Beginning Hand-Building Ceramics

with Brandi Phillips


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Tuesdays & Thursdays

April 19, 2022 - May 5, 2022

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Materials Fee (Paid at the Beginning of Class)

$20, Payable to the Floyd Center for the Arts at the Beginning of the Class

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Class Description

Throughout the course, we will find inspiration through the history of ceramics and the cultural influences of Native American, Chinese, Japanese, and South American pottery. We will get to know the clay and how it's formed together in different hand building processes - starting out with pinch pots that can be used as planters, coil pots, small boxes and trays. Students will learn how to roll out clay in a slab roller and by hand, learn how to make handmade tiles using carving, relief and sgraffito to give dimension, and make a Japanese tray with side and handles and a lantern with cut outs to let light shine through. We will make pendants for earrings and necklaces, ornaments and small animals. Our last project will be a fairy garden with mushrooms or anything that comes to our imaginations. We will be bisque firing, glazing, and a final firing. Students will have fun with decorating, hand painting, wax work, dipping and splashing of glazes.

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Materials List

Students may bring any favorite tools they have and items to use for relief work such as leaves, twigs, seeds, wood carvings or found items.

Minimum Age

14 years and older, exceptions with special permission

About the Instructor

I grew up Costa Rica until I was 7 years old and have been inspired by the ever changing tides of the sea. I attended Virginia Western community college where I focused on communication design. After a 4 years snow filled years in Colorado I returned to Roanoke and graduated from Hollins University with a BFA with a concentration in ceramics. Since graduating I’ve created pottery at the Northwest pottery studio in Washington, Breck create in Colorado and Tater Knob pottery in Kentucky. I’m planning on getting my MFA and would like to get some teaching experience.

Class Registration and Cancellation Policy

Advance Registration Required.

Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.

Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.