NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY
Open Pottery Studio
Nancy Blank & Sabrina Kuchta supervise on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. Frank Creney supervises on Tuesdays.
Last open studio of 2019 will be Sunday, December 15th
*Please note we are only able to accept cash & check for open studio time and firing fees in the Pottery Studio*
Day: Tuesdays (Adults only)
Time: 1:00 - 4:00PM
January 15, 22, 29 // February 5, 12, 19, 26 // March 5, 12, 19, 26 // April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 // May 7, 14, 21 // June 4, 11, 18, 25 // July 2, 9, 16, 23 // August 6, 13, 20, 27 // September 3, 10, 17, 24 // October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 // November 5, 12, 19, 26 // December 3, 10
Day: Wednesdays (Children welcome with experienced
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
January 16, 23, 30 // February 6, 13, 20, 27 // March 6, 13, 20, 27 // April 3, 10, 17, 24 // May 1, 8, 15, 22 // June 5, 12, 19, 26 // July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 // August 7, 14, 21, 28 // September 4, 11, 18, 25 // October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 // November 6, 13, 20 // December 4, 11
Day: Thursdays (Adults only)
Time: 7:00PM - 10:00PM
January 17, 24, 31 // February 7, 14, 21, 28 // March 7, 14, 21, 28 // April 4, 11, 18, 25 // May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 // June 6, 13, 20, 27 // July 11, 18, 25 // August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 // September 5, 12, 19, 26 // October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 // November 6, 14, 21 // December 5, 12
Day: Sundays (Adults only)
Time: 4:00 - 6:00PM
January 20, 27 // February 3, 10, 17, 24 // March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 // April 7, 14, 21, 28 // May 5, 12, 19 // June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 // July 7, 14, 21, 28 // August 4, 11, 18, 25 // September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 // October 6, 13, 20, 27 // November 3, 10, 17, 24 // December 8, 15
Location: Pottery Studio
Fee: $7.50 per hour, $25 per bag of clay, Glazing & Firing fee determined by piece size and quantity
This is a non-instructional time for those familiar with ceramics to work on their own in the Pottery Studio. Children must be accompanied by an adult who will supervise the children's clay activity on Wednesdays.
Wheel Throwing with Debbie Hale
Dates: Session 1: June 3, 10, 17, 24 // Session 2: July 1, 8, 15, 22 // Session 3: July 29, August 5, 12, 19 // Session 4: September 2, 9, 16 (no class 9/23), 30
// Session 5: October 7, 14, 21, 28 // Session 6: November 18, 25, December 2, 9
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Location: Pottery Studio
Fee: $140 per session ($35 per class for intermediates*). Beginner students must take all four classes in each session. All students must purchase clay for the class. A bag of clay is an additional cost of $25. Intermediate students may join individual classes.
In this beginners ceramics class, students will learn techniques to create forms on the potter’s wheel - cups, bowls, vessels, etc. You will learn the basics of the pottery studio, wheel throwing, glazing and firing. *Intermediate students may take individual classes for guidance with new projects and improving technique.
Hand-Building Forms: Creating the Decorative Surface with Washington Ledesma
Dates: 4-week session: November 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 5:00 - 7:00PM
Location: The Pottery Studio
Fee: $140 for the 4 class session. All students must purchase clay for the class - a bag of clay is an additional cost of $25.
In this 4-week class participants will explore how they can create their own personal expressions in clay. Through hand-building and slab construction students will create their own three-dimensional pieces or flat surfaces. Properties of terra cotta, stoneware and porcelain will be discussed. We will work with all necessary surface preparations to decorate our pieces with both black and multi-color paint, sgraffito and other carving techniques. The finished pieces will serve as guides to discover our personal interconnection with the clay and how a piece touches our deeper emotions.
Washington Ledesma, now a well-established Ceramist and Painter in the United States, grew up in Uruguay where he attended Montevideo’s Bauhaus inspired School of Fine Arts. Having to leave Uruguay in the early 70’s, he lived and worked in Soho in New York, spent time at Alto de Chavon and at the Harvard Ceramic Studios and later moved to the Island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he has been teaching and established his own Studio and Gallery. His unique, colorful and expressive work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and other publications and can be found in galleries and collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Hand Building with Sabrina Kuchta
Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 // November 6, 13, 20 // December 4, 11, 18
Time: 6:00 - 8:00PM
Location: The Pottery Studio
Fee: $35 per class
All students must purchase clay for the class. If you will be taking multiple classes in the Pottery Studio, a 25 lb. bag of clay is an additional cost of $25, otherwise clay can be purchased in the studio for $1 per lb.
*Please Note: Ceramics is a multi-stage process. What you make in class will need to first dry, then be fired twice. This process can take around two weeks to produce a finished piece.
