January, 2019 Classes

Classes are open to ages 16 and up.

Course instructors are renowned in the arts community, locally, regionally, and across the US. Click the instructor’s name for information about his or her interests and experience.

Members enjoy reduced class fees; contact RHP for details about the benefits of studio membership. Feel free to download, complete and mail your registration form and check to  P.O. Box 85175, Tucson, AZ 85754-5175, or stop by our location at 102 West Washington Street, across the parking lot from the Tucson Museum of Art.

MEMBERS OF THE TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT ON THE FIRST COURSE FOR WHICH THEY REGISTER  AT THE ROMERO HOUSE.

PLEASE PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DATES AND TIMES. Thanks!
January, 2018: The Romero House Potters (RHP) celebrates the Tucson winter  season with the January 2-31 session

ALL CLASSES: FIRING, USE OF STUDIO GLAZES, PERSONAL STORAGE SPACE AND OVER 5O HOURS* WEEKLY OF STUDIO TIME ARE INCLUDED IN YOUR CLASS FEE!

Monday

WHEEL THROWING FOR BEGINNERS

Two Classes!

10:00 AM– 1:00 PM and 6:00-9:00 PM

January 7, 14, 21, 28

Instructor: Nan Wollman

Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

Never touched clay?  Potter’s wheel looks intriguing? Haven’t had a clay class since school, and you’re ready to try again? Beginning wheel throwing will cover the basics of throwing: wedging, centering, opening, raising, forming, trimming and glazing. Novices or those who want a refresher are welcome. Firing, use of studio glazes and over 40 hours of studio time are included in your fee.  Bring cone 10 clay to the first session.

Skill level: beginner

SCULPTING FACIAL EXPRESSION USING PAPER CLAY
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

January 7, 14, 21, 28

Instructor: George Peñaloza
Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

This class focuses on the development of facial expression in humans or animals.  Students will explore the connection between muscle anatomy and movement and expressive characteristics.  Different facial types, facial features and proportion will be addressed.  Students  will sculpt expressive heads/faces using cone 10 paper clay.  Application of under glazes and acrylics for creating colorful surfaces on completed sculptures will be demonstrated.  Bring your own clay (Max’s is recommended) and reference photos to the first session.

Skill Level: all levels welcome

Tuesday

altered stoneware jarWHEEL, SCULPTURE AND HAND BUILDING

9:30 AM-12:30 PM  

January 8, 15, 22, 29

Instructor: Janet Burner
Fee: $140  (member); $160 (non-member)

This class will not meet on December 25. Please discuss an optional fourth session with your instructor.  If you are attending only three class meetings in December your fee will be reduced by $35 for members, $40 for non-members.

This class brings together students with varying degrees of experience in clay, who share a desire to be creative using hand building techniques and/or the potter’s wheel. Demonstrations will be given in each class. Individual artistic development is the class focus. High fire, low fire,  and raku firings will be covered.  Bring your preferred cone 10 clay to the first session.

Skill level: all levels welcome

FACIAL ANATOMY FOR CERAMIC SCULPTORS

6:00–9:00 PM

January 8, 15, 22, 29

Instructor: Jesse Berlin
Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

Join Instructor Jesse Berlin for a crash course in facial anatomy for sculptors.  A former sculptor of facial prosthetics at the James J. Peters V.A. hospital in New York, Jesse offers a unique expertise concerning the human face.  In this course, students will learn the underlying anatomy that affects various facial expressions and how to incorporate that knowledge into clay.  Students will produce a life-size bust, ready for bisque firing.  Surface treatments including stains, glazes and acrylics will be discussed, and time permitting, we will do a final high-firing of pieces that have -been glazed or stained.  Firing, use of studio glazes, stains and over 40 hours of studio time are included in your fee.  Bring your preferred cone 10 clay to the first class.  An 8 piece pottery tool set is also recommended.

Skill Level: all levels welcome                Minimum enrollment: 3 

Wednesday

SCULPTING FACIAL EXPRESSION USING PAPER CLAY
9:30 AM-12:30 PM

January 2, 9, 16, 23 (30 is optional at pro-rated fee of $35 member, $40 non-member)

Instructor: George Peñaloza
Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

This class focuses on the development of facial expression in humans or animals.  Students will explore the connection between muscle anatomy and movement and expressive characteristics.  Different facial types, facial features and proportion will be addressed.  Students  will sculpt expressive heads/faces using cone 10 paper clay.  Application of under glazes and acrylics for creating colorful surfaces on completed sculptures will be demonstrated.  Bring your own clay (Max’s is recommended) and reference photos to the first session. Sill Level: all levels welcome

From Beginning Hand Building to Creating a Totem!

