Ceramic Industry

Cahaba Clayworks Releases April-May Class Schedule

April 16, 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 up coming classes for late April and on into May. Space is limited so make sure you write or call us back 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 six and get yours free!

MORNING CLASS with Tena Payne begins on Tuesday 4/21 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 4/23 10AM - 12PM
Extrude It: Hand-building is about working with clay, NOT the potter’s wheel. This class will focus on using (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 4/21 6PM-8PM
Class Decription: Beginners class, learn the basic foundations for throwing and using the wheel.

EVENING CLASS with Wade Oliver begins on Thursday 4/23 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 & 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 5/2 9 AM-12 PM or 1 PM- 4 PM
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 may be two separate classes on Saturday, depending on enrollment. The first class will run from 9-12 and the second from 1-4. Susan Freeman will teach both. Her class will run for 4 weeks, each a 3-hour session. The earlier class will be filled first.

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, June 27 and 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 six 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.