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2020 Ceramics Class Schedule

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. There are NO REFUNDS for classes within two weeks of their start date.

2020 Ceramics Class Schedule, Scholarships, Studio Rentals, and Firing Fees
NEW! Two-Hour Evening classes offered!
Our Ceramics classes for 2020 with Byrdcliffe Ceramics Program Director Rich Conti and other guest instructors are offered at the Ceramics studio in the Byrdcliffe Barn.

Class Descriptions

Wheel Throwing: Intermediate and Advanced*
Description: Prior experience is required for this class. Continue to home 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.

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)

What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.
*beginners must take the all-level class, Tuesday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 pm or Wednesday mornings 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wheel Throwing: All Levels
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. Beginners welcome!
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)
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.
*All students must have previously taken the All-Levels Class.

 

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Hand Building
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!
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)
What to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional.

Transfer and Decoration

Session 1 -Enrollment Closed
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: Intermediate and Advanced* 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: (7-week class) March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 (Rich Conti)
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 6:00 pm -8: pm: (7-week class) March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 (Rich Conti)
Wednesday Wheel Throwing: All Levels 10:00 am -1:00 pm (7-week class) March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 (Rich Conti)

Session 2
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: Intermediate and Advanced* 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: (7-week class) May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23 (Rich Conti)
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 6:00 pm -8: pm: (7-week class) May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23 (Ben Suga)
Wednesday Wheel Throwing: All Levels (7-week class) 10:00 am- 1:00 pm May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 (Rich Conti)
Wednesday Wheel Throwing: All Levels (7-week class) 6:00 pm -8:00 pm May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 (Ben Suga)

Session 3
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: Intermediate and Advanced* 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: (7-week class) July 7, 14,21,28, Aug 4, 11, 18 (Rich Conti)
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 6:00 pm -8: pm: (7-week class) July 7, 14,21,28, Aug 4, 11, 18 (Ben Suga)
Wednesdays Hand Building: All Levels 10:00 am- 1:00 pm (7-week class) July 8, 15,22,29, Aug 5, 12, 19 (Rich Conti)
Wednesdays Hand Building: All Levels 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7-week class) July 8, 15,22,29, Aug 5, 12, 19 (Rich Conti)
Thursdays Image Transfer and Decoration 10:00 am- 1:00 pm (7-week class) July 9, 16,23,30, Aug 6, 13, 20 (Sarah-Anne Winchester)
Thursdays Image Transfer and Decoration 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7-week class) July 9, 16,23,30, Aug 6, 13, 20 (Sarah-Anne Winchester)

Session 4 (Instructors to be announced)
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: Intermediate and Advanced* 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: (7-week class) September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7-week class) September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
Wednesdays Hand Building: All Levels 10:00 am- 1:00 pm (7-week class) September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14
Wednesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7-week class) September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14

Session 5
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: Intermediate and Advanced* 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: (7-week class) October 27, November 3,10, 17, 24, December 1, 8
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7-week class) October 27, November 3,10, 17, 24, December 1, 8
Wednesday Wheel Throwing: All Levels10:00 am- 1:00 pm (7-week class) October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9
Wednesday Wheel Throwing: All Levels 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7-week class) October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9

Price for 7-week 3-hour classes: $250 for members, $270 for not-yet members + $30 materials fee
Price for 7-week 2-hour classes: $170 for members, $190 for not-yet members + $30 materials fee

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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Stay tuned for additional classes and children’s programs!

Firing Fees/ Kiln
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 .

Scholarships
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 ceramics@woodstockguild.org:

  • your 2019 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.

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

About our Instructors
Rich Conti was born in Kingston, New York, where he had a studio and informal gallery in midtown before relocating to Woodstock. He began his studies at Pratt Institute and graduated from Alfred University and has been a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Since the early 1990’s, Rich has been a teacher and champion of the ceramic arts. He has taught workshops and exhibited around the United States, and his work has appeared in many publications. Since 1996, he has been the Director of the Ceramics Program at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, where he built and equipped the studio, started regular community classes, a ceramic residency program, and private clay studios for the community. He has invited national and international ceramics artists to Byrdcliffe to teach workshops and give lectures. Rich Finds gratification in making every day-use pottery that embodies the characteristics marks of a potter.

Ben Suga was born in Yankton, South Dakota in March of 1981. He primarily works in clay, concrete, and wood and has a strong interest in the movements and rhythms of daily ritual. Ben completed an MFA in Sculpture at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey in May of 2015.

His formal training began in Japan on the northern coast of Kyushu studying under two teachers, Takahide Ochiae, from the Imari Porcelain School and the other, Taki Nakazato, a 15th generation potter, the grandson of a Living National Treasure as designated by the Japanese government. After returning to America, he completed a two-year apprenticeship under Richard Bresnahan, a Nakazato apprentice, on St. Johns Monastery in rural Minnesota. His apprenticeship focused on the tea ware and ceremony that came into particular blossoming in the Momoyama period in 16th century Japan.

Ben lives and works in a small studio in the woods about an 11-minute drive from Woodstock, NY.

Sarah-Anne Winchester earned her BFA from Union University, Jackson in 2016. While there she concentrated in Ceramics and Painting. Since graduating, she has worked in Baltimore, Mississippi, and at the Women Studio Workshop pursuing different ceramic internships and residences. Currently her work in the process of combining her drawings of the plants she encounter growing ups and repeating patterns These images are applied to functional pottery (hand built and wheel thrown) as she wants the user and herself to be connect through its use and experiences that the images depict.