Shanks Ceramic Studio 719 Centreville Ave. Belleville, IL 62220 618-670-9625
Community Art Classes
Frequently Asked Questions... Answered.
Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. You will get muddy and more!
Bring with you: A towel, water, your Imagination, positive attitude, and that wild child spirit!
Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early to check-in to class and tour the studio.
Allow for time to clean up your workspace at the end of the lesson.
Plan ahead! Remember it may take 2-3 weeks for work to be fired.
Clay in a Day - Berry Basket (2.5 hours) Sunday August 5th 1pm-3:30pm Wednesday August 29th 5:30pm-8pm
This class is designed as a 1 day project. You will create your own clay berry basket while learning the slab hand-building technique. After getting the basic technique down, you can add your own unique style to it. The basket will be fired twice. You will pick one color from 3 glaze choices. The instructor will glaze it for you, and call/email when your project is ready to be picked up. If you need your item shipped we can do that with the cost of shipping paid before the item is shipped out.
Levels: All Cost: $30 per person Call or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
This is a beginner class (13 years of age +) focused on learning the basics of throwing, trimming, and glazing. We will begin by exploring functional pottery forms like bowls and cylinders. Once we have some forms thrown we explore small alterations like handles for mugs. There will be demonstrations and one-on-one time with the instructor as the classes are limited in size. You will be making pots in no time! All items you make in class will be yours to enjoy for years to come. 25 pounds of clay, glazing Materials, basic tools, and firings are included. If you would like to find more time in the studio during your session, feel free to jump in on Friday night at the open studio for a discounted rate of $5 per night.
Levels: All Cost: $135 per person Call or Email: email@example.com to sign up!
This class explores the basics of hand building with clay, from pinch pots, coil pots, all the way to shaping slabs. As you work with clay you will learn how to create your ideas from the ground up. Texture, form, and rhythm, will be explored as you build functional and/or decorative work in this session. 25 pounds of clay, glazing Materials and basic tools are included. If you would like to find more time in the studio during your session, feel free to jump in on Friday at the open studio nights for a discounted rate of $5 per night.
Levels: All (13 years of age +) Cost: $135 per person Call or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Friday Night Open Studio 5:30pm - 8:30pm Discounted for Students in our classes. You must have previous ceramics experience and be independent in a studio. You must provide you own clay. If you need clay Laguna 609 is available for purchase. All tools, Equipment, and Firings are included in this price. This is a weekly community night that allows clay buddies with experience in mud work, a place to get their hands dirty. It is also an evening that is always offered for the duration of any class you are enrolled in as an opportunity to continue working on what you’ve been learning. Previous experience is needed. Please reserve a wheel in advance, as space is limited.
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced Cost: $20
Kids Clay Day - 4 Week Summer program on Friday Mornings Ages 5-8 TBA Ages 9-12 11am-12:30pm - July 13,20,27, and August 3
Home school programs welcome. We explain and explore the fundamentals of clay construction in pinch pots, coils, and slabs. We learn about scoring and slipping, but after that we pretty much let them go for it (with support and supervision, of course)! We find that our youngest students bring lots of imagination, and we assist them in expressing their ideas in clay. Words such as color, form, shape, texture, and composition will be used, but the kids make it up as they go. We give them lots of encouragement, tools, and clay to make it happen.
Levels: Kids Cost: $100 Call or Email: email@example.com to sign up!
Glazing Chemistry Class Once a month - TBA Do you want to explore all your glazing options? Do you want to learn how dip and pour glazes are made? Do you want to create your own style? This once-a-month class will demystify the glazing process and cover topics from underglaze application to selecting glazes for successful pieces.
Levels: All Cost $30 Call or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
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