CLASSES & PROJECTS

2019-2020

 

It can be confusing figuring out just where YOU fit at Stray Cat Studio. We like to have something for everyone.  There's no one "right" way to start or finish, but a trajectory of learning and getting involved typically looks a bit like this:

Here's How it works!

TAKE A SMALL PROJECT 

In a guided 2 hour class, you can try it out and see if you like clay & art.

TAKE A CLASS

Go a little deeper in your clay skills and knowledge. Our 8-week classes and Skill-Building Seminars are here to help you gain skills in clay, no matter what stage of the process you're in!

DO "PAY-AS-YOU-GO"

 

Have access to the Studio and work at your own pace for an economical fee.

BECOME A MEMBER!

 

Make this your home studio! Work side-by-side with other blossoming artists as you have storage, 24/7 access, and discounted clay.

 

EVENTS

Paint Your Own Snowman Mugs

December 7th, 2019

​Open Studio Project, anytime between 12:30 - 4pm

 

Drop in at your leisure and join us for a cozy afternoon of painting your own jolly snowman mug. Hand made by our pottery elf, these whimsical friends are a blank palette! Your snowman will come with a complimentary hot chocolate packet upon pick up. 

 

This mug will be microwave and dishwasher safe, so you can enjoy many years of keeping warm. 

$30 per person/first come first served

Skill Building Screenprinting

February 1st, 2020

12:30-2pm

 

Join our production potter to learn the hands on approach of screen printing on clay.

Using sun sensitive screen printing paper, we will show you how to create your own personal screens. We will demonstrate how to print with underglazes on greenware, bisque, and glazed work. Students will have time to practice the underglaze application process. 

$50 per person/screen and printing materials included

Skill Building NCECA Trip

March 25-28th, 2020

Join us as Stray Cat travels to visit NCECA’s 54th annual conference in Richmond Virginia. The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) cultivates and sustains networks for reflective and creative practice through an annual conference, special interest symposia, and national and regional exhibitions. NCECA’s annual conference features dozens of presenters, demonstrations networking opportunities and exhibitions over three and a half days each spring, each year in a different US city. 

 

The 2020 conference takes place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N 3rd St
Richmond, Virginia 23219.

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ADULT CLASSES

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced potter, classes & camps are intended to teach you something new, as well as let you have some fun exploring the fantastic medium of clay. 

 

While adult and teen classes will focus on basic wheel throwing or hand-building skills for beginners or Intermeditate levels, classes and camps for kids will expose them to the fun messiness of "playing in the mud." They will bring home fantastic projects that will be truly beautiful, educational and useful.  The classes can be tailored to meet the specific interests of any group or age, but will generally cover tasks associated with producing finished pottery on the wheel or hand-building.

 

Content covered in class:  wedging and clay preparation, hand-building or wheel throwing techniques for bowls, cylinders and mug forms, trimming, pulling handles, a variety of surface decorating techniques, and glazing.

 

Fee includes: EVERYTHING! That is, instruction, all your clay, use of in-studio tools and glazes, bisque and glaze firings and use of clay studio facilities for practice in between classes.  No prior experience necessary, ages 6 and up.

Monday Adult Wheel Throwing

Teacher: Amanda Wolf

Monday Evenings, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

8 weeks

(Ages 14 & up)

"Get your hands dirty" and explore the creative facets of pottery. Learn to use the potter's wheel (or add additional skills if you're an intermediate level) to make these essential daily forms: drinking & serving vessels. Suitable for all levels of ability.

January 13th - March 2nd

8 wks/3 hrs. ea. (24 hours total)

$240/person

Tuesday Adult Zen Doodling

Teacher: Laura Nickel

Tuesday Evenings, 6-8 p.m. (8 weeks)

(Ages 14 & up)

Class description: 

Zen doodling is a meditative, mindful activity, as well as an artistic expression. When applied to clay, it takes this art form to a whole new level. This class is open to all levels of skill, even beginners! We will teach you how to hand build or throw on the wheel, depending on your interest. Our teacher will walk through the artwork of zen doodling. This doodling is a simple pathway to relaxation and inner focus. It has multiple benefits including calming an anxious mind, increasing self-confidence, and cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in a similar way as mindfulness meditation. 

