Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Ceramics

Advanced Throwing
Mondays, Sept 15 – Nov 17 (10 classes)
Teaching Artist: Beyvan Schantz
Open to: Students with Wheel Experience
In this class, we’ll take your throwing skills to the next level, focusing mainly on functional pots. We’ll try new methods of construction including multiple parts and throwing big with coils. We’ll also try out production pottery methods like throwing off the hump. We’ll learn how to make lidded pots, functional handles, matching sets, and we’ll give teapots a try. Students must have wheel experience for this class.

Bring the Bling
Tuesdays, Sept 16 – Nov 18 (8 classes*)
*No class on Nov 4, Nov 11
Teaching Artist: Keith Hershberger
Open To: All Experience Levels
Bring the bling ceramics style in this class where we’ll make ceramic jewelry. We will use different clays and techniques to make necklaces, pendants, broaches, earrings, bracelets and rings in a variety of styles from classy to flashy to hippie. We’ll also learn to make jewelry boxes and earring holders so you have a place to keep the stuff you make. Finally, if you make extra work, you’ll have the opportunity to sell your work at the MCG Holiday Sale in December.

Intro to Ceramics
Wednesdays, Sept 17 – Nov 19 (10 classes)
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. Come give clay a try!

Wood Fire
Thursdays, Sept 18 – Nov 20 (8 classes*)
*No class on Sept 25, Oct 16
Teaching Artist: Keith Hershberger
Open To: All Experience Levels
Wood firing is a process like no other. The kiln is fired up to around 2500 degrees using only wood. The firing goes on for three days, around the clock. It’s a lot of work and a lot of fun. We’ll take an overnight field trip to fire the kiln, which is in the woods about an hour out of town. When you’re not stoking the kiln, you can hike, cook on the fire, make s’mores, and live out your lumberjack dream by splitting and stacking a ton of wood.

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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