Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Art After Dark - Art classes for adults


Intro to Ceramics
Mondays, Sept 12 – Nov 14 (10 classes)
Teaching Artist: Talon Smith
Open To: All Experience Levels
In this introductory class you will have the opportunity to create sculptural or functional pieces using basic hand building techniques including slab and coil pots. You will also be exposed to the basics of wheel throwing. You will be introduced to a variety of surface, finishing, and firing techniques, and will produce a number of ceramic pieces.

Wheel Throwing
Tuesdays, Sept 13 – Nov 15 (9 classes*)
*No class on Nov 8
Teaching Artist: Bryce Hemington
Open To: All Experience Levels
Whether you are new to clay or have some experience, this class will challenge you. In this class we will focus mainly on functional pots. Students will be exposed to surface design, glazing, and will create functional wares that will be fired in a gas kiln that can be used on a daily basis.

Movie Monster Totem Poles
Wednesdays, Sept 14 – Nov 16 (10 classes)
Teaching Artist: Talon Smith
Open To: All Experience Levels
This class is for students who want to learn more about sculptural ceramics. In this class you will be developing ideas based on popular movies to create monster themed totem poles. We will be exploring additive and subtractive sculptural processes, pinch, coil building, and slab construction. We will be focusing on texture and the use of under glazes to create interesting surfaces.

Wood Fire!
Thursdays, Sept 15 – Nov 17 (9 classes*)
*No class on Oct 13
Teaching Artist: Bryce Hemington
Open To: All Experience Levels
In this class you will create functional and sculptural ceramics and experience wood firing first hand on location at Laurelville in Mount Pleasant, PA where the kiln is located. This class is suitable for students at any level, including first time beginners. Students will create a body of work to be fired in a wood kiln. You will learn fundamentals and principals of atmospheric firing and glazing.

We Offer:

• An environment that is a safe, nurturing sanctuary for creative expression;
• A climate that instills pride, personal value and hope;
• Student strengths are used to determine direction and goals;
• Relationships are the heart of the process;
• Successes are celebrated.

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Our varied studio courses and workshops offer great opportunities for:
• skill development;
• critical thinking;
• experiential learning;
• preparation for careers and higher education;
• individualized mentoring;
• portfolio development;
• educational travel;
• service learning;
• scholarship help.

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