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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.


Drum Workshop – Jim Ransom

October 7, 2023

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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 October 7. 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM & Saturday October 14. 4:30PM – 5:30 PM

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Mindful Sculpting – K.D. Rowell

September 20, 2023

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Join us as we experiment with a variety of art processes which will include mindful-clay-sculpt and scribble art. All experiences can be used as tools which offer focused goals (i.e. design/project ideas, self reflection) and/or opportunities for playfulness and energy release. Through this creative exploration we will be practicing grounding techniques and the magic that comes when we may not be looking.

Supplies provided. All skill levels welcome. Limited to 7 students age 18 years & up.

$100 for 4 week workshop

Wednesday September 20 – October 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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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