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Register now for ceramic workshops at SHY RABBIT

There is still space remaining for the April 28 -29 session of Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-Building at SHY RABBIT.

The 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.

Workshop participants have provided the following comments after taking this popular class:

“Thanks so much for an incredibly inspiring weekend. I feel like I’ve been given a gift!”

“Thank You!! That was such a great class and time. It was stimulating and also nice to be engulfed in art/clay for two days.”

“Michael is a wonderful teacher. He is very encouraging, and makes everyone feel so comfortable.”

“Thank you for a most enjoyable and educational class. I appreciate so much, Michael, that you attempted to get a multitude of concepts into our heads in such a short amount of time.”

A new session of introductory Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel has also been added in June.

Class size is kept small for individualized attention and advanced learning.

No previous experience is necessary for this introductory class. Dates and times as listed below.

Intermediate and advanced levels are also available for students who would like to continue forward.

For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Credit card payment accepted.

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

Coffee has been teaching these classes since their inception in 2007 and continues to draw in new and repeat students from throughout the country. 

Please call 731-2766 or e-mail shyrabbit01@aol.com if you are interested. Pre-registration is required.

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

Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-Building I

This introductory hand-building workshop will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., both days. No previous experience required.

A follow-up glazing session will take place on a Saturday between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Date to be determined. Students will pick up their completed work at the conclusion of the glaze firing.

Course fee: $215; includes use of all required studio equipment, studio tools, misc. consumable materials, 25 lbs. of stoneware clay (additional clay can be purchased for $20 per 25 lbs.), studio glazes and bisque/glaze firings.

Each participant will also be provided with a basic starter tool-kit to keep for his or her own use after this course is completed.

Instructor D. Michael Coffee has been a professional ceramist for 15 years. His experience includes teaching college and private master courses, consulting, extensive studio work, kiln design and construction, firing expertise and overseas ceramic study.

Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel I

This introductory potter’s wheel course runs five consecutive Saturday mornings, June 2-30, 10 a.m.-noon, and includes optional studio time, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Glazing date to be determined.

Course fee: $275; includes use of all required studio equipment, studio tools, misc. consumable materials, 25 lbs. of stoneware clay (additional clay can be purchased for $20 per 25 lbs.), studio glazes, bisque and glaze firings, and open studio time.

Each participant will also be provided with a basic starter toolkit to keep for his or her own use after this course is completed.

This introductory course is designed for novice and experienced potters alike. It is the perfect opportunity for beginners to jump-start their introduction to working on the potter’s wheel, and will establish good working fundamentals and principals that will provide a foundation for continuing work on the wheel.

Participants will be exposed to the concepts of wedging, centering, opening, pulling and shaping forms, trimming and finishing, and glazing. The ideals of form and function and general aesthetics will be discussed, as well as how these ideals can be incorporated into simple objects for use.

Instructor D. Michael Coffee’s functional and sculptural ceramics have been shown in numerous solo, invitational and group exhibitions, and are included in hundreds of prestigious public and private collection throughout the world.

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

For a full course description or for more information regarding these or any of the workshops offered at SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Workshops.html.

For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Credit card payment accepted.

Online registration is also available for all workshops at www.shyrabbit.com/RegistrationWorkshops.html.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive in Uptown Pagosa Springs; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard; and west of the City Market complex.

The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

SHY RABBIT is currently open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at no charge. Ample parking is available in front of the building.

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