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Adult Pottery

    • May 23, 2024
    • June 15, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Registration deadline: May 21

    Ages 13+ 

    Fire! Smoke! Drama! Instant Gratification! That's what Raku pottery is all about.  This three week course will focus on wheel and hand building raku pieces that will be fired during the last class out back in our raku kiln.  All materials included. 

    Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


    Dates: Thursdays 5/23 and 6/6 

    Time:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Date:  Saturday 6/15

    Time:  10:00 - 1:00 pm

    3 sessions 





    • June 10, 2024
    • June 24, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 4
    Register

    Registration deadline: June 3

    Ages 12+


    Come learn how to create some unique mugs using the slab building method. We will learn how to roll out clay and form it into mugs with tripod feet in this class. Applying glazes will make your mugs truly unique. All materials included


    Instructor: Tyler Stauffer


    Dates: Mondays, 6/10 & 6/24

    2 sessions

    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



    • June 14, 2024
    • July 19, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • North Hills Art Center
    • 3
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    Registration deadline: June 7

    Ages 18+

    There is a reason why we loved using our imaginations and getting our hands dirty as children.  Creating is an integral part of every one of us! Join us for a fun, refreshing and completely judgement free class as we learn the basics of wheel throwing. Learn to make one-of-a-kind, unique to you mugs, bowls, and vases, while tapping into that inner-child and finding joy in getting your hands muddy again. While this class will be going over the basics, all levels are welcome. All materials included.

    Instructor: Beth Baskinger


    Dates: Fridays  6/14 - 7/19

    (no class  7/5 & 7/12)

    4 sessions

    Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm





      • June 14, 2024
      • July 19, 2024
      • 4 sessions
      • North Hills Art Center
      • 6
      Register

      Registration deadline: June 7

      Ages 18+

      There is a reason why we loved using our imaginations and getting our hands dirty as children.  Creating is an integral part of every one of us! Join us for a fun, refreshing and completely judgement free class as we learn the basics of wheel throwing. Learn to make one-of-a-kind, unique to you mugs, bowls, and vases, while tapping into that inner-child and finding joy in getting your hands muddy again. While this class will be going over the basics, all levels are welcome. All materials included.

      Instructor: Beth Baskinger


      Dates: Fridays  6/14 - 7/19

      (no class  7/5 & 7/12)

      4 sessions

      Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm





        • June 14, 2024
        • July 19, 2024
        • 4 sessions
        • North Hills Art Center
        • 0
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        Registration deadline:  June 7

        Ages 18+


        There is a reason why we loved using our imaginations and getting our hands dirty as children.  Creating is an integral part of every one of us! Join us for a fun, refreshing and completely judgement free class as we learn the basics of wheel throwing. Learn to make one-of-a-kind, unique to you mugs, bowls, and vases, while tapping into that inner-child and finding joy in getting your hands muddy again. While this class will be going over the basics, all levels are welcome. All materials included.

        Instructor: Beth Baskinger


        Dates: Fridays 6/14 - 7/19

        (no class  7/5 & 7/12)

        4 sessions

        Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm





        • June 22, 2024
        • July 20, 2024
        • 4 sessions
        • North Hills Art Center
        • 0
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        Registration deadline: June 15

        Ages 18+


        Enhance your garden with a variety of clay creations made by you! Some projects you might consider would be Japanese lanterns, mushrooms, garden totems, bird baths, animal sculptures and gnomes. All materials included. 

        Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


        Dates: Saturdays 6/22 - 7/20

        (no class  7/13)

        4 sessions

        Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

        • June 22, 2024
        • July 20, 2024
        • 4 sessions
        • North Hills Art Center
        • 0
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        Registration deadline: June 15

        Ages 18+ 

        Fire and smoke provide the magic for our Raku and pit fired pottery.  We will explore the range of Raku techniques and expand the effects of your pit fired pieces through burnishing chemical additions and saggar firing. All materials included. 

        Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


        Dates: Saturdays 6/22 - 7/20

        (no class 7/13) 

        Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

        4 sessions 





        • June 23, 2024
        • August 04, 2024
        • 6 sessions
        • North Hills Art Center
        • 0
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        Registration deadline:  June 16

        Ages 18+


        This class is for all levels of experience and will focus on wheel throwing but also incorporate some aspects of handbuilding.  Beginners through advanced students will hone their skills from wet clay through the glazing process.  Come enjoy and exciting clay filled evening. All materials included. 


        Instructor: Cynthia Young


        Dates: Sundays 6/23 - 8/4

        (no class  7/28)

        6 sessions

        Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


        • June 26, 2024
        • August 07, 2024
        • 6 sessions
        • North Hills Art Center
        • 0
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        Registration deadline: June 19

        Ages 16+

        All experience levels are welcome in this general pottery class.  We will cover both wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques in this 6 week course.  Experienced students can improve their skills and beginners can learn the basics.  Everyone will create some unique pottery pieces.  The last class will focus on glazing.  A Raku firing will be scheduled if the class is interested. All materials included. 

        Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


        Dates: Wednesdays 6/26 - 8/7

        (no class  7/31)

        6 sessions

        Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm





          • July 01, 2024
          • August 12, 2024
          • 6 sessions
          • North Hills Art Center
          • 0
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          Registration deadline:  June 24

          Ages 18+


          This class is for all levels of experience and will focus on wheel throwing but also incorporate some aspects of handbuilding.  Beginners through advanced students will hone their skills from wet clay through the glazing process.  Come enjoy and exciting clay filled evening. All materials included. 


          Instructor: Cynthia Young


          Dates: Mondays 7/1 - 8/12

          (no class  8/5)

          6 sessions

          Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


          • July 01, 2024
          • August 12, 2024
          • 6 sessions
          • North Hills Art Center
          • 0
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          Registration deadline: June 24

          Ages 13+

          This class will introduce you to working with clay, from throwing on the wheel to handbuilding to glazing! Whether you're a beginner or a more advanced student, all are welcome to learn something new & further develop their skills. All materials included.

          Instructor: Katie Botterman


          Dates: Mondays 7/1 - 8/12

          (no class 8/5)

          6 sessions

          Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm




           


          • July 02, 2024
          • July 30, 2024
          • 4 sessions
          • North Hills Art Center
          • 6
          Register

          Registration deadline:  June 25

          Ages 18+

          There are many ways to make lids and lidded forms.  Come to this class and learn a few.  Jars and teapots need things like flanges, galleries, knobs and more.

          Students must have previously completed a 6 week pottery class at NHAC and must have wheel throwing experience.  

          All materials included.

          Instructor: Katie Botterman


          Dates: Tuesdays 7/2 - 7/30

          (no class  7/23)

          4 sessions

          Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm



          • July 11, 2024
          • August 22, 2024
          • 6 sessions
          • North Hills Art Center
          • 0
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          Registration deadline: July 4

          Ages 16+

          All experience levels are welcome in this general pottery class.  We will cover both wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques in this 6 week course.  Experienced students can improve their skills and beginners can learn the basics.  Everyone will create some unique pottery pieces.  The last class will focus on glazing.  A Raku firing will be scheduled if the class is interested. All materials included. 

          Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


          Dates: Thursdays 7/11 - 8/22

          (no class  8/15)

          6 sessions

          Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm





            • July 17, 2024
            • July 31, 2024
            • 2 sessions
            • North Hills Art Center
            • 0
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            Registration deadline: July 10

            Ages 14+

            Where will the garden elves and fairies live? In your hand built enchanted garden, of course! In this 2 week class, you will make a fairy house and all the accessories out of clay.   Pieces will be glazed at the second class. All materials included.

            Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


            Dates: Wednesdays, 7/17 & 7/31

            (no class 7/24)

            2 sessions

            Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

            • July 22, 2024
            • August 05, 2024
            • 2 sessions
            • North Hills Art Center
            • 3
            Register

            Registration deadline: July 15

            Ages 16+

            "Kurinuki" is a Japanese method of hand making pottery. It means "hollowing out". In this workshop, you will experience a new way of making pottery by carving out the forms from solid blocks of clay. This contemplative process allows the maker to connect with the clay body in a new, ancient way. We will explore the addition of textures and finish the pottery with glazing techniques that will enhance the textural surfaces. No clay experience needed. All materials included.


            Instructor: Diane Pontoriero


            Date: Mondays, 7/22 & 8/5

            Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


            • July 23, 2024
            • August 06, 2024
            • 2 sessions
            • North Hills Art Center
            • 6
            Register

            Registration deadline:  July 16

            Ages 18+

            Are you tired of spending time on a project and then not have the glaze turn out the way you wanted? Are you curious about what certain glazes look like, but don't want to risk your new favorite piece? Come learn how to make glaze test tiles for low stakes experimentation! Learn what to look for in a glaze and how to test for it.  Bring a notebook!  All materials included.

            *This workshop is for those who work regularly at the NHAC in either classes or AAP.

            Instructor: Katie Botterman

            Date: Tuesdays, 7/23 & 8/6

            (2 sessions)

            Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

            • July 27, 2024
            • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
            • North Hills Art Center
            • 3
            Register

            Registration deadline:  July 20

            Ages 18+

            In this all day intensive workshop you will design and build a wall curio to display all your special treasures.  You will be using slab construction techniques to make your curio and pick a glaze for the final firing (done by NHAC staff).

            You will supply the treasures for you curios.  All materials included.

            Instructor: Diane Pontoriero

            Date: Saturday, 7/27

            Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

            • August 13, 2024
            • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
            • North Hills Art Center
            • 8
            Register

            Registration deadline:  August 6

            Ages 13+

            Come learn to read and write, on both paper and clay, in the world's oldest writing system: cuneiform! Come to class with a phrase or some sentences that you want to press into a clay tablet, just like in ancient Mesopotamia.   All materials included.

            Instructor: Katie Botterman

            Date: Tuesday, 8/13

            Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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