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16 - 18March

Drum Workshop – Jim Ransom

TWO DAY WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY MARCH 16. 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM AND MONDAY MARCH 18. 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
March 16, 2024March 18, 2024 Willamette Art Center, 2330 17th Street Northeast, Salem, OR 97301 $130.00 Workshops
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20 March

Glazing 101 Workshop – Kevin Herzberg

WEDNESDAY MARCH 20. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
March 20, 2024 Willamette Art Center, 2330 17th Street Northeast, Salem, OR 97301 $20.00 Workshops
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21 March

“Get a Grip” Workshop – Dana Field

THURSDAY MARCH 21. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
March 21, 2024 Willamette Art Center, 2330 17th Street Northeast, Salem, OR 97301 $20.00 Workshops
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24 March

Beyond Centering Workshop – Chantal Barton

SUNDAY MARCH 24. 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
March 24, 2024 Willamette Art Center, 2330 17th Street Northeast, Salem, OR 97301 $60.00 Workshops
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Who should get an Open Studio Pass?

Open Studio Passes are intended for folks who do not need basic instruction about how to use clay and/or clay equipment. If you can work safely and independently on your own ceramics and pottery, a studio pass is right for you! All of our Studio Passes entitle you to use the studio during our regular business hours. This includes kiln firing, glazes, and the use of all equipment.

Scholarships

We have scholarship funds available on our website for all youth and adult classes. If you or your child would love to take an art class, but it is just not within your family’s means right now, we may be able to help.

Download, print, and fill out the appropriate application, then send or bring it in to the studio. You will be notified if you are chosen as a recipient.

Waitlist

If you would like to be added to a waitlist for a class or workshop that has been closed, please call 503-365-3911.

Cancellation/Class Refund Policy

Willamette Art Center reserves the right to cancel, combine or reschedule classes in order to adjust for enrollment. If we must cancel a class we will notify all registered participants. Registrants will have the opportunity to register for another class (depending on space available) or receive a full refund. If you withdraw from a class more than 10 days before the start date, you will be subject to a $25 processing fee. If you withdraw from a class 10 or fewer days before the start of class, you will not receive a refund.

Propose a Class or Workshop

Do you have an idea for a class or workshop? If you would like to have your proposal considered for a WAC-sponsored activity, please complete the following form. If your proposal fits the mission of the center, and if our schedule can accommodate it, we will contact you for further information.

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03Jan

Tool Making Workshop – Open Studio Pass Required

January 3, 2024
$0.00

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Learn how to build your own pottery tools.

5 to 6 p.m. – Learn how to make glaze brushes

6 to 7:30 p.m. – All sort of tools. Bring your own creation to show and tell.

Attendees must have an Open Studio pass. Don’t have one? Purchase one here.

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27Mar

Carving & Other Surfaces Techniques Workshop – Isabel Newlin

March 27, 2023
$45.00

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Do you ever get back bisqued items and have no idea how you should glaze them? Next time you trim a pot, don’t let it dry out! Wrap it in plastic and bring it to my workshop…

This is a two-day, two-week workshop that ‘scratches the surface’ of the many ways one can modify clay items in that fleeting leather-hard moment after trimming, before they become bone-dry and have to be bisqued.

With an emphasis on carving, we will explore effects of different clay bodies, stains, slips, and carving tools. We will also spend some time thinking about how texture operates on positive and negative space in figurative and abstract carving, how different clay bodies and dryness’ lend themselves to different kinds of line, and imagining forward to glazing during the process of carving.

The second week we will glaze everything we carved the first week and think about how different glazes work with slips and stains. Although I will provide a variety of leather-hard pieces for you to work with, everyone is strongly encouraged to bring their own work to play with. Said work should be somewhere between swiss cheese and bone dry.

Glaze and firing included. Limited to 10 students age 14 years & up.

$40 for 2 day workshop

Class meets twice from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Monday March 27 and Monday April 3.

