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Handbuilding

Our Handbuilding Class is a great way to begin working with clay. In our handbuilding course(s) you are able to hit the ground running and make a variety of objects, functional or sculptural, without having to attain the bit of skill required on the pottery wheel. In this course we show various ways of working with clay. A few such ways are; Solid Building, Coil Building, Slab Construction (hard and soft), and pinch pots to name a few. Click here to see when our classes are offered.






Solid Built (Usually Sculptural):
Solid Build ceramics is essentially that, building something out of solid clay. However, If we fired a solid piece of clay, chances are it would explode. So, we show you how to hollow out a solid piece in order to prevent this.

Coil Building (Sculptural or Pottery Based)
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Coil building is potentially the oldest way of working with clay. Through this process we show you how to make either pottery projects or sculptural objects out of long 'ropes' of clay.

Slab Construction (Sculptural or Pottery Based)
Slab construction is broken up into two different categories:

Through soft slabs, we show you how to make things using molds, tubes, or free forming to construct different objects. Soft slabs usually tend to be more organic in the final piece.

Through leather hard slabs, we show you how to make more geometric forms by cutting shapes out of a stiffened slabs of clay and assembling them into either a piece of pottery or sculpture.

Both of these uses of slab offer their own inherent properties and possibilities.