Hand building, June 18 - August 6, 11am - 2 pm

Hand building, June 18 - August 6, 11am - 2 pm


Dates: Tuesdays, April 23 - May 28, 11 am - 2 pm

In this summer session, you have 8 weeks to fit in 6 classes.  The instructor, Donna Kemp, will offer class projects or you may come with your own ideas and she will be there to instruct you all along the way.  We will work with stoneware and electric fire to cone 6 making all work microwave and dishwaher safe. The class is limited to 8 students per class.  

Cost includes use of studio tools, up to 25 pounds of clay, studio glazes and firings. We offer open studio hours on Saturdays from noon to 5:00 during the class sessions unless there is a workshop conflict.

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About the teachers:

Susie Bowman has a BFA in sculpure and has worked in clay since the late '90's.  She is the owner of The Kiln Studio and Gallery and has been teaching classes for the last 8 years.  She mostly works on the wheel in porcelain but varies her methods depending on the goal. 

Letty Oratowski is a lifelong artist who received a BA degree in Arts Education from Newark State College in NC. She went on to earn a Masters Degree from the University of Iowa with a major in ceramics.  She went on to build her own gas-fired kiln and pottery studio, which she operated independently for many years.  She taught ceramics at Columbia High School in the adult education program in Maplewood, NJ.  Letty also paints, working in watercolors, oils and mixed media.  She has shown in many juried exhibits and won numerous awards and recognitions.  After moving from NJ three years ago, she now lives in Fairhope and continues making ceramics at The Kiln Studio and Gallery.  Painting and drawing images on pottery are her current preoccupation.

Donna Kemp has been working in clay for many years.  She has been published in the 500 hundred series books 3 times and has won various awards for her hand built sculptures.  Donna is a dedicated instructor and maker.

Ryan Caldwell received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with emphasis in Ceramics and Sculpture from Washburn University, in Topeka Kansas, and was awarded the Charles A. and Margaret Pollak Art Purchase Award in 2015 . He has been a short term artist in residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center and Medalta in Alberta, Canada. His work is in art collections small and large, such as The Mulvane Art Museum and the Shimpo permeant collection. Ryan is currently a MFA Candidate at the University of Montana in Missoula.

Refund Policy: The Kiln will fully refund payment if a student withdraws 5 DAYS PRIOR to the first class. After that time period, there will be no refund. If a class does not meet minimum enrollment, student may receive a full refund or transfer to another class with space available. Any missed classes can be made up within the six week class period by attending another class.