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Folk Arts & Traditions

Daytime Throwing

$282

with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Feb 9, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Grade 6- Adult

All levels of experience welcome.  This daytime throwing class will offer plenty of one to one instruction for beginners plus plenty of wheel time for the more experienced thrower to hone their skills.  All tools, materials, and firing time is included.  Small class size ensures wheel access and daily demos will provide tips and techniques needed to become confident on the potters wheel.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm, Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16.

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 4 payments of $64.25, paid every two weeks.

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Potters Wheel Series - Level 1

$348

with Jess Parks

Calendar Feb 14, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Adults

This beginning level class is designed for those wishing to develop their own skills on the potter’s wheel. This class is designed to build students’ skills in the foundational elements of clay, glazes, and terminology. Every class will demonstrate a different wheel throwing exercise. 

There are only 6 spots in this class to ensure that each student has wheel access.  The registration fee covers all materials including clay, glazes, tools, and kiln firing time.

6:00 - 8:30 pm - Tuesdays, February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21.

Full Course

Hand-Building with Clay

$223

with Jess Parks

Calendar Feb 15, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Adult

Hand-building with pottery is another way of working with clay. The basic techniques are easier to learn and the range of forms you can produce is much broader. If you are interested in clay, but aren’t sure the wheel is for you, consider hand-building and begin creating wonderful functional pieces of artwork on your very first day. This class will give you the opportunity to create unique projects each week. Students will focus on the vocabulary of clay, slab construction, pinch pots, surface texture, clay impression and more. For students who are looking for a place to express their creativity, hand-building may be the experience for you. 

6:00 - 8:30 pm - Wednesdays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22.

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 2 payments of $99.00, paid every four weeks.

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Canning Basics

$58

with Robin Castania

Calendar Mar 11, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Adult

This course will cover the basics of the two most popular ways of preserving food; water bath canning and pressure canning.  We will go over publications from the National Center For Home Food Preservation as well as from the University of Tennessee Extension Office that will address food safety concerns for home food preservation and processing.  Students will work hands on in the preparation and processing of a few different foods, however some preliminary preparation may need to be done by the instructor prior to class time.  Students will come away with a basic knowledge of canning, where to go for additional information and a jar of what they have helped to can.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Saturdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1.

Potters Wheel Series - Level 2

$348

with Jess Parks

Calendar Apr 4, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Adults

This class is designed for those wishing to develop their own skills on the potter’s wheel. This class is designed to build students’ skills in the foundational elements of clay, glazes, and terminology. Every class will demonstrate a different wheel throwing exercise. 

There are only 6 spots in this class to ensure that each student has wheel access.  The registration fee covers all materials including clay, glazes, tools, and kiln firing time.

6:00 - 8:30 pm - Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9.

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 4 payments of $80.75, paid every two weeks.

Will run

Traditional Cherokee Finger Weaving

$57

with Nola Pina

Calendar Apr 15, 2023 at 10 am

Grade 9 - Adult

In this three hour workshop students will learn a traditional diagonal pattern of finger weaving from Nola Pina, a Cultural Specialist at the Museum of the Cherokee, on the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina, and home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee.  Nola will discuss the history of fingerweaving, what resources or materials were historical used, and what clothing items and functional items were made using fingerweaving.  Students will take home a finger woven bookmark or key chain that they make during the workshop.

This class is sponsored by the Berea College Appalachian Fund, Folk Arts & Cultures Initiative Grant.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 15. There will be a small break. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or snack!

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