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CERAMICS CLASSES AT BYRDCLIFFE

The tradition and the future of ceramics are 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.

 

2019 Ceramics Class Schedule, Scholarships, Studio Rentals, and Firing Fees

Our Ceramics classes for 2019 with Byrdcliffe Ceramics Program 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.

Byrdcliffe has a limited number of ceramics scholarships available for students in need. All levels beginner to advanced are welcome to apply. Please send the following materials to derin@woodstockguild.org:

  • your 2018 tax return
  • description of financial need (150-200 words)
  • description of your ceramics experience, if any, and your interest in ceramics. Have you taken classes with us before? (250-300 words)
  • which class you’d like to apply the scholarship toward

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

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers studio spaces in the Byrdcliffe Barn for rent to ceramic artists. For more information, please email ceramics@woodstockguild.org.

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild will fire ceramic artists’ creations in the kilns (cone 10 gas reduction and up to cone 6 electric kiln firings) at the Byrdcliffe ceramics studio. Firing fees are $0.04 per cubic inch. To have your work fired, send an email to ceramics@woodstockguild.org.

Wheel Throwing: intermediate and advanced* – Rich Conti
Tuesdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (7-week class)
Session 1: March 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Session 2: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18, 25
Session 3: July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20
Session 4: September 3, 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15
Session 5: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10 (no class November 26)

*beginners must take the all-level class, Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 8:30 pm or Wednesday mornings 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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: Prior experience is required for this class. Hone down that particular form you have been trying to master, or search for new expression in your work. There will be 2-3 demonstrations per week based on student request and instructor recommendations. We will continuously work towards integrating design, form, and texture in the pottery we make.
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.

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Wheel Throwing: all levels – Rich Conti
Tuesdays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm (7-week class)
Session 1: March 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Session 2: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18, 25
Session 3: July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20
Session 4: September 3, 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15
Session 5: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10 (no class November 26)

Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (7-week class)
Session 1: March 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1
Session 2: May 15, 22, 29; June 5, 12, 19, 26
Session 3: July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21
Session 4: September 4, 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16
Session 5: October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11 (no class November 27)

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: 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.

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Introduction to Hand Building and Wheel Throwing: multi-level – Rich Conti and Young mi Kim
Wednesdays: 2:00 – 4:00 pm (8-week class)
Class dates: July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28

Price for 8-week class: $270 for members, $300 for not-yet members
Materials fee: $35
Description: This class will offer the option to experience both hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel. You will learn the basic techniques in each discipline. This class is geared to the person with little or no experience. Hand builders will learn coil and pinch pots and some slab work. Wheel work includes centering clay to make cups and bowls. There will be two instructors for this class. There are 10 wheels available on any given day; students can move between the two techniques throughout the duration of the course.
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.

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rich conti

 

Hand Building in Porcelain: all levels – Young mi Kim
Thursdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (7-week class)
Class dates: May 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27

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: Don’t believe the myth that working with porcelain is difficult. This class is for students of all levels. Learn a variety of techniques including coiling, pinching, and slab construction; then combine these techniques with texture and design to create something unique!

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Hand Building: all levels – Young mi Kim
Thursdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (7-week class)
Session 1: July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22
Session 2: September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17

Thursdays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm (7-week class)
Session 1: July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22

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: For millennia, people have been hand building in clay. It is timeless, meditative, and simple to learn as a beginner–and as challenging as makers with experience want it to be. Learn the basics or build on your skills; participate in weekly demonstrations and discussions. If you’ve ever thought about wanting to make something from clay… this is the class for you!

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Ceramics for Kids! All ages – Inyo Charbonneau
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Session 1: July 6, 13, 20, and 27
Session 2: August 3, 10, 17, and 24

A chance for young artists to learn to express themselves through clay. Parents are encouraged to attend; children 8 years old and up may be left without parental supervision; 7 and under must be accompanied by parent (no charge). 12 student maximum.

Price: $100 per student for 4 weeks (includes materials; no extra materials fee); pre-registration required with a 4-student minimum per class for the class to run.

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young mi kim

 

ONE-DAY INTENSIVES AND SPECIAL WORKSHOPS

Glaze-Making and Kiln-Loading: Path to Enlightenment – 1-day intensive with Rich Conti
Workshop date: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Price for 1-day workshop: $50 for members, $55 for not-yet members; no materials fee
Description: Demystify glaze development and discover the alchemist within. Learn to test, mix, modify, and create glazes that will illuminate your pots as well as your spirit. Hone your spatial-relationship skills while loading kilns. Understand concepts of bending space and time to maximize and efficiently use the kiln.

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You Can Handle it! (Focus on Mugs) – 1-day intensive with Rich Conti
Workshop date: Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Price for 1-day workshop: $50 for members, $55 for not-yet members; no materials fee
Description: Learn multiple techniques of handle-making. Understand handle comfort, placement, mechanics, and proportions…and participate in a handle-making marathon as we gear up for Clayfest 2, a fundraiser for the ceramic studio which provides scholarships, equipment, and supplies.
What to bring to class: 2-3 dozen leather-hard mugs plus clay for handles (or you can opt to work on studio mugs and clay which we will provide. The studio mugs will be used in Clayfest 2).

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mark shapiro and todd wahlstrom


Simple and Complex: Bringing it All Together – special workshop with Mark Shapiro
Friday, June 28: Artist talk and slide show with Mark Shapiro, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, followed by a pot luck dinner (details will be emailed to registered students)
Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Price for 2-day workshop: $60 for members, $65 for not-yet members; no materials fee; purchase this at the same time as you purchase Todd Wahlstorm’s September 14 workshop (see below) and save! Both workshops $100 for members, $110 for not-yet members.
Description: Mark Shapiro will demonstrate his approach to making compelling, personal pots. He will discuss using softer or harder clay, throwing, trimming, faceting, handle-pulling, and decorating to create pots that are dynamic and inviting. Demos will include his menu of forms and making larger sectional pots using a torch, as well as responding to the interests of the participants. Mark will share the skills and insights (and some tricks) acquired through his more than 30 years of working in the studio and engaging with the clay community.

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Relating Form and Surface on Utilitarian Pots – special workshop with Todd Wahlstrom
Workshop date: Saturday, September 14, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Price for 1-day workshop: $60 for members, $65 for not-yet members; no materials fee; purchase this at the same time as you purchase Mark Shapiro’s June 29 workshop (see above) and save! Both workshops $100 for members, $110 for not-yet members.
Description: How do a pot and its surface work together? Why is this important to functional pottery? In this demonstration workshop Todd Wahlstrom will throw clearly stated functional pots and address them with a variety of surface and alteration techniques. Applying and patterning thick slip, impressing textures and changing a pot’s geometry are among the ways he will integrate form and surface to create pots that invite touch and communicate through their use.

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ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS

rich conti

young mi kim

mark shapiro

todd wahlstrom