CASI Class Descriptions

Ceramic Artist Studio, Inc or CASI offers a variety of ceramics classes that are suitable for all levels of clay experience. New sessions begin 5 times a year, each session is 8 weeks long. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday, morning, afternoon and evening. Ceramics classes can be physically demanding and students should be able to move about comfortably and lift 25 pounds of clay. If you have any physical limitations or questions, please ask before signing up for a class.

Each pottery class is held once a week for instruction. Students have the option to work in the studio for up to an additional 3 hours during Student Open Studio (SOS) time. Students must attend their class to be eligible for SOS each week. Students are able to fire up to 2,800 cubic inches per session, on an honor system. Students can enroll in a second class if, at the end of registration time there is still room. SOS hours remain at 3 hours, however.

Tuition covers classes, open studio time, glazing and firing of works made at the studio by the enrolled student.  Pieces made at home are not covered and are not encouraged.  Exceptions may be considered and must be pre-approved by the Director.  Works made by non-students are not allowed.  Outside firing fees are an option, but because CASI is an instructional facility, there is not room for production work.  Again, works must be made by the enrolled student only. You may bring a guest only if they are considering joining CASI in the future. Guests should be 17 or older and need to pay the Guest Pass fee. Children under 17 are not permitted. Please do not bring your child to class with you. Your class enrollment is not transferable to another person. One can not start a class once it has begun. CASI is a privately owned business and reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.

Studio Memberships are available to independent artists who do not need any instruction. Members have designated open studio hours (MOS) for their exclusive use of CASI facilities.

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Please note that it is mandatory, for new students and those enrolled in Hand-built or Wheel-thrown Projects classes, to attend your first class for studio orientation and to be caught up on your first project.

 
Read the descriptions below to learn more about our classes:

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS


BEGINNING CERAMICS – ALL those new to the studio and new to clay will need to take this class, once. Includes studio tour and orientation, basic hand-building, wheel-throwing, and glazing techniques. Watch the instructor’s demos and practice the projects. Lessons include skills necessary to be able to successfully create with clay.

This class is a prerequisite to all other classes offered at CASI.

$295 – 8 (2.5 hour) classes, plus 3 hours a week of Student Open Studio time, glazing and kiln firings for pieces made at the studio (glazing and firing of pieces made at home at extra charge). First bag of clay included, tool kits are available for purchase. 2,800 cubic inch limit per session. Recommended – Bring apron or old towel, note pad, pencil, sharpie marker. Always arrive on time.


ADULT CERAMICS – Intermediate. Hand-building, wheel-throwing, decorating/texturizing and glazing. Watch the instructor’s demos and practice the projects. Lessons geared toward intermediate and advanced students. Be prepared to work on independent projects, with the guidance of your instructor. Please ask the instructor for demos. Peruse our reference library for ideas and new techniques.

Prerequisite. This class requires that you have taken the BEGINNING CERAMICS class at CASI.

$295 – 8 (2.5 hour) classes, plus 3 hours a week of Student Open Studio time, glazing and kiln firings for pieces made at the studio (glazing and firing of pieces made at home at extra charge). Clay and tool kits are available for purchase. Please stay within the 2,800 cubic inch limit per session. Recommended – Bring apron or old towel, note pad, pencil, sharpie marker. Always arrive on time.

Instructors – Jim Heuston, Charles Singer


ADULT INTERMEDIATE WHEEL-THROWN PROJECTS - Prerequisite. Intermediate and advanced levels. Instructor guided wheel-thrown projects. Everyone will be working on the same projects, adding their own flair to their works. This class requires that you have experience on the wheel, have taken the CASI Beginning Ceramics class, and that you can center four pounds of clay. Projects may include – plates and oval platters, variations on lids, collaring necks on bottles and vases, thrown/altered pieces, handled pitchers, goblets, and decorating and glazing.

$295 – 8 classes, plus 3 hours a week of Student Open Studio time, glazing and kiln firings for pieces made at the studio (glazing and firing of pieces made at home at extra charge). Clay and tool kits are available for purchase, 2,800 cubic inch limit per session.

Instructor: Jim Heuston

Recommended supply list: Bats, Throwing stick, Caliper. Apron, old towel, notebook, pencil, Sharpie marker.


ADULT HAND-BUILT PROJECTS – Intermediate. Instructor guided hand-built projects. Everyone will be working on the same projects, adding their own flair to their works. Projects may include – soft slab vessels, hard slab vessels, altered tube vase, pinched sculpture, coil pots, pitchers, berry colanders, hump/slump molded pieces, hollowed out figures and decorating and glazing.

Prerequisite. This class requires that you have taken the BEGINNING CERAMICS class at CASI.

$335 – 8 classes, plus 3 hours a week of Student Open Studio time, glazing and kiln firings for pieces made at the studio (glazing and firing of pieces made at home at extra charge). Clay and tool kits are available for purchase, 2,800 cubic inch limit per session.

Instructor: Katherine Ridder.

Recommended supply list:  Slip container (screw top), Paintbrushes for engobes and underglazes, Small loop tool for Sgraffito, Spray bottle. Apron, old towel, notebook, pencil, Sharpie marker.

Optional supplies: Amaco Velvet Underglazes, Texture roller by Amaco or Xiem.


ADULT HAND-BUILDING, INDEPENDENT STUDY - Prerequisite. Intermediate, Some Clay Experience. Work on independent projects of your choosing, with the aid of the instructor as needed.  New techniques and skills will be introduced each week by the instructor. This class requires that you have experience hand-building, and that you have taken at least one Hand-built Projects or Adult Ceramics class at CASI.

$335 – 8 classes, plus 3 hours a week of Student Open Studio time, glazing and kiln firings for pieces made at the studio (glazing and firing of pieces made at home at extra charge).  Clay and tool kits are available for purchase, 2,800 cubic inch limit per session.

Instructor: Katherine Ridder.

Recommended supply list:  Slip container (screw top), Paintbrushes for engobes and underglazes, Small loop tool for Sgraffito, Spray bottle. Apron and old towel.