The Workhouse Arts Center Ceramics Program is a collective and highly dynamic environment with the goal of promoting Ceramic Arts
through research, education and outreach.The Ceramics Program at the Workhouse Arts
Center will offer students the opportunity to learn more about studio practices and management.
Having trouble registering online? No problem; call us and we can register you over the phone at 703-584-2900.
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Open Studio is now included in the
price of taking a ceramics class at the
Workhouse Ceramics Program.
Come work side by side with friends and classmates.
This open studio is designed to allow
students to practice, trade ideas and create in
a relaxed, social atmosphere. Students must be
currently enrolled to be eligible for open studio
use. With more than 20 hours per week dedicated
to Open Studio, students are sure to find
the right time to create!
The Ceramics Program, housed in Building W-8, is a state-of-the-art, expansive, and open aired facility with two indoor kiln rooms, an outdoor kiln yard, Raku kiln, spray booth, wheels, a fully equipped raw materials lab with ball mill and blunger, a clay storage/mixing room with clay mixing equipment, slab rollers, extruder, extensive shelving and workspace for either hand-building or wheel-thrown work. Our studio facility is also home to six private resident artists’ studios and a retail gallery for the exhibition of Resident and Visiting Artist works. As a part of our commitment to the promotion of artistic and cultural creativity,
fired up (!) for a great time and learn all aspects of the Raku Firing
process at the Workhouse Ceramics Studio. Workshops will be led by a
Workhouse Ceramics Instructor and/or guest artist(s). Requirements: 7-9
pieces of pre-fired Bisqueware. Participants must wear natural fiber
clothing consisting of long sleeves, long pants, closed-toed shoes and
long hair tied back.
Sat June 27 (11am-5pm)
Sat July 25 (11am-5pm)
Sat Aug 15 (11am-5pm)
Sat Sept 26 (11am-5pm)
Rain date will be the following Saturday. Safety gear and tongs will be provided. Enrollment limit of 10 students per workshop
Cost includes use of glazes and firing(s).
During this workshop participants will explore and translate animal and creature imagery as a means of expression in clay. Discussion and activity will include looking at cultural, historical and personal associations with creatures, and how these associations might be adapted or incorporated into personal and unique works. We will work hands-on with various forming methods and embellishments to construct a small animal-inspired work. Finishes or treatments that can be applied post-workshop will be discussed. Clay will be provided, and participants should bring basic tools for clay-working.
Spring Quarter (1 day workshop)
Sat June 6 (1pm-4pm)
Classes for students who already possess the basic hand-building and/or wheel-throwing skills and are able to move on to more complicated forms. This class is designed to encourage students to perfect their sense of craftsmanship and continue exploration and use of various surface decoration and firing techniques. (Meets in W-8.)
Materials Fee: $100, added at time of registration which includes use of any raw materials, all firings, and clay needed for test tiles.
Materials Fee: $30, added at time of registration. Price is per student- at least one youth AND at least one adult must register at the same time for this special class. A Basic Pottery Tool Kit is available for purchase from your instructor for $16.
The teapot is a potter’s most complex and endlessly satisfying form...
But it doesn't have to be difficult. Learn “tricks of the trade” and how to throw off the hump, pull and create handles, make bodies, spouts, lids, feet, and more. A group discussion of balance, function (or not), and design will follow.
Summer Quarter (1 day workshop)
Sat July 18 (1pm-4pm)
examples of pots that show the types of glaze application mistakes or
misadventures you'd like to resolve. Learn strategies for applying glaze to
minimize fingermarks, drips, unevenness, etc.
Apply the strategies and techniques discussed and demonstrated with
hands-on practice with your own bisque fired pots, or we can provide some
simple bisque fired bowls. All glaze
materials provided. Perfect for beginning thru advanced students, potters and
Summer Quarter (1 day workshop)
Sat August 1 (1pm-4pm)
This hands-on workshop will focus on techniques used to create emotive portraits out of clay. Each student will be taught how to hollow build a bust and sculpt their desired character. We will focus on how to communicate to the viewer your desired emotions through gaze and gesture, gender, and age. This is a workshop based on sculpture technique, so we will not have time to fire the pieces made during the workshop. Students should plan to bring a bag lunch, sketchbook and any desired images for inspiration. Students may take their finished greenware home or leave it to be fired and contacted when ready for pick-up. Students will be contacted when ready for pick up.
The Workhouse Arts Center is a program of the Workhouse Arts Foundation.
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