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All classes take place at the Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501 (map) unless otherwise noted. Registering early helps us prepare and offer the highest quality experience for everyone! The Arbutus Folk School proudly welcomes students of any race, color, gender and national or ethnic origin.   At this time, students must be 18 years or older for the blacksmithing classes.

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CURRENT AND UPCOMING CLASSES 

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 Open Ceramics Studio – Handbuilding

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Dates: Monday evenings, except every 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $18 per night
Registration: Drop-ins welcome
No. of Students: Max. 5

Open studio time is unstructured time for students to practice independently to enhance their abilities. Participants are required to have basic pottery or hand building skill level and will be able to use the studio to work independently. This registration is for hand building techniques only; our wheels are reserved for students currently enrolled in wheel throwing classes at Arbutus Folk School. Instruction is not included in open studio time, though a studio aide will be on hand to answer questions. It includes use of the ceramic studio, tools, and equipment. Additional clay and firing fees will apply.

“A la carte” fees (bring cash or check to class):
Clay    – $10- $13 per 25 lb bag
Firing  – See chart
Glazes included in firing fee

Students currently enrolled in classes pay only for open studio time and do not need to pay additional fees for glaze and firings to participate in the open studio.

 


Youth Craft Class

Instructors: Hilary Morris
Dates: Thursday afternoons, May 3 – June 7
Times: 3:30-5:30 pm
Cost: $200
Registration Closes: 3 days before 1st class
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Age Group: 8 – 12

Class Description: Arbutus Folk School is delighted to continue offering our youth class! Hilary Morris will teach a variety of skills such as pottery, bookbinding, leather work, felting, paper crafts and more! Six-week sessions allow the opportunity to create within several mediums, with at least 5 take home projects. Students are encouraged to return for future sessions to create more! Ages 8-12 are welcome; we look forward to sharing these beautiful handcrafts with our young community!

 

 


Intro to Stonecarving

This is a $99 Road Trip story for Travel cover. Stone cutter Keith Phillips of Tenino carves a celtic cross in his studio for a fundraiser for Christian Youth in Puyallup. When he cuts stone, he wears a tie, which is the traditional outfit for stone cutters. Shoppers, shopkeepers, diners, servers, artists, visitors and locals in and around Olympia and rural Thurston County. Story follows the Thurston Bountiful Byway, a 60-mile agritourism route pointing visitors to craft distillers, winemakers, farmers and family-owned businesses showcasing locally-sourced and produced culinary treats.Instructors:  Keith Phillips and Ed Salerno
Dates: May 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: Noon – 4pm
Cost: $296
Registration Closes: Two weeks prior to start of class
Skill level: No carving experience is required, however students should be able to lift up to 30 lbs
Materials provided by student: Sketch pad and pencils, gloves (garden gloves are fine) and dress for the weather. Class will visit the stone quarry the carving shed is unheated
Class Description: For those who are interested in working with Tenino sandstone we offer a 4-day workshop that covers the basics of carving with mallet and chisel. Students are encouraged to design their own project for a 12”x8”x4” block of Tenino sandstone and may include letter carving or decorative relief. Anything is possible so bring your sketches and ideas. This class also includes a field trip to the Hercules #1 Quarry and the Tenino Depot Museum. The workshop will take place on 4 consecutive Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm at the Shed in downtown Tenino. Bring comfortable shoes, gloves if you prefer them and dress for possibly cold weather as the Shed is an unheated workshop with large open doors. Safety equipment is provided. Street parking and nearby restrooms are available. This class is instructed by Tenino Stone Carvers Keith Phillips and Ed Salerno.

This is a beginning class offered by Tenino’s living stonecarving legends. Class takes place at the carving shed in Tenino, 12 miles south of Olympia. Address is 147 Olympia St N, Tenino, WA 98589. Link to Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/PGz7eMSa8xt  Link to information about Tenino’s stonecarving history: http://www.historylink.org/File/10991

Tenino is the home of four sandstone quarries, which have been a vital source of industry and craft for over a century.  This industry centered on architectural structural stone which included artistic, carved ornamentation.  Many historically significant buildings and sculptures on the west coast, are carved of Tenino sandstone.  Tenino has maintained its stonecarving tradition and this class is a unique opportunity to learn from the masters.  The instructors will supply the stone, eye protection, dust masks and all necessary tools.


