HANDBUILDING FROM HOME with Jon Kerr: INTRO TO HANDBUILDING. 4 classes. Monday nights from 6-8 pm, begins 6/22.
Handbuilding from Home with Jon! Mondaynights from 6 to 8 pm. Max: 12 students. June 22, 29, July 6 and 13.
One of our most popular online classes, this is an introduction to handbuilding with practical skills building. No previous handbuilding necessary. Learn the foundation handbuilding techniques - pinch pots, coil building and slab construction, that have been used for thousands of years.
We will start with pinch pots and practice making several different shapes and scales of pinch pots. Coil building will follow, again starting small, growing a bit through practice. We will work on slab built pots, from simple to more complicated. During the final session, we will attempt something a bit more ambitious.
How it works:
You pick up clay from District Clay, sign into ZOOM and Jon Kerr will show you 4 ways to make and decorate handbuilt bowls over 4 class sessions. We will fire your work after District Clay re-opens. No previous handbuilding experience required.
Piece of canvas or old sheet, paring knife or Exacto knife, old credit card or door key card, rolling pin (you can cover with sleeve to keep it clean), small piece of sponge, newspaper, plastic trash bag, 2 yard sticks or dowels approximately 3/8ths thick. Nice to have: Swiffer wet cloths for floor duster to keep floors clean.
District Clay supplies: 12 lbs of stoneware clay and bisque firing.
We will leave clay for participating students outside of District Clay in a pre-determined spot for you to pick up.
Prior to your first class, Jon will send you instructions for making simple tools and setting up your work area and how to sign into Zoom. (You will need to create a Zoom account if you do not have one.) Jon will also be available during the week through email and text.
You can drop your work by to be bisque fired on weekends.
Jon Kerr began working with clay in high school, continued in college and rounded studies out with classes at the Torpedo Factory. His focus is functional ceramics, and he enjoys pushing the material in new directions, always interested in novel forms. When seeking solace from a cubicle without windows day job, he renewed his passion for working with clay in 2007.
Jon manages the clay studio at Guy Mason Recreation Center in Glover Park, teachers classes at Thomas Jefferson Community Center and Guy Mason and is a substitute ceramics teacher at the Potomac School in Washington DC. He has attended conferences and workshops ranging from NCECA in Houston to Simon Leach.