Register for 2009 ceramic and printmaking classes at SHY RABBIT

Celebrating its fifth year of operation in Pagosa Springs, SHY RABBIT is widely acknowledged as southern Colorado’s premier contemporary art destination, noted for the high quality of its workshops, gallery offerings and rotating exhibitions.

The 4,000 square-foot arts facility is located ‘off the beaten path’ in a wooded commercial district on the west end of town and houses a fine art gallery and ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops, two large exhibition spaces, and a print studio gallery.

Educational workshops in ceramics, printmaking, and artist professional development are offered year round. Course offerings have expanded to include introductory, intermediate and advanced levels of Printmaking without a Press, Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-building, and Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel.

The success of these workshops is evident by the inclusion of two advanced level students’ work in “For the SMALL of It.” Debra Blair of Farmington, N.M., and Marti Bledsoe of Horseshoe Bay, Texas (and Pagosa Springs), were invited to show their work in this and previous exhibitions at SHY RABBIT in consideration of the exemplary work they produced during Printmaking without a Press levels I-III.

WORK-Shops @ SHY RABBIT are held in one of two spacious 1,000 square-foot mixed media studios, and are instructed by professional artist D. Michael Coffee. Classes are kept small for personalized attention.

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Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel I is a five-week introductory course designed for novice and experienced potters alike. It will establish good working fundamentals that will provide a foundation for continuing work on the wheel and advancement, if desired.

Participants will learn the concepts of wedging, centering, opening, pulling and shaping forms, trimming and finishing, and glazing. Classes will run on Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 14 and continuing through Feb. 11. A separate glazing session is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The workshop fee is $275, and includes all materials, glazes, firings, and a tool kit that participants may keep for future use. Open studio time is also included in the course fee to encourage participants to practice on the wheel in between sessions. Studio time is available Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., throughout the course.

Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-building is a two-day introductory workshop that will focus on hand forming, texturing, and assembling clay, all without the use of a potter’s wheel or other equipment. Students are introduced to coil, pinch, and slab methods of construction.

Beginners and those with no experience are encouraged to take this class. Those with clay experience will benefit from learning and practicing unique techniques developed over the course of more than 15 years by workshop instructor D. Michael Coffee.

This workshop will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The workshop fee is $215, and includes all materials, glazes, firings, and a tool kit that participants may keep for future use.

Printmaking without a Press I is a two-day introductory workshop utilizing a unique hand-pressed printing process called “Reductive Ink”™, designed and developed by D. Michael Coffee.

This workshop is high in content and uses inexpensive, low-tech materials that can be easily used in a home studio environment. It is designed for those with or without printmaking experience, and for those who simply want to explore and expand upon their creativity.

The workshop will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7 and 8. The workshop fee is $215, and includes all course materials.

For more information on these or any of the workshops offered at SHY RABBIT, visit and click on the Workshops link at the top of the page.

For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Visa & M/C payment accepted.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.

Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

Photo courtesy SHY RABBIT
Register Now for 2009 ceramic and printmaking classes at SHY RABBIT. Classes are held in one of two 1,000 square-foot mixed media workshops and are kept small for participants’ comfort and personalized attention.