MCW Fall Classes and 2nd Saturday

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MCW Fall Class Schedule

To sign up please call Northeast Ceramic Supply:  (518)274-272

Jim Sankowski Memorial Class
Instructor:  Barbara Reeley

Dates:     Wednesdays, September 20 – November 15, 2017
Time:  6pm -9 pm
Cost:  $350 (includes clay, glaze and firing)

This 8-week class session is dedicated to the memory ofJim Sankowski.  Jim was a devoted & talented local potterwho suddenly passed away this past February 5.  Jim’s wife, Mary Beth, has generously shared his clay, glazes & handbuilding forms for this class.  Several of Jim’s clayfriends have agreed to come share their insights and memories of Jim.  Our class is being held to celebrate Jim’s life & work.

Clay  Days  & Independent Study

Instructor:  Barbara Reeley

This Is Our New Schedule at Monroe ClayWorks For Daytime September Through November Classes.  These classes are open to everyone ~ beginner, intermediate and accomplished potter.  Except for the last two classes, no experience in clay is needed.  Each week there will be a different project with instruction.  You can also do an Independent Study by using the Monroe ClayWorks Studio for a clay project of your choice.  We’ll use white cone 5/6 stoneware and/or porcelain.

Class Days & Times: 

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

10:30 am – 1:00 pm

September 12 – November 9, 2017

 Sign up for one day per week ($25)

two days per week  ($40)

or three days per week($50)

Fee is for instruction, studio use, glazes & firing.

Clay is extra and must be purchased at Northeast Ceramic Supply.

We offer a package deal – All Days, All Weeks for $350

(a $400 value).

Reservations required as their is a limit of 8 per class.  Call Northeast Ceramic Supply to sign up (518-274-2722).  Or send a check to Northeast Ceramic Supply, P.O. Box 817, Troy, New York 12181.

Weekly Schedule ~

Porcelain pinched sea urchins with slip detail 

September 12, 13 & 14

Tuesday we will pinch basic rounded shapes and decorate them with white porcelain slip.  Wednesday our forms will be pinched with flanges and we’ll trail colored porcelain slip on them in a variety of patterns.  Thursday we’ll use colored porcelain clay and form spike and flange decorations on pinched sea urchin forms.

Fancy coil planters with red iron oxide wash 

September 19, 20 & 21

Tuesday we will build small coil stoneware cactus planters that we will brush with a saturated red iron oxide wash.  Wednesday we will make our coil planters larger in size with fanciful coil shapes added.  Thursday will be our day to experiment with various shaped coils and textured coil additions.

Slab wind chimes with texture and carving 

September 26, 27 & 28

Tuesday we’ll use porcelain to make slabs, texture and cut wind chime holders and clappers.  We’ll roll and form beads that we will carve.  Wednesday we will use stoneware to form both vertical and horizontal holders and form a multitude of beads.  Thursday we’ll use colored porcelain to make agateware wind chimes.

Large Tab Pots formed on banding wheels 

October 3, 4 & 5

Our Tuesday project will be a deep casserole dish using the tab method with white stoneware.  Wednesday we’ll form a wide serving dish with paddled texture.  Thursday’s tab pot will be an ambitious planter with scraped, paddled and added texture.

Colored Porcelain Plates & Mugs 

October 10, 11 & 12

Tuesday’s plate & mug set will be a simple colored clay slab with two contrasting colored porcelain slabs.  Wednesday  we’ll branch out to inlaid colored clay to make our plates & mugs.  Thursday will be Milleflori loaf sliced plates & mugs.

Tiles that are incised, carved & slipped

October 17, 18 & 19

Tuesday we’ll work on a set of tiles that will be rolled out, design set for incising and slipping.  Wednesday our tile project will be to make four tiles with marbled slip.  Thursday’s tile series will tell a story of your choosing.

Throwing & Stamping of Yunomis (tea bowls)  

October 24, 25 & 26

This week is for potters who can throw.  No throwing beginners please.  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday we will throw, trim & stamp yunomis.  Each day we will try to loosen up and find our way to asymmetrical forms.

Throwing Miniatures on the potters wheel

October 31, November 1 & 2  

This week is for potters who can throw.  No throwing beginners please.

Tuesday will be our semi-miniature day with concentration on 3 inch vase forms.  Wednesday we will “get down” to true miniature throwing and make bowl, vase & pitcher forms.  Thursday our miniatures will be teapots and sets of miniatures.

Glazing and Firing class week

November 7, 8 & 9

There is no charge for these days.  You purchase your own cone 5/6 glazes from Northeast Ceramic Supply or use our studio class cone 5/6 glazes.  We’ll spend Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday glazing your work.

All work will be finished and available by November 15, 2017.

Sign up soon ~ Only 8 students per class.

To sign up please call Northeast Ceramic Supply:  (518)274-272

Beginner –Intermediate Handbuilding 

Instructor: Bonnie Richter


 8 Weeks: Thursdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m.  

September 14th – November 2nd

Cost:   $300 (includes clay, glaze and firing)

In this class we’ll be using the different handbuilding techniques of coil, pinch and slab building as well as several surface decoration techniques to explore the endless possibilities that clay has to offer.   You’ll be making a variety of fun and useful pieces.  You’ll work on flat forms like plates and trays, vertical forms such as vases, handled mugs, and jars as well as lidded forms like a sugar or cookie jar or toothbrush holder.   You’ll use texture, colored slips and glazes to enhance the surface design of each piece. 

To sign up please call Northeast Ceramic Supply:  (518)274-272

Beginner – Intermediate Throwing  

Instructor: Bonnie Richter


8 Weeks: Tuesdays,  6 – 8:30 p.m.  

September 12th – Nov. 7th (no class October 31st)

Cost:   $300  (includes clay, glaze and firing)

This class is for anyone that wants to learn to throw on the potter’s wheel and for those who want to improve their throwing skills.   Our focus will be on centering, pulling up and creating even walls.  Everyone will work at their own pace to progress to larger and more advanced forms.  We will also work on making and attaching different types of handles.  You’ll learn how to trim your work and, finally, glaze your pieces for their final firing in our electric kilns.

To sign up please call Northeast Ceramic Supply:  (518)274-272

the pottery division of Northeast Ceramic Supply in Troy, NY