Introduction to Western Papermaking

 

Instructor:  Jami Heinricher
Date:  Tue eves, May 8, 15, 22, 29 (4 weeks)
Time:  6pm – 9pm 
Cost: $234

Registration closes: May 1
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: warm grubby clothing, waterproof shoes/boot
Class Description: 
Come to WIND•EYE Handmade Paper Studio and learn the foundations of Western Papermaking! We will start by beating a variety of fibers in our restored Hollander beater, follow with preparing vats with the resulting pulp, and then learn to pull sheets using a traditional mould and deckle. We will couch (pronounced ‘coosh’) the sheets onto felts, press them in a hydraulic press, and place them in a dry box. By the end of the class you will have a small stack of papers you can use in craft projects, or hold on to them to use in my follow-up class on letterpress printing at The Sherwood Press. 
NOTE: this class takes place at the instructor’s home on Olympia’s westside:
Address: 1014 6th Ave SW Olympia, WA 98502.
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/fDWhDQwiUTU2 
About the Sherwood Press and Wind Eye Handmade Paper: https://thesherwoodpress.wordpress.com/

 


Ceramic Art Tiles

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday evenings, May 8 through June 12
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $283
Registration Closes: May 5
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Class Description: In this class students will create an 18″ x 18″ image using their own handmade ceramic tiles. They will learn the complete process of making art tiles that I use for my large projects. We will explore how our use of line, size, texture and surface designs work to create visually interesting tile art and will learn the correct timing and organization for applying the techniques to clay. Alongside learning shape and color composition, multiple glazing & underglazing techniques, slab rolling, and grouting, students will also learn how to kiln fire tiles to achieve minimal warping. This is a great class for beginners and advanced ceramic students alike! The projects in this class make great hanging art pieces or stepping stones. If you have other ideas for using your finished piece, the instructor encourages you to come to class with those and he will work with you to achieve your idea in the given time frame of the class.
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Bring a sketch or an idea of what you would like to make!
Suggested homework – Go check out my newest public project in Tumwater
at Deschutes Valley Park, T street and Whitehawk Lane.

 


 Embroidery Circle

Arbutus is hosting an “Embroidery Circle” for those who want to meet up with other stitchers in the community.  We meet on a Sunday each month for 2 hours, from 10:30am – 12:30pm. If you have questions, need guidance, or just want to come share – this is the group for you!  All levels of experience are welcomed!  While the group will have a knowledgeable “guide,” we will all learn from each other!  Bring in your ideas and projects: let’s talk Embroidery!!  There is a minimal charge of $5 for each session to help with Arbutus overhead. Upcoming dates:

May 13
June 17
July 22

Drop-ins are welcomed as space allows. However, we strongly recommend registering in advance: if there are no advance registrations, that month will be cancelled.  Also, space is guaranteed for those who register in advance.

 

 


Small Wooden Boxes

 

Instructor: Maddie Morgan & Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: May 15 – June 14, Tues. & Thur. eves with open shop on Wednesday eves.
Times: 6 – 9 pm
Cost: $486
Registration Closes: May 13
No. of Students: Min. 4, max 8
Skill level: Some woodworking experience helpful but not required
Materials provided by student: Students are encouraged to bring their own tuned and sharpened hand tools, specifically: chisels, mallets and hand planes.  If you do not have tools, the school has some available to share. Bring $10 – $50 to first class depending on lumber choice.

