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    • Saturday, May 04, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 116 Bridge St - Room 6 - John Day, OR
    • 8
    Register


    Come have lots of laughs while making your own custom terra cotta face planter. Students will be given an unfired, hand-thrown terra cotta planter and plenty of clay to sculpt and attach facial features of their own design. Once dry, pots will be kiln fired and then ready for students to pick up a few weeks later.

    Ages 8 and up


    Genevieve Paddock

    Like so many other potters, I was first introduced to clay in a high school ceramics class. By senior year, I was taking most of my lunches in the ceramics room with the other art geeks, spending as much time playing with clay as I could. But, again, it was the clay’s versatility that I was drawn to. You can make it look like anything you can imagine - tree bark, skin, leather, metal - you name it! And the meditative spin of a wheel, who can resist that?

    To pursue my interest in the arts, I attended Bennington College in Vermont, a school with a deep history in ceramic arts, where I received my B.A. in ceramics. During that time, I also worked in a ceramics factory, under glazing literally hundreds of pots a day! The following year I had the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. and intern at the Capitol Children’s Museum and create a ceramics studio and program. In 2003, I moved to Grant County where I met my husband, David, and joined him in the Nomad Sign Art studio and learned the old school art of hand lettering and hand-crafting signs. These days my 500-pound potter’s wheel sits cozily in our living room next to the woodstove, where our whole family can learn to play on it.

    I am extremely excited to share my love of clay at the Painted Sky Center for the Arts. So many of my best memories and closest bonds have been made working in studios, making art, and playing in the mud.


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    PSCA cancellation policy: Teacher reserves the right to cancel if class size minimum is not reached. You will receive a full refund in this case or if the instructor needs to cancel for other reasons. 

    If you need to cancel: Cancellations within a week of class start date will receive a 50% refund. After that a refund will not be issued. Our teachers and staff put a lot of work in to be ready for your class. If you need to cancel, please communicate with us as soon as possible. 



    • Saturday, May 11, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 116 Bridge St - Room 6 - John Day, OR
    • 8
    Register


    Ceramics isn't just for mugs and bowls!

    Come make ceramic earrings with any shape and design you can dream up. Participants will be able to make up to 3 pairs and be given all findings for their finished earrings.

    8 and older if accompanied by an adult. Otherwise, 16 and older


    Kara Doescher

    I started doing pottery in high school and instantly fell in love with it. I took as many ceramics classes in college as I could fit into a busy schedule. I can't resist the methodical but messy nature of making pottery, and I love being able to make beautiful but useful pieces. Since moving to Grant County, I've been so happy to find a ceramics studio with such an incredibly kind, welcoming community of artists. When I'm not playing with mud in the studio you can find me doing something (anything!) outdoors with my border collie, baking, and trying out any kind of arts and crafts.

    Feel free to email me with any questions at: kmdoescher@gmail.com


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    PSCA cancellation policy: Teacher reserves the right to cancel if class size minimum is not reached. You will receive a full refund in this case or if the instructor needs to cancel for other reasons. 

    If you need to cancel: Cancellations within a week of class start date will receive a 50% refund. After that a refund will not be issued. Our teachers and staff put a lot of work in to be ready for your class. If you need to cancel, please communicate with us as soon as possible. 

    • Saturday, May 18, 2024
    • Sunday, May 19, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 116 Bridge St - Room 6 - John Day, OR
    • 11
    Register


    Vases are one of the most recognized ceramic objects. They can be simple and functional or completely decorative. The vase is a great way to begin learning ceramics making and decorating techniques. In this class, Joshua will go over building techniques of pinch, coil, and slab ceramics. As well as showcasing how he creates his own unique works.

    Each student will have the opportunity to make 1-2 vases with guidance and assistance from the instructor. Day 1 will have time for making; day two will be used for finishing and decorating. The studio will finish the pot in a clear glaze and fire it to completion to be picked up. Each student is encouraged to show up with 3 sketches of a shape they would like to make.

    Ages 13 and up


    Joshua began making ceramics in 2013 and has since gotten a BFA in sculpture, worked in an array of Portland's ceramic factories, and worked alongside other professional Oregon ceramic artists. His works are both thrown as well as hand-built forms and sculptures. He attempts to make pieces that appear as if formed by nature rather than the human hand, creating unique works or organic yet functional ceramics. 


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    PSCA cancellation policy: Teacher reserves the right to cancel if class size minimum is not reached. You will receive a full refund in this case or if the instructor needs to cancel for other reasons. 

    If you need to cancel: Cancellations within a week of class start date will receive a 50% refund. After that a refund will not be issued. Our teachers and staff put a lot of work in to be ready for your class. If you need to cancel, please communicate with us as soon as possible. 

Meet the Teachers



Kara Doescher

I started doing pottery in high school and instantly fell in love with it. I took as many ceramics classes in college as I could fit into a busy schedule. I can't resist the methodical but messy nature of making pottery, and I love being able to make beautiful but useful pieces. Since moving to Grant County, I've been so happy to find a ceramics studio with such an incredibly kind, welcoming community of artists. When I'm not playing with mud in the studio you can find me doing something (anything!) outdoors with my border collie, baking, and trying out any kind of arts and crafts.



Genevieve paddock

Like so many other potters, I was first introduced to clay in a high school ceramics class. By senior year, I was taking most of my lunches in the ceramics room with the other art geeks, spending as much time playing with clay as I could. But, again, it was the clay’s versatility that I was drawn to. You can make it look like anything you can imagine - tree bark, skin, leather, metal - you name it! And the meditative spin of a wheel, who can resist that?

To pursue my interest in the arts, I attended Bennington College in Vermont, a school with a deep history in ceramic arts, where I received my B.A. in ceramics. During that time, I also worked in a ceramics factory, under glazing literally hundreds of pots a day! The following year I had the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. and intern at the Capitol Children’s Museum and create a ceramics studio and program. In 2003, I moved to Grant County where I met my husband, David, and joined him in the Nomad Sign Art studio and learned the old school art of hand lettering and hand-crafting signs. These days my 500-pound potter’s wheel sits cozily in our living room next to the woodstove, where our whole family can learn to play on it.

I am extremely excited to share my love of clay at the Painted Sky Center for the Arts. So many of my best memories and closest bonds have been made working in studios, making art, and playing in the mud.




Ceramics Department Committee

We are a group of individuals who meet monthly to discuss ceramic department needs. Members actively participate in the upkeep and maintenance of the studio. Many of us also teach classes or host open studios. Stop by and say hi!

If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Lizz or Kara at paintedsky.ceramics@gmail.com

From left to right: Amy Charette, Genevieve Paddock, Kara Doescher (co-manager), Melody Feden, Brenna DesJardin, Jemery Henderson and Lizz Blackburn (co-manager).


Teach a Class

Interested in teaching or volunteering for the Ceramics Department? Contact Amanda at ampaintedsky@gmail.com

OPEN STUDIO 

MONDAY - FRIDAY ********9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

PLUS after hours times hosted by our volunteers - see calendar below for hours

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