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Tool Making Workshop – Open Studio Pass Required

January 3, 2024

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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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Carving & Other Surfaces Techniques Workshop – Isabel Newlin

March 27, 2023

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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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Friday Mask Class – Greg Gregg

June 16, 2023

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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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Thursday Sampler Beginning Wheel & Handbuilding – Nikki Svarverud

September 21, 2023

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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

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Paper Clay Handbuilding – Doug Dacar

January 8, 2024

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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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“Get a Grip” Workshop – Dana Field

March 21, 2024

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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.


Beyond Centering Workshop – Chantal Barton

March 24, 2024

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.


Drum Workshop – Jim Ransom

March 16, 2024

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.


Glazing 101 Workshop – Kevin Herzberg

March 20, 2024

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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.

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Moms Do Clay Day – Michelle Blumenthal & Christine Lamoureux

May 14, 2023

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Fire up your creativity on Mother’s Day! Join us for the 1st Annual Willamette Art Center “Moms Do Clay Day.” Learn something new and create a “Buddy Vase or Planter,” a unique pottery piece to be cherished for years to come. Our instructors will walk you through simple techniques – no skill or experience necessary. Invite a friend and/or your mom, sister, aunt, grandmother too. The work you make will be glazed, fired and ready within about 2 weeks. Gift cards are available – makes a great Mother’s Day gift.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Michelle and Christine are donating their fees to the WAC.

Includes all materials and firing. Limited to 10 students, age 18 years & up.

$45 for 1 day workshop

Sunday May 14. 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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Wiggle Wire Texturing Workshop – Dana Field

March 30, 2023

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Join Dana Field for a fun, interactive workshop. Dana will demonstrate wiggle wire texturing techniques. She will guide students through the process as they complete their choice of several handbuilt and thrown projects.

  • Project #1: Make a tumbler from a textured slab.
  • Project #2: Make a textured facet-cut vase.
  • Project #3: Make a mug or bowl with stretched texture.

Participants must have completed a beginning handbuilding or wheel class. Dana is donating her fee to the WAC Scholarship Fund.

Materials are included. Limited to 10 students age 18 years & up.

$25 for 1 day workshop

Thursday March 30. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM