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Register for introductory art WORK-shops @ SHY RABBIT

There are still a few spaces remaining in SHY RABBIT’s ceramic and printmaking workshops, currently scheduled through March.

These popular introductory classes are filling fast — so don’t delay.

Classes are held in a relaxed art-friendly environment, making learning enjoyable and rewarding. Ample parking is also available directly in front of the art facility.

Workshops of all levels are offered year round for those interested in advancing, and range from two-day (weekend) to five-week courses.

Online registration is currently available for all workshops.

WORK-shops @ SHY RABBIT are held in one of two comfortable and spacious 1,000 square-foot mixed media studios, and are instructed by professional artist and ceramist D. Michael Coffee. 

For additional information on instructor D. Michael Coffee, visit

Workshops currently scheduled for early 2010 include:

Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-Building I- Introductory, (four spaces left).

January 23 and 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Course fee: $215.

This two-day introductory 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.

Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel I-Introductory, (two spaces left).

This course runs five consecutive Wednesday evenings, Jan. 27 – Feb. 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Course fee: $275. Glazing date to be determined.

Open studio time is also included in the course fee.

This five-week introductory course is designed for novice and experienced potters alike. Participants will learn the concepts of wedging, centering, opening, pulling and shaping forms, trimming and finishing, and glazing.

Printmaking without a Press I-Introductory, (four spaces left).

March 13 and 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Course fee: $215.

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

Workshop fees include all necessary course materials. Ceramic workshop fees also include a toolkit that participants may keep for future use.

For more information on 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.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Gallery, Studio & Workshops 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.