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16Jun

Friday Mask Class – Greg Gregg

June 16, 2023
$120.00

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We will explore design and construction of masks from simple to complex. How to decide on surface treatment and glazes. Masks can be flat or. Formed to fit the face. Masks can be decorative, to hang on a wall or garden fence, or they may be intended to be worn. If they are to be worn, we will have different challenges. Whatever plan you have for your mask, the object of creating one is to enjoy the opportunity to let your shaman loose. No experience is necessary.

Clay provided. Open studio included. Limited to 10 students age 16 years & up.

$120 for 4 weeks

Class meets weekly from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Friday June 16 – Friday July 14 (No class July 7)

I became interested in masks when I saw one of ancient and simple design. It was the antiquity that intrigued me. I have made many masks since then, always looking for simplicity and antiquity. People make masks for many reasons. They present a strangeness to the world. They free expression because they erase identity. When the drums are beating and the fire blazes in the fire pit, when the moon is dark and the stars are wheeling overhead, the spirits call out. They howl and cavort around the fire. Some of us find ourselves in tune with these spirits and we need only put on a mask to join them. A blanket and something wispy cloth to wave about is never a bad idea. But the most important part of dancing with the spirits is the mask. Of course there is also the quandary before going to the fire circle. It is always better to have options, “Which mask should I wear?” than to have to admit, “I don’t have a single mask to wear.”

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21Sep

Thursday Sampler Beginning Wheel & Handbuilding – Nikki Svarverud

September 21, 2023
$234.00

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During the first 4 weeks basic wheel throwing skills will be taught. The last 4 weeks will focus on basic handbuilding techniques, using the tools in the studio. A FABULOUS glaze lecture is included. No experience is necessary.

One 25 lb bag of clay provided. Open studio included. Limited to 10 students age 18 years & up.

$234 for 8 weeks

Class meets weekly from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Thursday September 21 – Thursday November 9

Membership 2024

$30.00

Available

Effective Date: January 1 – December 31, 2024

Current Benefits include:

  • 2 Firing Tickets with every bag of clay purchased
  • A numbered membership card for the year
  • Be considered for a monitor position
  • Vote in elections and on Bylaw changes
  • Attend the annual General Membership Meeting
  • Run for a Board of Directors position

When you become a member, you’re agreeing to receive email communication from Willamette Art Center.

  • Receive invitations to special events

Open Studio Pass – 1 Month

$60.00

Available

1 Month Open Studio Pass. This pass entitles the patron 30 days of work from the date of purchase. Limited to designated open studio hours.

No instruction, clay, firing, or tools included.

Store pickup only:
Friends of the Visual Arts
2330 17th St NE Salem, OR

Open Studio Pass – 1 Year

$600.00

Available

The annual open studio pass entitles the patron to a full year of work from date of purchase. Limited to designated open studio hours.

Instruction and clay not provided.

Store pickup only:
Friends of the Visual Arts
2330 17th St NE Salem, OR

Open Studio Pass – 15 Visit

$125.00

Available

15 Visit Open Studio Pass. This pass entitles the patron to 15 days to work in the studio during designated open studio hours.

Does not include instruction or materials.

Store pickup only:
Friends of the Visual Arts
2330 17th St NE Salem, OR

Open Studio Pass – 45 Visit

$360.00

Available

45 Visit Open Studio Pass. This pass entitles the patron 45 days to work in the studio during designated open studio hours.

Does not include instruction or materials

Store pickup only:
Friends of the Visual Arts
2330 17th St NE Salem, OR
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08Jan

Paper Clay Handbuilding – Doug Dacar

January 8, 2024
$234.00

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Want to expand your working ceramic vocabulary? Paper clay has endless possibilities. Cellulose fibers mixed with any clay harden, then fired and glazed. This material pushes the ceramic boundaries. You will build in solid and slip clay. Other materials bond well and can be fired with paper clay. Wet clay including paper clay bonds to bisque. Yes, it’s magic. It’s functional and sculptural so you can let your creativity flow. Limited to ten students aged 18 years and older. One 25 lb. bag of clay and open studio time included.

