Mixed Level Hand Building
Let’s make things with clay! We will focus on foundational skills in slabs, coils, and sculpture in a series of instructor-guided and student-led projects. We’ll make everything from pinch pots to garden sculptures. Students will also work on building their surface design skills through the creation of tiles. The class will include discussion of clay, glazes, and kilns that will give students a holistic understanding of ceramics.
Experience level: Brand new to beginner level experience. Students brand new to hand building will be guided through a series of projects to learn basic techniques and can expect to complete 4-6 pieces. Students with prior hand building experience will work on refining and strengthening their hand building skills through a mix of larger scale guided and self-determined projects.
Student work will be available for pick up 1-2 weeks after the end of the class.
Times: 1:30 - 4:30PM
Dates: June 15 - August 3 (8 classes total)
Location: Ceramics Studios (417 E. Call St.)
Instructor: Laurel Blackthorne
Tuition: $220 for members/$230 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view Laurel Blackthorne's website here!