October, 2017 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. As always, course fees include generous open studio hours, personal storage space, use of studio glazes and all firings.   Feel free to download and complete the registration form or stop by our location at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block to register and learn more.


October, 2017: The Romero House Potters (RHP) welcomes autumn with the October 3 – 31 session. Students may register any time during the session.


1:00 pm-4:00 pm   October 9, 16, 23 and 30

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


9:30 am-12:30 pm   October 3, 10,17, 24 and 31

This class will meet five Tuesdays in October.

Instructor:  Janet Burner
Fee: $175  (member); $200 (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 the potter’s wheel. Demonstrations will be given regularly. Individual artistic development is the class focus. High fire, low fire, saggar, and raku firings will be covered.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels welcome


6:00 – 9:00 PM, October 3, 10, 17 and 24

Instructor: Jesse Berlin

Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

Cornices, sconces, wall planters and wall fountains, even gargoyles; all of these architectural elements provide rich sculptural canvases.  While traditionally made from other  materials, these functional and decorative elements can be  produced readily in clay.
Students will design and execute sculpture they can install in an architectural setting. Hand-building, slip and press molding, modeling, and extruding will be covered.  Methods of installation including hanging and anchoring methods will also be discussed. This course presents information for beginning, intermediate, and advanced sculptors. The instructor works hands-on with each student, ensuring that everyone will complete at least one piece to the bisque-fire stage.  Glazes, stains, and alternative surface treatments will covered.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels open


Create your Own Mosaic
2:00 pm-5:00 pm  October 5, 12, 19, and 26 

Instructor: Julie Szerina Stein

Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

Creating mosaic tiles and tessarae can be approached in a multitude of ways:  by hand and mold forming, cutting, punching, and by creating sprigs.  Surface design can be achieved by impressing, incising, drawing, painting, carving and even silk-screening. Julie will cover these various methods, providing you choices to enhance your creativity. You will apply color to your work through the application of under glazes and glazes and complete your composition by adhering your mosaic pieces to a backing board* and sealing with  grout.

*backing board and frame is available for purchase or you may supply your own

SKILL LEVEL: All levels welcome


Ceramic Lamps!

6:00 – 9:00 PM  October 5, 12, 19, and 26

Instructor: Nan Wollman

Fee: $140 (member); $160 (non-member)

Make your own table lamp, lamp shade or wall sconce in clay.  Students new to clay will hand build, experienced throwing students can work as they prefer.   The instructor will teach you how to wire your lamps.  More adventurous projects may take more than one class. You will need to supply your own lamp fittings.  A supply list will be provided.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels welcome


Glaze Techniques; Using Slips, Washes and Terra Sigillata

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  October 6, 13, 20 and 27

Instructor: Sid Henderson

Fee: $140 (members), $160 (non-members)

This class is for those who wish to improve and perfect their glazing techniques.

Learn how to create and experiment with colored slips, washes, and the mysterious and beautiful terra sigillata*.  Gain a better understanding on layering different glazes and tweaking their colors to accentuate their effects. Crack the riddles behind the elusive copper red, smokey shino, and flamboyant raku glazes. Got glaze questions? This class has the answers

*Students will not be mixing their own slips or glazes.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels welcome


228437_172485566137846_5452662_nThrowing on the Potter’s Wheel, Hand Building and Glazing
9:30 am – 12:30 pm   

October 7, 14, 21 and 28

Instructor: Jim Jones

Janet Burner will be covering Jim’s classes for the month of October.

Fee: $140(member); $175(non-member)

Build a strong foundation in working on a potter’s wheel, and/or learning the basics of fabricating by hand.  Bring your favorite cone 10 clay; Rod’s Bod clay suggested for beginners. Or use recycled clay, available for purchase at RHP.  Surface treatments such as impressing, glazing and using oxides and stains will be discussed and demonstrated; firing, use of studio glazes and over 40 hours of studio time are included in your fee.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels welcome

From Beginning Hand Building to Figurative Sculpture for All Levels
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm  

October 7, 14, 21 and 28

Instructor: Sid Henderson

Fee: $140 (member); $160  (non-member)

Students will gain an understanding of clay and its expressive possibilities through the exploration of their personal visions, whether they be realistic or dream-like.

The instructor will introduce beginners to the traditional methods of hand building: coil, slab and pinch.  Students will explore texture through the application of incising and impressing.  They will explore color through the use of glazes, slips, engobes, oxides and stains.  The more advanced student may choose to build large scale figurative sculpture, or proceed with smaller hand built projects.  Each class incorporates demonstration and individual feedback.   The instructor addresses  individual  student preference and interest  as well as a variety of skill levels.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels welcome

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.



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