Class Description: Most of us can easily imagine both the challenge and reward that comes from making sophisticated, large-scale pieces of furniture. But the series of steps involved in the design, fabrication, and finishing, not to mention the considerable commitment of time required, makes the prospect very daunting indeed. Even professional furniture makers aren’t immune to an occasional reluctance to engage in projects like that. Which is precisely why we so often enjoy setting those things aside for a bit just to have some fun making things that are small and simple and quick.
This hands-on, 5 week/10 session class, will give students an opportunity to do exactly that. You’ll learn to make precisely fitted and imaginatively finished small boxes that, despite their size and relative simplicity, will be as elegant and sophisticated as any larger piece of furniture. Students can expect to finish 1 to 2 boxes. They will choose between layered milk paints, or shellac for their final finish.
Finishing materials are covered by the cost of class but students will pay instructor on the first day of class for lumber. There will be a selection to choose from; the less expensive option being poplar for $10 and a higher end option of either mahogany or cherry ranging from $35 to $50. Please be prepared to pay by check or credit card. Students who wish to make a second box can pay for additional material during class.

 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Advanced

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: Thursday evenings, May 10 – June 14
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $280
Registration Closes: May 8
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Class Description: I believe that throwing clay on a potter’s wheel is a beautiful practical science rather than an art. I also believe that pottery is a moving meditation with creative and functional benefits.  Please join me to explore these ideas on the wheel!  In this intermediate through advanced pottery class, my aim is to help each student understand and master the physics of clay on the wheel.  Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies.  Each student will develop and strengthen their ability to center and throw clay in the 1-3 pound range. We will also focus on drying, trimming and finishing techniques with an emphasis on similitude and smoothness. We will glaze our works with similar motivations. I am sure you will complete this class with your best ceramic work and artistic mindset.

 


Intro to Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Rigg
Date: May 19, or June 23 (each a separate class)
Time:  10 am – 4 pm with 1/2 hour lunch
Cost: 
$150
Registration closes: 3 days before class
No. of Students: 
Min. 6, Max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Durable, close-toed shoes and long pants

This is an introduction to blacksmithing class.  Students will make nails, decorative leaves or BBQ skewers to take home. Students will be introduced to tools and basic techniques.  This class will provide the experience needed for more advanced upcoming classes, such as Forge Building, Hand-Forged Hardware, Tool Making, Chest Hardware, Open-Project Forge, and Traditional Joinery. Students who have already taken the class are welcome and can work on previous projects or select from a few more advanced projects.

Please note, students must be 18 years or older for all blacksmithing classes.

Students must wear durable, close-toed shoes and long pants.  The class will have a 30 minute lunch break.  Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Blacksmithing classes are now being held at Kelly’s studio.  The address is 6305 Rich Rd. SE, Unit C, Olympia, WA 98501. Click here to open location in Google Maps:https://goo.gl/maps/zkjq9giZWgq (Yelm Highway to Rich Rd SE, 3/4 Mile (or so) on right hand side to “Arts Park” main entrance. Look for the “Studio 23” sign above the studio entrance.) Please bring a lunch or drive to food services nearby. The studio contact is kelly@olymetal.com. For enrollment questions, contact Arbutus at info@arbutusfolkschool.org.

 


 Basic Woodturning

 

Instructor:  Larry Miller
Date: May 19, July 14, October 13, November 10, December 8
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
 : $155
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: None needed, may bring turning tools and safety gear or use instructors

Class Description: Class will cover basic lathe operation, safety, proper use of lathe tools, tool sharpening, how to prepare wood for turning, mounting techniques, and finishing.  This is a hands on class where students will turn either a wooden carving mallet, a spurtle (wooden Scottish kitchen tool, dating from the fifteenth century, that is used to stir porridge, soups, stews and broths), or a garden dibble (helps plant bulbs, seeds, or transplants at the proper depth) in the morning and a small bowl in the afternoon, both of which they’ll take home after the class. For students interested in acquiring their own lathe or tools, the instructor will provide them with a catalog and go over different lathe options and tips on how to acquire equipment at reduced costs .

NOTE: this class takes place at Larry’s shop, not at Arbutus.  Location: 4621 John Luhr Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516 (map: https://goo.gl/maps/PV7wC


Wheel Throwing – Try It, See if You Like It!

