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Final session of Introductory Ceramics for 2009

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is offering the final session of Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-building scheduled for 2009.

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 is also the perfect opportunity to create one-of-a-kind, handmade ceramics for the holidays, that everyone on your gift list will enjoy receiving.

There are only a few spaces remaining in this very popular workshop, so don’t delay. Intermediate and advanced classes will also be offered in 2010 (dates to be determined) for those that would like to continue.

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. 

For additional information on D. Michael Coffee, visit

Printmaking without a Press I-(Introductory)

This two-day introductory workshop utilizes a unique hand-pressed printing process called “Reductive Ink”™, designed and developed by professional artist, D. Michael Coffee.

Printmaking without a Press 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.

This workshop will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8. The workshop fee is $215, and includes all course materials. There are only two spaces remaining for this workshop.

Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-Building I–(Introductory)

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, Nov. 14-15. 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, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (included in the course fee). The work will be glaze-fired shortly thereafter and ready for pick-up prior to the holidays.

Classes are designed for novice and experienced artists alike, and are also geared for individuals that are simply interested in expanding their creativity in a fun, relaxed and nurturing environment.

For more information on this 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 and M/C payment accepted. Online registration is also available for all workshops.

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