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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

Beginner Level

Pottery Wheel for Beginners
January 31 - March 7, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-noon) — This six week course is designed exclusively for those who are new to wheel work and is open for ages 12 through adult. Have fun while gaining confidence on the potters wheel. Small class size ensures that each student receives personalized, one-on-one instruction and encouragement for a fascinating hands-on experience that will bring out the potter in you. Tuition includes the first 25 pound bag of clay. Additional clay may be purchased during class for $30 per bag which also includes glazing and firing fees. Enrolled students may also participate in one open studio session per week: Open Studios: Wednesday & Saturday 1 - 4. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Bayles
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $220 (Members $202)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level

New Techniques for Screen Printing
March 10, 2015 (9:30 am - 5:00pm) — Bring your laptop loaded with your favorite photo manipulation software and you're ready to go! In this one-day seminar we'll walk you through the steps to preparing your personal images for screening on to: glass, metal, paper, fabric wood, stone, clay...or anything you can think of! No worries... computer dummies welcome!!! Once you've created your own images, it's time to create your "silk" screens. We'll walk you through all the steps including exposure, washout, drying and use. This seminar will get you started in making your own specialized screens. We'll even get started printing your personal screens! Don't miss the versatility of this technique. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gail Stouffer
Sponsor: roadhouse Arts
Cost: $98
Email: gail Stouffer
Phone: (830) 438-1884

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Altered Forms Expressing Place through Surface
March 20-21, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — For two days, we will explore in demonstration and in hands-on participation throwing and slab collaborative techniques while employing different approaches to texture. We will look at how texture and form can help to demonstrate where we come from and what we wish to say about the places we are inspired and informed by. Students will be given time to practice demonstrated techniques with my assistance. Additionally, I will demonstrate how raku and saggar can augment texture and the story of place. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Hendershot
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $225 (Includes Materials and Firing Fees)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Recreating Ancient Salado Pottery
March 21-25, 2015 (10:00 AM - 4:30 PM) — This intensive five day workshop will focus on recreating the beautiful pottery of the Salado culture which lived in Arizona from 1275 to 1450 AD. We will look at examples of prehistoric Salado pottery, examine the ruins they left behind, take a field trip to dig clay, then carefully recreate Salado pottery using authentic tools and materials and finally fire our pottery in an outdoor mesquite fire. Visit website


Location: Globe, AZ
Instructor: Andy Ward
Sponsor: Besh Ba Gowah Archeological Park
Cost: $350
Email: Andy Ward
Phone: 520-743-6555

Beginner Level

Beginning Wheel Throwing
March 2-27, 2015 (2-4pm) — A two-hour introductory wheel throwing studio session - experience the fun & expressive powers of the potter's wheel. Finished pieces can be glazed & shipped to you. Great for individuals, small groups, kids (age 8 & up), total beginners & those more experienced. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Theo Helmstadter
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $75 per hour
Email: Theo Helmstadter
Phone: 505-614-6952

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Handbuilding with Colored Clay
March 27-28, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Students will learn how to make ceramic forms while adding colored porcelain slips, porcelain clay, textures, stencils and decals to the seamless handbuilt vessels while the pot is being formed. Mitch Lyons has developed a new way to build ceramic vessels by adding colored clays and colored slips to his "broom stick" method (using larger and larger dowels and rolling layers of clay and slip etc. onto the exterior surface while growing the form). Applying this technique creates the unique possibility of combining the shape and color/texture to create a more unified form. Get ready to use clay in a very different way! Note: March 25th at 2 p.m. Mitch will provide a free demonstration of his Clay Monoprint process. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Mitch Lyons
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $225 (Includes Materials and Firing Fees)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Sedona Art Retreat: The Creative Soul Retreat
April 3-5, 2015 — The Sedona Art Retreat offers a unique tour of self-discovery as you explore a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful and unique landscape, its art-colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual retreat. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into a unique package where art and self-discovery fuse - creating the opportunity for artists and those who would consider themselves non-artists to engage fully in the experience of art. The retreat program is made of six hands-on experiences that become for each participant a personal creative path: ceramics, creative journaling, photography, collage, mask-making and jewelry techniques. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $675
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Alternative Firings
April 19 & 26, 2015 (10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) — This two day workshop allows for production of a variety of forms on the first day culminating in a firing session on the second Sunday. Students will be able to experiment with unique finishes on their handbuilt or wheel productions such as saggar, horse hair, obvara and Raku. Beginners are welcome to use this workshop to explore their interest in clay and ceramics. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $150, All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sedona Art Retreat: The Creative Soul Retreat
May 23-25, 2015 — The Sedona Art Retreat offers a unique tour of self-discovery as you explore a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful and unique landscape, its art-colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual retreat. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into a unique package where art and self-discovery fuse - creating the opportunity for artists and those who would consider themselves non-artists to engage fully in the experience of art. The retreat program is made of six hands-on experiences that become for each participant a personal creative path: ceramics, creative journaling, photography, collage, mask-making and jewelry techniques. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $675
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Throwing on the wheel with Andrew Sanders
Ongoing thru June 30, 2015 — Throwing on the wheel for all levels (2 to 4 hours). Have fun and experience the potters wheel. Everyone will make pots! The absorbing wonder and fun of working on the potters wheel will be enjoyed. Andrew will guide you through an exciting and fulfilling experience. Andrew Sanders has worked professionally as a potter and taught in various places including Holland, Switzerland, Australia and in the US. Currently Andrew lives and works in Santa Fe. Andrew's focus is on usability and function, creating visual movement in the clay forms, making an aesthetic balance between functional design and creative art. Work is fired to cone 10 in a reduction fired gas kiln. Costs include all materials and firings. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Andrew Sanders
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $50 to $150
Email: Andrew Sanders
Phone: 505-614-5215

