Ceramic Handbuilding


with Joan McDonald       ADULTS + Teens
8 classes, Thursday, Oct 26-Dec 21

Handbuilding in ceramics is the first step in learning to work with clay. In Ceramic Handbuilding, beginners will focus on basic handbuilding techniques including pinch, coil, and slab construction, altering forms, molds, plus surface decoration, glazing, and firing. These techniques offer the possibility to make everything from sculpture, including figurative and abstract forms, to functional objects like bowls, cups, platters, and tiles. When working in clay it is good to remember that ceramics is a process from building an object, to glazing and firing. 

If you have ever had a desire to work in clay, please join Joan in her favorite form of creative exploration and play! 

Thursdays, October 36 - December 21
no class on Nov 23
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Art Studio
8 3-hour classes, $325/$276.25 members

Questions? Contact Joan at jomc04@gmail.com

Artist Statement: 

I am primarily a ceramic artist—hand building sculptural and sometimes functional pieces. I am obsessed by detail and texture. Originally my undergraduate degree and early career was focused in the sciences, especially in marine biology. I was fascinated by zooplankton and marine invertebrates and enjoyed many hours viewing the world under a microscope. I feel that my sculptural work reflects this early fascination with biology and am excited to be able to describe my work as biomorphic.