ceramics

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.

 

2017 Ceramics Class Schedule

Our Ceramics classes for 2017 with Byrdcliffe Ceramics in Residence Director, Rich Conti and other guest instructors are offered at the Ceramics studio in the Byrdcliffe Barn.

 

Wheel Throwing: multi-level – Rich Conti
Tuesdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm OR 5:30 – 8:30 pm (7-week class)

Spring Session: March 28 – May 9
Summer Session 1: May 23 – July 11 (no class on July 4)
Summer Session 2: July 18 – August 29
Fall Session 1: September 12 – October 24
Fall Session 2: November 7 – December 19

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.

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 and Brad Lail
Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (14 classes)

Class dates: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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 (7-week class)

Summer Session 1 with Young mi Kim: June 1 – July 13
Summer Session 2 with Young mi Kim: July 20 – August 31
Fall Session 1 with Katie Love: September 14 – October 26

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: 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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young mi kim and katie love

 

NEW! Pit-firing: multi-level with Deirdre Puleo
Fridays: 6:30 – 9:30 pm (3 classes)

Class dates: July 7, July 21, and August 4 (the actual pit-firing takes place on August 5 at a time TBA; attendance is optional and free)

Class payment options:
• 3-Class Pass: $72 for members ($75 for not-yet members) plus $20 materials fee; 3-Class Passes are non-refundable and are good only for the year in which they are purchased
Firing fees: per cubic inch
Description: No experience necessary! Students will create pots on July 7; apply the terrasigillata on July 21; and prep the work for firing on August 4.
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.

NEW! Ceramics Friday Night Sip and Spins: multi-level with Ceramics Class staff
Fridays: 6:30 – 9:30 pm (18 classes)

Class dates: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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; 3-Class Passes are non-refundable and are good only for the year in which they are purchased
Firing fees: per cubic inch
Description: Non-instructional, open studio; bring wine, beer, or another beverage; we’ll provide cups.
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional. Also, please bring a beverage!

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 Family Studio Time: multi-level – Rich Conti
Saturday, July 8: 9:30 – 11:30 am OR 12:30 – 2:30 pm 

Community Event: suggested donation of $15 for two people
Firing fees: per cubic inch
Description: Family fun in the Byrdcliffe ceramics studio, no experience necessary. Designed for pairs: parent or guardian and youth, all age groups.
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.

This class is a free community event, but you MUST register by emailing derin@woodstockguild.org. Donations help us to keep the studio running. Please call us if you wish to make a contribution.

NEW! Need a place to fire work made in your own studio? Byrdcliffe’s new car kiln permits artists to soda-fire pottery at .06 cents per cubic inch (length x width x height). Drop off pottery second week of every month; firing third week of every month June through September. Contact ceramics@woodstockguild.org for more information.

Additional special ceramics workshops to be announced.

 

deirdre puleo

 

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS

rich conti

young mi kim

katie love

deirdre puleo