Space still available for Basic Ceramics at SHY RABBIT

Don’t miss out on the April 4–5 session of Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-Building I at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts. There are still a few spaces remaining for this very popular workshop, but they won’t last long.

If you are interested in working in clay, but have little or no experience with the medium, then this is the course for you. This two-day introductory workshop will acquaint students with the clay forming process, and will also cover basic glazing procedures.

Those with clay experience will also benefit from learning and practicing unique techniques developed over the course of more than 15 years by workshop instructor D. Michael Coffee.

Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-Building I will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5. The workshop fee is $215, and includes all materials, glazes, firings, and a tool kit that participants may keep for future use.

This workshop focuses 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, preparing them for continuing work in ceramics if desired.

Participants will return for a glazing class on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (included in the course fee), after which the work will be glaze-fired and then provided to the students for their own use and enjoyment.

The range of work created by previous workshop participants has included functional ceramics such as plates, bowls, coffee mugs, and vases, as well as purely sculptural creations such as wall pieces.

This workshop is held in SHY RABBIT’s spacious 1,000 square-foot mixed media/ceramics workshop.

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For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Visa and 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. The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.