Studio Master Calendar
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Crossings' clay studio was created to allow clay artists and potters of all levels to explore their creativity and work in a supportive environment.
The advantages of becoming a clay studio member are more than just access to equipment and workspace - you get to join a clay community where ideas, inspiration and laughter are generously shared. Above all, the most important thing is to have fun!
In the Clay Studio you'll find great natural light, and space for working in clay, whether you're working on the wheel or handbuilding.
bodies available at Crossings:
A profile page on our website for interested members.
A full one year studio membership is $55 per month (students $45/month) plus a one-time refundable security deposit of $100.
If you sign up for a Clay Studio membership while taking a wheel class, you will receive $30 off your first two months of membership. Save $60!
Pottery Wheel with Tracy Calmes
Dive into a six-week-long adventure with a pottery wheel!
You will get the personal one-on-one help you need to 'get your hands dirty' and move into pottery. Experienced throwers will refine the skills of centering, throwing & trimming. Beginners will learn the basics of wheel-thrown pottery and develop the skills necessary to throw a pot - and to become a clay studio member if you choose! Class sessions are flexible so as to meet everyone's scheduling needs. Can't make it one evening? Make up time is available in the Clay Studio.
Will you fall in love? We think so.
Instructor: Tracy Calmes. Tracy has enjoyed developing her ceramics skills ever since she took a class 12 years ago. She is a member of the Clay Stucio at Crossings.
Making Pots that Work with Brett Monahan
Tea pot by Julie Devetter
In this intensive, six-session class with Brett Monahan, you will learn to polish your basic wheel-throwing skills, refine your forms, and gain success at throwing the pot you want, rather than having to settle for the pot you get.
Students will spend time practicing techniques such as trimming, forming cylinders, spouts and handles, and delve into the finer details of throwing and finishing. Glazing and decorating techniques will be discussed and practiced during the last two weeks.
Class sessions are flexible so as to meet everyone's scheduling needs. Can't make it one evening? Make up time is available in the Clay Studio.
Instructor Brett Monahan studied ceramics at the University of South Dakota. He has been employed as a potter for Red Wing Stoneware for two years.
Daytime Pottery Wheel for Adults
Dive into a week-long adventure with a pottery wheel!
One additional class session will be held for glazing; date will be determined by class participants. Class sessions are flexible so as to meet everyone's scheduling needs. Can't make it one evening? Make up time is available in the Clay Studio.
You will get the personal one-on-one help you need to 'get your hands dirty' and move into pottery. Experienced throwers will refine the skills of centering, throwing & trimming. Beginners will learn the basics of wheel-thrown pottery and develop the skills necessary to throw a pot - and to become a clay studio member if you choose!
Will you fall in love? We think so.
Instructor: Tracy Calmes. Tracy has enjoyed developing her ceramics skills ever since she took a class 12 years ago. She is a member of the Clay Studio at Crossings.
The Dynamic Art of Raku: Firing Outside
Create your own piece of ceramic art! Here's your opportunity to fire it using the dynamic and exciting Raku method.
Everyone from beginners to experts are welcome.
Raku firing is a unique process that creates results different from traditional electric or gas firing. The rapid heating and reduction (removal of oxygen through combustion) of glazes gives a wide range of results, from the black smoke staining of the clay to iridescent shimmering metallics. It is a very hands-on process, from looking in the heating kiln to check temperature progress to pulling hot artwork out of the kiln and plunging it into metal trash cans for rapid cooling.
Students will take their bisque-fired piece(s) created in advance and glaze, using raku glazes, and fire in a portable raku kiln. More experienced students can also bring pieces made independently to raku fire; stoneware and raku clays work best. Raku techniques, materials and glazing, and processes will be covered.
The firing is done outdoors using propane. Raku firing is a dynamic and exciting process where bisque-fired work that has been glazed using special raku glazes is rapidly heated to approximately 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. It is then removed from the kiln, using tongs and other metal tools, and is then placed into a trash can with combustible materials such as newspaper to achieve rapid reduction, creating unique glaze results. Each firing takes approximately 90 minutes from start to finish; 45 minutes to fire, and 45 minutes for the work to cool down in a reduction container. The kiln can be reloaded after about 30 minutes of cool down time.
Each student will have the opportunity to fire work that fits within the designated kiln space per $20 supply fee. If you have more work to fire, simply sign up for more firings. Please let us know when registering how many pieces you’d like to fire so we can calculate firing times.
Instructor Lisa Truax is an Assistant Professor of Art at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. She received her BA in Studio Art and Graphic Design from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and her MFA in Ceramics from Michigan State University. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally in a variety of solo and group exhibitions. Lisa has been teaching ceramics and other art methods for 10 years, and enjoys teaching and bringing the experience of working with clay to students, from beginners to advanced levels.
We understand entirely that life brings many surprises to us all, and sometimes people must cancel their class reservation.
We sincerely do our level best to accommodate each individual’s request when emergencies arise.
However, if cancellations occur within a week of the class start date, granting a refund frequently means we operate at a loss. Materials have already been purchased, and instructors have agreed to a set minimum compensation.
Please help us continue to offer these wonderful classes, at the most affordable costs possible, by reading and adhering to our cancellation and refund policy:
Class participants who cancel 21 or more days prior to the class start date will receive a 100% refund, and will be charged a $15 cancellation fee.
Class participants who cancel 8-20 days prior to the class start date will receive a 50% refund.
No refunds will be issued 0-7 days prior to the class start date.