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Ceramics Class

 

 

 

 

 

Richmond Art Center Ceramics Classes

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Our ceramics program offers a variety of day, evening and weekend classes + workshops taught by renowned faculty and visiting artists. Learn and make with a supportive community of potters, ceramicists and sculptors in the largest visual arts center in the East Bay. We offer beginning to advanced classes, so no matter your level of experience, we have a class for you! Our spacious, sunlit studio provides ample table space for hand building and 16 potter wheels for throwing, along with a slab roller, damp room, glaze room and plaster mold area. Our studio tech oversees our kilns and firings (high-fire reduction, low-fire glaze and rake) and we offer a wide selection of glazes, slips, oxides, and under glazes. The Richmond Art Center is conveniently located just a few blocks from the I-80 and 580 (free + ample parking!) and a quick bike ride from the Richmond BART station.

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form on the wheel
Marisa Burman
Investigate the beauty of the wheel-thrown form! Explore what makes a particular form
exciting, new and pleasing to both the eye and the hand. Surface decoration, glazing and various firing techniques included. Beginners welcome.
SU10C • 8 classes • Mon, Jun 16 – Aug 4, 9:30 am – noon
RAC Member $203 • Nonmember $255
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monday night wheel-throwing
Saadi Shapiro
Learn all aspects of wheel-throwing from start to finish. Clay work also includes slab construction and altered forms. Other topics as time permits. Demonstrations, surface decoration and glazing included. Pursue individual projects. All levels and teens welcome.
SU6C • 8 classes • Mon, Jun 16 – Aug 4, 7 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $203 • Nonmember $255
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beginning & intermediate wheel-throwing
Kay Coffee
You can do it! Learn to use the potter’s wheel to make mugs, bowls, plates and more. Fundamentals of glazing and design problems covered. Beginners please attend first class. Experienced potters sharpen their skills and create more difficult forms. Please bring a small towel. Teens welcome.
SU1C • 10 classes • Tue, Jun 10 – Aug 12, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
RAC Member $257 • Nonmember $285
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SU5C • 9 classes • Sat, Jun 14 – Aug 16 (no class Jul 5), 9:30 am – noon
RAC Member $230 • Nonmember $255
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wednesday wheel & sculpture
Bruno Kark
Explore wheel-throwing, hand-building and sculptural techniques. Create your own projects or be inspired by a variety of techniques demonstrated each week. Traditional and alternative firing processes, including raku, are available. All levels and teens welcome.
SU2C • 8 classes • Wed, Jun 25 – Aug 13, 1:30 – 4 pm
RAC Member $203 • Nonmember $225
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wheel-throwing, slab & extrusions
Bruno Kark
Be coached through the ever-challenging wheel-thrown cylinder. Learn dryer throwing techniques to stretch out globe vase and bowl forms. Class will explore ikebana vases and vessels for the tea ceremony. Some clay experience required.
SU3C • 10 classes • Wed, Jun 11 – Aug 13, 7:15 – 9:45 pm
RAC Member $257 • Nonmember $285
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figure sculpture
Jiajun Lu
Students explore the structure of the body and how it is constructed. Working from a live model, a skeleton and drawing studies, students learn how to build an anatomically correct 3-D figure in clay. Weekly demonstrations given. Construction methods, armatures, mold making and firing covered. Bring a sketchbook to first class. All levels and teens welcome.
SU7C • 8 classes • Wed, Jun 11 – Jul 30, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $230 • Nonmember $255
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thursday night ceramics
Hue Yang
Focus on individual projects incorporating various techniques including hand-building and throwing. Demos will cover different approaches to the medium and explore the creation of form, surface and imagery. Raku available. All levels and teens welcome.
SU4C • 8 classes • Thu, Jun 12 – Jul 31, 7 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $203 • Nonmember $225
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beyond the classroom ceramics

Use the Center’s well-equipped ceramics facility to work on your own projects during the hours listed below. Must have taken one ceramics class at the RAC in the last year. If you have not taken a ceramics class at the Art Center, please contact the ceramics studio manager. Art Center studio guidelines apply. Not for production work. Day drop-ins not allowed.
SU0C • 8 classes • Mon, Sat, Jun 14 – Aug 16,
12:30 – 3:30 pm; Tue, Wed, Jun 10 – Aug 13, 4 – 7 pm; Fri, Jun 13 – Aug 15, 1:30 – 4:30 pm (no sessions Jul 4, 5 & 19)
RAC Member $166 • Nonmember $185
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ceramics open studio
Students enrolled in classes SU1C – SU10C can purchase additional studio time. Attend any and all of the scheduled, supervised open studio hours. RAC studio guidelines apply. Not for production work. Day drop-ins not allowed.
SUOSC • Mon, Sat, Jun 14 – Aug 16, 12:30 – 3:30 pm; Tue, Wed, Jun 10 – Aug 13, 4 – 7 pm; Fri, Jun 13 – Aug 15, 1:30 – 4:30 pm (no sessions Jul 4, 5 & 19)
RAC Member $54 • Nonmember $60
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raku: glazing
Ken Potter
Spend the day preparing, glazing and firing raku! Learn about surface preparation using pearlescent pigments for Naked Raku. Demonstrations given on techniques and firing. Glazes provided. Potluck lunch – bring food to share!
SU1CW • 1 class • Sun, July 13, 10 am – 3 pm
RAC Member $49 • Nonmember $55
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raku: naked and candy raku
Saadi Shapiro
Spend the day preparing, glazing and firing raku! Demonstrations given on techniques and firing. Bring two pieces of bisqueware ready to glaze. 15” max in any direction. Naked Raku pieces must be burnished.
SU2CW • 1 class • Sun, Aug 10, 10 am – 3 pm
RAC Member $49 • Nonmember $55
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visiting artist lecture: building and embellishing with press molds
Wesley T. Wright
Wesley will discuss how he uses handmade press molds to repeat sculpted forms and
incorporate found objects into his work. He will present a slide lecture discussing his and other artists’ work using similar techniques, as well as how to make press molds. Wesley will demonstrate his process by creating a sculpture combining hand building, press molding and grafting—techniques that have applications for pottery embellishment.
SU3CW • 1 class • Sat, Jul 19, 1 – 4 pm
RAC Member $23 • Nonmember $25
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clayprints
Martha Castillo
Take part in an extraordinary printmaking experience! Create vibrant monotype prints using pottery clays and pure pigments. Make a clay slab, build up layers of colored slips using both additive and subtractive applications and pull multiple prints! $30 materials fee due to instructor includes reusable plywood board. Hand tools only. Materials list available online.
SU4CW • 1 class • Sun, Jul 27, 9:30 am – 4 pm
RAC Member $95 • Nonmember $105
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DROP-IN POLICY: Per day drop-ins are allowed in some adult classes with the consent of the instructor or where noted in the description. Students may drop-in ONLY 3 times before they are required to purchase a half or full class (no other fractional classes allowed), unless otherwise noted.