$234 for 8 weeks

Class meets weekly from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Monday January 8 – Monday February 26

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21Mar

“Get a Grip” Workshop – Dana Field

March 21, 2024
$20.00

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Six ways to handle a mug!

Students will learn how to make hand-built, pulled and loop tool handles. Explore fit and ergonomics of handles. How to attach handles.

Bring the most comfortable mug from your kitchen for group discussion or ergonomics, function and aesthetics. Students will practice making multiple handles (clay provided), then attach one to a leather-hard mug provided by instructor.

Materials are provided. Limited to 12 students age 18 years & up.

$20 for 1 day. Workshop proceeds support Willamette Art Center’s scholarship fund.

THURSDAY March 21. 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

24Mar

Beyond Centering Workshop – Chantal Barton

March 24, 2024
$60.00

8 Available

Transforming self, matter and energy into clarity, art and function.
A collaboration between Willamette Arts Center, Chantal Barton of Resonance Yoga Collective, and CT Holman of Redwood Springs.

Whether or not you have mastered the skill of centering clay on the wheel, whether you are a beginner or an expert, this workshop will offer you a next level understanding of centering.

Start Spring with a new focus: learn about “centering,” not just as a basic pottery skill, but as an ongoing process. Make more space in your body and mind for the ongoing development of self and art. This unique opportunity will include in-depth discussion, light movement, centering practice at the wheel, expert guidance and, as a bonus, an introduction to how rhythm and sound can bring more freedom of expression, calm, and focus.

This class is for anyone who wants to expand their understanding of wheel throwing skills, it is not a beginner wheel throwing class. The basic ability to center clay on the wheel is required. No pottery pieces will be made during this workshop.

Minimum 6 and maximum 12 students age 18 years & up.

$60 for 1 day workshop

Sunday March 24. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

16Mar

Drum Workshop – Jim Ransom

March 16, 2024
$130.00

5 Available

Make a drum! Participants will receive a bisqueware drum. They will glaze and raku fire the drum then attach the drumhead during the first day of the workshop. The second day will involve finishing the drum and trying it out. All materials to complete a drum will be provided as well as a demonstration on throwing a drum barrel.

Limited to 8 students age 16 years & up.

$130 for 2 day workshop

Saturday March 16. 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. & Monday March 18. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

20Mar

Glazing 101 Workshop – Kevin Herzberg

March 20, 2024
$20.00

4 Available

Bring a bisqued pot to glaze, or just watch and learn. This is a beginner level overview, perfect for studio pass users who haven’t had a recent class at the WAC. Learn the pros & cons of our different kinds of glazes, best methods to apply glaze on different shapes of pots, and how to avoid common glaze flaws. We’ll demonstrate how to do it right, and show finished examples of the good, the bad, & the ugly. There will be time for Q&A and coaching as you glaze the piece you brought.

  1. The different kinds of glaze.
  • Pros and cons of the different sets of glazes at WAC: cone 10, Raku. Where to put each type of glazed ware to get fired.
  • What is glaze made of (glass former, stabilizer, flux, colorant), why it needs to be stirred thoroughly, why & how to avoid cross-contamination, matte vs glossy.
  • Hazard of ingestion or breathing glaze dust – wet-wipe all spills.
  1. Methods
  • How to apply glaze: brushing, dipping and pouring
  • Demonstrate use of wax, whisk, tongs, ladle, measuring cups
  • How to dip or pour glaze onto different shapes – plate, bowl, mug, vase
  • Layering glazes – some of the coolest combos (finished example pieces, tell how glazes were applied)
  1. How to avoid common glaze challenges:
  • Avoid drips, chips, bald spots, pinholes, running, crawling.
  • How much glaze is enough, how much is too much,
  • How to work with glazes that run (interior of bowls, rims only)
  • Use of cookies to avoid $$ shelf damage
  1. (If there’s time) how different shapes of feet on a pot make it easier to glaze.

Limited to 15 students age 16 years & up.

$20 for 1 day workshop

Wednesday March 20. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.