In this adults only class we will discuss and experiment with hand building techniques. No prior experience in ceramics is necessary; this class can be taken as a beginner class or as a supplementary to your already existing knowledge. Each class can be taken on its own or taken as a series.
October 2 Slab Built Mugs: We will learn how to make slab, how to use templates, and how to make simple and easy mugs.
October 9 Bowls: We will experiment with cutting and folding slabs to make bowls.
October 16 Slab Boxes: We will use slabs to construct keep sake boxes
October 23 Coil Pots: We will explore the coil building technique as it can be applied to both functional ware and sculpture
October 30: *ART NIGHT* Pumpkins & Gourds: with simple hollow form building techniques we will create lovely pumpkins and gourds that would bring harvest delight to any holiday table!
November 6 Glazing: Have questions about glazing? Bring your bisque ware and your questions, and we will go over a variety of techniques and need to know info for that last, but ever important, step in finishing your pieces! Open to all ceramic students at any level. This class will cover the basic properties and characteristics of glaze and how to apply it. ** NOTE: Bisque ware is not required but encouraged!
November 13 Fairy Houses/Luminaries: Create your own garden dwelling with simple slab and coil techniques.
November 20 Ornaments: we will use simple slab technique to make unique and festive ornaments for the holidays or anytime.
December 4 Small Tree Luminaries: Using a slab building and cutting techniques we will build a small forest of light up trees to bring winter cheer into your home.
December 11 Slab Built Mugs: We will learn how to make slab, how to use templates, and how to make simple and easy mugs.
December 18 Glazing: Have questions about glazing? Bring your bisque ware and your questions, and we will go over a variety of techniques and need to know info for that last, but ever important, step in finishing your pieces!
Open to all ceramic students at any level. This class will cover the basic properties and characteristics of glaze and how to apply it. ** NOTE: Bisque ware is not required but encouraged!
Wood-Fired Kiln Workshop with Frank Creney
Dates & Times:
Saturdays, October 12 & 26: 3:30-5:30PM (two classes)
Friday, November 1: 12-4PM (loading the kiln)
Saturday, November 2: 9AM on (firing the kiln)
October 12 & 26: Pottery Studio
November 1 & 2: Outdoor Wood-Fired Kiln
$125 for the 4-day workshop. Includes 2 classes, 25 lbs of special wood-firing clay, glazes, bisque firing and up to 5 small-medium sized pieces for the outdoor kiln. (Additional firing fees: 5 addl. pieces for $30, large vessels will be measured and priced accordingly).
This October, Featherstone will be firing our outdoor wood kiln. This one-of-a-kind hand-built kiln allows us a special opportunity to delve into the chaotic and unpredictable world of atmospheric firings. The ash of the wood used to fuel and heat the kiln naturally creates a glaze-like layer on all surfaces it touches. The wild and ever changing fluidity of the fire itself causes the natural glaze to flash and blush in unique ways.
Saturdays, October 12th & 26th: 3:30-5:30PM
Students will have two classes in which they will be instructed on the properties of the firing, the specific clay required for the firing, and the best strategies for glazing in an atmospheric firing.
Friday, November 1st: 12-4PM loading the kiln
Saturday, November 2nd: 9AM on
The process of raising the wood kiln to temperature will take up to 24 hours and plenty of wood, requiring at times near constant tending. Once the temperature has been reached and the fires have gone out, we must wait until the kiln is cool enough to open which will take several days. Pieces will be available later in the week.
We are looking for volunteers all day on Saturday, November 2nd to tend to the kiln.
Visiting Artist Workshop: Alternative Firing - A Unique Firing Experience with Lois Hirshberg
Dates: Friday-Sunday, October 18-20
Time: Friday, 5:00PM-7:00PM // Saturday & Sunday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: Pottery Studio
Fee: $225 for the two and half day workshop
Come spend the weekend at Featherstone with Lois Hirshberg exploring the magic of several fast-firing techniques. Western Raku, Horse Hair Raku, and Saggar will be some of the spectacular techniques that we will be exploring. These firing techniques never get boring. It is the unpredictability of the process that makes this weekend so exciting. This workshop is open to all levels of expertise. Bring 8 to 10 bisqued pieces. Glazing Friday night and two days of different firing on Saturday and Sunday. For more information contact Lois at: potterybyLois@comcast.net.
Lois Hirshberg began working in clay in 1975 at Mudflat Studios in Cambridge where she fell in love with clay. Lois holds an M.Ed in Community Counseling and a M.A. in Art Therapy. She has studies ceramics in Jerusalem at the Bezalel School of Design and in Japan through Parsons School of Design.
To learn more about Lois: www.potterybylois.com