September 2020— New start date/ZOOM- Using Slump and Hump Molds with Julie Madden
Slump molds allow the potter to create a concave shape by pressing clay into a form. Creative construction methods can be used with this technique as there is plenty of support to “hold” the shape.
Hump molds create a convex piece, the clay is draped over the shape with careful attention to time (lest it shrink too quickly and not allow removal). Feet are often attached at this point. Both methods can be used for multiples of a design for making a set or series of related pots, or for dramatic one of a kind pots
Students will create pieces using the molds in both formats. Choose the form you want to work with from our studio. The price of the class includes one mold and 25% off additional molds (all molds made by City Clay teachers).
Teacher: Julie Madden
Date: Tuesdays, September 22-October 13, 2020
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. We 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.
For this class you will need the following:
- Smooth wooden work board
- Rolling pin and roller guides sponge
- A plastic rib, a scoring tool, a small flat 1/4" synthetic bristle paint brush
- 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
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
The price of the clay includes two firings for every piece you want to keep plus the use of our dipping glazes. You can purchase our commercial glazes if you prefer to paint rather than dip.