September 2020—- *DATE CHANGE*, ZOOM- Basic Hand Building with Randy Bill

$ 120.00

Basic Hand-Building

This ZOOM class is designed for adults 18 and older who are new to clay and working from home. Basic Hand-building is a great place to start developing pottery skills. Students will learn various techniques for working with flat slabs of clay for a variety of pots including mugs, trays, and bowls  Surface design techniques like stamping, carving, and  working with underglazes will be covered. Not only will you be designing from the first day, but you will develop a feel for clay and what can be done at different stages in the process, useful for any clay methods from wheel throwing to sculpture.

We will send you an email with the link to the class a day before the start of class. 

Prerequisite: none

Teacher: Randy Bill

Date: NEW START DATE-Mondays, September 14- October 5  2020, 4weeks

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Cost: $120.00

MATERIALS LIST: If you are firing at home you can use whatever clay you like. If you are firing at City Clay you can choose one of our stoneware clays in any color you prefer. I recommend our white 630 stoneware. It is easy to work with and our color samples for glazing are based on that clay. To protect our kilns, It is our policy that all clay and any commercial glazes you use be from our shop.

Supply list:
  • Smooth wooden work board
  • Rolling pin and roller guides sponge
  • A plastic rib, a scoring tool, a small flat authentic paint brush (1/4) 
  • Clay, a clay cutter, a small bowl for water, and plastic for covering your work
  • A variety of hand tools as needed, many can be improvised

For finishing your pots, you can glaze them in the studio with our dipping glazes at no extra cost, or you can purchase  commercial underglazes and glazes from our shop to use at home. You should have at least one 2oz jar of an underglaze and a brush to learn some of the techniques we will explore in class.

We have everything you need in our shop including new kits with boards, dowels to use as rolling pins, and guides so you can roll out a consistently 1/4" thick slab. You can buy a deluxe set or just the pieces you need. For safety, don't use your kitchen tools for clay; have a designated set of tools just for clay.

If you have experience using our slab roller, you are welcome to come Wednesday through Sunday to roll out slabs for your projects.


Wednesdays and Thursdays 1:00-6:00

Fridays 1:00-5:00

Saturdays 10:00-5:00

Sundays 12:00-5:00

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