Ceramic Industry

Cahaba Clayworks Class Schedule

March 3, 2009

Cahaba Clayworks of Leeds, Ala., recently sent us details regarding their class schedule for the next couple of months. Please see their information below:


Here is information on our upcoming classes for late February and on into March. Space is limited so make sure you contact us soon. You don't want to miss it! We are offering a $25 discount when you bring a friend who has not taken classes from us before-with no limit. Fill a class of 6 and get yours free!

MORNING CLASS with Tena Payne begins on Tuesday 3/03 10AM-12PM
Throwing 101: Introduction to throwing on the potter’s wheel. Class will explore the nature of clay and its response to pressure and force in the dynamic environment of wheel work. Leverage and nuance will be the focus rather than strength in controlling the clay. Students will learn the basics of centering and throwing cylinders, the primary form in wheel-thrown ceramics. Returning students will be challenged to refine and develop previously learned skills. No experience required, ages 12-99. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring an old towel.

DAY CLASS with Wade Oliver begins on Thursday 3/05 10AM - 12PM
Extrude It: Hand-building is about working with clay NOT the potter’s wheel. This class will focus on using the extruder (large play-dough fun factory.) Using slabs and coils, we will transform extrusions into cups, mugs, vases, candle holders, possibly bird feeders and whatever else you might come up with. Beginners welcome.

EVENING CLASS with Larry Allen begins on Tuesday 3/03 6PM-8PM
Class Description: Not for beginners, this class is for the more advanced students. Students who are interested in improving their throwing skills should take this class. They will learn about joining forms together and making lidded vessels. Please call or write to reserve your spot for the next session starting April 21st.

EVENING CLASS with Jason Ardovino begins on Wednesday 2/25 6PM-8PM (This class did not fill and is still open for registration.)
Basic Wheel: In this class you will learn the basics of pottery: wedging, centering, and making cylinders; with these three techniques, the class will be introduced to how to form cups and bowls, generally with the goal of them being sets, or relating to one another. Toward the end of the class, handle making will be introduced so that cups can be made into mugs. Out of the six sessions, five will be working with the clay wet and one glazing the items made.

EVENING CLASS with Wade Oliver begins on Thursday 3/05 6PM-8PM
Basic Wheel: Practice the basic steps needed to make a pot on the potter’s wheel. Emphasis will be on basic techniques of clay preparation, throwing & trimming your work. We will mostly work on bowls (salsa and cereal bowls) and cylinders (mugs and small vases). A small bit of time will be spent on hand-building and glazing techniques. Bring good attitude and willingness to get dirty!

SATURDAY CLASS with Susan Freeman on Saturday 3/21 9AM-12PM and 1PM-3PM
Wheel techniques and skills: Step by step instruction on the potter’s wheel for any level student. Explore clay, its form and function, its usefulness and beauty.

There will be two session on Saturday, depending on enrollment. One class is from 9-12 and the next one from 1-3. Both will be taught by Susan Freeman. Her classes will only run for 4 weeks at a time but will be 3 hour sessions. We will fill the earlier class first, and then begin scheduling into the afternoon. If you have time constraints, please call.

We will be offering three different Raku firing workshops this year. The concept is this: You choose and purchase a bisque vessel then glaze and fire your piece with instructors present. There will be a variety of sizes from which to choose, ranging in price from $10-$75, made by potters in residence. These classes promise a fun-filled fiery day! These are all Saturday classes and will begin at 10AM: March 28, June 27, September 26

Additionally, this year we will be specializing in specific areas of clay construction. We’ll be adding an extruder class, slab class, intermediate throwing, tile tabletop workshop, surface design and decoration, and others to be finalized. Please e-mail which class interests you most.

Classes will run for 6 weeks @ a cost of $150.00, plus an additional $25.00 for all materials (clay, firing and glazes). Your cost also includes use of the studio anytime Monday - Friday - 9AM - 5PM.

Please let us know if you’re interested by sending us an e-mail, cahabaclayworks@yahoo.com, or just give us a call at 205-702-7055.