THE
SMITHY

Gallery & Clay Studio

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS


The Smithy Clay Studio offers a wide variety of Classes and Workshops year round, taught by experienced and friendly instructors.  Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you are guaranteed to find a class to meet your creative needs and skill level.  There are plenty of class options for both adults and children, so bring the whole family!

*All Classes, Workshops & Open Studio must be pre-registered!
Call (607) 547-8671 or email us at gallery@smithyarts.org

2018 Winter Class Schedule
Registration is Now Open!

To Sign Up for Classes:
Please call Clay Studio Manager Jon Stein at
(607) 547-8671 or email gallery@smithyarts.org.
Classes fill quickly, so don't delay!

For a Downloadable / Printable Version of this Schedule, Click HERE
 

MONDAY   01/08 - 02/26

Advanced Wheel Throwing w/ Jon Stein (8 weeks,  9-12pm  $220)
Have you been throwing for a while, but can’t quite get the clay to do what you want it to? Are you interested in throwing larger pieces and exploring new forms?  Are you your own worst critic and just want to make pots you’re proud of?  This is the class for you!

Centering the Potter and The Clay w/ Karla Andela (8 weeks,  6-9pm  $220)
Using mindful breathing and stretching we will approach wheel throwing with centered attention. Each class will give participants a break from the bustle of life to be present for their journey with the clay. Inhale Life, Exhale Gratitude.

TUESDAY   01/09 - 02/27

Wheel Throwing Techniques and Surface Treatment w/ Ingrid Guiter (8 weeks, 9-12pm  $220)
Not only will this course provide step by step instruction to help you develop your skills, this class will help with the "okay I threw a pot, now what?" syndrome. Ingrid will share her knowledge of carving and glazing techniques. We are thrilled to welcome her back to the Smithy Clay Studio.

Sets and Series: Hand Building w/ Amy Cannon (8 weeks,  6-9pm  $220)
This class will place an emphasis on creating groups of five or more hand-built functional or nonfunctional objects. Use this class to challenge your understandings of form and space and explore how your objects relate to each other as either a set or a series.  All levels are welcome.  All projects are encouraged, large and small.  

WEDNESDAY   01/10 - 02/28

Intro to Wheel w/ Eileen Anania (8 weeks,  9-12pm  $220)
She has been a fixture around the studio for years, and is ready to share what she has learned. No experience needed, but perfect for folks with a class or two under their belt as well! All wheel all the time with Eileen.

Centering the Potter and The Clay w/ Karla Andela (8 weeks,  6-9pm  $220)
Using mindful breathing and stretching we will approach wheel throwing with centered attention. Each class will give participants a break from the bustle of life to be present for their journey with the clay. Inhale Life, Exhale Gratitude.

THURSDAY   01/11 - 03/01

All Things Sculpture w/ Madeline Walker (8 weeks,  10am-1pm  $220)
In this 8 week class, we will explore various hand building & press molding techniques to complement your working style in ceramic sculpture and design. We will try out various painting methods, using a combination of mason stains, velvet underglazes, and acrylic paint. We will also cover a range of installation and wall mounting techniques, as well as alternative and traditional pedestal displays. You will have the option of formulating a paper clay body with added green strength, particularly for artists that would like to work on a larger scale.

Kids Clay Class w/ Madeline Walker (Two 4 week sessions,  3:15-5pm  $85 each)
A great opportunity for the next generation to explore the wonderful medium that is clay and get their hands dirty. Hand building techniques will be utilized to make pots, sculptures, masks, and all kinds of cool stuff. Ages 7-12.
 
-The First session runs 01/11 - 02/01
-The Second session runs 02/08 - 03/8   *no class on 2/22

(Students have the option of taking either 4 week session, or taking both as one singular continuous 8 week course)

FRIDAY   01/12 - 03/02

Independent Study w/ Jon Stein (8 weeks,  9-12pm  $220)
This class is designed for individuals with a specific project in mind that they would like to complete over the course of the two month session. Demonstrations and discussions will be tailored to meet the needs of the group. Hand builders and wheel throwers are welcome.

OPEN STUDIO   01/08 - 03/10

Without taking a class 
 Use of Studio during scheduled hours, one bag of clay, use of glazes and firing. No Instruction Provided. Adults only please ($150)
In addition to taking a class
Use of studio during scheduled hours, use of glazes and firing. No Instruction provided. Adults only please ($40)
 
Open Studio Hours
Monday 12-3pm
Wednesday 12-3pm
Thursday 6-9pm
Friday 1-4pm
Saturday 1-4pm