Josh Riley is fast becoming a master at pottery. He is helping us to develop a series of pottery classes here. We will begin in May, just after the Quilt Show comes down. Josh will start with a multi-session class (3 or more sessions) where he will introduce participants to clay shaping and glazing techniques. He will demonstrate slab techniques along with wheel throwing principles on a Brent motorized pottery wheel. Participants will make a clay piece that will be fired to bisque and then a following classes will involve decorating and glazing the piece, which will then be fired a second time.
The goal is to have everyone create a pottery piece to take home. The cost for the series is $80 for members ($90 for non-members). The classes will be spread out over two weeks in early May; the exact dates will depend on the number of participants who register by mid-April, but we’ll fit them into the first weeks of May. There is limited capacity in Josh’s kilns and more time will need to be allowed if there are more pieces to fire.
With Josh’s help we plan to make pottery one of our major specialties here at the Icehouse along with Gourd Art and Quilting, with pottery exhibitions and perhaps even a Pottery Festival each Spring.
Tommy Fletcher, former Heath High School art teacher, has won several major awards for his work throughout the region in recent years. He will be teaching a life-drawing class here in May. This will be taught in two sessions; we’ve tentatively scheduled these for Thursday evening, May 11 and then Saturday, May 13. The dates and times will be updated on the website; Tommy is a new grandfather and he is splitting his time up between classrooms and the new grandbaby so the dates may slip a little. There will be a live model for the classes and charcoal skills will be emphasized. The model will be discretely clothed but we ask that participants be over the age of 18.
Marie Dolchan will be offering another pastel drawing class in late Spring. She is well known at the Gallery for her exhibit last year and she is a frequent exhibitor in our annual Impressions show. Date to be announced.