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Investigating Ornamental Design

A two day hands-on workshop with Mike Stumbras

  • Starts Jul 13
  • From 265 US dollars
  • 17th Street

Available spots

Service Description

In this workshop, Mike will work alongside students to demonstrate and guide the investigation of various techniques including slip trailing, water etching, and sprig-making. Mike will also speak briefly about his philosophy for making and about some considerations for professional development. and/or bone dry to work on during the workshop. -Day 1 Morning: Wheel throwing and hand building demo and group work. Mike will talk about assembling multiple component forms and preparing for slip trailing. Brief slip-trailing demo. Afternoon: Students engage in slip trailing. Mike will speak about design considerations and strategies for creating integrated and nuanced surfaces. Mike will speak about the water etching process on bone-dry clay. Students will have time to practice slip trailing and painting shellac for the water etching process. The shellac will cure overnight and be ready for etching in the morning. Mike will introduce the sprig-making process to prepare for this on day 2. -Day 2. Morning: Students will arrive and have time to begin water-etching some of their painted pieces. Students will have some work time to finish up any unfinished work from Day 1. Before lunch, Students will work alongside Mike to make silicone sprig molds from objects that they bought or fabricated. Afternoon: After Lunch, students will be invited to show and tell about their work. Mike will speak briefly about technique, craft philosophy, historical ceramics, and professional development. Mike will also speak briefly about glazing techniques that he uses on his work (appropriate for cone 5), using gold and pearlescent lusters. Students will de-mold and make copies of their sprigs.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Fees & class schedule: Class fees cover instructed class time (as listed in specific class schedule), use of tools and equipment, open studio hours, studio glazes and firing up to 25 lbs of clay. Additional work may be fired for a fee. Pottery class fees include 25 lbs of clay + wood classes include all lumber Classes are subject to change if minimum student quota isn't met (7 students). Class switches will only be available 1 week prior to the commencement of classes and based on the capacity of classes at time of request.​Attendance: It is mandatory for all students who are new to the studio attend the first week of classes. No “make-up” classes are given but you're more than welcome to drop-in on another session if there is an opening or absence. For Adult classes, Kids must be 14-years old or older Personal belongings: Any items left behind 30-days after last class may be discarded without notice. Refund policy: Class fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Refund or Credit (minus $20 processing fee) if a request for refund is received TWO WEEKS and only two weeks before the start of a class. Credit (no refund) with less the 48 hour notice ONLY if your spot can be filled. No refunds or credits after attending 1st class. Classes missed due to failure to attend, planned absences, minor illnesses or vacations will not be credited for future classes. One-Time class registrations such as Drop-In Clay or Friday Night Clay are considered final ONE WEEK before start of class. Open studio hours for students: Monday- Thursday: 10AM-6PM Friday & Saturday: 10AM-9PM Sunday 10AM-7:30PM (Hours subjected to change upon five days' notice)

Contact Details

  • 1431 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA

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