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Date: May 20
Time: 1:30 – 4 pm
Cost: $46
Registration closes: May 16
No. of Students:
min. 5, max. 9
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:
none

Class Description: Have you ever wanted to try wheel throwing but you’re not sure if you’re ready to commit to a 6-week class? This is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours throwing to see if you like it. Demonstrations in centering and throwing basic forms will be given and students will have time to try it out to see if they like it. There will be no trimming, glazing or finishing of pieces.

 

 


Play with Clay – Wall Pockets

 
Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: June 1 & 15
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: May 31
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Description: The wall pockets will hold just about anything. Participants will personalize their set of wall pockets to use in the office, studio, bathroom, or wherever you need them!

The first and third Friday evenings of each month from 6 pm -8 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $49 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

 


The Wheel Deal: Making Yarn on a Spinning Wheel

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: Tuesday eves, June 5, 12, 19, 26
Times: 5:30-7:30 pm
Cost: $130
Registration Closes: June 3
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Must have some exposure to spinning already
Materials Provided by Student: Spinning wheel if you have one – not required

*Please note: Students must have taken Spinning from the Beginning or have equivalent experience and be comfortable drafting fiber and adding twist in order to be eligible for this class. 

Class Description: Do you have a spinning wheel you’re itching to try out?  Are you wondering how the gears and bands and moving parts of a spinning wheel help you make the yarn you’ve been dreaming of?  Curious about the difference between “worsted” and “woollen” yarns?  Join us for The Wheel Deal: Making Yarn on a Spinning Wheel!

In this class we’ll explore wheel maintenance, fiber preparation, and different spinning techniques.  We’ll also welcome guests from the Olympia fiber community.  By the end of this interactive class, you will have spun and plied your own yarn, have an idea of the fiber resources in our area, and have a solid understanding of spinning to create the yarn you want.

 

 

 


Introduction to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop June 9 & 10 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: May 26
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Consider bringing lunch, empty 3-ring binder with clear sheet protectors, and note-taking supplies, cushion to sit on benches                                
Class Description: 
In this class, students will learn basic weaving techniques using both stick and boat shuttles on pre-warped looms. They will also learn the parts of a loom and how they work, weaving language, how to read weaving drafts, wind a bobbin and stick shuttle, throw a shuttle, maintain an even weaving beat, keep neat selvedges and finish their completed projects. Students will take home a minimum of 4 completed handwoven pieces.  Experienced students are welcome too!

 


Wheel Throwing – Try It, See if You Like It!

Instructor: Joelle Montez
Date: Sunday, June 10
Time: 1:30 – 4 pm
Cost: $46
Registration closes: June 7
No. of Students:
min. 5, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:
none

Class Description: Have you ever wanted to try wheel throwing but you’re not sure if you’re ready to commit to a 6-week class? This is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours throwing to see if you like it. Demonstrations in centering and throwing basic forms will be given and students will have time to try it out to see if they like it. There will be no trimming, glazing or finishing of pieces.

 

 

 

 


Beginning Embroidery

Instructor:  Bobbi Chase
Dates: June 10, 17, & 24
Time: 1-3 pm
Cost: $72
Registration closes: June 6
No. of Students:
min. 3, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:
Screw-type 5” embroidery hoop (or purchase from the instructor for $8), small scissors. Students bring $5 to first day of class for embroidery materials which include fabric, a variety of threads, needles, and written instructions. This will be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.

Class Description: For those of you that have either never done embroidery (and would like to try it) OR would like a “refresher course”, this is the class for you! We will talk about threads, needles, fabrics, and designs. We will make a sampler of basic stitches for surface embroidery.  Once you are comfortable with this group of stitches, you can do simple things – or complicated things – and anything in between!
The stitches we will practice and put onto our sampler include a running stitch, double running stitch, stem (or outline) stitch, backstitch, blanket stitch, French knot, chain stitch, and detached chain stitch. With time (and group interest) we could go into further versions of the previously mentioned stitches. I’m there to teach and am happy to follow your interest!
Students bring $5 to first day of class for embroidery materials which include fabric, a variety of threads, needles, and written instructions. This will be paid to the instructor on the first day of class. Instructor will also bring good quality hoops available for purchase if needed for $8.

 


Synchronized Studios: Wood and Ceramics Exploration

 
Instructors: Eric Cannizzaro and Joelle Montez
Dates: June 30, July 7, July 14
Times: 9:30-12:30
Cost: $212
Registration Closes: June 26
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 12
Skill Level: All levels

Class Description: This class utilizes both the wood and ceramics studios – join us for our collaborative class designing and making handcrafted wooden spoons and ceramic vessels. We will build clay utensil holders; the ceramic skills covered include hand-building, texturing and glazing techniques. The woodworking aspect involves hand tools and finishing techniques: spoons will be carved by hand with gouges and spokeshaves. We will use milk paints to decorate our spoons before applying an oil finish. Everyone will “walk away” with cohesively designed, functional pieces and an introduction to workin’ clay and carvin’ spoons! All experience levels welcome! Ages 16 and up.


Play with Clay – Salt & Pepper Cellars and Olive Dish

 
Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: July 6 & 20
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: May 31
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Description: Based on Nicole’s Tavola Di Mama line, we’ll create a set of individual salt and pepper cellars and olive dishes.

The first and third Friday evenings of each month from 6 pm -8 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $49 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

 


Metalsmithing: The Classical Loop-in-Loop Chain

Instructor: Pamela Davis
Dates: July 8 & 15 or August 12 & 19 (each a separate workshop)
Times: 10 am – 2 pm
Cost: $184
Registration Closes: June 28 or August 2
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max 7
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: None

Class Description: Loop-in-Loop Chain making is an ancient technique that spans many cultures and countries. Considering the complexity and beauty of the product, the process is surprisingly simple. But like anything simple and handmade, time and technique come into play.
In this class you will learn basic metalsmithing techniques using fine silver. During our first session you will create jump rings and then fuse them using a torch. We will then cover shaping and weaving the pieces together. Between the first and second session you will take your jump rings home with the necessary tools to finish the weaving process. Depending on your ambition you will return for the second session with your bracelet or necklace. During the second session you will refine the piece by annealing it and stretching it through a drawplate. The last step is creating a clasp that will ensure you will walk away wearing a beautiful piece of art you have made!
The techniques covered in this class include cold forming metal wire, fusing fine silver with a torch, silver soldering, & basic fine metal hammering techniques.
The class fee will equip you with the materials you need to create a fine silver chain bracelet or necklace in addition to a few of the tools necessary to pursue further projects on your own. The instructor will provide you with sources for additional supplies and tools if you wish to develop your own home practice.

 


Wheel Throwing in Three Days

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: July 10, 17, & 24
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $162
Registration Closes: July 8
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: This quick 3-day class offers those new to wheel throwing the opportunity to experience centering and throwing on a wheel, trimming their thrown pots, and glazing techniques. Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies. Each student will center and throw clay, we will also focus on drying, trimming and finishing techniques with an emphasis on similitude and smoothness. We will glaze our works with similar motivations. Experienced students are also welcome to register but instruction will focus on basic beginner techniques.

 


Exploring Kiln Fired Glass

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: July 11, 18, & 25, Wednesday eves
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $145
Registration Closes: July 8
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 10
What to Bring: Several empty glass bottles
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: Glass is one of the world’s oldest and most versatile human created materials. It surrounds us, protects us and we use for nearly everything in our daily lives.
But what is it? A solid? A liquid? Is it melting? What is it made out of?
This class will work on discovering some of those things as we use it creatively.
In this class we will:

-Make glass from sand.
-Cut and melt glass bottles.
-Cut and work with Bullseye sheet glass to create colorful artwork.

Please bring several empty bottles on the first day and get ready to explore.

 


Ceramic Handbuilding – Beginner to Advanced

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Dates: July 12 to August 16, Thursday eves
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $271
Registration Closes: 3 days before class starts
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Materials Provided by Student: None

Class Description: Learn the basics of clay handbuilding and clay sculpture by making a life like “trompe d’oeil’ sculpture! This class is great for people who are new to clay or anyone who wants more experience with handbuilding. Students will learn the three basic handbuilding techniques of coil, slab and pinching while making one to several pieces depending on their size and complexity. The class will include demos of basic techniques, idea development, and workshopping challenges as they arise. Students are not restricted to the instructor’s project; all handbuilding ideas are welcome and students can come with project ideas and work with the instructor to achieve them in the given time frame of the class.