1:00 PM-4:00 PM

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor: Julie Szerina Stein

Fee: $175 (member), $200 (non-member)

This class can be as basic or as ambitious as you choose.  You may wish to pursue the basic construction techniques of pinch, coil and slab, grow your hand building skills, or build a totem! Julie will instruct in all approaches to hand building and surface design, including use of slips, oxides, under glazes and glazes.  If you choose to build a totem, she will take you through the final steps of totem assembly.

If you build a totem you may wish to register for additional sessions.

Bring a cone 10 hand building clay to the first class.  Danish White with Sand, or Rod’s Bod (a darker clay with more iron) both handle well.

Skill level: all levels       Minimum enrollment: 3

RAKU!

1:00-4:00 PM
January 2, 9, 16, 23
Instructor: Nan Wollman
Fee: $140.00 (member); $160.00 (non member)
Through demonstration and hands-on processing, this class covers the basics of the Japanese technique of Raku.   Students will use class time to hand build, sculpt, or throw on the potter’s wheel, whatever is their preference.   After the work has been bisque fired, students may apply glazes specially formulated for Raku.  We will then go out to the kiln yard to fire your creations in the Raku kiln.  Bring a cone 10 clay to the first class  A clay body containing grog or sand is recommended.  Rod’s Bod clay, due to its high iron content, works very well for Raku.
Skill level: all levels welcome.

Thursday                   

WHEEL THROWING FOR BEGINNERS 

1:00 – 4:00 PM 
January 3, 10, 17, 24
InstructorNan Wollman
Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)  

Never touched clay? Potter’s wheel looks intriguing? Haven’t had a clay class since school, and you’re ready to try again? Beginning wheel throwing will cover the basics of throwing: wedging, centering, opening, raising, forming, trimming and glazing. Novices or those who want a refresher are welcome. Firing, use of studio glazes and over 40 hours of studio time are included in your fee.  Bring cone 10 stoneware to the first session.

Skill level: beginners

HAND BUILDING FOR BEGINNERS

6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

January 3, 10, 17, 24

Instructor: Elaine Isner
Fee: $140 (members); $160 (non-members) 

This class covers the three traditional methods of hand building: “pinch”, “coil” and “slab”. We  will use these methods to create three-dimensional forms.  Surface design will be explored through embossing, stamping, stenciling, 

sions.

Skill level: beginners        Minimum enrollment: 3

This class covers the three traditional methods of hand building: “pinch”, “coil” and “slab”. We  will use these methods to create three-dimensional forms.  Surface design will be explored through embossing, stamping, stenciling, sgrafitto, inlay, sprigging, carving and application of slips, under glazes and glazes.  The instructor will work closely with the students, as a class and one-on-one.  She will assist the students in developing a unique, personal style.  Bring a cone 10 clay, such as Danish White with Sand to the first session.

Skill level: beginners        Minimum enrollment: 3

Friday

                                                                     UNIQUELY UBIQUITOUS

Two Classes!

Instructor: YeRin Kim

January 4, 11, 18, 25

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM and 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

The goal of this class is to help each participant develop his or her own voice through the creation of an independent hand building project, either a vessel or sculpture.  YeRin will share various techniques and technical know how.  Students and instructor will share project ideas, and provide each other with feedback.  An hour of free discussion time with the instructor is offered prior to every class meeting with an aim to assist participants in refining their ideas.  The objectives of the class are: to produce a finished project, start a portfolio and develop a language of contemporary ceramic art.  Bring a sketchbook and your preferred cone 10 clay to the first session.

Skill level: all levels welcome

Saturday

WHEEL, SCULPTURE AND HAND BUILDING
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

January 5, 12, 19, 26

Instructor: Mariah Clearwater
Fee: $140 (member); $175 (non-member)
This class brings together students with varying degrees of experience in clay who share a desire to be creative using hand building techniques and/or the potter’s wheel. Demonstrations will be given in each class. Individual artistic development is the class focus. High fire, low fire,  and raku firings will be covered.  Bring your preferred cone 10 clay to the first session.

*Open studio hours apply to those weeks in which you are enrolled.

All dates and fees are subject to change.

NOTE: Studio/course fees are non-refundable. Classes missed because of medical emergency may be applied to future course sessions. Make-up classes are not transferable and must be completed by the original student only.

PLEASE PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DATES AND TIMES. Thanks!

 

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