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 Dynamic Ceramic Forms

Crafting ceramic forms is a delightful and gratifying pursuit. It’s an art that requires patience, creativity, and technique. With clay as your medium, you can create a plethora of shapes, sizes, and textures that can add beauty and charm to any space. Whether you’re a seasoned ceramicist or a beginner, there’s always something new to learn and explore. In this article, we’ll delve into the world of dynamic ceramic forms, and discover how you can bring life to your creations.

The Joy of Creating Ceramic Forms

Crafting ceramic forms is a wonderful experience that can bring joy and fulfillment. When you mold clay with your hands, you’re not only creating shapes, but you’re also expressing your thoughts, feelings, and ideas. The tactile nature of clay allows you to feel the texture, weight, and form of your work, and make adjustments as you go. Moreover, it’s a therapeutic activity that can alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. When you’re immersed in the process of creating, you forget about the outside world and focus on the present moment.

Dynamic Forms: Bringing Life to Your Creations

Dynamic forms are those that have movement, energy, and vitality. They’re not static or rigid, but rather fluid and organic. When you add dynamic forms to your ceramic pieces, you’re giving them a sense of life and personality. You can achieve dynamic forms by using curves, spirals, twists, or other shapes that suggest motion. For instance, a vase with a wavy rim, or a bowl with a spiral pattern, can create a sense of flow and movement.

Tips for Crafting Clay Structures with Style

Crafting clay structures with style requires a combination of skill, creativity, and confidence. To create stylish ceramic pieces, you need to have a good understanding of the basic principles of design, such as proportion, balance, and harmony. You also need to be willing to take risks and experiment with new techniques and forms. Some tips for crafting clay structures with style include using unusual shapes, adding texture, playing with colors, and mixing different materials.

From Drab to Fab: Transforming Your Clay Creations

Transforming your clay creations from drab to fab requires a bit of imagination and creativity. Sometimes, all it takes is a small tweak or addition to turn a plain piece into a stunning one. You can transform your clay creations by adding embellishments, such as beads, stones, or metal accents. You can also paint or glaze your pieces with bold and vibrant colors that reflect your personality and style. Another way to elevate your work is to vary the size and scale of your pieces, and display them in unique and unexpected ways.

Finding Inspiration for Your Ceramic Pieces

Finding inspiration for your ceramic pieces can come from many sources, such as nature, art, history, culture, or your own experiences. You can draw inspiration from the colors, shapes, and textures of the natural world, or from the works of famous artists or designers. You can also look to other cultures and traditions for inspiration, and incorporate elements of their style and symbolism into your work. Ultimately, inspiration can come from within yourself, as you tap into your own creativity and imagination.

Pushing the Boundaries: Experimenting with Ceramic Forms

Pushing the boundaries of ceramic forms means stepping outside your comfort zone and exploring new techniques, materials, and forms. It means taking risks and challenging yourself to create something unique and original. You can experiment with different types of clay, such as porcelain, stoneware, or earthenware, and see how they react to your touch and firing. You can also try different methods of forming and shaping, such as hand-building, throwing, or casting. The possibilities are endless, and the journey is always rewarding.

Crafting dynamic ceramic forms is not just a hobby, but a passion that can enrich your life and bring joy to others. By following these tips and techniques, you can create pieces that are not only beautiful, but also meaningful and personal. Whether you’re making a gift for a loved one, or decorating your own home, remember to enjoy the process, and let your imagination run wild. With clay as your canvas, the sky’s the limit.

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