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Community Class: Exploring the Ceramic Surface

  • floyd center for the arts 220 Parkway Lane South Floyd, VA, 24091 United States (map)

Thursdays, 6 Weeks, February 28, 2019 - April 11, 2019, 5:30-8pm

Classes will be held at the Floyd Center for the Arts in Floyd, VA.

Explore a variety of ceramic surface decoration techniques and how to integrate them into a personally expressive, layered surface on your work. Techniques introduced will include inlay, sgraffito, slip transfer, slip trailing, carving, sprigging, and glazing. We will utilize colored slips and ceramic underglazes, and experiment with which materials work best for each technique.

Students will be provided with pre made greenware tiles to experiment on during the first session, and can choose to work on the wheel or handbuild to construct forms for future surface experimentation in the following 5 sessions. The first three sessions will introduce carving, slip trailing, sprigging, sgraffito, inlay, and slip transfer techniques on greenware. The last three sessions will focus on applying surface
techniques to bisque ware, glazing, and building up a layered, personally expressive surface. Students will have the opportunity to participate in at least 1 glaze firing, and leave the class with finished pieces.

The first half of each session will be used for demonstration, and the second half will be dedicated to individual work time, during which I will spend time one on one with students, troubleshooting technique and helping them develop their personal expression. While this class will focus on surface techniques, if students have specific questions about throwing or handbuilding, I will be happy to work with them during one on one time.

To register, or if you have any questions, please call or email the Floyd Center for the Arts at 540-745-2784 or

Tuition: Members - $112.50, Non-Members - $140.00
Materials Fee: $20

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