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Ceramics

The Champaign Park District offers a full range of ceramics classes for anyone ages 6 and up. Classes are taught by experienced instructors who are gifted at bringing out the artist in you. Their wealth of experience, education, and knowledge will truly make this an enjoyable experience for you and/or your family. We also offer group workshops.


COVID Health Precautions

Class participants must wear a face covering while in the Springer Cultural Center and Ceramic Studio. A snug fitting mask is best. Participants will be provided with tools and towels to use during class. When possible, participants should maintain a distance of 6 feet from others. No waiting area will be provided, only registered participants are allowed in the building. Additional information will be provided before the class starts.


Workshops

FAMILY POTTERY WORKSHOP

Ages 6+ with parent/guardian
Ever get jealous of your kids when they get to take art classes? Join them! This three week workshop will let the family get creative together. Learn how to use coil, slab, and pinch to create unique works of art. No clay experience needed. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Session 1
Date: 1/25-2/28
Day:
Tu
Time:
6-8p
Deadline:
1/18

Session 2
Date: 1/25-2/28
Day:
Tu
Time:
6-8p
Deadline:
1/18

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $64/$96 per family member
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


Date Night!

Ages 18+
Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress? Sign up with a friend and learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel in a fun and relaxed environment. You will learn the basics of wheel throwing and make a piece or two to keep!. No experience needed! Pottery will be ready for pick up in about 2 weeks. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Session 1
Date:
2/25
Day:
F
Time:
6-8p
Fee (R/NR):
$30/$45 per person
Deadline:
2/18

Session 2
Date:
3/25
Day:
F
Time:
6-8p
Fee (R/NR):
$30/$45 per person
Deadline:
3/18

Session 3
Date:
4/22
Day:
F
Time:
6-8p
Fee (R/NR):
$30/$45 per person
Deadline:
4/15

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 4/6
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


WINTER HOLIDAY WORKSHOP 

Ages 18+
Make your own ceramic holiday decorations! We’ll have a variety of projects to choose from including ornaments, trivets, candy dishes, and more. Our experienced staff will introduce basic hand-building techniques to get you started. No experience required–this is a beginner-friendly workshop. The first class will consist of demos and studio time. The second class will be dedicated to glazing. Pottery will be ready in about 2 weeks. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Date: November 19-December 3*
Day:
F
Time:
6-8p
Fee (R/NR):
$43/$64.50
Deadline:
November 12
No Class: November 26
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 3/5
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


Create Your Own Workshop

Bring your friends, family, co-workers, or school group to a unique Pots-Abilities Workshop! We will design a project based on your group’s interests. Contact Kristin at Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376 to schedule a workshop at least one month in advance. 


Youth Ceramics

POTTERY FOR KIDS I

Ages 6-10
Kids will create fun weekly projects out of clay and learn basic ceramic handbuilding techniques including pinching, coils, and slab. They will finish their creations with brightly colored ceramic underglazes. Pieces will be ready for pick up in approximately 2 weeks. All ability and experience
levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Dates:

  • January 25-March 1 | Deadline: January 18
  • January 27-March 3 | Deadline: January 20
  • March 22-April 26 | Deadline: March 15
  • March 24-April 28 | Deadline: March 17

Time: 4-5
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $79/$118.50
Min/Max: 4/6
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


POTTERY FOR KIDS II

Ages 9-12
Kids will create fun weekly projects out of clay and learn basic ceramic handbuilding techniques including pinching, coils, and slab. They will finish their creations with brightly colored ceramic underglazes. Pieces will be ready for pick up in approximately 2 weeks. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Date: 

  • January 26-March 2 | Deadline: January 19
  • March 23-April 27 | Deadline: March 16

Fee (R/NR): $79/$118.50
Min/Max: 4/6
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


POTTERY FOR TEENS

Ages 13-17
Teens will learn handbuilding techniques to create functional and sculptural pieces, and be introduced to working on the pottery wheel. New 90 minute class gives teens more time to create unique pieces and express themselves. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs. Pieces will be ready in approximately 2 weeks.

Date: 

  • October 30-December 11* | Deadline: December 23
  • January 20-March 5 | Deadline: January 22
  • March 26-April 30 | Deadline: March 19

*No class: November 27
Location: Spring Cultural Center
Min/Max: 4/5
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


Adult Ceramics

VIRTUAL POTTERY CLASS

Ages 15+
Learn to create beautiful hand-made pottery in the comfort and safety of your home. The instruction in this class is virtual, but the pottery and the fun are very real! We will loan you a Pottery Kit that includes basic tools, a canvas work surface, project templates, and 25 lbs of clay. Through weekly instructional videos, our staff will walk you through everything you need know to make easy, functional, and decorative pottery. We’ll process your creations in the Studio, and your finished pieces will be glazed and functional. Projects include mugs, bowls, trays, a keepsake box and even a whimsical rocket ship! This class is suitable for beginners and anyone who wants to play with clay. No prior experience is needed.

