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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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surface decoration workshop NEW!
Hue Yang
Explore how to use textures and other surface decorations that bring out the beauty of simple ceramic forms. Mishma (inlay), carving, stamping, slip trailing and other useful techniques will be covered. Special attention will be given to application of techniques at various points of the ceramic process.
W10CW • 1 class • Sun, Mar 2, 10 am – 4 pm
RAC Member $85 • Nonmember $95
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visiting artist lecture – from hobbyist to artist
Linda Fahey
Transition into doing what you love. Learn about one artist’s experience in transitioning from part- to full-time. Linda will talk about how she went from the hobby realm to niche market. Her handcrafted work combines the beauty and softness of porcelain with the semi-unfinished surface and style of naturally aged driftwood and is featured in a variety of shops across the country.
W12CW • 1 class • Sat, Mar 15, 1 – 4 pm
RAC Member $23 • Nonmember $25
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monday morning wheel & sculpture
Shenny Cruces
Explore wheel-throwing, hand-building and sculptural techniques. Students can create their 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.
SP10C • 8 classes • Mon, Mar 31 – May 19, 9:30 am – noon
RAC Member $203 • Nonmember $225
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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.
SP6C • 8 classes • Mon, Mar 31 – May 19, 7 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $203 • Nonmember $225
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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.
SP1C • 9 classes • Tue, Mar 25 – May 20, 9:30 am – noon
RAC Member $230 • Nonmember $255
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SP5C • 8 classes • Sat, Mar 29 – May 17, 9:30 am – noon
RAC Member $203 • Nonmember $225
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wednesday wheel & sculpture
Lauren Ari
Explore wheel-throwing, hand-building and sculptural techniques. Students can create their own projects or be inspired by a variety of techniques demonstrated each week including tile making and surface textures. All levels and teens welcome.
SP2C • 8 classes • Wed, Apr 2 – May 21, 9:30 am – noon
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.
SP3C • 10 classes • Wed, Mar 26 – May 28, 7:15 – 9:45 pm
RAC Member $257 Nonmember $285
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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.
SP4C • 9 classes • Thu, Mar 27 – May 22, 7 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $230 • Nonmember $255
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figure sculpture & drawing
Jiajun Lu
Explore the structure and gesture of the body and how it is constructed. Work from
live models, the skeleton and plaster casts and learn how to build an anatomically correct figure both in clay and on paper. Demonstrations given weekly in both mediums. Construction methods, armatures and firing covered. Bring an 18” x 24” newsprint pad and charcoal to first class. All levels and teens welcome.
SP7C • 8 classes • Wed, Apr 2 – May 21, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $230 • Nonmember $255
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mosaics in the garden NEW!
Daud Abdullah
Bring your art outdoors! Learn techniques for mosaicking artwork for the garden, such as a stepping stone, birdbath, sculptural ornament or water fountain. Learn how to source, choose and combine materials suited for outdoor use, prepare designs, grout and more. $20 materials fee due to instructor. All levels welcome.
SP9C • 4 classes • Sun, Apr 27 – May 18, 1 – 4 pm
RAC Member $95 • Nonmember $105
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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.
SP0C • 8 classes • Mon – Wed, Fri, Sat, Mar 25 – May 31, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
(no class May 24)
RAC Member $166 • Nonmember $185
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carving into clay
Lynne Meade
Explore design, carving and production techniques developed by Lynne Meade over the last fifteen years. Along with specific carving techniques, learn how to quickly and easily draw a grid on 3-D and round pieces. Individual attention given and slide show of Meade’s designs included. Time permitting, etching with varnish and spraying with glazes will be covered. Each student will leave with at least one finished, bone-dry piece. Materials list available online; bone-dry pots available for purchase day of workshop.
SP13CW • 1 class • Sun, Apr 6, 10 am – 4 pm
RAC Member $104 • Nonmember $115
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expand your color palette with underglazes
Julia Feld
Be introduced to painterly surface treatments as an alternative to traditional glazing techniques. Julia will demonstrate the use of underglazes, underglaze pencils and chalks to create multi-layered, colorful surfaces on sculpture or pottery. Learn Julia’s coil-building techniques and how to create a smooth surface regardless of clay body. All levels welcome.
SP14CW • 1 class • Sat, Apr 19, 1 – 4 pm
RAC Member $41 • Nonmember $45
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ceramics open studio
Students enrolled in classes SP1C – SP10C can purchase additional studio time. Attend all of these scheduled and supervised open studio hours. Art Center studio guidelines apply. Not for production work. Day drop-ins not allowed.
SP0SC • Tue, Wed, Sat, Mar 25 – May 31 (no class May 24)
12:30 – 3:30 pm; Fri, 9:30 – 3:30 pm
RAC Member $54 • Nonmember $60
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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.