The Multnomah Arts Center offers ceramics classes for adults and youth year round. Below is a listing of some of our typical class offerings. Come by to pick up a schedule that includes dates of current classes and workshops.
Ceramics Coordinator: Nicole Rawlins
For Adults & Teens
HAND & WHEEL-BEGINNING
Explore handbuilding techniques through guided projects including tiles, slab planter, box with lid, and coil vessels. Learn wheelthrowing techniques including centering, opening, pulling and collaring, trimming, and using ribs. Glazing techniques such as slip trailing, dipping, brushing, decorating with oxide washes, and using wax resist are also included.
HAND & WHEEL ALL-LEVELS
Experience beginning to advanced techniques in clay using the methods of pinch, slab, coil, and wheel throwing. Find your own path to creativity by applying colored clay to your work and carving. While on the wheel or by hand, learn the design elements of line, form, shape, and space. From forming, trimming, to glazing, be escorted into the world of clay.
HAND & WHEEL-INTERMEDIATE
Explore advanced techniques in form, surface, and finish. Demonstrations may include: lids, handles, section pots, altering forms, forms, and fixtures for handbuilders, simple mechanical drawing techniques, and the use of slips in different consistencies. More advanced glazing techniques, including spraying and wax over, will be covered.
SCULPTURE 3D DESIGN
Explore the endless possibilities that clay can offer in this sculpture class. Tell your stories and bring your ideas to life as you reate animals, figures, forms, and more. A variety of slab, coiling, and modeling techniques will be demonstrated, as well as surface decoration and glazing. Look at both historical and contemporary ceramic sculpture for inspiration and ideas.
HAND & WHEEL-FOCUSING ON FORM
Design traditional and non-traditional pieces for presenting food. Demonstrations will be on making dinnerware and serving pieces, using classical throwing and/or handbuilding techniques.
WHEEL THROWING: BEGINNING & BACK TO BASICS
New to wheel-throwing, or want to brush up and review the basics? This wheel only class will focus on the fundamentals of throwing, through demonstrations and one-on-one instruction. Move at your own pace as you learn to throw basic forms- cups, cylinders, bowls, and plates. Glazing and materials are also covered.
HAND’S ON HANDBUILDING
Have you ever wondered what you can make with clay? Learn how to make functional and sculptural clay works of art using techniques of coil, slab, extruding, carving, and manipulating forms. Surface design processes in texture will also be discussed.
Craft large hand built forms utilizing the fundamentals and techniques of this method. The object grows according to imagination and creativity.
HANDBUILDING FOR SENIORS
Let’s play with clay! Explore the art of ceramics while creating treasures to take home. Craft handbuilt bowls or sculpture while exploring pinch, coil, and slab forms. Gain knowledge of the fundamentals in a creative, nurturing environment. Does not include Open Studio.
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF GLAZES
Get out of your glazing rut and expand your creativity. Using MAC’s glazes and stains, explore glaze application and techniques. Create a set of test tiles and learn how to interpret the results.
RAKU: THE HEAT IS ON
Would you like to get creative with a little fire? Turn up the heat and discover the art of Raku! The Japanese process of firing ceramics. Create decorative, sculptural, and whimsical pieces to fire in this unique atmosphere. Class instruction includes forming pieces, adornments, glaze application, and the firing process.
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST CERAMIC WORKSHOPS
The Multnomah Arts Center features special guest artist ceramic workshops from time to time. Past artists include: Patrick Horsley, Judy and Lincoln Tufoya, Thanh Binh Duong, Steven Hill, Wally Schwab, and more.
CERAMIC OFFERINGS for Youth
* Clay Creations
* Handbuilding & Sculpture
* Interdisciplinary Camps
* Family Clay Classes
Open studio is available to any student registered for a teen and adult ceramics class (unless otherwise indicated). No instruction is provided during Open Studio. It is intended for personal enrichment and recreation. Production for retail and use of outside clay are not allowed.
REGISTRATION FOR OPEN STUDIO
For Fall 2021, register for Open Studio times online or over the phone starting Monday, October 11 at 12:30 pm. Use of the wheel requires prior wheel experience.
Open Studio hours are as follows:
* Tuesdays | 6:30 – 9:30pm
* Thursdays | 12:00 – 3:00pm
* Saturdays | 12:30 – 4:30pm
OPEN STUDIO RATES
- Monday – Friday $6
- Saturday $8
Only work done during open pottery or a MAC class may be fired. All clay must be purchased at MAC.
** Refund policy: Please notify the MAC office at least 7 days in advance to receive a refund. Students that withdraw from ceramics class will also be withdrawn from Open Studio sessions.
- 19 Electric Wheels
- 4 Bisque Kilns, 2 Gas Reduction Kilns, 1 Raku Kiln
- Heated Dry Box
- 7 Colors of Englobe Slips
- High Fire Glazes & Raku Glazes
- Laguna Spray Booth for Glazes
- Griffin Grip & Community Tools
- Slab Roller
- Extruder & Die Sets
- Molds of Plaster, Clay, & Fabric
- Lockers & storage
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL CERAMICS STUDENTS:
We require all ceramics students to read and follow the Clay Studio Policy. It contains information about student responsibilities and studio safety. Please read it by your first class. Copies are available online here, at the MAC office, and posted in the Clay Studio. By registering for a class or signing up for Open Pottery, you are agreeing to follow studio policy. Thank you!
FOR ALL CLAY CLASSES:
Pick up work during open clay studio times only.