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Tool Making Workshop – Open Studio Pass Required

January 3, 2024 There are no spaces available at this time.

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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 There are no spaces available at this time.

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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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“Get a Grip” Workshop – Dana Field

May 30, 2024 There are no spaces available at this time.

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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 10 students age 18 years and older.

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

THURSDAY May 30. 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.


Ceramic Whistle & Flute Making Workshop – Jim Ransom

June 22, 2024 4 Spaces Available

4 Available

In this two-session workshop, you will create with clay and make music. Jim will take you on a musical journey. In the first session, you will make two types of whistles. Jim provides tips, insightful guidance and detailed handouts. You will learn simple tool making and ways to tune your musical instrument. During the second session, Jim will share more complex techniques and flute building will be covered and techniques for glazing. Materials are provided, bisque and glaze firing are included.

Limited to 10 students age 14 years and older.

$90 for 2 day workshop

Saturday June 22 and June 29. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Dad’s Day Clay Mask Workshop – Michelle Blumenthal

June 16, 2024 This Class has ended

4 Available

Looking for a special way to spend Dad’s Day? Bring your best buddy or buddies and join the fun for a clay mask-making workshop. Appropriate for ages 9 to 99. You will learn to make a unique ceramic clay mask, a work-of-art up to 8″ long, suitable for wall decor or a planter. Your mask will be glazed, fired and ready within about two weeks. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Gift certificates are available and make a great Father’s Day gift.

Materials, tools and firing are included. Minimum of eight and maximum of 14 enrollees, age 9 years and older. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

$30 for 1 day workshop.

Sunday June 16. 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Drum Workshop – Jim Ransom

March 16, 2024 There are no spaces available at this time.

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

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Glazing 101 Workshop – Kevin Herzberg

March 20, 2024 There are no spaces available at this time.

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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.


Intro to Stained Glass Assembly Workshop – William Reichle

August 10, 2024 13 Spaces Available

13 Available

“There are times when the waves of life cascade over our walls and overflow into our internal spaces. Lest we forget the beauty that surrounds us, even in these turbulent times.”

-William Reichle

You will learn how to foil, solder, clean, frame, and polish this project with the prepared glass kit provided to you (precut and ground). The first 15 minutes of class we will cover safety, tools, and the materials you will be using.

This class has a 5-day cancellation policy. If you need to cancel beyond this time period for any reason, you will only be permitted a refund if your seat can be filled.

Skill level: beginner
Class minimum 10 students, maximum of 15.
$110 for 1 day 5-hour workshop.*
*May run over depending on the speed of each individual.

Saturday August 10. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Moms Do Clay Day – Michelle Blumenthal & Christine Lamoureux

May 14, 2023 There are no spaces available at this time.

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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 There are no spaces available at this time.

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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