Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Art After Dark - Art classes for adults


Studio Pottery
Mondays, April 4 – May 23 (8 classes)
Teaching Artist: Jeff Guerrero
Open To: All Experience Levels
Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced potter, you’ll have a great time in this course. Although we’ll tend to gravitate towards wheel throwing and functional pottery, you’re welcome to create hand-built ornamental and sculptural work, as well. Works made in this class will be high-fired in our gas kiln so they’ll look great and also be microwave and dishwasher safe.

Beginning Ceramics
Tuesdays, April 5 – May 31 (9 classes)
Teaching Artist: Keith Hershberger
Open To: All Experience Levels
In this class, you’ll be introduced to both throwing on the wheel and hand-building in the clay studio. This is a beginning class, so if you’ve never made anything out of clay, come give it a shot! You’ll make sculptural and functional pieces in this class. We’ll cover several techniques, including wheel-throwing, slab building and coil building. Come ready to explore a material that’s used from everything from ordinary tableware to components of space shuttles.

Into the Fire
Wednesdays, April 6 – June 1 (9 classes)
Teaching Artist: Keith Hershberger
Open To: All Experience Levels
This class focuses on two different firing techniques, raku and soda firing, where we make changes to the pots while they are in the kiln. In soda firing, we spray a solution of soda ash into the kiln while it’s firing. In raku, we actually throw open the door of the kiln while it’s still red hot and grab the pots with tongs and throw them into a bin filled with sawdust so they catch fire again.

Mug Monster Mash
Thursdays, April 7 – June 2 (8 classes*)
*No class May 5
Teaching Artist: Keith Hershberger & Ben Pyles
Open To: All Experience Levels
It was a dark and stormy night in the Ceramics Studio. Lightning crashed, moans and groans could be heard from the kilns. What ghastly creations could lurk within? Why, whatever your twisted mind can come up with of course! For advanced and beginner students alike, join us in creating mugs and vessels that would look right at home in Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory.

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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