Pottery Classes

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Introduction to Clay

This class covers the fundamentals of pottery hand-building techniques and is great for people with little or no background in clay and pottery making.  Students will learn about the properties of clay, clay preparation, the firing process, and glazing.  Techniques taught will include pinch pots, coil construction, and slab construction.  The course fee will include 10 pounds of clay, with additional clay available for purchase.   Basic pottery tools will be available for use in the studio.  Students should bring a small hand towel for personal use, and may wish to bring an apron.  The course will consist of three 2-hour classes.  The cost is $125.00 per student

Session 1: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00. September 11, September 18, and September 25

Session 2: Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00. September 11, September 18, and September 25

Session 3: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00. October 9, October 16, and October 23

Session 4: Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00. October 9, October 16, and October 23

Session 5: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00. November 6, November 13, and November 20

Session 6: Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00. November 6, November 13, and November 20

Introduction to Wheel

Designed for those who have had basic instruction in hand-building techniques, the class will cover the basics of wheel throwing.  Students will learn how to wedge clay, center clay on the wheel, and how to throw the fundamental shapes needed to produce pottery on the wheel.  The course fee will include 25 pounds of clay, with additional clay available for purchase.  Students will need to have basic clay tools, which will be available for purchase if needed.  Students should bring a small hand towel for personal use, and may wish to bring an apron. Students must have completed the Introduction to Clay course, or equivalent.  The course will consist of five 2-hour classes.  Each class is limited to a maximum of 3 students.  The cost is $200.

Session 1: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00. September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, and October 10

Session 2: Thursdays, 6:00-8:00. September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, and October 10

Session 3: Sundays, 2:00-4:00. September 8, September 15, September 22, September 29, and October 6.

Session 4: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00. October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, and November 21

Session 5: Thursdays 6:00-8:00. October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, and November 21

Intermediate Wheel

This course is designed for those students who have a basic understanding of wheel throwing, and who want to further refine their skills.  The course fee will include 25 pounds of clay, with additional clay available for purchase.  Students will need to have basic clay tools, which will be available for purchase if needed.  Students should bring a small hand towel for personal use, and may wish to bring an apron. Students must have completed the Introduction to Wheel course, or equivalent.  The course will consist of five 2-hour classes.  Each class is limited to a maximum of 3 students.  The cost is $200.

Session 1: Fridays, 1:00-3:00. September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4, and October 11

Session 2: Fridays, 6:00-8:00. September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4, and October 11

Session 3: Fridays, 1:00-3:00. October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, and November 22.

Session 4: Fridays, 6:00-8:00. October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, and November 22.

Throwing Tune-Up

This workshop is designed for the potter who has some experience with wheel throwing, but is struggling with some particular aspects of throwing.  It features one-on-one focused instruction to help students work through whatever pottery challenges they may have encountered.  Scheduling will be by arrangement with the instructor.  The cost is $35 per hour.  

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Programs for Homeschoolers/Continuing Education

The History of Pottery in North Carolina

This is a 2-hour combination lecture and demonstration. The course will cover the history of pottery making in North Carolina, from Native American pottery through present day studio pottery. Demonstrations will include preparing clay and creating various pottery forms on the potter’s wheel, as well as a Q&A session. This course is recommended for middle school or high school students, as well as adults of all ages. There is a 5 student minimum and 12 student maximum per class. The cost of the course is $25.00 per student. To schedule this course for your group, Contact Us.

About the Instructor

Jeff Ross

Jeff is the co-owner and chief pottery instructor of Piedmont Pottery. He first began studying pottery in the mid 1970s with Dan Hammett at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. There he studied clay and glaze formulation, as well as basic and intermediate pottery techniques. In the intervening years, he has continued his interest and involvement in pottery, taking classes at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford and Siler City, NC, as well as a variety of specialty pottery workshops. While he has a strong interest in wheel work, Jeff also produces hand-built forms. Much of his work is influenced by the pottery of ancient cultures and forms from nature, as well as the folk pottery traditions of central North Carolina.