 


Wool Fiber Preparation Workshop

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: July 14 or September 2 (each a separate workshop)
Times: 12:30-3:30 pm
Cost: $55
Registration Closes: 4 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: Curiosity!

Class Description: Join us for an afternoon of wool.  Come learn how to use hand cards, a drum carder, and wool combs — and learn how each preparation can create a different kind of yarn!  We’ll start by visiting with a local sheep shearer, talk a little bit about the washing process, and then work with different tools for carding, combing, and blending fiber.  We’ll also talk about different animal fibers and breeds, and what to look for in a good fleece.

Whether you’re a budding spinner trying your hand at your own fleece preparation, or a knitter curious about how that sheep’s coat becomes the yarn you’re used to, you’ll have the opportunity for hands on learning in this workshop.  At the end of the class, you’ll be able to take home prepared fiber that you can use for spinning or needle felting, or simply admiring.  Bring your curiosity and your fiber knowledge — my goal is to cultivate a community where we can all learn from each other!


Kurinuki Cup Carving

Instructor: Melissa Weiss
Dates: July 22 & August 5
Times: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm & 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $114
Registration Closes: July 15
No. of Students: Min. 10, Max 20
Skill Level: All levels
Materials Provided by Student: None

Class Description: Interested in carving a cup out of a solid shape of clay? Participants can expect a relaxed and collaborative environment with one on one instruction and support. Perfect for first time potters and suited for professionals looking to reconnect with their craft. Students will carve 2 cups out of a solid shape of clay. This is strictly a handbuilding class and participants can expect to get dirty and have fun. You will walk away with 2 finished and functional handmade cups.

Ages 13 and up.

 


Build a Small Wooden Row Boat

Instructor:  Benjamin Kahn
Dates: July 28 through Aug 5
Time: 9am-5pm daily for 9 days (72 hrs of class time)
Cost: $864
Registration closes: July 14
No. of Students:
min. 4, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:
none

Class Description: Wooden boats have been created throughout human history and have made possible the migration of humans and the transport of goods throughout the world.  There are time tested techniques used to create boats that have been passed down through the ages.  In modern times these skills are lost in a world that has sadly moved on to other mediums for boat construction but wood is the only boatbuilding material that is a renewable resource.

This course is focused on developing a basic understanding of wooden boatbuilding while constructing a small traditionally planked rowboat.  Students will take information from the lofting (full sized plans) and start making parts of the boat.  Throughout the course there will be a variety of demonstrations helping the students prepare for the next step. Working together as a team will ensure the boat’s quality and completion by the last day of the course.

Skills acquired will also include basic hand tool use/maintenance, pattern making, understanding boat plans and contemplating design.  No experience is necessary but students must be prepared to work diligently to improve hand skills and develop an eye for craftsmanship.

The class will collaborate to build one small rowboat.  The boat may be purchased in advance for the cost of materials, estimated at $950, or it will be for sale to the public after the class for $3,500.

 


Ceramic Art Tiles

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday evenings, August 7, 14, 21, 28
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $199
Registration Closes: August 5
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: All levels

Class Description: Make some awesome art for yourself or your favorite person! The intention of this class is to create a 4-week class where students can learn the basics of tile making and complete the class with their own art pieces. Please bring an 8.5 by 11 drawing of what you would like to make. The first two weeks, we will work on design elements and details, image transfer and cutting wet clay. We will also prepare our tiles for a bisque fire in the kiln. The third week, we will organize our tiles for the glazing process. We will use underglaze to achieve the colors we want to see. We will prepare our tiles for the final firing in the kiln. The fourth week, we will complete our tile artwork by adhering it on a board and using grout to complete our process.

