Who has a great clay/ceramics program in your area? | Q.O.W. 1/31/2013 Potters Council "Querstion of the Week" for 1/31/2013
Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:38 AM
Who has a great clay/ceramics program in your area?
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Immediate Past President; Potters Council
Professor of Ceramics; New Hampshire Insitute of Art
Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:55 PM
Bruning Pottery in Snohomish, WA is a full productionpottery as well as a teaching studio. They have been in business for 30 years and are in an old building inthe historic area of town. After about 8months Larry was encouraged to get my own studio together to help me reallylearn some aspects like glaze formulas and high firing. Even though I have my own studio now I willcontinue to take a class or two each year.
I would encourage anyone who is in the area to giveBruning a try, you will not regret it. There are throwers and hand builders in each class and a huge selectionof glazes as well as all the equipment needed. Larry has a large +75 cf high fire car kiln and fires it about twice aweek with both student pots as well as his own production.
I like the fact that is a real pottery that has aproduction facility and professional potters filling orders and running thatproduction. It is a real eyeopener. I also like the functional wareemphasis that Larry teaches as this is what appeals to me. There is nothing wrong with sculpture or non-functionalart pieces, but that does not appeal to me.
His website is super plain, but he does it all himselfand likes it that way.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:12 PM
The second is the Ceramic Services Inc. in Ontario. While this is a working Kiln manufacturing shop it is also a true a potters studio. While they will accommodate ^06 and ^5 firings they mostly do ^10 and RAKU! They have about 25 glazes but they have materials for studio members so that you can make up you own glazes. There are about 10 electric wheels and able table space. They also have an extruder and slab roller. In addition they stock clay, glaze and tools for purchase. Regular demonstrations and workshops are provided.
Of the two potteries, BPAC is great for learners of all ages and skills, CSI is more of an artist studio with limitless potential for inspiration, networking and camaraderie.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:54 AM
McAllen Texas Southmost College with Chris Leonard
Kingsville Texas A & M, Chuck Wissinger
Corpus Christi Texas A & M, Louis Katz
Corpus Christi Art Center, Potters Guild
South Padre Island, Art Space
UTBrownsville, Stephen Hawks
Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:12 PM
Mossy Rock Creations
High Point, NC
Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:24 PM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:55 PM
The cottage is home to four different guilds - Stained Glass, Weaving, Palette and Pencil and of course, pottery. They have courses constantly and membership allows you 24 hour access to the facilities. I'm learning so much there (newby potter - 1 year old ). And they also have sales twice a year.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:38 PM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:46 AM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:49 PM
I recently moved into the Clay Underground in San Francisco (http://www.theclayunderground.com) which (shameless plug) still has space available. If you're looking for studio space in San Francisco, you can't really do better without buying a house ($$$$). The Clay Underground also runs some classes, and the full-time artists there (like me) tend to drop by and help out the students on general technique: http://www.theclayun...nd.com/classes/ . There's currently 8 Shimpo wheels (these seem to be a favorite with schools now), a slab roller, an extruder, and three electric kilns. It's also more spacious than just about anything in San Francisco.
If that's not your speed, I can also recommend:
* Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate Park. This is a subsidized student facility with a great faculty and terrific, friendly group of students. Drawbacks are (a) since it's a student facility, you can't sell your work, and ( there's a waiting list to get in.
* SMArt Gallery and Studio, in the Tenderloin. Run by a former SFSU professor of ceramics (Steven Allen, who's been featured in CM), this studio has 6 Shimpo wheels, 2 electric kilns and a very serious glaze lab. Quite cramped compared to Clay Underground, but has a serious gallery attached if you want Steve's help selling your work.