Introduction to Hand Building
Introduction to Hand Building: Come learn to make things with clay! Designed for students brand-new to clay and/or new to hand building. We will focus on building a strong foundation of skills and techniques that students can carry forward in their ceramics practice. Each class meeting will have a specific focus and students can expect to complete 6-8 projects. We’ll make everything from pinch pots to textured bowl molds! The class will also include discussions of basic knowledge about clay, glazes, and kilns that will give students a holistic understanding of ceramics.
Student work will be available for pick up 1-2 weeks after the end of the class.
Time: 2PM - 4PM
Dates: January 12 - March 2 (8 classes total)
Location: Ceramics Lab, Gadsden Street Entrance (125 N. Gadsden St.)
Instructor: Laurel Blackthorne
Tuition: $165 for members/$175 for non-members
Supplies: Tools and firing included, clay available for purchase
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
LAUREL BLACKTHORNE (They/Them)
I am a community and self-taught ceramic artist. I’ve lived in Tallahassee for almost twenty years and absolutely love the community I have found here. While I’ve been working with clay for six years, I transitioned to a career in the arts in late 2020 out of a desire to engage with the world in a different way. My art focuses on themes of nature, queerness, resistance, and joy and I make a combination of functional pottery and ceramic sculpture. I think the strength of art is its ability to bring people together. Alongside my own artistic practice, I work as a pottery instructor specializing in helping students build strong foundations in ceramics and decorative techniques.
I am also the Executive Director and one of the founding members of the Queer Tallahassee Artists Collective. Founded in 2021 QTAC is committed to building economic opportunity and community spaces that celebrate LGBTQIA+ artists. I am deeply committed to the importance of arts in the Tallahassee community and recognize the importance of creating safe spaces for marginalized communities to engage in the arts.
You can find me at BlackthorneCeramics.com and can always reach me at email@example.com.
You can view Laurel Blackthorne's website here!