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.
Allow about 15 minutes of 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 - Christmas Ornaments Monday December 3rd 6pm-8pm
This class is designed as a 1 day project to get your hands dirty. Christmas is around the corner and the trees will be springing up in a few weeks. You will create your own one-of-kind Christmas ornament to add to your tree this year. You will be learning a slab hand-building technique. After getting the basic technique down, you learn to add your own unique texture and underglaze design. After you leave your creation in clay, it will be fired, glazed in a clear glaze to show your design, and fired once more. The instructor will glaze it for you, and call/email when your project is ready to be picked up. If you need your creation 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 purchase your clay from us. We use Laguna 609 ($15 per 25 pound block.) 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 Weeks Friday After School 4:30-5:30pm Ages 8-12 Call to schedule a session
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
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