Photography Classes

Photography Is Ageless

A creative workshop for adults 55+

Participants will learn how photography can improve your mental capabilities.

As you age it is natural to lose some of your mental sharpness. Because most of your mental challenges come from your work and/or raising kids, how do you plan on challenging your brain?

In this workshop, Ron Lowe will lead a discussion on a study that was funded by the National Institute on Aging. The study found that learning mentally challenging skills, such as Digital Photography, helps improve memory in older people. The study also found that people who participated in less demanding activities, such as socializing or playing simple games did not improve their mental capabilities.

Ron will show you how engaging with and learning Digital Photography can improve your cognitive capabilities, as well as other benefits that can make Photography a fun experience. He will provide you the knowledge needed to help you get started in Photography.

This class is intended for small groups (4-12 participants), and is free. Contact us for information on scheduling a session for your group.

How to take better pictures with your Smartphone

In this class, you will learn how to improve your ability to take better photos with your smartphone. You will learn techniques that will help you take great photos using just your smartphone. You will also learn how to utilize the power of your smartphone and its features to elevate your photography to a new level.

The course will consist of one 2-hour class. The cost is $25.00 per student

Session 3: Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. September 17

Session 4: Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. October 8

Introduction to Digital Photography

To better understand Digital Photography requires knowledge of the underlying technology and its own unique language. In this course, participants will be introduced to the basics of Digital Photography, and they will learn how to navigate this modern day phenomenon. Students will learn what Digital Photography is, how it compares with Film Photography, and the vocabulary of Digital Photography (e.g., pixels, megapixels, megabytes). The many types of technology used to capture images using this medium will be covered, including DSLRs, point and shoot cameras, and smart phones. And finally, students will learn about the many ways to store, share and print all those images that they have taken.

The course will consist of one 2-hour class.  The class requires a minimum of 4 students and limited to a maximum of 12 students.  The cost is $25.00 per student.

Session 3: Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. September 10

Session 4: Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. October 7

Photography 101 – The basic concepts of photography

In this class you will learn about the basic concepts of photography and how to apply them, using your camera’s different settings and modes. You will learn how to make a great photograph versus taking a snapshot. You will be taught how to see the world differently through the lens of your camera. And you will learn how to get the results you want, whether your passion is nature, landscapes, portraits, or action shots. While this class is geared toward the use of DSLR cameras, users of all makes of cameras will learn how to take better photos.

Bring your camera and camera manual to each class.

The course consists of 3 - 2 hour classes. The class requires a minimum of 4 students and limited to a maximum of 12 students.  The cost is $80.

Session 1: Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 PM September 9, 16, 23

Session 2: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. November 5, 12, 19

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About the Instructor

Ron Lowe

Ron, IBM Retiree and Professional Photographer, is a native Floridian born in Tampa, Florida. It was during his stint in the U.S Navy that he became interested in Photography and began taking photographs with a 35mm Minolta camera that he borrowed from a fellow shipmate. Upon leaving the Navy he continued honing his skills first as a reporter/photographer for the college newspaper and as a lead wedding photographer for a local Studio in Cleveland Ohio.

Ron’s artistic talents were further showcased during college as a musician, playing the Hammond B-3 organ, piano and other electronic keyboards for various rock bands. He played throughout the Cleveland, Ohio area and other major cities including New York and Chicago.

Ron’s love for nature is brought out in his photographs of animals, birds, butterflies and flowers. Capturing nature in the wild has become a passion and occupies a great deal of his efforts. Ron has become an accomplished landscape photographer capturing the beauty of the US and Canada, up close and personal.

He now resides in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Ron spends much of his time photographing the beauty and wonder of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with the ruggedness and beauty of the Outer Banks. Ron also provides onsite portraiture for families, musicians and corporations. Ron is also available for private commissions.

www.RonLowePhotography.com       www.Facebook.com/RonLowePhotography

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