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Image Transfer on Clay with Magpie Pottery
Ongoing thru June 30, 2015 — Magpie Pottery offers a 2-hour image transfer workshop on Laser-Toner Decals for the ceramic surface. Students will learn all phases of the image transfer process. Working with porcelain tiles, students will also be able to work with their own images and create a collaged tile that can be fired and shipped home. Students are encouraged to e-mail images that they want to work with to Magpie Pottery prior to the workshop. These will be turned into decals that can be collaged onto the tile. The workshop rate includes one page of decals, all information handouts, and the firing of one tile. Shipping costs of student work will be added as rates vary according to zip codes. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Maggie Beyeler
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $150
Email: Maggie Beyeler
Phone: 505-466-2894

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Ceramics with Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery
Ongoing thru June 30, 2015 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Heidi will demonstrate classical wheel thrown vessels of all sizes. She will make the clay "dance" in sensuous forms while in the squishy state. Students will experience what it is like to throw a bowl in the air and catch it - creating delightful, amorphic forms, unique as snowflakes. Heidi assures good fun. Students may learn Heidi's famous chattering and carving techniques in clay that is leather. For the adventurous, she will create large scale vessels, adding coils and shaping with flame from a propane torch. No previous art experience required. All ages welcome. The only requirement is a sense of humor! Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Heidi Loewen
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $175 per hour
Email: Heidi Loewen
Phone: (505) 988-2225

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Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Stoneware with Theo Helmstadter
Ongoing thru June 30, 2015 — An experienced teacher & full-time studio potter, Theo teaches on an individualized basis in his studio. Often, students have some experience with clay already - but beginners are welcome too. A two-hour session at the studio usually starts with a discussion of what you'd like to explore - the wheel? hand-building? throwing & altering? Arrangements can be made to glaze, fire, & ship work you produce during the session. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Theo Helmstadter
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $75/hour; $65/per hour for groups up to four
Email: Theo Helmstadter
Phone: 505-795-7755

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Family Clay Play with Ginny Zipperer
Ongoing thru June 30, 2015 — Take a break from the usual sightseeing and shopping and bring your family to my studio for a clay play date. Work in a spacious studio or in the shady back yard. Adults and children alike will lose themselves in the magic of working with clay. As an experienced instructor, I can teach basic techniques to students of all ages. Your family can work together to build a mural or sculpture or each of you can create their own Santa Fe souvenir. Fee includes 2 hour workshop with materials and one firing of the work produced. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Ginny Zipperer
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $150 for up to 3 participants, $40 for each additional person
Contact: Ginny Zipperer

Beginner Level

Follow Suzy Birstein to Greek Island Paradise "Mia Muse"
August 28 - September 12, 2015 — Envision your "Inner Muse" with ceramist Suzy Birstein, famed artist for the 2008 Academy Award nominees - on the enchanting island of Skopelos, Greece where "Mama Mia" was filmed! Suzy is returning to Skopelos for a fourth time presenting her transformational figurative sculpture program "Mia Muse"! Suzy will demonstrate her unique hand building techniques combining inner structures with slabs, coils, pinching and textures to create imaginative figure/animal hybrids. Participants will have hands on experience discovering their artistic process and inner muse. Bisqued pieces will be surfaced with combinations of fired and cold surfaces, including colourful glazes, patinas and paints. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor: Suzy Birstein
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: $1,800 - Register by June 1st
Email: Jill Somer

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