Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Summer Resident Artist Program

Ready, Set, Throw! One-Night Pottery Classes

February 4, 2019

Kelsey Sickmeyer & Cayce Kolstad

#2 Friday, March 8, 7-9pm
#3 Friday, March 29, 7-9pm
#4 Friday, April 19, 7-9pm
#5 Friday, May 10, 7-9pm
#6 Friday, May 31, 7-9pm

Ever wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel? Have you always wanted to learn to throw but you’re not sure if you want to commit to an 8-week class? Or maybe you and some friends are just looking for something different to do in Asheville on a Friday night. Well, look no further. Ready, Set, Throw is here!

Even if you’ve never touched clay before, our highly skilled staff will guide you through the entire process. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and have fun! All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Level: All Levels, Beginners Welcome
Tuition: $55 Per person, per night
#2 Friday, March 8, 7-9pm-
This class is full
#3 Friday, March 29, 7-9pm

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#4 Friday, April 19, 7-9pm

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#5 Friday, May 10, 7-9pm

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#6 Friday, May 31, 7-9pm

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Valentine’s Day Pottery For Couples

February 4, 2019

Cayce Kolstad, Kelsey Sickmeyer, Nich Daunis, Sara Ballek

#1 Friday, February 8, 7-9pm
#2 Saturday, February 9, 7-9pm
#3 Sunday, February 10, 4-6pm
#4 Thursday, February 14, 7-9pm
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We have a special treat in store for this Valentine’s Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We’ll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you can have a permanent reminder of your passion for each other. A great date for couples who don’t mind getting a little…dirty. Level: All Levels Beginners Welcome
Tuition: $110 Per couple, per night #1 Friday, February 8, 7-9pm
This class is full #2 Saturday, February 9, 7-9pm
This class is full

#3 Sunday, February 10, 4-6pm

#4 Thursday, February 14, 7-9pm
This class is full

Good Forms, Good Firing: Making Pots For The Reduction Kiln

February 4, 2019

Gillan Doty

Tuesdays 3-5:30pm
March 19- May 7

Come experience the excitement of Cone 10 firing! This class will be geared towards making more intricate forms on the potter’s wheel intended for the reduction kiln. Building on student’s basic wheel throwing knowledge, we will explore more complicated techniques, including stacking pieces together to create taller, more intriguing pots. Students will gain insight into the Cone 10 glaze firing, and will assist in firing the gas kiln.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $65 Lab Fee

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Find Your Way With Clay

January 22, 2019

Kristen Easters

Mondays 6:30-9pm
March 18- May 6

Totally new to clay? Or have you tried it out, got hooked, and can’t wait for more? In this entry-level class, we will approach making with a meditative and intentional, but lighthearted and fun mindset. We will cover all the technical basics of wheel throwing and learn to make a variety of functional forms including bowls, mugs, vases and more. We will explore several different surface design techniques to guide students in discovering new aesthetic possibilities. During the last couple weeks we will discuss glazing and firing the work to add dynamic finishing touches. 

Level: Beginner Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

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Illustrated Layers and Handbuilt Containers

January 22, 2019

Lynne Hobaica

Tuesdays 11am-1:30pm
March 19- May 7 

Join “decorated” instructor Lynne Hobaica for a fantastic exploration of surface decoration on handbuilt lidded containers. We will spend time making our forms then decorate the containers by building up layers of colorful underglazes, slips and glazes. We will carve into the clay and discuss where you can find inspiration for drawings, pattern, and design.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

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Let’s Get Plastered: Introduction To Plaster Mold Making

January 22, 2019

Tyler- James Anderson

Tuesdays 6:30-9pm
March 19- May 7

Let’s Get Plastered is a mold making class for beginner to intermediate students who would like to learn new ways of creating with clay. In this class we will make and utilize mold systems to produce beautifully replicable results. While we will focus heavily on plaster casting, there will also be demonstrations on how to use our molds to create lovely, crisp finished work.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

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Under The Glaze: Scratching The Surface

January 22, 2019

Sara Ballek

Wednesdays 6:30-9pm
March 20- May 8

Discover how to personalize your work with decorative techniques that will give each piece a unique finish! Using a rich clay body, along with colorful underglazes, and slips, we will explore the ways of how to control and enhance what happens under the final glazing process. During this session, the work made will be fired at different mid-range temperatures to reveal the beautiful reds and browns in the clay body along with the vibrancy of the decorating colors. We will discuss how to maintain different clay consistencies to accomplish various surface techniques. This class will allow students to be flexible in forming their work through hand building and/or wheel throwing. We will treat each piece as a canvas to explore what can happen under the glaze.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

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Scaling Up: Creating Larger Sculptures

January 22, 2019

Mac McCusker

Thursdays 11am-1:30pm
March 21- May 9

Let’s scale up your ceramic sculptures! Come learn basic sculptural techniques (building solid, using slabs and coils) and combine these skills to make larger creations. Ever make a sculpture the size of the kiln? We dare you to try! Make work up to 24” tall and 27 “ wide. This class is going to be challenging and loads of fun!

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $65 Lab Fee

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Beginner Wheel Throwing

January 22, 2019

Asheville Odyssey Clayworks Pottery

Laurie Caffery Harris & Nich Daunis

Saturdays 10am-12:30pm
March 23- May 11

Have you never used the wheel before or are you looking to improve your throwing skills? This is the class for you! We will explore fundamental forms for functional pottery including cups, mugs, and bowls. While focusing on growth on the potter’s wheel, students will also be given creative freedom to have fun and explore new ideas. Classes will include demonstrations, group exercises, and one-on-one guidance. Expect to get messy, be challenged and leave with a new skill set!

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

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