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  • Saturday, March 02, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 116 Bridge St - Room 6 - John Day, OR
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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.


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. 

Painted Sky Center for the Arts is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Your support matters.

Thank you for supporting the arts in Eastern Oregon. 

Painted Sky Center for the Arts offers its programs equally to all people

Physical Address: 116 NW Bridge St. John Day, Oregon 97845

Mailing Address: 116 NW Bridge St. John Day, Oregon 97845 Ste 9

Call: (541) 575-1335


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