Studio Master Calendar
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 Amy Cass
For any level potter – beginners and advanced.
Amy Cass received a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Iowa. She taught high school art at Lourdes High School in Rochester, MN. When Amy moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 1985, she spent the next 20 years as a painter specializing in Trompe l’oeil.
Boot Camp! One-Day Wheel Intensives
The Dynamic Art of Raku: A Ceramic Workshop
Create your own piece of ceramic art, and have the 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.
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.
Raku Firing, a Hands On Experience:
Students will take their previously fired bisqueware 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.
Pottery Wheel with Katie Smither
Join a pottery wheel class and let our seasoned and talented instructor Katie Smither guide you step-by-step to the joys of creating on the pottery wheel.
You will get the personal one-on-one help you need to 'get your hands dirty' and move into pottery. Learn and refine the skills of centering, throwing & trimming on the potters wheel. You will learn the basics (even if you're a complete beginner!) of wheel-thrown pottery and develop the skills necessary to throw a pot -and to become a clay studio member if you choose!
Instructor: Katie Smither. Katie says ceramics is the art form that has most allowed her to explore her thoughts in a more tactile way and to express her creativity in a challenging and rewarding way. Trained at the Berea College Ceramic Production Studio, she maintains a studio in Rochester.
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.