** For purposes of proper glazing and firing, all students must use cone 10 clay and glazes available at Chases Garage - no clay purchased from outside sources will be permitted for use in this class. We use #900 toast brown stoneware as well as #510 white stoneware from Laguna and have over 20 glazes available for use in the studio. Students will learn wheel throwing, hand building, surface design and glazing techniques from local ceramicist, Mary Sweeney.

NOTE: Chases is a Cone 10 Reduction Firing Studio - Learn More about Reduction Firing at Ceramic Arts Daily


I use high-fire clay and glaze my pieces with a palette reflective of the rich earthy tones of the woods and sea that surround me in my home town of York, Maine. I predominantly use a gas reduction kiln ... I want to invite a bit of the unexpected into the creative process. You never know what your results may be with some of these firing processes. I love being surprised at the beautiful results.
— http://www.marysweeneypottery.com/artist.html


reduction firing:

In fuel-burning kilns, firing atmosphere with insufficient oxygen to completely combust fuel, introducing abundance of unoxidized carbon and hydrogen, which extract oxygen molecules from surface of wares, altering appearance of clay and glaze. See climbing reduction. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
— http://ceramicartsdaily.org/glossary/reduction-firing/

Instructor: Mary Sweeney 
Students who want to continue learning about throwing on the pottery wheel, hand building and glazing for cone 10 reduction firing are encouraged to enroll.  All students have a wheel to throw on and perfect their skills. Students will also learn trimming and finishing their pots with handles, lids & nobs. Decorating techniques will be taught including, slip decoration, carving, wax resist and glaze decoration. Hand building will be taught with a new hand built assignment every week using the slab roller or extruder. You will be taught to your level with personal instruction. This class should be creative, fun and relaxing! 

 w. Mary Sweeney

8 Weeks:

Tuesdays       6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wednesdays 10:00am - 1:00pm

                          6:00pm - 9:00pm

January 13th - March 4th, 2015

Snow Dates:
March 10th - 18th 
if needed, corresponding with the day & time of the class registered for

Limit: 8 Students/Class

**Up to 50lbs of clay included per class. Additional clay and firing charges for more than 50lbs. All students must use cone 10 clay and glazes available at Chases Garage. 


To register

Fill out this form; this will put you in contact with director/owner Cait Giunta. Payment will reserve your spot in the course and can be made by check (written to "Chases Garage" and mailed,) or cash or credit card (please note cash or credit can only be accepted in person at the garage, until I can get our online processing going, thanks for your patience!)

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