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BYOB Drop-In Wheel Throwing

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This workshop offers participants an opportunity to dabble in wheel throwing. This class is best for people with little or no throwing experience. There will be a 20 minute demo on basic throwing skills, and students can jump into action. The instructor will guide the group through throwing two pieces. Students will complete 1-2 pieces, and come...

Friday Apr 24th, 6pm - 8pm

Learn to Throw

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Taught at your individual skill level. Learn and become comfortable with the basic techniques in throwing, such as centering, opening, and pulling cylinders, and glazing. Create mugs, bowls and plates using high-fire reduction.

Wednesday Apr 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (8 sessions)
$310

8 sessions

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Intro to Wheel Throwing

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This class explores methods for throwing your own cups and bowls on the electric wheel. Students will learn how to center, pull, trim and glaze about 4-6 cups and bowls. Includes 25 pounds of clay and firing. $2/pound to purchase more clay (price includes glaze). Students have open access to the studio during open hours for the duration of the...

Friday Apr 24th, 12pm - 2pm

  (6 sessions)
$185

6 sessions

Form and Function

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

For students with some experience in throwing and hand-building, add to your repertoire of form and techniques to explore how function relates to form working with high-fire reduction stoneware.

Monday Apr 13th, 7pm - 10pm

  (7 sessions)
$310

7 sessions

Intermediate/Advanced Ceramics

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

For students with some experience in throwing and hand-building, add to your repertoire of form and technique. Throw “larger,” adding appendages to pots, and altering thrown forms. Explore form and function, as well as shape and design of ceramic pieces.

Wednesday Apr 15th, 1pm - 4pm

  (8 sessions)
$310

8 sessions

Glaze Mixing

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This class covers the basics of mixing glaze with standardized powder chemicals. In this class students will mix a base glaze and add various colorants, learn how to read a glaze recipe, and test out some variations on recipes. There is some outside of class reading necessary. This class might potentially expand an extra 2 weeks. This class will include...

Tuesday Apr 21st, 6pm - 8pm

  (5 sessions)
$185

5 sessions

Throw, Hand-build and Alter

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

For students with specific goals who want to build on their wheel or hand-building construction skills. Join us! Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Wednesday Apr 15th, 9:30am - 12:30pm

  (8 sessions)
$350

8 sessions

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This class is a continuation from Intro wheel throwing. The class will be tuned to students interests and skill level. Possible techniques: shaping, throwing more weight, staking vessels, etc. Students will complete 4-8 vessels Includes 25 pounds of clay and firing. $2/pound to purchase more clay (price includes glaze) Students have open access...

Saturday Apr 25th, 10am - 12pm

  (6 sessions)
$185

6 sessions

Adaptive Ceramics (Ages 16+)

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Working in clay and using a pottery wheel can be for everyone! In this adaptive class ideal for people with disabilities, the instructor will creatively adapt processes and equipment to be accessible to each individual student. Companions are welcome, but not required.  Please reach out to [email protected]  in advance to discuss...

Sunday Apr 26th, 10am - 12:30pm

  (7 sessions)
$265

7 sessions

Hand Building Expanded

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This class is a deeper exploration of hand building with LizMcCarthy. The format of this class is pretty open. Students can come with specific projects, or skills they want to develop. Projects could include - large scale coil building, slab building, woven clay, reductive carving. Come with ideas! Includes 25lbs of clay.  No refunds after the...

Sunday Apr 26th, 3pm - 5pm

  (6 sessions)
$185

6 sessions

Teen Wheel Throwing (Ages 12-16)

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Independently create work on the pottery wheel. All experience levels are welcome, including first-time throwers. Once the students are experienced throwers, the instructor will act as facilitator, assisting in any endeavor the students wish to take on.  Instead of specific project assignments, students will be encouraged to present their own,...

Wednesday Apr 15th, 4:15pm - 6:15pm

  (8 sessions)
$250

8 sessions

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Pinch, Slab, Coil: Ceramic Handbuilding

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Pinching, coil and slab techniques demonstrated to create a variety of projects ranging from functional vessels to sculptural forms, figures and tiles. You will paint and carve while exploring slips and glazes. Historical and contemporary artists will be introduced for inspiration.  More advanced students will be encouraged to hone your skills...

Thursday Apr 16th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (8 sessions)
$390

8 sessions

Clay 101: Hand Building Basics

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Introduces clay as a material, and covers basic hand building skills such as pinch pots, slab building, and coil pots. This class will also cover under-glazing and glaze. Students will complete 3-4 projects. Includes 25 pounds of clay and firing. $2/pound to purchase more clay (price includes glaze) Students have open access to the studio during...

Thursday Apr 23rd, 6pm - 8pm

  (6 sessions)
$185

6 sessions

Throw and Alter: Wheel Throwing

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This class explores wheel throwing vessels, and different strategies for alter the symmetrical forms with methods like cutting, pressing, and mutating. We cover lotus bowls, Face mugs, throwing legs or handles, and slip decoration. Please note: Students will finish 4-8 pieces Includes 25 pounds of clay and firing. $2/pound to purchase more clay...

Sunday Apr 26th, 12pm - 2pm

  (6 sessions)
$185

6 sessions

Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging. The instructors will demonstrate several techniques and then help you create your favorite version. All plant materials will be collected fresh from the Arboretum grounds. Each student will...

Saturday Jun 20th, 1pm - 3:30pm

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