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Simple Ceramics: Hand Building with Air Dry Clay

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Thu 4/12, Simple Ceramics: Hand Building with Air Dry Clay, 6:30-9:30pm


In Simple Ceramics: Hand Building with Air Dry Clay, ceramics designer Ryan Elizabeth will teach you how to build beautiful, decorative, and functional clay objects using air dry clay! This simple ceramics class will focus on three main ceramics projects: a piece of small art or jewelry, a small dish and a cute little plant vessel (we even give you an airplant and make it hanging). First, you will learn techniques to prepare and hand sculpt your clay. Using simple tools such as sponges, toothpicks, basic tools and knives, you will further mold and sculpt your air dry clay into its desired happy little shape. Once each clay object’s form is complete, you will learn how to dry them quickly so paints and shellac can be added, resulting in a super-shiny, fancy-looking piece. Each student will have time to decorate their work with the instructor’s guidance using acrylic paint and permanent felt tip pens, before adding the final glaze. Each student will leave with three finished air dry clay projects, as well as instructions on how to take care of your newly minted ceramic sculptures. You will also receive any equipment and a supplies list so that you can recreate additional air dry clay sculptures at home!

This is a perfect class to get your feet wet with ceramics before you dive into a full blown ceramics course that involves multiple glazes and a kiln (check out Union Project and Little House Big Art. Many students and ceramics enthusiasts have found that working initially with air dry clay helped them understand the basic principles of shaping and forming, and gave them practice in decoration, before they moved on to the more complex processes of glazing and kiln firing.

Supplies Needed: None. We supply all materials including aprons, but please wear clothes you wouldn’t mind getting dusty!

Teacher Bio: Ryan Elizabeth is a ceramic artist and printmaker living and working in Pittsburgh. She is originally from Richmond, VA, where she took her first ceramics class in college, in an attempt to redeem herself after an embarrassing ceramic failure in high school. And the rest, as they say, is history! When she's not slinging clay or pulling prints, she enjoys fancy cheese, and watching reruns of Law and Order: SVU.