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Treat yourself to a weekend of creativity at SHY RABBIT

Always wanted to learn how to work in clay?

This is the perfect opportunity to indulge yourself in a two-day introductory class that will provide the basics for future learning, all without the use of a potter’s wheel.

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

Don’t delay, this class will not be offered again until the fall.

The work you create will be yours to keep after glazing and firing is completed.

Classes begin with a discussion about clay and what you’d like to learn.

This 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.

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 these introductory classes. 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 is an experienced teacher and full-time artist who consistently attracts new and repeat students from throughout the country. 

Please call 731-2766 or email 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 on 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 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.

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, 25l bs. 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.

The 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 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.

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 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.

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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