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This course is for beginning students who want to learn how to make functional tableware on the potter’s wheel. Students will learn how to wedge clay, follow the steps to create cylinders, cups, and bowl forms. Finishing techniques including trimming and adding handles will be taught. We will also cover basic glazing and surface techniques. Please come to class excited, ready for new insights, prepared for lots of practice and a positive attitude! Mandatory clean up the last week of class.
July 12th - September 6th
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
COST INCLUDES: One 25lb bag of house clay, instruction, studio membership and museum membership during the length of the class. Students are responsible for purchasing clay through the studio's store. Clay cost includes firing fees, wax, studio stains, and cone 10 glazes. NO OUTSIDE CLAY ALLOWED.
**PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE, PLEASE REGISTER BY PHONE OR IN PERSON**
**NO CLASS REFUNDS**
**REGISTRATION DEADLINE FRIDAY, JULY 6th, 2018**
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Instructor: Damian Ross
I started my ceramics journey as a child in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. My sister and I gathered clay and tried to make stuff. Clay was plentiful there but not very plastic. I remember thinking if it was a little more workable we could make just about anything, it was still so exciting. There was just something about it that was special.
I really was formally introduced to clay at Claremont High school, where Ceramics was a popular elective. We learned many skills there, mixing our own clay, and glazes, also kiln building, and raku firing. A few of my friends from that time continued with ceramics throughout their lives, and have taught at the college level. Some have even had distinguished careers in the Arts. Claremont California has been a Mecca for Ceramics and for Art in general.
I attended Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut CA. when the Ceramics Dept. was known as a school for potters. I built my own kilns and wheels and worked in a studio in Claremont for about 10 years. Later I attended Pitzer college and graduated with a BA in Art.
After my time at Pitzer I decided to apply to Claremont Graduate University where I earned an MA in Art, and MFA in Sculpture.
I have enjoyed serving as an Adjunct Faculty member at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, also at Fullerton College in Fullerton, all in Southern California. I have taught at Cal State University San Bernardino in San Bernardino CA. and La Sierra University, Riverside CA.
Visit Damian on Instagram @drossclaynfishn