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This is the perfect introductory class for a beginner who wants to learn the basic fundamentals of ceramics. Half the class will focus on hand building and half the class will focus on wheel throwing. Hand building techniques that will be taught are the basics: pinch, coil, and slab construction. On the potter's wheel, students will learn how to wedge clay, and follow the steps to create a cylinder through bowl form. Basic glazing will be taught half way through the class. Come to class with your sketchbook, tools, and questions. Mandatory clean up day the last week for all students.
January 8th - March 7th, 2019
Tuesdays & Thursdays
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.
**NO CLASS REFUNDS**
**REGISTRATION DEADLINE FRIDAY, January 4th, 2019**
Instructor: Damian Ross
I started my ceramics journey as a child in St. Clair Shores, MI. 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.