THE
SMITHY

Gallery & Clay Studio

2018 Spring Class Schedule
Registration is Now Open!

To Sign Up for Classes:
Please call Clay Studio Manager Jon Stein at
(607) 547-8671 or email gallery@smithyarts.org.
Classes fill quickly, so don't delay!

For a Downloadable / Printable Version of this Schedule, Click HERE
 

MONDAY   04/09 - 05/28

Advanced Wheel Throwing w/ Jon Stein (8 weeks,  9-12pm  $220)
** CLASS FULL! **
Have you been throwing for a while, but can’t quite get the clay to do what you want it to? Are you interested in throwing larger pieces and exploring new forms?  Are you your own worst critic and just want to make pots you’re proud of?  This is the class for you!  This session, we will have an added emphasis on aesthetics based in group discussion & critiques.

Centering the Potter and The Clay w/ Karla Andela (8 weeks,  6-9pm  $220)
** CLASS FULL! **
Using mindful breathing and stretching we will approach wheel throwing with centered attention. Each class will give participants a break from the bustle of life to be present for their journey with the clay. Inhale Life, Exhale Gratitude.

TUESDAY   04/10 - 05/29

Wheel Throwing Techniques and Surface Treatment w/ Ingrid Guiter (8 weeks, 9-12pm  $220)
Her students have described her as “amazing”, “inspiring” and “a true master”. She is too humble to tell you this, but we are not!  Not only will this course provide step by step instruction to help you develop your skills, this class will help with the “okay I threw a pot, now what?” syndrome.  Ingrid will share her knowledge of carving and glazing techniques. Some wheel experience required.

Hand Building w/ Ann Murdoch Geiger (8 weeks,  1-4pm  $220)
There is more to life than watching dirt spin at a pottery wheel.  Ann will share with you the secrets to creating lovely functional forms using the most important tools of all, your hands.  Ann is particularly adept at working with slabs (sheets of clay), and incorporating texture into her work.  You want to take this class, you need this class, trust us.  All levels are welcome.  (There will be no class on May 1st, but we will schedule a make-up day!)

Sets and Series: Hand Building w/ Amy Cannon (8 weeks,  6-9pm  $220)
This class will place an emphasis on creating groups of five or more unique, hand built objects both functional and non-functional.  Let’s explore form and space and challenge your imagination!   All levels are welcome.  All projects are encouraged, large and small.  

WEDNESDAY   04/11 - 05/30

Intro to Wheel w/ Eileen Anania (8 weeks,  9-12pm  $220)
She has been a fixture around the studio for years, and her students can’t say enough positive things about this class.  No experience needed, but perfect for folks with a class or two under their belt as well!  All wheel all the time with Eileen.  Need we say more?

The Triumphant Return of the Newbie Class w/ Kris Gildenblatt (8 weeks,  6-9pm  $220)
**CLASS FULL**
This class is tailored to the true beginner!  Try your hands at working with clay both on and off the potters wheel.  Learn the ceramic process from start to finish and see if it’s for you. (Spoiler alert: it is!)

THURSDAY   04/12 - 05/31

All Things Sculpture w/ Madeline Walker (8 weeks,  10am-1pm  $220)
In this 8 week class we will explore various hand building & press molding techniques to complement your working style in ceramic sculpture and design. We will try out various painting methods, using a combination of mason stains, velvet underglazes, and acrylic paint. We will also cover a range of installation and wall mounting techniques, as well as alternative and traditional pedestal displays. You will have the option of formulating a paper clay body with added green strength, particularly for artists that would like to work on a larger scale.

Kids Clay Class w/ Madeline Walker (Two 4 week sessions,  3:15-5pm  $85 each)
A great opportunity for the next generation to explore the wonderful medium that is clay and get their hands dirty. Hand building techniques will be utilized to make pots, sculptures, masks, and all kinds of cool stuff. Ages 7-12.
 
-The First session runs 04/12 - 05/03
-The Second session runs 05/10 - 05/31

(Students have the option of taking either 4 week session, or taking both as one singular continuous 8 week course)

OPEN STUDIO   04/09 - 06/09

Without taking a class 
 Use of Studio during scheduled hours, one bag of clay, use of glazes and firing. No Instruction Provided. Adults only please ($150)
In addition to taking a class
Use of studio during scheduled hours, use of glazes and firing. No Instruction provided. Adults only please ($40)
 
Open Studio Hours
Monday 12-3pm
Wednesday 12-3pm
Thursday 6-9pm
Friday 1-4pm
Saturday 1-4pm

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS


The Smithy Clay Studio offers a wide variety of Classes and Workshops year round, taught by experienced and friendly instructors.  Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you are guaranteed to find a class to meet your creative needs and skill level.  There are plenty of class options for both adults and children, so bring the whole family!

