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Specialty Classes & Workshops

Riverbottom Pottery 2024 Specialty Classes and Workshops

Book early, as events are limited in size and fill quickly.

If you are interested in reserving a spot, please call us at 717-614-0317 .


 

Wheel Thrown Ceramic Planter

and Macrame Plant Hanger

 

Throwing on the potters’ wheel, your instructor will guide you through techniques in making your own ceramic flowerpot.  You will create your own Wheel Thrown planter in a two hour session, followed by another 2 hour session, creating your unique and beautiful handmade macrame plant hanger.

 

Date: Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Session 1: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Session 2:  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $75 per person

Workshop limited to 8 participants.

Creative Clay Camps for Kids

Spark your child's imagination through clay!  Your kids will enjoy a week of exploring the possibilities of clay while learning different hand building methods. Our professional instructors will guide them through various techniques such as slab, pinch pot and coil. They will add creative embellishments and glaze their artwork while seeing firsthand the workings of a functional pottery studio. There are two (2) sessions to accommodate kids of different ages.  June session will focus on “nature”, and general fun items.  July session will focus on Holiday items.

June Session (Ages 6 to 8) - Nature themed

Date: Monday, June 17th - Thursday, June 20th, 2024

Time:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: $100 per child

Creative Clay Camps limited to 6 children.

July Session (Ages 9 to 11) - Holiday themed

Date: Monday, July 15th - Thursday, July 18th, 2024

Time:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: $100 per child

Creative Clay Camps limited to 6 children.


 

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Sgraffito

Sgraffito (in Italian "to scratch") is a decorating pottery technique produced by applying layers of colors (underglazes or colored slips) to leather hard pottery and then scratching off parts of the layer(s) to create contrasting images, patterns and texture and reveal the clay color underneath. This workshop provides an opportunity to use sgraffito to create a mandala plate.  You will learn to map out a mandala on a 10 inch leather hard plate and then experiment with various tools to carve repeating patterns resulting in a unique mandala design.  All materials will be provided and your plate will be glazed with a clear glaze then fired and available for pick up at a later date.

 

Date: Saturday, June 29th, 2024

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cost: $50 per person

Workshop limited to 8 participants.
 

 

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Surface Decoration – Slip Trail

 

This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to make your own slip to use for slip-trailing, and next surface decoration techniques -  painting/sgraffito combo.  Riverbottom Pottery will provide the tools and practice tiles for experimentation, along with demos of each technique.  Slip trailers can be purchased at Riverbottom Pottery before or after the workshop.  You will leave with a small container for trimmings that will allow you to make your own slip at home.  Examples of finished pieces will be on display, and various finishing techniques will be discussed.  If you would like to keep your pieces, please bring a ware board or container to transport them home.

 

Date: Saturday, July 20th, 2024

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cost: $50 per person

Workshop limited to 10 participants.

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Christmas In July

Bring the magic of Christmas/Holidays into the middle of summer.  Embrace the holiday spirit all year round.  Experience handbuilding techniques while creating holiday items celebrating “Christmas in July”.

 

Date: Sunday, July 28th, 2024

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $50 per person

Workshop limited to 10 participants.

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Ceramic Wall Pockets

Wall pockets typically meant for flowers.  They can be used to hold everything from living plants to cut, dried, or fake flowers, along with house keys and even sink scrubbers.  This workshop will introduce hand building techniques to create your unique pottery wall pocket.

 

Date: Sunday, August 11th, 2024

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cost: $50 per person

Workshop limited to 8 participants.

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Date Night

Enjoy a relaxing, fun filled evening making your own unique pottery mug.  Using hand building techniques, you will create and glaze your unique mug.  Every mug will be food and dishwasher safe.  Date night is for adults 18 years old and up.

 

Date: Saturday, September 7th, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cost: $50 per person

Workshop limited to 8 participants.

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Surface Techniques – Water Etching and Underglaze Transfers

Water Etching for surface decoration involves painting a resist pattern onto a leather hard or bone-dry piece of pottery.  The clay is then wiped away around the resist pattern to render a beautiful etched finished surface. 

Underglaze Transfers are pre-made designs or pictures painted on rice paper.  They are transferred to a piece of pottery at leather hard stage, bone dry or bisque stage.  They can be layered and filled with underglaze colors after transferring.  You can make custom designs on rice paper with underglazes or use commercially available designs.

 

Date: Sunday, September 15th, 2024

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cost: $50 per person

Workshop limited to 8 participants.

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Mommy & Me /  Daddy & Me

 

Mommy/Daddy and Me – Enjoy a pottery session with your child!

Parents, here is your chance to create a special memory. Spend a creative session with your child creating a memorable piece of pottery. Project ideas will be offered or you can create your own. Parents will assist their kids and kids may assist their parents. All are guaranteed to make it a fun time. You will also be treated to a snack on us.
 

Dates:  Stay tuned - dates will be coming for the fall season

Upcoming Fall Workshops

 

Fall Workshops will include some of the following programs:

  • Mommy/Daddy and me for parents and kids 6 and older

  • Ceramic butter dishes

  • Paint and Pottery workshops

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