Clay Explorations

Clay Explorations
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – Noon November 23, 30, December 7, 14
Class Fee: $65 ($55 Members) Ages 15-Adult

This four day course is a brief introduction to throwing pottery
on the wheel and hand building techniques, wrapped
up with finishing green-ware and glazing bisque-ware. The
first three weeks will focus on building clay sculptures and
the last week will focus on glazing. Students can picked
up final fired work one week after last class. Materials
included, open studio time encouraged.

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: West Michigan Potters Guild

West Michigan Potters Guild
February 4 through 23
Reception: Saturday, February 23 – 10:00 a.m. – Noon
This exhibit showcases a selection of WMPG members creating clay work in a wide variety of processes and styles. Stop in and expand your knowledge of ceramics and support these West Michigan artists!

West Michigan Potters Guild began in 1983 as a group of clay artists organized to improve their own ceramic skills by providing a stimulating and inspirational discussion of technical problems, mutual interests and shared successes, also to acquaint the general public with standards, ethics and appreciation of ceramic art. This is accomplished through lectures, discussions, seminars, workshops and group exhibitions. These events are organized and sponsored by the guild and its members. Membership is open to all who are interested in the goals of this organization. The guild is currently over 80 members who specialize in a variety of firing techniques and construction methods in both functional and non-functional forms. The public is invited to attend workshops and bi-annual shows sponsored by the guild and experience the wealth of talent and knowledge that this guild has to offer.

Charter members of this organization have seen many changes, from a beginning of less that one dozen the guild has now grown to over 70 members. The guild sponsors and organizes two members sales each year. The Spring Show is held in April and the Fall Show in November at the St. Nicholas Antioichian Orthodox Church. Each show is an opportunity for art patrons to see the amazing diversity of technique and product. The guild sponsors 1 or 2 workshops each year. These educational workshops bring icons of the ceramic world, to demonstrate their own approach to this art form. Monthly meetings are held at members studios or community centers in the West Michigan area.

Members participating in this exhibit include:

Neven Allan

Judy Bregman
Mike Bryant
Richard Brinn
Lisa Carnell
Julie Devers
Mari Star Golub
Rosemary Hayes
Bonnie Knapp
Jane Kropewnicki
Mary Kuilema
Jerri Puerner
Tonya Rund
Rita Shields
Eric Strader
Mike Vermerris
Amber Wallour

Family Clay Night

Thursday 6:00-7:30 p.m.

April 27

Class Fee: $5/person

All ages

Enjoy a family evening at the NCCA-Artsplace. We will have the clay, the instructor, the glazes and the tools. You bring the family. Learn basic handbuilding techniques and then have fun building a variety of pieces. Groups of 5 or more please call ahead. Finished pieces will be available for pick up after May 8.

Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel with Dakota Brandt

Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

March 11, 25

Class Fee: $85($80 Members)

Ages 14-Adult

This class is for the person who wants to learn the basics of throwing a piece of pottery on the wheel or would like to refresh their wheel skills. Learn to center the clay, pull up the walls, trim the bottom and also learn about the glazing process. This class is spread out over two weeks so participants have the opportunity to practice independently in our Pottery Place. One specific goal in the class is to learn to form a well designed handled mug. Class size is limited to 3.

Intermediate Pottery on the Wheel with Dakota Brandt

Saturday 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

August 13, 27

Class Fee: $85($80 Members)

Ages 14-Adult

Prerequisite: Previous pottery wheel experience required
Are you ready to take your wheel throwing to the next
level? Join ceramic artist, Dakota Brandt, and prepare to
explore new techniques such as creating lidded jars and
pulling handles. In between class sessions, students
may continue to work in our Pottery Place and practice
these techniques. Class fee includes use of clay during
the duration of class. Class size limited to 3.

Clay Handbuilding Techniques with Lesa VanSingel

Monday 6:00-8:00 p.m.

February 22, 29, March 7

Class Fee: $70 ($65 Members)

Ages 14-Adult

Come and get your hands dirty while playing with clay. In
this class students will use stoneware clay to try a variety
of handbuilding techniques such as slab building, coil pots,
pinch pots, drape molds and glaze application. Call a teen
or a friend and take this class together.

Intermediate Pottery on the Wheel with Dakota Brandt

Saturday 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

February 6, 20

Class Fee: $85($80 Members)

Ages 14-Adult

Prerequisite: previous pottery wheel experience required

Are you ready to take your wheel throwing to the next
level? Join ceramic artist, Dakota Brandt, and prepare
to explore new techniques such as creating lidded jars
and pulling handles. In between class sessions students
may continue to work in our pottery place and practice
these techniques. Class fee includes up to 25# of clay per
person. Class size limed to 3.

Introduction to Pottery on the Wheel with Whitney Korstange

Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. September 19, October 3

Ages 12-Adult

Take this opportunity to learn a new skill – wheel thrown pottery. In this class students will learn the basics of wheel throwing including centering, opening, pulling walls of even thickness and basic shaping and trimming. The goal of the class is to teach the steps necessary so that students can continue working independently. The first and second class are spaced a week apart to allow for independent practice time. Class fee includes up to 25# of clay per person. Class size limited to 3.

Introduction to Pottery on the Wheel with Whitney Korstange

Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.,  June 13, 27

Ages 12-Adult

Take this opportunity to learn a new skill – wheel thrown
pottery. In this class students will learn the basics of
wheel throwing including centering, opening, pulling
walls of even thickness and basic shaping and trimming.
The goal of the class is to teach the steps necessary so
that students can continue working independently. The
first and second class are spaced a week apart to allow
for independent practice time. Class fee includes up to
25# of clay per person. Class size limited to 3.

Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel with Whitney Korstange

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

March 22, 29

Class Fee: $85 ($80 Members)

Ages 16-Adult

Take this opportunity to learn a new skill – wheel thrown pottery. In this class students will learn the basics of wheel throwing including centering, opening, pulling wall of even thickness and basic shaping, trimming and glazing. The goal of this class is to teach the steps necessary so that students can continue working independently after class. Class fee includes 25# of clay per person. Class size is limited to 3 people.