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CERAMICS CLASSES AT BYRDCLIFFE

2022 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 $50 materials fee includes clay and bisque 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 start date. If refunds are issued prior to two-weeks of start date, an administrative fee of $25 will be applied.

2022 Ceramics Class Schedule, Studio Rentals, and Firing Fees

Two- and 1/2 Hour Evening classes offered!

Our Ceramics classes for 2022 with Byrdcliffe Ceramics Program Director Rich Conti and other guest instructors are offered at the Ceramics studio in the Byrdcliffe Barn located in the Lower Level of the Byrdcliffe Barn on 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY.

 

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Class Descriptions

Wheel Throwing: Intermediate and Advanced*

Description: Prior experience is required for this class. Continue to hone 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.
*All students must have previously taken the All-Levels Class.

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!

Additional Student Information:
Materials fee: $50 (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 tools to bring to class: Basic pottery tool kit, medium terry cloth hand towel, an apron is optional but recommended.
Bailey’s Pottery is a great local resource for tools and supplies. Please note that supply chain issues have been experienced. They try their hardest to get your orders filled. Prepare accordingly.

 

Session 1 7-weeks
Maximum 9 students. No exceptions.

Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: Intermediate and Advanced* 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (7-week class) May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7,14,21 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 1:30 pm -4:00 pm (7-week class) May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7,14,21 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 6:00 pm -8:30 pm (7-week class) May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7,14,21 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Wednesday Wheel Throwing: All Levels 10:00 am -12:30 (7-week class) May 11,18, 25, June 1, 8,15, 22 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Wednesday Wheel Throwing: All Levels 1:30 pm -4:00 pm (7-week class) May 11,18, 25, June 1, 8,15, 22 Instructor TBD Class Full

 

 

Session 2 8-weeks
Maximum 9 students. No exceptions.

Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: Intermediate and Advanced* 10:00 am – 12:30 pm July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9,16, 23 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 1:30 pm -4:00 pm July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9,16, 23 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 6:00 pm -8:30 pm July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9,16, 23 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Wednesday Wheel Throwing: All Levels 10:00 am -12:30 July 6, 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Wednesday Wheel Throwing 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm July 6, 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24 Harry Kunhardt, Instructor Class Full
Wednesday Wheel Throwing 6:00 pm -8:30 pm July 6, 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24 Harry Kunhardt, Instructor Class Full

 

 

Session 3 8-weeks
Maximum 9 students. No exceptions.

Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: Intermediate and Advanced* 10:00 am – 12:30 pm September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 1:30 pm -4:00 pm September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Tuesdays Wheel Throwing: All Levels 6:00 pm -8:30 pm September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Wednesday Wheel Throwing: All Levels 10:00 am -12:30 September 7, 14, 21,28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 Rich Conti, Instructor Class Full
Wednesday Wheel Throwing 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm September 7, 14, 21,28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 Harry Kunhardt, Instructor Class Full
Wednesday Wheel Throwing 6:00 pm -8:30 pm September 7, 14, 21,28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 Harry Kunhardt, Instructor Members:
$280+ $50 materials fee

Not-yet-members:
$320 + $50 materials fee

 

Session 4 To Be Announced

First come first served. No exceptions.
Classes fill up quickly. If you do not find the PayPal button for the class you are interested in, it is full. Call to add to Waitlist if there are cancellations.

Is your pod looking for a ceramics class? We are happy to offer a group of 4-6 family and friends their own individual ceramics class! Please email Ceramics Program Director Rich Conti directly: ceramics@woodstockguild.org.
Ceramics classes make an excellent gift!

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 .

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.

Private Lessons
Private lessons are available. Please email inquiries to ceramics@woodstockguild.org for availability and rates.

Thanks for your support!

About our Instructors
Rich Conti is a well-known ceramics artist and educator who has been a teacher and champion for ceramics since the early 1990s. Since 1996, Rich has been the Director of the Ceramics Program at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, where he built and equipped the studio, started regular community classes, a ceramic residency program, and private clay studios for the community. Though pottery had long been part of Byrdcliffe’s program, it wasn’t until Rich arrived that a gas-fired kiln was established, and ceramics classes once more took place at Byrdcliffe. Born in Kingston, NY, Rich studied at Pratt Institute and received his BFA from Alfred University. At Byrdcliffe, he has taught wheel throwing and hand building to over 600 students each year from beginners to advanced students, and he has invited nationally and internationally known ceramics artists to Woodstock to teach classes and give lectures. He has also exhibited his ceramics and taught workshops across the country, and his work has appeared in many publications, including American Craft magazine. His work is grounded in objects for daily use, combining simple aesthetics with the mandates of functionality. Rich was born in Kingston, New York, where he had a studio and informal gallery in midtown before relocating to Woodstock. This is Rich’s 26th year anniversary at Byrdcliffe.

Harry Kunhardt is a seasoned local ceramicist who started providing instruction at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony Ceramics Studio in the Spring of 2021. Complete information about his work and experience can be found here on his website, 28aclay.

Our Ceramics classes take place in the Lower Level of the Byrdcliffe Barn on 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY. Please make sure you do not block other parts of the building entrances or other vehicle access.