Dittmer ArtBarn – Hand Building Ceramic Class for Beginners – Tumblers!

Summer Ceramics - Multi-Seat Discounts
where art and artisan meet in the country

Time: July 7, 14, 2019 – 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Intro to Hand Building will be an opportunity for students to work with clay as an art medium.  Each student will become familiar with the basic methods of construction, decoration, vocabulary, as well as sculptural techniques.

Includes enough stoneware clay for 4 tumblers, glazing/firing & additional studio access (see studio hours below)

Learning Objectives:
Slab building
Coil Method
Pinch Method

Surface Applications, such as:

Day 1: Demonstration on Rolling out slabs (which will be class slab), pinching technique, and coil technique. Build a paper construction of design for your glasses. The design must be approved by instructor before creation. Students will create one pinch and one coil vessel. Students to bring five objects for texture to class.

Demonstration on textures with objects students have brought in. Demo on slipping and scoring slabs together. Use texture to create decorative flat ornament. Construct glasses.

Optional Open Studio Day: (Tuesday, July 9 th, 4-9 p.m.)  Finish construction, surface application, etc. so pieces can begin to dry to finish up on Sunday.

Day 2: Brief glazing demo with brush or dunking techniques. Bisque pieces returned and ready for glazing. Pieces must be completed by end of class.

Students will have created 4 tumblers using different build and decorative techniques by class completion.

We know practicing helps so each class includes lab time:

Starting with the second class, students can arrive 30 minutes early to warm up prior to the start of the class.  Class fee covers all tools and clay during class and 30 minutes practice time before class.

Tumblers will be read for pick-up by the end of the following week!

*Add a studio membership upgrade option for only $35.  Studio membership upgrade allows students to access the studio during normal business hours for additional practice throughout the 6-week class. Studio access needs to be coordinated. Generally, Studio hours will be available afternoon/evening 7 days a week after 2:00 p.m. Other times may be available with coordination. 

Costs: $75.00 with a $15.00 refundable* deposit.

This workshop is designed for both beginning and advanced students, our small classes ensure students get individual attention from trained instructors. Please wear old clothes and bring a towel to class. *Your space in class is not reserved until paid in full. Tuition will be refunded, less a $15 cancelation fee, if you withdraw 7 days before the first class. Once classes start, NO tuition will be refunded. Classes with less than 2 people enrolled will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund.