Pot­tery classes com­ing for win­ter 2019 at RCAC

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With the start of 2019 comes an op­por­tu­nity for learn­ing a new skill at the Rock­mart Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter, one that uti­lizes the hands in a cre­ative and pro­duc­tive way.

Paul Craig­head’s Be­gin­ning Hand build­ing pot­tery class starts on Tues­day, Jan. 8. Sign up now to join this fun class that runs through Feb. 26. The cost for this 8 week class is $145 and it is for ages 16 to adults. Price for each stu­dent in­cludes the cost of all ma­te­ri­als and the fir­ing process.

Craig­head pro­vides an over­view of ba­sic tech­niques, al­low­ing stu­dents to ex­plore the po­ten­tials of clay and learn pinch, coil and slab tech­niques to make bowls, plat­ters, sculp­tures and more.

Those who have al­ready been through a be­gin­ning pot­tery class and want to con­tinue on can take part in our on­go­ing Open Stu­dio classes and get an in­vite to Craig­head’s Raku work­shops held an­nu­ally. He works with stu­dents in­di­vid­u­ally and in groups to cre­ate pot­tery items, like earth­en­ware, stoneware items cre­ated on the wheel or by hand­build­ing. Open Stu­dio classes meet on Wed­nes­day evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., or Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day morn­ings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Open Stu­dio prices are $18 per 2 hour evening class, and $15 for 1 ½ hour morn­ing class.

Those in­ter­ested in classes with Craig­head can get in touch by call­ing 770-843-5302, or email him at riv­o­[email protected]­zero.net

All of that work for bud­ding or sea­soned lo­cal pot­ters will be made much eas­ier with a re­cent do­na­tion to RCAC of a slab roller, which was pro­vided with the help of the Vines fam­ily and an anony­mous donor. A slab roller helps roll out flat slabs of clay to make plat­ters, mugs, many more items.

Find out more about up­com­ing classes, ex­hibits and events at face­book.com/rcac.ga. Reach the gallery at 770-684-2707. They’re open in the gallery be­hind City Hall on Pied­mont Av­enue in Rock­mart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day through Sat­ur­day.

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