Ceramics II – Go Big, or Go Home!

Ceramics II – Go Big, or Go Home!










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Sometimes you need a large vase to put your giant bouquet of flowers in. Maybe the fruit bowl you have just isn’t big enough to hold your apples and oranges. And, what are you going to put your salad in for the potluck this weekend? This class will bring your ceramics throwing skills to the next level… Go big, or go home!

The focus of this course will be to explore different throwing techniques to create large vessels, bowls and platters. A skilled instructor will give tips on how to wedge, center and throw a cylinder on a larger scale using more clay. Additionally, students will be introduced to the concept of ‘stacking’ or building larger vessels by combining smaller pots on top of one another. Each week, the instructor will demonstrate new techniques and concepts.

This class is appropriate for any student who has previously taken an introductory level ceramics class. Students will receive a complimentary 25 pound bag of cone 6 clay, but may need to purchase additional materials for their personal projects. All other materials and tools will be provided. Enrollment in this course includes additional access to one monitored Open Studio session per week; either on Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, or Sunday evenings from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.


The Steel Yard is located at 27 Sims Avenue, Providence RI 02909


For all courses, students must wear a pair of close-toed shoes like sneakers or boots (no sandals, no flip-flops, no peep-toe pumps). Also, you should dress expecting to get a little dirty. Art is messy. In addition, students in metalworking courses must wear clothes made from either cotton or wool—synthetic fabrics like fleece and polyester are not safe near an open flame. Pants are required and long sleeves are recommended. Any clothing that has been frayed is not permitted. The studio is well stocked with heavy-duty welding jackets, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it.


The Steel Yard offers scholarships in all of our teaching departments, which make our open enrollment courses accessible to students who may not otherwise be able to afford this unique industrial arts opportunity.