Mixed Level Hand Building
Let’s make things with clay! We will focus on mastering skills in slabs, coils, and sculpture in a series of instructor-guided and student-led projects. Laurel Blackthorne will provide support and advice as students work independently on creative hand building projects of their own design and provide suggested projects for students working on specific skills and forms. The class will also include discussion of clay, glazes, and kilns that will give students a holistic understanding of ceramics.
This class is repeatable as students continue their journeys in clay.
Experience level: Previous hand building experience recommended
Student work will be available for pick up 1-2 weeks after the end of the class.
Enrollment includes one 25 lb. bag of clay!
Times: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
(3 hour class)
Dates: March 21 - May 9
(8 classes total)
Location: Ceramics Studios, Studios of LeMoyne
(417 E. Call St.)
Instructor: Laurel Blackthorne
Tuition: $265 for members/$275 for non-members
Supplies: Tuition includes one 25 lb. bag of clay, use of studio tools and firing of work. Additional clay is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view Laurel Blackthorne's website here!