BEGINNING POTTERY CLASS with Pat and Mike Markham

Fridays, February 16, 23, March 2, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cost: $185.00 for 3 classes.

Price includes instruction, open studio time 4 days weekly, all materials, 25 pounds clay, use of tools and equipment, glazing and firing. Tools and supplies are supplied by the instructors. Students are welcome to bring their own tools to aid in the carving, texturing, and manipulation of the clay.

Each beginning student will be given instruction and opportunities to learn about the advantages and limitations of working with clay. The students will learn the basic techniques of manipulation and building forms through handbuilding by making pinch pots, coil creations, and slab forms. Students will learn basic construction methods to form cylinders, bowls, boxes, flat and 3 dimensional pieces. All of their work will be bisque fired allowing them to glaze and high fire the final products. Returning and more advanced students will be given individual instruction to help them expand and perfect their skill with clay. Once students learn handbuilding techniques and how to work with clay, they will also be given the opportunity to learn the wheel thrown techniques of centering, making cylinders and bowls.

Mike Markham has a BA Art Education, MFA Sculpture, 3-dimensional design. He taught high school and university art classes. Self-employed in custom furniture design. He is a sculptor creating non-objective, contemporary works. He has shown at nationwide exhibits.

Pat Markham has a BS/MS elementary education. Taught for 34 years in Tempe and Scottsdale, AZ. She has 20 years of experience working with clay.

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