Second Saturday Mini Workshops

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All Second Saturdays are from 11-1:30 pm and are held at Monroe ClayWorks.

Call or visit Northeast Ceramic Supply, Inc. to sign up: Telephone: 518- 274-2722

Reservations and payment required.

Second Saturday    August 12 

Barbara Reeley

“Cleaning Kiln Shelves”

11 – 1:30  $10

Almost all clay studios have kiln shelves stacked in a corner that have glaze drips and need grinding and new kiln wash.  Monroe ClayWorks almost always has a stack of kiln shelves that need grinding so we’ll take a few outdoors, put on a respirator and grab the angle grinder.  There will also be a demonstration on applying kiln wash to newly cleaned shelves.

Second Saturday    September 9

Stephen Procter  “Throwing In Sections”

11-1:30  $25

Throwing In Sections ~ No Limits will be a 2 ½ hour demonstration with information about selection of appropriate clay bodies and tools for throwing large.  Minimizing physical stress, making tongue-in-groove joins.  Basic design, composition considerations and using torches &/or heat guns plus specialized tools for shaping will be addressed too.

Second Saturday    October 14

Bonnie Richter

Surface Design with Colored Slips

11-1:30  $25

Have you ever wondered how to achieve a colorful, painterly effect on your pots without using colored glazes?  In this workshop Bonnie will be show you how to make colored slip and use it to create one of a kind slabs.  She will show you her techniques for layering and blending the slips to create different effects.  Everything from abstract to watercolor is possible.  She’ll also show you the steps needed to use stencils with colored slips to finish off the designs.

11:00 -1:30    $25

Saturday, October 28th 

Dan Mehlman  “Sharp Tools for Potters”

11:00 -1:30    $25

Working with dull tools is a drag! In this workshop we’ll see how simple and useful it is to sharpen up potter’s knives and trimming tools. Dan will then demonstrate trimming on the wheel with sharp tools, and share a few trimming tricks, too. He’ll also talk about making your own tools and show a large collection of his shop-made pottery tools such as ribs, loops, knives, and paddles.

Second Saturday   November 11

Dennis Smith

“Kiln Repair & Maintenance”

11 – 1:30       $10

Taking care of your electric kiln can be as easy as calling Dennis but if you come to his workshop demonstration you’ll learn many ways to maintain your kiln in top condition.  He will also show you how to do minor repairs and give you step by step instructions on checking out several possible repairs.

Second Saturday   December 9

Sarah Bowen

“Handbuilding Hanging Vases with Sculpted Face”

11-1:30    $25

This will be a demonstration of sizing clay, molding and carving both a functional and decorative piece.  All phases of building, storing and carving face details will be shown.  Also included will be details of the back of the vase for installation.

Second Saturday   January 13, 2018 

Mary LaFleur

“Painterly Slabs”

11 – 1:30     $25

Mugs, vases and plates are beautiful using a method of painting layers of different colored slips on a slab and then cutting through the layers to reveal the slices of color.  Using a rolling pin Mary will demonstrate how to set the design in place and transform the slab into unique ceramic pieces.


To sign up, call or send a check for the full class tuition to Northeast Ceramic Supply, Inc. .

Telephone: 518- 274-2722
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 817, Troy, NY

Download Registration Form Here.

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