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Beginner Ceramics Class

October 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - November 24, 2021 @ 9:00 pm


Class Description:

There will be a formal introduction to the class beginning with
a short historical and technical narrative. The purpose of this is to
promote knowledge in the field both historically and technically:

1. What is clay, where does it come from , how is it processed so it
can be used .
2. What is a kiln, what is firing and what does that do to the materials used.
3. Introduction to the process of hand building including slip casting
and press molding
4. Introduction to the process of wheel forming
5. Introduction to the various non glaze decorative methods
6. explaining the firing process.


Students will begin with a hands on non wheel forming experience
followed by an attempt at wheel throwing. Alternating between these
forming methods will be encouraged but not specifically assigned.
Demonstrations will occur weekly and done at the beginning of class.
Serendipitous Information will be presented and discussed on a
spontaneous basis. There are no bad questions.

The class will culminate with a shared wood firing in the first week
of December. Students will be expected to participate fully in the
processing of fuel, loading , firing and unloading the kiln. The
firing will be shared by other students and members of the local clay

Monday and Wednesday evenings 6-8:30/9pm
Cost: $235
10 wheel spots

Register online HERE.

Instructor Bio: Dik Hotchkiss

I hold an MA in Sculpture from  California State University,Sacramento, and an MFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from Washington State University, Pullman , Washington. I have taught at the college and University level since 1966 , retiring from Sierra College , Nevada County Campus two years ago.  My areas of specialization are many , including drawing, painting, art history, photography, sculpture and ceramics.


October 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
November 24, 2021 @ 9:00 pm


Woolman at Sierra Friends Center
13075 Woolman Lane
Nevada City, CA 95959
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