Surface Design Workshop

Surface Design Workshop









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Get inspired by surface design with clay! In this one-night course, you will learn a variety of surface decoration techniques to help you decorate your pottery. You will learn how to inlay slips into clay, use underglaze transfer papers, make and use clay stamps, sgraffito designs into clay, experiments with layering slips, patterns, and decorations with unfired clay. Students will create their own patterns and test new techniques onto 5×5 inch tiles and get to take home their ceramic decoration examples. All tools will be provided, however, please feel encouraged to bring anything that can make a good mark in clay, such as shells, stamps, doilies, etc. Open to all skill levels.


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—syn-thetic 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.


All students are required to fully read the Steel Yard Registration & Enrollment Policies before attending the first class. Registrants who withdraw from a course at least 10 days prior to the course’s start date may receive a refund, less a $40 registration fee. There are no refunds or rescheduling within 10 days. By not budgeting for cancellations, The Steel Yard is able to keep  costs as low as possible for our students.


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.