Ceramics and photography workshops at SHY RABBIT

SHY RABBIT will offer new sessions of Photographing your Work, May 30-31; Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel I, June 24 -July 22; and Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-Building I, June 27-28. Classes are instructed by professional artist, D. Michael Coffee.

Photographing Your Work will be offered Saturday & Sunday, May 30-31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Course fee is $195, and includes the use of studio equipment provided by SHY RABBIT.

This high content, digital photo workshop is geared for artists that understand the importance of taking control of the presentation of their work. No previous digital photo experience required.

Artists will be introduced to the methods necessary to capture, manipulate, save and send digital images of their work for use in the development of their professional careers.

Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-Building I is being offered Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. The course fee is $215, and includes all materials, glazes, firings, and a tool-kit that participants may keep for future use.

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.

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, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 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.

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 five consecutive Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m., beginning June 24 and running through July 22. Participants will return for a separate glazing session on Saturday, Aug. 8, 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 every day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., throughout the course of this five-week course.

All ceramic workshops are held in SHY RABBIT’s spacious 1,000 square-foot mixed media/ceramics workshop, and are instructed by professional artist, D. Michael Coffee.

For additional information on Coffee, visit www.dmcarts.com.

For more information on these or any of the workshops offered at SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com 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 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.