SUMMER CLASSES

FLM Ceramics has opened a brand new community studio and is now offering clay classes for children and childish adults! Learn a range of skills from wheel throwing to hand building in classes that cater to all levels. If you have always wanted to get your hands dirty but have never taken the leap, or if you’ve been wanting to dust off the skills you developed in high school or college classes, or if you just want to make your own coffee mug... this is your chance! 

All classes take place at our new community studio space connected to FLM Ceramics. 1320 Commerce St. Suite R, Petaluma, CA. Each class will take place once a week for 6 weeks. Classes require 4 students to run and have a 10 student capacity. Follow the link in the description of the class you are interested in to sign up and pay. If you have any additional questions please email flmceramics@gmail.com. If you are interested in private lessons or pottery events for a small group in our community studio email flmceramics@gmail.com

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS!


KIDS POTTERY CLASS

AGES 7-11

Tuesdays from 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Dates: Six Weeks beginning June 19, ending July 31 with no class the week of July 4.
Ages: 7-11
Instructor: Emily Grant
Fee: $150
Click HERE to sign up.

In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of clay and explore clay throughout history. Each week we will study a new technique used in ceramic arts, including functional dishware! In this class, students will sculpt with clay, learn how to paint with slips and glazes, and learn about how clay is fired in the kiln.


KIDS POTTERY CLASS

AGES 12-16

Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Dates: Six Weeks beginning June 21, ending August 2 with no class the week of July 4.
Ages: 12-16
Instructor: Shannon Edwards
Fee: $150
Click HERE to sign up.

Have you ever worked with clay? Now's your chance!  This class is geared for kids looking to develop skills that set the foundation for creative thinking and problem solving which extend to all walks of life! Learn how to make pinch pots, slab and coil building, tile and more. Each session begins with a hand-building demonstration or surface embellishment technique designed to assist in developing the building blocks of great studio artists. As a primer for future classes there will also be wheel -throwing demonstrations and activities to pique the curiosity of future potters!


Introduction to ceramics

ADULTS

Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Dates: Six Weeks beginning June 19, ending July 31 with no class the week of July 4.
Ages: 17+up
Instructor: Shannon Edwards
Fee: $210
Click HERE to sign up.

Welcome to the world of clay!!! Each week you will learn new techniques for working with clay that build upon the fundamentals of studio practices. Pinching, slab and coil building and more will be just a few of the construction techniques we will cover. Every class will begin with a hand-building demonstration or surface embellishment technique sure to bring voice to your work. Students will learn the surface decoration using sgraffito, mishima, carving, and a host of other approaches. For those interested there will be multiple wheel -throwing demonstrations spread out over the duration of the course.


Handbuilt Pottery

ADULTS

Thursdays from 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Dates: Six Weeks beginning June 21, ending August 2 with no class the week of July 4.
Ages: 17+up
Instructor: Shannon Edwards
Fee: $210
Click HERE to sign up.

This class will focus on creating functional ceramics using hand-building techniques.  Students will learn to make vessels, lids, handles and spouts using pinch pot, coil, and slab methods. Each class will begin with a demonstration and a secondary demonstration that will often take place mid- way through the class.  Once students have finished work, we will begin exploring a variety of approaches for surface treatment including sgraffito, mishima, carving and painting with engobes. 


INSTRUCTOR BIOS


EMILY GRANT

Emily Grant is a ceramicist originally from Sacramento, CA, where her love for clay began in high school. In 2006 she attended ceramics classes at Cabrillo College, in Santa Cruz, CA, where she began creating functional wheel thrown forms. After graduating from Humboldt State University with a BA in Ceramics and Printmaking, Emily began teaching kids classes at Portland Pottery, in Portland, Maine, where she fell in love with teaching clay! In her spare time, Emily is an apprentice at Forrest Lesch-Middelton Ceramics. She also enjoys throwing pots, playing music, and going on hikes in the redwoods.

FORREST LESCH-MIDDELTON

Forrest owns and operates FLM Ceramics and Tile, making handmade pottery and tile in Petaluma, CA. He has a B.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and an M.F.A. in ceramics from Utah State University. He has taught at Sonoma State University, Diablo Valley College, and Santa Rosa Junior College. He also lectures and teaches workshops at universities and art centers across the country. 
In 2014 Forrest was named the Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly, and in 2017 he was a McKnight Fellow at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN.  

 

SHANNON EDWARDS

Shannon Edwards graduated from Sonoma State University with her BFA emphasis in ceramics. She currently works as a teacher, mentor, and Art Studio Coordinator in Sonoma County.

www.shannoneart.com