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Sculptural Ceramics Weekend Workshop (adult: 16 Years and older)
Intermediate to Advanced students (prerequisite- Beginning ceramics)

This is an intensive two day workshop which entails combining wheel thrown and hand-built elements to create sculptural vessels.  Demonstrations as well as discussions surrounding the elements and principles of design will be addressed in the beginning of each class.  After a lunch break students will have the rest of the class to create their work with assistance from the instructor.  This is a rare opportunity to work with a master potter to build upon your technical skills and creative ideas.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 13th 2017 to Sunday, Jan 14th 2107
Time: 10am – 4pm
Instructor: Rob Kellenbeck
Price: $65 (Includes a 25lb bag of clay, glazes and firings)
(inquire about scholarships at the Front Desk when you register)

Rob Kellenbeck has over 4 decades of experience in the ceramics field. He began his college academic studies in math and science, but once he took a ceramic elective course, he was hooked and started a more creative academic path in the arts.  His major became ceramics which lead him to earn his BFA from Texas Tech. He went on to open Deer Creek Pottery in the early 70’s. His accomplishments in the ceramic industry are vast and we are happy to have him here as an instructor and fellow potter in the Great Falls community.  To learn more about Rob and Deer Creek Pottery, please click HERE (Ceramic Monthly, pages 26-30)

Raku Firing
For current and past ceramic students and experienced local potters

Raku has unpredictable results, often with  intense color which attracts modern potters. These patterns and color result from the harsh cooling process and the amount of oxygen that is allowed to reach the pottery. Depending on what effect the artist wants, the pottery is either instantly cooled in water, cooled slowly in the open air, or placed in a barrel filled with combustible material, such as newspaper, horse hair, then covered, and allowed to smoke. Water immediately cools the pottery, stopping the chemical reactions of the glaze and fixing the colors. The combustible material results in smoke, which stains the unglazed portions of the pottery black. The amount of oxygen that is allowed during the firing and cooling process affects the resulting color of the glaze and the amount of crackle.

Potters Dino Pfaff and Morgan Hodges will be firing the Raku Kiln at the Paris Gibson Square Museum on November 18th from 12pm-3pm.  This is a great time to join us and have your work be fired in the Raku kiln and drink some hot coco!!!!

A Raku Clay Body will be custom made and sold in 25lb bags for $12 here at the PGSMOA.  Remember potters, that Raku is for non-functional pottery, meaning you cannot eat or drink from this type of pottery, but you could make small vessels, vases, small sculpture, decorative bowls and plates, etc… These would make great holiday gifts.

Note: For those who are currently taking classes from Dino Pfaff or Lauren Smith, a demonstration, for the preparation of your of your pottery for Raku, will be discussed during the 8 week course.

Date: November 18th, 2017
Instructors: Dino Pfaff and Morgan Hodge
Price: $10 for up to 5 pieces
        $12 for 25lb bag Raku Clay