aesthetic strategies for bridging that gap with will be the focus of the weekend. Through demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and a slide presentation of historical slip-decorated pottery, we will explore surface possibilities to complement, enhance, or enliven a variety of forms. Special attention will be given to electric firing, but all temperatures and firing methods can be accommodated. Students should bring two or three leather-hard pots, a sketchbook, and an open mind.

Cost for 2-day workshop: $150 for members, $175 for not-yet members. All students pay a $40 materials fee for clay.

Workshop is full!

 

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS

rich conti

young mi kim

katie love

mary barringer

mckenzie smith

mckenzie smith