Clay can have a healing power.
Classes for 2019 have been scheduled! Beginning wheel, hand building with clay slabs, and traditional clay coiling. Come and learn a new skill or expand upon previous experience. Discover how clay can be a tool for mindfulness, breathe, and meditation. It is a transformative process!
Classes are taught by Christina Osheim at her studio in Woolen Mills. She is a Charlottesville native and cemented her passion for art and clay while a teenager, taking classes from Karen Shea Silverman and ceramics at PVCC. She returned to Charlottesville after receiving her B.A. from St Olaf, a post-baccalaureate from RISD, a M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, one of the nation's leading graduate schools of architecture, art and design. She also spent 3 years as an associate artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, was a resident artist at Red Dirt Studios in Washington D.C. and taught at VCU.
Classes are intimate, maximum 5 students, and are open to mature teens. The first half of the class is focused on basic skills, or expanding existing skills. The second half of the class is creating a body of work to utilize and expand these skills.
Sign up now and bring yourself, your joy, and your ideas and let's clay!
All levels are welcome.
Beginning wheel throwing is primarily about learning to center the clay and pull up walls into a nice cylinder. Mastering these two skills opens the doors to make whatever you can imagine. I was taught by Ron Gallas, who was taught by Warren Mackenzie who was taught by Bernard Leach the British potter who studied in Japan is considered the “Father of British Studio Pottery.”
Working with clay slabs is a glorious process. For me clay slabs was when I really began to understand the complexities you could achieve with clay. Slabs can be the base for a simple bowl or dish, but they can also turn into abstract sculptures. With slabs when you learn the fundamentals of slipping and scoring and the stages of clay wetness you can create most anything you can imagine!