Date: 1/25-4/30
Fee (R/NR):
$100/$150
Deadline:
1/18

Location: Virtual
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376
 


STUDIO CERAMICS

Ages 18+
Want to learn how to create with clay? Join us as we explore the world of ceramics through fun hands-on projects. Beginning students will be introduced to the fundamentals of working with clay; starting with hand-building techniques and concluding with an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Experienced students can refine their skills and explore advanced techniques through self-guided projects. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Session 1
Date:
1/24-2/28
Day:
M
Time:
6-8:30p
Fee (R/NR):
$139/$189
Deadline:
1/17

Session 2
Date:
1/29-3/5
Day:
Sa
Time:
12:30-2-:30p
Fee (R/NR):
$127/$177
Deadline:
1/22

Session 3
Date:
1/24-2/28
Day:
M
Time:
6-8:30p
Fee (R/NR):
$139/$189
Deadline:
3/14

Session 4
Date:
3/26-4/30
Day:
Sa
Time:
12:30-2-:30p
Fee (R/NR):
$127/$177
Deadline:
3/19

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 4/6
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


DECORATIVE POTTERY TECHNIQUES

Ages 18+
This course moves beyond the “form and function” of pottery to focus on decorative surface techniques. Demonstrations will include carving and texture, sgrafitto, underglazes and colored slip, mineral oxides, simple image transfers, and decorative use of wax resist. We’ll discuss the different clays and glazes available, and how color, opacity, gloss, and texture affect design and aesthetic. This course is open to everyone, but knowledge of basic ceramics is encouraged. Wheel throwing will not be taught in this class; experienced patrons may use a wheel if desired. Fee includes all clay, glaze materials, and firing costs. Recommended Pre-Requisite: Studio Ceramics or Beginning Wheel Throwing, or experience comparable to a basic 6 week ceramics course.

Date: 3/22-4/26
Day:
Tu
Time:
6-8:30p
Fee (R/NR):
$139/$189
Deadline:
3/15
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 4/6
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376



WE LOVE MUGS!

Ages 16+
Make a unique and beautiful mug just in time for Valentines Day! We’ll use a variety of themed templates, stamps, and colored underglazes to personalize functional slab-built mugs, without
using a pottery wheel. We’ll finish our pieces with ceramic gloss glazes. Will you keep your masterpiece, or gift it to a loved one? No prior experience is needed! Pottery will be ready for pick up by Feb. 14. Fee includes all materials and supplies.

Date: 1/28-2/4
Day:
F
Time:
6-8p
Fee (R/NR):
$43/$64.50
Deadline:
1/21
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 4/6
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


OPEN STUDIO TIME

Ages 18+ with experience (must have taken two sessions of Park District pottery classes)
Get more studio time outside of class! Five hours of open studio time are scheduled based on studio space and staff availability, to ensure safe social distancing. Open Studio does not include instruction; patrons are encouraged to bring their own tools and a towel. Patrons may add and pay for additional hours as needed. Contact Kristi (kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org) to register for and schedule Open Studio.

Date: 1/24-4/30
Day:
M-F
Time:
Dependent on studio availability
Min/Max:
1/15
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $50/$75 for 5 hours
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


Wheel Throwing

BEGINNING WHEEL THROWING

Ages 18+
Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter’s wheel. Learn techniques for throwing bowls, cups, and vases. Surface treatments such as glazing, carving, and staining will also be covered. No pottery experience needed! Fee includes all clay, glazes and firing costs. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own tools based on a supply list of $10-$25 provided prior to class.

Session 1
Date:
1/26-3/2
Deadline:
1/19

Session 2
Date:
3/23-4/27
Deadline:
3/16

Day: W
Time: 6-8p
Fee (R/NR): $127/$177
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 3/5
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED WHEEL THROWING

Ages 18+
This class is intended for students who are familiar with the basics of pottery, but want to refine their skills. Each class will feature a demonstration, but there’s room for personal development. Recommended prerequisite classes: Studio Ceramics or Beginning Wheel Throwing. Recommended skills: ability to center clay and throw a 5” cylinder. Fee includes all clay, glazes and firing costs. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own tools based on a supply list of $10-$25 provided prior to class.

Session 1
Date:
1/27-3/3
Deadline:
1/20

Session 2
Date:
3/24-4/28
Deadline:
3/17

Day: Th
Time: 6-8:30p
Fee (R/NR): $139/$189
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 4/6
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


Ceramics Private Lessons

Ages: 6+ for hand-building, 15+ for wheel throwing

We offer private lessons on the pottery wheel (adults and teens age 15+) and for hand-building (adults and kids age 6+). Lessons can be scheduled weekly, or as single or limited sessions to create a specific project or help you overcome a particular pottery challenge. Lesson times are scheduled based on studio space and instructor availability. Contact Kristi at kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org for more information.

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $25/$37.50 per hour
Min/Max: 1/1
Deadline: 1 week prior to the class
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


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For questions regarding our pottery program, please contact Kristin Emilsson.  Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376.

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