Manchester Craftsmen's Guild


Advanced Throwing II
Mondays, Jan 5 – Mar 2 (7 classes*)
*No class on Jan 19, Feb 16
Teaching Artist: Beyvan Schantz
Open To: Students with Previous Experience
In this class, we’ll take your throwing skills to the next level, focusing mainly on functional pots. We’ll continue what we started in the first trimester, and also try out new forms. Students will make matching sets, and experiment with surface decoration. Come try out new methods of making pots and expand your skills. Students don’t need to be advanced level potters, but you must have experience using the potter’s wheel to take this class.

Papa Wheelie’s Pottery Challenge
Tuesdays, Jan 6 – Mar 3 (8 classes*)
*No class on Jan 20
Teaching Artist: Keith Hershberger
Open To: All Experience Levels
Learn to use the potter’s wheel in this class where you can win fame, fortune and pretty stickers by completing a series of challenges designed to turn you into a Pottery Master in nine short weeks. Papa Wheelie will teach you all the steps to make beautiful, functional pottery—from centering a ball of clay to glazing the finished piece. In the end, you’ll leave not just with the amazing pots you made, but with a sense of accomplishment for having completed Papa Wheelie’s Pottery Challenge.

Beginning Ceramics
Wednesdays, Jan 7 – Mar 4 (8 classes*)
*No class on Jan 21
Teaching Artist: Beyvan Schantz
Open To: All Experience Levels
This class is for all you beginners out there. We’ll do a little of everything in this one—slab pots, wheel thrown pots, coil pots, you name it. Come with ideas and try out some new processes. It’s up to you whether you want to make functional pots, sculptural pieces or try both. There will be a demo of a new process every week, so you’ll get a good foundation in ceramics this trimester.

The Potter’s Kitchen
Thursdays, Jan 8 – Mar 5 (9 classes)
Teaching Artist: Keith Hershberger
Open To: All Experience Levels
Do you love ceramics? Do you love to cook? Do you love to eat food that other people have cooked? If you answered yes to these questions, then this class is for you. We’ll be making pots to cook food in and pots to serve and eat food from—baking dishes, colanders, serving platters and more. We’ll make cookware using a high temperature fire clay that you can use on direct flame, such as a ceramic frying pan. We may even get to do some eating too.

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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