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Throw and Alter

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...

Sunday Aug 18th, 12pm - 2pm

  (6 sessions)
$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...

Friday Sep 27th, 6pm - 11:30pm

  (3 sessions)
$235

3 sessions

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BYOB Drop-In Wheel Throwing

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

Drop by to dabble in wheel throwing techniques. No experience necessary, all levels welcome. There will be a 20 minute demo on basic throwing skills, and students can jump into action. There may be more impromptu demos based on requests. 3 pounds of clay included. $2/pound for more Come back during open hours to glaze your pieces Liz McCarthy will...

Sunday Aug 18th, 6pm - 8pm

Hand Building Expanded

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

This class expands upon the foundation of Clay 101 - Starting to explore more difficult techniques such as building larger more complicated forms, Weaving clay, press molds and more. Students are also welcome to come in with specific project ideas to expand upon. Includes 25 pounds of clay and firing. $2/pound to purchase more clay (price includes...

Sunday Aug 18th, 3pm - 5pm

  (6 sessions)
$185

6 sessions

Kids Pottery Workshop

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

Pottery is something your kids will undoubtedly love. It's messy, it's rewarding and it's fascinating, building something from nothing.  In this class, your child and the teacher will focus on different hand building clay techniques. They'll be guided with help all the way through the class. Each class is carefully designed to allow for...

Wednesday Aug 21st, 1pm - 2:30pm

About Faces

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

Interested in learning to sculpt a portrait head from a live model? Improve your observation skills and clay technique while learning anatomical proportions and surface modeling.  Finished sculptures will be hollowed out, dried and fired. Includes presentation of contemporary and old master sculptors, with demonstrations and individualized instruction....

Wednesday Sep 11th, 1pm - 4pm

  (6 sessions)
$250

6 sessions

Adaptive Ceramics

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

Working in clay and using a pottery wheel can be for everyone! In this adaptive class ideal for people with disabilities, the instructor will creatively adapt processes and equipment to be accessible to each individual student. Companions are welcome, but not required.  Please reach out to [email protected]  in advance to discuss...

Sunday Sep 15th, 10am - 12:30pm

  (9 sessions)
$405

9 sessions

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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 Aug 23rd, 7:45pm - 9:45pm

Adult Wheel Throwing

at Terra Incognito Studios - Oak Park 246 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, Illinois 60302

Our classes combine students of varying skill levels. We find that this helps both the less skilled students, who learn from the more advanced students (as well as the teacher), and helps the more advanced students to articulate what, how and why they do what they do. Beginners, will receive an introduction to basic throwing techniques: centering...

Tuesday Sep 3rd, 9:30am - 12:30pm

  (8 sessions)
$350

8 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 Sep 28th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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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...

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$185

6 sessions

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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.

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$35

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.

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$35

Erotic Toys

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

Join us for this adults-only event! Artist Manal Kara leads this class through techniques that are bound to create an object worthy of your desire. The personal aspect behind sensuality can be fully realized; take control and create a specific object for YOU or your partner or your partners. All tools and clay included. Paint your piece that evening...

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$35

Woven Clay Workshop

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

Using extruded strips and strings, this workshop will explore how to weave clay into vessels. Students will complete one bowl/tray/vessel form. Students will complete their forms over the course of the class and can come back a week later to glaze.

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$35
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