January 28th - March 17th

8 wks/2 hrs. ea. (16 hours total)

$160 per person

Wednesday Adult Wheel Throwing

Teacher: Francesca 

Tuesday Evenings, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

8 weeks

(Ages 14 & up)

Roll up your sleeves and learn the process of throwing pottery on the wheel. We will start with the basics of centering the clay and creating the basic form. Each week you will learn another finishing step to make functional mugs, bowls, and plates. The last week of class will focus on glazing. This class can also be taken multiple times, and built upon. Learn how to make lids, vases, pitchers, and closed forms.

February 5th - March 25th 2019

8 wks/3 hrs. ea. (24 hours total)

$240/person

Beginners Clay Olympics

Friday January 17th 6-8 p.m.

Ages 18 and up

We are calling for 6 teams of four people from the local area. 

Join us for a spectacular night of clay games between beginners. We will teach you what you need to know before you head into battle. The night will have 1 hour of game time, later followed by a party with food and drink. Teams must come with a Team Name and in a team outfit. Each team member will compete in one of the four games we will hold. Teams will nominate a clay prepper to assist each relay's competitor. 

Game One

The first point of the night will go to the team that shows up in best crafted uniform.

Game Two

Rolling up our sleeves, this game's point will go to the team that can throw the tallest form on the wheel in 5 minutes.

Game Three

Throw tallest form in 5 minutes with anything but your hands (feet, elbows, etc permitted)

Game Four

Coil tallest bowl in 5 minutes

Game Five

Make strongest house out of clay. The house that falls last wins.

Final Game

Top 3 teams compete in clay passing game.

Winning team will receive a free Small Project class for the group.

Registration is $40 per group of 4. 

All registrants will also be provided coupons the day-of for future Adult Classes

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KID'S CLASSES

Kid's Club

The first Saturday of EVERY month (even during the summer!), drop in to do a planned project with help from the teacher.

 

This is not a consecutive series of classes.

Preregister or stop in for "First Come First Served."

$15/per session/kid.

May 4th, June 1st, etc.

Original Kids Club

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (Note: New time!)

Bring the kids to learn how to hand build a new project every month. Kids will learn the foundation of each building concept over time. From coil building, slab, and pinch pots, all while making a seasonal art piece!

Suggested ages 5-16 (Littlest ones must be somewhat self-sufficient or come with a helper)

Class fills at 10 children.

WHEEL Throwing Kids Club

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Note: New time!)

Our newest addition! For our more experienced Kids Club students, we will be taking the little ones to the wheel! The class will focus on the basic concepts of throwing. Students will begin by learning the feel of the clay on the wheel. Eventually kids will build the knowledge to center clay, pull a wall, and trim. This class is meant to build skills and dexterity on the wheel over time and kids may not always come away with a finished piece.

Suggested ages 6+ 

Kids must come with a foundation in clay from prior Kids Club experiences. 

Class fills at 6 children.

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SMALL PROJECTS/PARTIES 
(2 hrs. total)

Learn step by step how to make the group's chosen project with our teacher. You will start with a basic ball of clay and be walked through how to construct each project for the first hour. Next, enjoy our selection of stamps and design tools to decorate your artwork to truly make it your own. Then you will have the chance to glaze your piece that same day! Projects will be available for pick up within two weeks. Everything made at Stray Cat Studio is microwave safe, dish washer safe, and food safe. We recommend you bring your outdoor projects in over the winter.

$30/person (for groups of 2 people)

$25/person (3-10 people)

Check out the options below to find just the right project for your group!