The Boulder Potters’ Guild offers classes for all skill levels to adults and occasionally for children. Areas of study include beginning wheel thrown pottery making to hand built sculpture and includes masters’ classes focusing on specific aspects of clay art.
Each year, classes are offered three times and are taught by members who rotate to expose students to a variety of skill and style. Each session includes a beginning/intermediate class; an intermediate/advanced class; and a masters’ class. Scheduled open lab periods are included with class registration and often sessions are extended for an additional four weeks by popular demand and instructor availability
Beginning/intermediate adult classes focus on wheel thrown and hand built pots. Beginning students learn fundamentals such as centering, throwing and trimming on the potter’s wheel, as well as hand building techniques using high fire stoneware clay. Students then proceed to learn glazing and firing of their pots. Intermediate students expand and further develop skills they already have.
Intermediate/advanced adult classes focus on refining skills, and depending upon the teacher’s expertise may focus on a particular type of clay work such as hand building, sculpture, low fire clay, or porcelain. At this level students are encouraged to explore and develop creativity.
Masters’ classes are for members and for individuals who have a very high level of skill. These classes have a specific focus, depending upon the instructor expertise. Classes given in the past included porcelain slip casting and glaze formulation.
From time to time, afternoon adult classes and summer childrens’ programs are offered. Check each session’s schedule for class offerings.
Classes are limited to 14 and must have at least 6 students. Classes with fewer than 6 registered students will be canceled two weeks prior to class start date.
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