Modern pottery clay is composed of minerals dug up from the earth, combined into an elastic mud we turn into functional wares that lasts thousands of years. Just amazing if think about it.
Glazes are also made up of minerals dug up from the earth, pulverized into powders and combined based on the chemical reactions to one another when heated to thousands of degrees to ignite their potentials and outcomes.
But there is one substance we can use to glaze pots readily accessible to anyone with a wood burning fireplace, pit, or stove. Wood ash.
I find this even more profound, taking a byproduct made during the burning process then using it during a hotter burning process to acquire something aesthetic. Something holistic.
*covers lessons, all materials & tools, unlimited studio access outside class sessions, and unlimited clay
SPACE IS LIMITED, SIGN-UP EARLY!!!
Classes will meet once per week for 4 weeks. Each class is 2 hours per class session. Classes are designed for introductory level students, as well as those who have had previous experience who wish to further develop their skills. Students will also have access to the studio outside of class time to practice on their own similar to a gym membership. Students will learn the basics of both hand-building pottery methods as well as using the potter’s wheel. The 4th and final week of class, students will also be introduced to glazing their pottery.
Pottery classes are taught by expert potter, Rob Alsobrook, who has taught ceramics and art courses at the college and high school levels over 10 years and has been a practicing artist since 2000. He holds 2 degrees; a Bachelors from Union University where he studied under artist Lee Benson. Rob holds the highest collegiate degree available (Master of Fine Arts, equivalent to a Ph.D) in sculpture & ceramics from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Rob has also worked with some of the most renowned ceramic artists of the day including, but not limited to, John Balistreri, Jun Kaneko, Don Reitz, and Jun Park. Rob and wife, Emily, started a cultural art exchange in China and Korea in 2014 and continue to advance dialog via the arts locally and internationally in the USA, China, North & South Korea.
Our March/April pottery class is currently open for enrollment!
Course Schedule Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (March 3/23, 3/30, April 6, 4/13, 4/20 No Class for Easter Break, 4/27)
Description Classes will meet once per week for 5 weeks. Each class is 2.5 hours per session. Classes are designed for introductory level students, but accommodations will be made for those who have taken previous courses and wish to develop their skills. Students will also have access to the studio outside of class time to practice on their own as much as they would like.
Students will learn the basics of both hand-building pottery methods as well as using the potter’s wheel. The 5th and final week of class, students will also be introduced to glazing their pottery.
**To reserve your space, full payment must be made. In the event a student is unable to come to class after registering and needs to withdrawal, student will be subject to a $50 fee if the space cannot be filled. Checks can be made out to: Rob Alsobrook. Credit Card payments can also be arranged upon request via Apple Pay or Pay Pal subject to a transaction fee by vendor.
To enroll or for more questions about pottery classes contact Rob at 731-388-7278, and texting is fine too.