White Elephant Sale
June 7-10.  We are looking first for donations, coming in a separate email to all members, and then a schedule (currently all open studio hours June 7-10, beginning daily at 9:00).  Sale expected to open the morning of June 7, 9:00 am--best time to come! I'll put the list of desirable donations below the studio hours.

Regular Studio Hours
MWF 8:30-4, TuTh 8:30-8pm
Sat, Sun 10-2
Emeritus classes take place mornings 8:45-11:50 and afternoons 12:45-3:50, 3-4 days a week.
During these times the studio is closed, except for the Lunchroom, where you may work.
Days and times change each semester.

Supplies for Sale

Studio Hours

Come into our studio and see all of the supplies we have for sale.

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Librarians Corner

Books may be borrowed by members for two weeks except for those labeled DNR which may be read in the studio only. Remember to ask a Supervisor to open the shelves for you. We also have new Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Clay Times, Sculpture, and Sculpture Review. They are filed newest on top in the fat binders. The library is a valuable resource for potters of all abilities.

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Crafting Ceramic Garden Sculptures

Garden sculptures add life and personality to any outdoor space. They create a focal point that elevates the beauty of the garden. If you’re new to gardening and crafting, creating your own ceramic garden sculptures can sound daunting, but with patience and creativity, you can make a masterpiece that will enhance your garden’s beauty. In this beginner’s guide, we’ll walk you through the process of crafting your ceramic garden sculptures.

Crafting Ceramic Garden Sculptures: A Beginner’s Guide

Ceramic garden sculptures require careful craftsmanship, patience, and hard work. The process of creating a garden sculpture from scratch is a rewarding experience, and the final product will be a unique work of art that you can cherish for years to come. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get started.

Getting Started: Tools and Materials You Need

To create a ceramic garden sculpture, you’ll need a few essential tools and materials. These include ceramic clay, a pottery wheel, sculpting tools, a kiln, and glazes. You’ll also need a worktable and a comfortable chair. These tools and materials can be found at your local craft store or ordered online.

Choosing Your Design and Sculpting Techniques

The first step in creating a ceramic garden sculpture is to choose your design. You can create a sculpture inspired by nature, or you can create something abstract that represents your personality. Once you have a design in mind, choose your sculpting technique. Hand-building is the most common sculpting technique, but you can also use a pottery wheel to create your sculpture.

Adding Color and Texture: Glazing and Firing

Once your sculpture is complete, it’s time to add color and texture. Glazing is the process of applying a thin layer of glass to the surface of your sculpture, which creates a protective barrier and enhances its beauty. Firing is the process of heating the sculpture in the kiln to a high temperature, which transforms the glaze into a hard, glassy surface.

Displaying Your Masterpiece in Your Garden

After your sculpture has been fired and glazed, it’s time to display it in your garden. Choose a spot that will highlight your sculpture’s beauty and create a focal point. You can place it on a pedestal, or you can surround it with plants and flowers to create a natural setting.

Maintaining Your Ceramic Sculpture for Long-Lasting Beauty

To ensure that your ceramic sculpture stays in excellent condition, it’s essential to maintain it properly. Keep it out of direct sunlight and protect it from extreme weather conditions. Use a soft brush or cloth to clean it regularly, and avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the glaze.

Crafting ceramic garden sculptures is a fun and rewarding experience that allows you to express your creativity and enhance the beauty of your garden. With dedication and patience, you can create a masterpiece that will be admired for years to come. Follow these steps, and you’ll be on your way to creating a beautiful ceramic garden sculpture that will be the envy of all your neighbors.

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