Thanks and hope to see you there!Suggested homework – Go check out my newest public project in Tumwater
at Deschutes Valley Park, T street and Whitehawk Lane.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/600+T+St+SE,+Tumwater,+WA+98501/@46.9962712,-122.8993078,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x5491738a63b7a1ed:0x1941891c48901dc0!8m2!3d46.9962712!4d-122.8971191

 


Wheel Throwing in Three Days

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: August 8, 15, 22 (Wednesday eves)
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $162
Registration Closes: August 6
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: This quick 3-day class offers those new to wheel throwing the opportunity to experience centering and throwing on a wheel, trimming their thrown pots, and glazing techniques. Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies. Each student will center and throw clay, we will also focus on drying, trimming and finishing techniques with an emphasis on similitude and smoothness. We will glaze our works with similar motivations. Experienced students are also welcome to register but instruction will focus on basic beginner techniques.

 



Spinning from the Beginning

 

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: Wednesday eves, August 8, 15, 22, 29
Cost: $130
Registration Closes: August 5
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: Drop Spindle

Class Description: Whether you’d like to learn spinning basics for that wheel you found, or you’d like to spin on the go with a portable spindle, Spinning from the Beginning will introduce you to the basic techniques of spinning fiber.  We will learn on drop spindles; the skills you develop will carry you from spindle to wheel and back again.  If you already have a spindle, bring it!  If not, please purchase a spindle prior to class.  We recommend any of the spindles available through Paradise Fibers in Spokane (here and here) or the beginning spindles through Pacific Wool and Fiber (here).  A good beginning spindle needn’t cost more than $15 – $20.

In addition to spinning, we will explore types of fiber and preparations, and welcome guests from the Olympia fiber community.  As a participant, you will take home fiber each week to practice between classes.  By the end of this interactive class, you will have spun and plied your own yarn, have an introduction to the fiber resources in our area, and have a solid understanding of spinning fundamentals.

*Please note: Spinning from the Beginning is a prerequisite for The Wheel Deal: Making Yarn on a Spinning Wheel.


Warp a Floor Loom; Weave a Scarf

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: September 22 & 23
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Sock yarn-Look for yarn that is around 420m/100g or 460 yds/3.5 oz. This weight yarn may also be called fingering weight or sport weight. You will need a total of 800 yards— 400 yards for the warp and slightly less than that for the weft. Choose a solid and a multi-colored or two different colored solids or all one color. This yarn is readily available at local yarn stores. ***Important–Do not bring any other type of yarn for this project. You may also want to bring along:  lunch/snacks/drinks, pillow for the loom bench, pocket folder or notebook, page protector sheets, scissors, pencil/pen, tape measure.

Class Description: In this fast-paced 2-day class, students will learn how floor looms are set up and discover the wonder of creating their own cloth. The instructor will guide students through all the basic steps of weaving from preparing a warp and dressing a loom to reading a weaving draft and finally, weaving their scarf. Students will purchase yarn as directed in the supplies list and leave class with a woven scarf. (Final finishing of the scarf will be done at home.)

 

 


Spinning from the Beginning

 

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: Tuesday evenings, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
Times: 5:30-7:30
Cost: $130
Registration Closes: September 31
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: Drop Spindle

Class Description: Whether you’d like to learn spinning basics for that wheel you found, or you’d like to spin on the go with a portable spindle, Spinning from the Beginning will introduce you to the basic techniques of spinning fiber.  We will learn on drop spindles; the skills you develop will carry you from spindle to wheel and back again.  If you already have a spindle, bring it!  If not, please purchase a spindle prior to class.  We recommend any of the spindles available through Paradise Fibers in Spokane (here and here) or the beginning spindles through Pacific Wool and Fiber (here).  A good beginning spindle needn’t cost more than $15 – $20.

In addition to spinning, we will explore types of fiber and preparations, and welcome guests from the Olympia fiber community.  As a participant, you will take home fiber each week to practice between classes.  By the end of this interactive class, you will have spun and plied your own yarn, have an introduction to the fiber resources in our area, and have a solid understanding of spinning fundamentals.

*Please note: Spinning from the Beginning is a prerequisite for The Wheel Deal: Making Yarn on a Spinning Wheel.