Semesters run in the Fall and Winter and last 14 weeks. Classes are scheduled for one evening per week for three hours (7:00-10:00). There are two separate class groups, each with up to 14 students. Students are allowed to work at the guild outside of class hours up to 21 hours per week. Lab hours will be set each semester and remain consistent throughout the semester.


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MAKING POTTERY: EXPERIMENT, EXPLORE & EXPAND with John Leyland

Tuesdays, 7-10pm, 14 weeks
August 27th through December 10th
$420 includes materials, firing and open studio time

This class will focus on ceramic tableware and a variety of wheel throwing and hand-building techniques utilized in making functional pottery. With a focus on experimentation, students will begin to personalize their work and discover new techniques for creating interesting details that will expand their technical vocabulary. With John’s guidance students will engage in research to begin to articulate their sources of inspiration and individual aesthetic interests. The class will include demonstrations, individual instruction, group exercises and critiques. Our student show will culminate in a potluck dinner featuring serving ware created by the class participants.


About the Artist

John Leyland started in clay by attending Penn State University in 1991, and completed his BFA after later transferring to Slippery Rock University. During his time at Slippery Rock he studied ceramics and sculpture at The Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia for one year as a exchange student. John completed his MFA at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he focused mainly on large-scale ceramic sculpture. Since moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2004, John has been the Ceramic Studio Coordinator at The Stamps School of Art & Design at The University of Michigan. He has taught wheel-based classes at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit for the past 10 years. He started in clay focusing his ceramic art as a functional potter and worked for a period of time as a production potter in Western Pennsylvania. He has shown both functional and sculptural work throughout the mid-west, and enjoys making pots and sculpture equally.

STUDIO FUN: THE HARD WORK OF SERIOUS PLAY with Jane White               

Thursdays, 7-10pm, 14 weeks
August 29th through December 12rh
$420 includes materials, firing and open studio time

Based on the skill level and desires of students in the class, demos and discussions will be designed to encourage exploration of ideas, processes, techniques, form and surfaces, with the goal of making life more interesting. Personalized challenges will be suggested based on your interests and skills.
We will pinch, roll, spin, sling, slice, slip, slap, slump, (and anything else needed) to make your clay visions tangible.

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About the Artist

Jane received a BFA from Eastern Michigan University and a MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1991. Since then, she spent 3 years at the University of Michigan as the Studio Demonstrator, 13 years at Pewabic Pottery and has taught at Central Michigan University, Center for Creative Studies, Eastern Michigan University, Ann Arbor Potters Guild, and is currently working at the Clinton Arts Center.

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