Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Art After Dark - Art classes for adults


Oil Spot
Mondays, Sept 21 – Nov 16 (8 classes*)
*No class on Sept 14, Oct 12
Teaching Artist: Beyvan Schantz
Open To: Students who have taken at least one Ceramics class
In this advanced class you’ll experiment with oil spot glazes. These are high-iron glazes that are applied in thick layers, and when fired they bubble up through one another to create a variety of patterns, ranging from metallic crystals to streaky runs of color. You’ll be able to try several options as the class works to fill an entire kiln with these experiments. Come make some pots and test out these “new-to-us” glazes.

Beginning Ceramics
Tuesdays, Sept 15 – Nov 17 (9 classes*)
*No class on Nov 3
Teaching Artist: Beyvan Schantz
Open To: All Experience Levels
We’ll do a little of everything in this beginner level class—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 both. We’ll fire your finished pieces in the gas kiln to over 2300°, and you’ll go home with sculptures to display or pots to use for dinner.

Printing on Clay
Wednesdays, Sept 16 – Nov 18 (8 classes*)
*No class on Sept 23, Nov 11
Teaching Artist: Keith Hershberger
Open To: All Experience Levels
Have you ever wished your pottery could be more graphic? In this class you’ll use a variety of printmaking techniques to create images, textures and patterns to decorate the clay. You’ll make monoprints and texture stamps, and collaborate with the Digital and Design studios to design and create silkscreens. You’ll then screenprint using high temperature underglaze colors, creating transfers to be applied to your ceramic pieces.

Wood Fire
Thursdays, Sept 17 – Nov 19 (9 classes*)
*No class on Oct 15
Teaching Artist: Keith Hershberger
Open To: All Experience Levels
Wood firing is a process like no other. The kiln is heated to approximately 2500° using only wood. The firing lasts three days, with wood being added around the clock. It’s a lot of work and a lot of fun. You’ll take an overnight field trip to fire the kiln, where you can also hike, cook over an open 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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