*All Classes, Workshops & Open Studio must be pre-registered!
Call (607) 547-8671 or email us at gallery@smithyarts.org

2018 Fall Class Schedule
Registration is Now Open!

To Sign Up for Classes:
Please call Clay Studio Manager Jon Stein at
(607) 547-8671 or email gallery@smithyarts.org.
Classes fill quickly, so don't delay!

For a Downloadable / Printable Version of this Schedule, Click HERE
 

MONDAY   09/24 - 11/12

Advanced Wheel Throwing w/ Jon Stein (8 weeks,  9-12pm  $220)
** CLASS FULL! **
Have you been throwing for a while, but can’t quite get the clay to do what you want it to? Are you interested in throwing larger pieces and exploring new forms?  Are you your own worst critic and just want to make pots you’re proud of?  This is the class for you!  This session, we will have an added emphasis on aesthetics based in group discussion & critiques.

Intro to Hand Building w/ Kris Gildenblatt  (8 weeks,  6-9pm  $220)
This class will focus on working with clay OFF THE WHEEL.   We will begin learning basic hand building techniques including pinch, coil, and slab.  Projects will include making pinch pots, extruding clay, creating and decorating spheres, making whistles, weaving baskets, coiling pots, and making casserole dishes.   We will also experiment with finishing techniques including underglaze application, sgraffito, and Mishima.   This class is for beginners AND more experienced potters who want to explore the art and craft of hand building.  Come and join us in this adventure of creativity and expression."

WEDNESDAY   09/26 - 11/14

Wheel 1.5  w/ Eileen Anania (8 weeks,  9-12pm  $220)
So you can throw a cylinder and trim a bowl, now what?  In this class you will learn how to create sets, berry bowls, lidded jars and altered forms.  Explore the possibilities of what can be made on the wheel and work on creating an individual style.

Kids Clay Class w/ Jon Stein (Two 4 Week Sessions,  3:15 -5pm  $85 Per Session)
First Session:   09/26-10/17
Second Session:   10/24-11/14

A great opportunity for the next generation to explore the wonderful medium that is clay and get their hands dirty. Wheel Throwing and hand building techniques will be utilized to make pots, sculptures, masks, and all kinds of cool stuff. Ages 7-14

Center the Potter & the Clay w/ Karla Andela  (8 weeks,  6-9pm  $220)
** CLASS FULL! **
Using mindful breathing and stretching we will approach wheel throwing with centered attention.  Each class will give participants a break from the bustle of life to be present for their journey with the clay.  Inhale life, exhale gratitude.  Beginners welcome!

THURSDAY   09/27 - 10/18

All Things Sculpture w/ Madeline Walker (4 weeks,  10am-4pm  $220)
In this 4 week class explore various hand building & press molding techniques to complement your working style in ceramic sculpture and design. We will try out various painting methods, using a combination of mason stains, velvet underglazes, and acrylic paint. We will also cover a range of installation and wall mounting techniques, as well as alternative and traditional pedestal displays. You will have the option of formulating a paper clay body with added green strength, particularly for artists that would like to work on a larger scale.

FRIDAY   09/28 - 11/16

Independent Study w/ Jon Stein (8 weeks, 9-12pm  $220)
** CLASS FULL! **
Bring your own ideas to class and trouble shoot techniques and processes in order to bring them to life.  Whether you are interested in creating your own 8 piece place setting, focusing on teapots, or just improving certain skills, demos in this class will be tailored to the students’ interests.  Wheel throwers, hand builders, and sculptors, (all with some experience) are welcome.

OPEN STUDIO   09/24 - 11/17

Without taking a class 
 Use of Studio during scheduled hours, one bag of clay, use of glazes and firing. No Instruction Provided. Adults only please ($150)
In addition to taking a class
Use of studio during scheduled hours, use of glazes and firing. No Instruction provided. Adults only please ($40)
 
Open Studio Hours
Monday 12-3pm
Wednesday 12-3pm
Thursday 6-9pm
Friday 1-4pm
Saturday 1-4pm

RAKU FIRING WORKSHOP   10/12 - 10/13

Raku Firing Workshop w/ Bob McCann  (2 Days,  $75)
Friday, October 12th  1-4pm
Saturday, October 13th  10-4pm

You asked for it, and here it is!  A two day Raku Workshop with the man, the myth, the legend Bob McCann. 
Participants should have bisque ware ready for Friday’s session where glazing and firing processes will be discussed and demonstrated.  Saturday will be spent firing and discussing results.  Spaces are limited so if you are interested let us know ASAP!