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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.


Fall registration is open for Residents of C-U!

Our Non-Resident friends can begin registering on Thursday, July 21, 2022.


Limit Time Ceramics


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. 


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.

  • November 18 | F | Deadline: November 11
  • February 24 | F | Deadline: February 17
  • March 24 | F | Deadline: March 17
  • April 21 | F | Deadline: April 14

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Time: 6-8pm
Fee (R/NR): $33/$49.50
Min/Max: 4/6
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


KIDS HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS!

Ages 5-10, with registered adult participant
Design your own ceramic holiday decorations! In the first class, we’ll use clay slabs, texture materials, and cookie cutters to craft ornaments in fun shapes. In the second class, we’ll paint the with bright ceramic underglazes and finish them with clear glass glaze. Ornaments will be ready by Dec. 20. This workshop is intended for kids to do with an adult participant, but adults will also get to make their own pieces. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

  • 12/2-12/9 | F | Deadline: 11/25

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Time: 4-5:30pm
Fee (R/NR): $38/$57
Min/Max: 4/6
Class ID: 222019
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


WINTER HOLIDAY WORKSHOP!

Ages 16+
Make your own ceramic holiday decorations! We’ll have a variety of projects to choose from including ornaments, trivets, candy dishes, and even a holiday house candle holder. 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 by Dec 20. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

  • 12/2-12/9 | F | Deadline: 11/25

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Time: 6-8pm
Fee (R/NR): $47/$70.50
Min/Max: 4/6
Class ID: 222020
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


WE LOVE MUGS!

Ages 16+
Make a mug for Valentines Day! We’ll use hand building methods to sculpt a functional piece without the pottery wheel. Mugs will be finished with ceramic glass glazes and will be safe to use with food, microwave, and dishwasher. No prior experience needed! Pottery will be ready for pick up by Feb. 14. Fee includes all materials and supplies.

Date: January 27 – February 3
Day: Friday
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Time: 6-8pm
Fee (R/NR): $47/$70.50
Min/Max: 4/6
Deadline: January 20
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


CANDY HEART DISH POTTERY

Ages 6+ – Adult
Come make a Valentine-Inspired functional piece of pottery! We’ll hand sculpt a ceramic “candy heart” dish that will be safe to use with food, microwave, and dishwasher. Children ages 6+ are welcome, but must be registered and accompanied by a registered participating adult. Beginners welcome, no experience needed. 

Date: January 28 & February 4
Day: Saturday
Location: Martens Center
Time: 1:30-3:30p
Fee (R/NR): $95/$142.50
Deadline: January 21
Min/Max: 4/8


INTRO TO MAKING FUNCTIONAL POTTERY

Ages 15+
Learn the basics of pottery and make a ceramic piece you can really use! We’ll use templates and clay slabs to create mugs, bowls, plates and vases that will be safe to use with food, microwave, and dishwasher. Beginners welcome, no experience needed.

Date: February 25 & March 4
Day: Saturday
Location: Martens Center
Time: 1:30-3:30p
Fee (R/NR): $95/$142.50
Min/Max: 4/8
Deadline: February 18


MOTHER’S DAY MUGS

Ages 6-12
Make a mug to celebrate Mom! Kids will use templates and clay slab to create a unique and functional Mother’s Day gift. Finished pottery is safe to use with food, microwave, and dishwasher. Beginners welcome, no experience needed. Pottery ready for pick-up by May 10.

Date: April 22 & April 29
Day: Saturday
Location: Martens Center
Time: 2:30-3:30p
Fee (R/NR): $70/$105
Min/Max: 4/6
Deadline: April 15

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 24 – February 28 | Tu | Deadline: January 17
  • January 26 – March 2 | Th | Deadline: January 19
  • March 21 – April 25 | Tu | Deadline: March 14
  • March 23 – April 27 | Th | Deadline: March 16

Time: 4-5p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $87/$130.50
Min/Max: 4/6
Class ID: 423004
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 25 – March 1 | W | Deadline: January 18
  • March 22 – April 26 | W | Deadline: March 15

Time: 4-5p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $87/$130.50
Min/Max: 4/6
Class ID: 423005
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: 

  • January 28 – March 4 | Sa | Deadline: January 21
  • March 25 – April 29 | Sa | Deadline: March 18

Time: 10-11:30a
Location: Spring Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $113/$163
Min/Max: 4/6
Class ID: 423006
Questions: kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376

Adult Ceramics

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.

  • January 23 – February 27 | M | Deadline: January 16 
  • January 24 – February 28 | Tu  | Deadline: January 17
  • March 20 – April 24 | M | Deadline: March 13

Fee (R/NR): $153/$203
Time: 6-8:30p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 4/6
Class ID: 423009
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.

  • January 25 – March 1 | W | Deadline: January 18
  • March 21 – April 25 | Tu | Deadline: March 14
  • March 22 – April 26 | W | Deadline: March 15

Time: 6-8p
Fee (R/NR): $139/$189
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 4/6
Class ID: 423007
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.

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

Time: 6-8:30p
Fee (R/NR): $153/$203
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 4/6
Class ID: 423008
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 time outside of class! Open Studio is available to patrons that have taken at least 2 CPD ceramics courses, or can prove comparable prior experience. Patrons register for the season, but pay by the hour as they go. Open studio is not supervised and does not include instruction. The hourly fee does include the use of all studio materials (clay, glazes) and firing of all work. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own tools and a towel. Open Studio is scheduled when classes are not using the studio; most availability is M-F, 9am-4pm. Evenings and weekends are usually *not* available. Contact Kristi (kristin.emilsson@champaignparks.org) to register for Open Studio.

Date: January 23 – April 29
Day:
M-F
Time:
Dependent on studio availability
Min/Max:
1/15
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $10/$15 per hour
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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