ADULT CLASS SESSIONS 2018/2019
LATE FALL: 10/30/18 – 12/15/18
no classes, studio closed 11/20-11/24
WINTER 2019: 1/22/19 – 3/2/19
For anyone interested in becoming involved with the MCP community, taking a class is strongly encouraged! There is no better way to learn about the studio and to become comfortable with our specific materials & operating procedures. As always, class registration includes clay/glaze/firing (10lbs of finished work*) and access to a generous schedule of open studio hours for independent practice. All classes are limited to 8 students, and they fill quickly! Descriptions below.
*Scroll down for FAQ’s, an explanation of clay & firing costs,
plus an annual 2018/19 Class Schedule.
MEMBERS RECEIVE A 25% DISCOUNT FOR 6-WEEK CLASSES
PAYING WITH A GIFT CARD? SIMPLY EMAIL YOUR CLASS PREFERENCE.
WHEEL 1-1.5 (10 lbs. finished work included)
This ever-popular class is designed for anyone new to the potter’s wheel, as well as those with some experience interested in (re-)establishing a firm foundation for more advanced work. Our skilled instructors guide you through the entire ceramic process tailoring each lesson to suit the diverse needs of the group. Students generally leave the class with a nice selection of completed mugs and bowls. This is a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with the MCP community, and many people enjoy taking this class several times before continuing on to other classes. (No experience necessary.)
LATE FALL 2018 REGISTER
-Tuesday mornings 9:00-11:30am (Oct. 30 – Dec. 11, 2018) w/ Nicky Ross
Fee: $265. 2 seats left!
-Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (Oct. 30 – Dec. 11, 2018) w/ Nicky Ross
$265. SOLD OUT
-Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (Oct. 31 – Dec. 12, 2018) w/ Shandra Bjyrd
Fee: $265. 2 seats left!
-Thursday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (Nov. 1 – Dec. 13, 2018) w/ Nicky Ross
WINTER 2019 REGISTER
-Tuesday mornings 9:00-11:30am (Jan. 22 – Feb. 26, 2019) w/ Nicky Ross
-Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (Jan. 22 – Feb. 26. 2019) w/ Nicky Ross
-Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (Jan. 23– Feb. 27, 2019) w/ TBD
POTTERY BOOT CAMP (10 lbs finished work included) REGISTER
Get ready to make A LOT of pots in this pottery wheel skill building class! Each week will focus on making many variations on basic forms. Class meetings will include pot-shape brainstorming sessions, throwing with intention, weekly assignments, individualized trouble-shooting, and mini-critique sessions. Plan on making MANY and keeping few – most pots will be cut in half. Our focus is on skill advancement and style development. (foundational skills required)
Find your clay voice, join today!
-LATE FALL Saturday mornings 9:30-Noon (Nov. 3 – Dec. 15) w/ Brian Kluge
$265. SOLD OUT!!
SURFACE DECORATION (10 lbs finished work included) REGISTER
Keep the fun rolling and take your clay creations to the next level! This class is designed for people who have taken one or more sessions of Wheel 1-1.5 and/or Handbuilding 1 (or comparable experience) and are eager to explore surface decoration to embellish their pottery forms. Class content will include additive and subtractive decorative elements as well as developing a motif. Expect to make things on the wheel or by hand and then push the design of these objects further as you work toward developing series, sets, and style! In addition to demonstrations and hands-on instruction, Nicky will share stories and techniques from her own experiences as a production potter.
-WINTER Thursday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (Jan 24 – Feb 28, 2019) w/ Nicky Ross
HANDBUILDING (10 lbs finished work included) REGISTER
To quote James Brown, “Get up offa that [potter’s wheel]” for a fun and rewarding experience that will introduce you to working with clay in new ways. Explore functional and/or sculptural forms through a variety of techniques such as coiling, slab building, pinching, extruding, and using simple press-molds. Participants will benefit from weekly presentations/demonstrations, hands-on teaching, and facilitated work time. This class provides individualized instruction for all experience levels. If you are continuing your journey with clay you are certain to gain some foundational skills and broaden your understanding of the material.
-WINTER Saturday mornings 9:30-Noon (Jan 26 – Mar 2, 2019) w/ Nate Trettin
HOW TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES:
Or, contact MCP to confirm availability.
Don’t care for online enrollment? Not a problem! Confirm availability in the class of interest and then use one of the methods listed below to enroll:
- Stop by the studio during staffed hours (M 1-5, W 1-5, F 11-5, and Sat. 12-5). When paying in person, we are happy to accept cash, check, or credit/debit.
- Mail a check. Please make checks payable to Midwest Clay Project and mail to 2040 Winnebago St., Madison, WI 53704.
Class fees are non-refundable one week prior to the first class session.
PRIVATE LESSON SERIES:
Class schedule doesn’t suit your schedule? Consider a lesson series. Whether you have some experience, or are starting fresh, private lessons can be very beneficial. Each lesson is tailored to your needs, interests and skill level. In general, private lessons are scheduled Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, however, we can occasionally accommodate an evening lesson. One week’s notice, preferably more, is required to schedule all private lessons. Individual adult private lessons for one person are $50. for 75 minutes of hands on, in-depth instruction ($40. per person for 2-4 people). We do offer a Private Lesson Series that runs concurrent to the current class session and includes the benefits of a 6-week class session – please email to inquire about scheduling OR Register online.
Does my class fee include clay, glaze and firing fees? Yes – your class fee includes up to 10lbs. of finished fired work. This means that you may use as much clay as you like each time you come to the studio. You decide what to keep and fire.
Can you give me a general idea of what “ten pounds of pottery” might look like? Ten pounds is about 8-12 pieces of finished, glazed pottery from a beginning level class.
May I make more than 10lbs. of work? Yes, of course! While we have found many beginning students do not exceed ten pounds in six weeks you are welcome to make as much work as you like. Anything above and beyond the 10 lbs included in your class fee can be fired based on MCP’s Member’s materials rate, which is currently $3.00/lb. If this is of concern to you, we recommend self-recording the weight of your pieces since or tracking process finishes after class completion.
May I work in the studio outside of class? Yes, during the six weeks you are registered for a class at MCP, you have access Monday-Saturday during student Student Open Studio hours. This includes some evening studio hours, which vary with each session, so please inquire about our upcoming schedule. This schedule is posted in the studio and will be emailed to you when your class begins.
2018/19 CLASS SCHEDULE
|WINTER||1/22/19 – 3/2/19||MLK Jr Day is 1/21/19|
|SPRING||3/12/19 – 4/27/19||no class 3/24 – 3/30/19
MMSD Spring Break
|SUMMER||6/18/19 – 8/3/19||no class 7/2-7/6/19
|EARLY FALL||9/10/19 – 10/19/19||Labor Day is 9/2/19|
|LATE FALL||10/30/18 – 12/15/18||no class 11/20-11/24