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ceramic art classes in asheville, nc

updated wed 31 jul 96


Mark Burleson on thu 25 jul 96

Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts
Fall Schedule/ August 12 - October 12, 1996

Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts is a community based art center
dedicated to education in the ceramic arts, located in Asheville, NC.
Please call or Email for further information or registration.

Tel 704.285.0210 Fax 704.253.3853 Email

Introduction to Clay/ Don Davis/ Wednesday AM 9:30 - 12:00
This class will cover basic hand building & wheel throwing techniques,
glazing and firing. It will also acquaint students with an overview
of ceramic history, materials and theory. Those with little or no
experience are encouraged to take this class.

Beginning Wheel Throwing/ Suze Lindsay/ Wednesday PM 6:30 - 9:00

Throwing: Altered and Combined Forms/ Leah Leitson/ Thursday AM
This class is open to those who have some experience in throwing. We
will explore the use of the wheel as a tool, altering and combining
thrown and hand built parts. Students will have the option of using a
stoneware or porcelain clay body to work with throughout
An introductory course focusing on the fundamentals of throwing on the
potter's wheel. Learn the basics of centering, pulling and forming
pieces. Work will be fired to cone 5 oxidation and Rake.

Throwing on the Potter's Wheel/ Steven Forbes-deSoule/ Thursday PM
6:30 - 9:00
The basics of wheel throwing, good form and technique will be
stressed. Learn to center the clay and make pots that function.
Pieces will be fired to cone cone 5 oxidation, cone 10 reduction and
Raku. No experience Necessary.

Ceramic Sculpture/ Mark Burleson/ Tuesday AM 9:30 - 12:00
This class will explore hand built and wheel thrown sculpture.
Abstraction, narratives, representation and other methods of arriving
at sculptural work will be introduced through class projects. We will
work in a relaxed and playful environment. Work in this class will be
fired to cone 04, cone 5 oxidation and cone 10 reduction.

Coiling Clay/ Mary Kay Botkins/ Thursday PM 6:30 - 9:00
Before the invention of the wheel, early cultures used coils of clay
laid on top of each other to form vessels. This class will explore
various ways of making coiled pottery using techniques employed by
different cultures from all other the world.

Reduction Fired Stoneware/ Mark Burleson/ Monday PM 6:30 - 9:00
This class will introduce an exciting firing process new to Odyssey.
We will work exclusively with high fire stoneware clays and glazes.
As we work toward understanding the nature of reduction firing, we
will strive to integrate these rich surface possibilities into our
work. Students may work with wheel thrown or handbuilt vessels or
sculpture. The atmosphere will be one of adventure and playfulness and
creativity. Work will be fired to cone 5 oxidation or cone 10

Independent Study
Odyssey's Independent Study Program offers continuing students the
opportunity to use the facility during open studio hours to work
independently. Limit to 12 Participants.

Studio Procedures Seminar/ Fruzsi Toenniessen/ Wednesday PM 6:30 -
8:00 PM beginning September 4, 1996
This exchange program is designed to offer continuing Odyssey students
an opportunity to learn about studio procedures which could be applied
to the individual studio. Learn, hands on, the basics of glaze
materials, how to mix glazes, and how to load and fire kilns. The
class will meet for four weeks for discussion and class
demonstrations. In exchange for the class the student will be
expected to exchange six hours of similar work to the studio after the
completion of the course. Class is limited to seven previous Odyssey
students. Participants must be approved by the director.

Orton Kiln Firing Workshop/ Saturday, October 12, 1996. 9:00 AM - 1:00
Odyssey is pleased to welcome the Edward Orton Jr. Foundation's
Successful Firing Seminar. This seminar is designed to provide useful
information on firing ceramic ware. Seminar topics will include kilns
and their operation, care and repair, firing your ware, understanding
firing problems and problem solving.

Raku: Tradition and Development/ Steven Forbes-deSoule/ Saturday 9:00
AM - 12:00 PM
This 4 week class will provide a historical reference in a hands on
environment. Students will learn the history of Raku fired ceramics
through the production of Raku fired work, slide presentation and
technical discussions on the process of Raku.

Home School Clay/ Frank Southecorvo/ Monday 1:00 - 3:00 PM/ All ages
This class is designed especially for the home school student who is
looking for classes to round out an educational experience. Class
will be similar to Adventures in Clay. Students and their parents or
guardians may enroll.

Adventures in Clay/ Frank Southecorvo/ Monday 3:30 - 5:30 PM/ Ages 8
and up
This class will explore a variety of building techniques and surface
decorations. There will be several projects, including an
introduction to working on the potters wheel.

Upcoming workshops include Royce Yoder, Pete Pinnell and Ron Meyers.

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