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Bead Making Workshop

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Make a pile of beads! Join use for two hours of bead making that might extend into a day of bead making.  This workshop includes about 20-30 minutes of demo, and then participants can work independently for the rest of the time (or day) making beads. Includes 3 pounds of clay, tools, underglaze, and glaze.

Friday Oct 18th, 6pm - 8pm

BYOB Drop-In Wheel Throwing

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This workshop offers participants an opportunity to dabble in wheel throwing. This class is best for people with little or no throwing experience. There will be a 20 minute demo on basic throwing skills, and students can jump into action. The instructor will guide the group through throwing two pieces. Students will complete 1-2 pieces, and come...

Sunday Oct 20th, 6pm - 8pm

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Intro to Wheel Throwing

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This class explores methods for throwing your own cups and bowls on the electric wheel. Students will learn how to center, pull, trim and glaze about 4-6 cups and bowls. Includes 25 pounds of clay and firing. $2/pound to purchase more clay (price includes glaze). Students have open access to the studio during open hours for the duration of the...

Wednesday Nov 13th, 12pm - 2pm

  (4 sessions)
$135

4 sessions

Adult Toy Making

at Color Cocktail Factory - Pilsen 917 W 18th St, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Use clay to build your own customized ceramic adult toy art!  A professional instructor will guide you step by step in a fun social setting while you giggle and sip on your favorite drink.  Cups, ice and bottle opener are provided  All art supplies, including aprons, are provided  Please bring a printed or digital receipt to...

Friday Oct 18th, 7:45pm - 9:45pm

About Faces & Independent Study

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Learn to sculpt a portrait from a live model. Improve your observation skills and clay techniques while learning strategies for placing proportional features, anatomical differences and surface modeling in this fun and challenging course. Finished sculptures will be hollowed out, dried and fired.  The class will include presentation of contemporary...

Wednesday Nov 6th, 1pm - 4pm

  (6 sessions)
$250

6 sessions

Wheel Thrown Tea Pot

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This class will explore throwing and building the parts of a teapot. We will consider lids, handles, spouts thrown off the hump. We can also explore tea bowls and other accessories participants want to try such as honey jars or butter dishes.  This class comes with 25lbs of clay and open access to the studio. Students should have prior wheel...

Sunday Nov 17th, 1pm - 3pm

  (4 sessions)
$135

4 sessions

Build Your Own Tableware: A Mug and a Bowl

at Color Cocktail Factory - Pilsen 917 W 18th St, Chicago, Illinois 60608

In this two hour workshop, you will be shown how to make a set of mugs and a bowl. This is a great introduction to hand building with clay and is just enough time to gain an understanding of the material and make something you’ll be proud of. After the session, you will leave your pieces with us, and we will process them for you i.e. glaze and...

Saturday Oct 26th, 5pm - 7pm

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Thematic: Re-interpreted Histories

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This class is an experiment in research based classes at gnarware, bringing in discussion and research to drive the pieces made in class. Participants will contribute their own research and ideas as they work through their projects.  Class Project Objective: Research a specific ancient culture’s iconology by following the path of a specific...

No Upcoming Schedules
$185

6 sessions

Throw and Alter: Wheel Throwing

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This class explores wheel throwing vessels, and different strategies for alter the symmetrical forms with methods like cutting, pressing, and stacking.  Students will finish 4-8 pieces Includes 25 pounds of clay and firing. $2/pound to purchase more clay (price includes glaze) Students have open access to the studio during open hours for the...

No Upcoming Schedules
$185

6 sessions

Silk Screening Clay

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Learn the basics if screenprinting on clay in this 4 week class with Hoofprint’s Liz Born. Each student will create their own silkscreen, with a library of graphics (drawn, digital, or found imagery). These will then be transferred with pigmented slip to slab built plates and/or thrown vessels. Participants will do direct printing onto clay and...

No Upcoming Schedules
$135

4 sessions

Clay 101: Hand Building Basics

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Introduces clay as a material, and covers basic hand building skills such as pinch pots, slab building, and coil pots. This class will also cover under-glazing and glaze. Students will complete 4-6 projects. Includes 25 pounds of clay and firing. $2/pound to purchase more clay (price includes glaze) Students have open access to the studio during...

No Upcoming Schedules
$185

6 sessions

Pit Fire / Clay Dig / Pachamanka in the Driftless

at GnarWare Workshop - Freeport 126 E Douglas St, Freeport, Illinois 61032

Join Nance Klehm and Liz McCarthy (of GnarWare) for a weekend of pit firing, Pachamanka, and workshops. This weekend of camping and programming will culminate in a pit firing of participants’ wares Saturday evening.  Participants will have open access to GnarWare Workshops at the start of September and 25lbs of clay to make objects for the...

No Upcoming Schedules
$235

3 sessions

420 Pipe Works

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Make your own pipe! and other various smoking devices. Rachel Ward will provide a two hours of instruction and the rest of the time you can make a pipe! Clay and underglaze provided. Pieces will be available for pick up two weeks later.

No Upcoming Schedules
$35

History and Clay: Research Driven Ceramics

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This class is an experiment in research based classes at gnarware, bringing in discussion and research to drive the pieces made in class. Participants will contribute their own research and ideas as they work through their projects. There will also be a museum trip scheduled with this class. Objective: Research a specific ancient culture’s iconology...

No Upcoming Schedules
$185

6 sessions

Glaze Buffet

at GnarWare Workshop - Lower West Side 1838 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Manal Kara opens up their glaze treasure trove for participants to go wild. There will be a large collection of forgotten bisque pieces you can combine and give a new look all with the power of glaze. This is a silly exploration of alternative sculptural glaze techniques. Make something incoherent with the best of us.

No Upcoming Schedules
$35
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