Boulder Potters’ Guild Winter Class Offerings

All Classes Start Week of January 9-14, 2017

The Boulder Potters Guild offers four different classes for the winter Session. Be aware actual class schedules vary. You can register for classes via PayPal. Go to boulderpottersguild.com to choose class. Under classes, go to Class descriptions and Registration.

All Classes Include:

  • Eight three-hour class sessions
  • 50 lbs of clay (An additional 25lbs. of clay can be purchased ONLY from the Guild)
  • 3 additional practice sessions each week: Tuesdays 1-4PM; Wednesdays 6:30-9:30PM; Saturdays 10AM-1PM
  • Maximum class size is 14, minimum is 6. If full, a waiting list may be available. Class will be cancelled if fewer than 6 students registered.
  • Registration fee includes glazes and firings

*BPG Payment Policy: If a student withdraws after the first class but before the second class a 75% refund will be made. All refunds will be charged a $5 processing fee.

Monday Afternoons 1:00 – 4:00PM January 9th

Beginner’s through Advanced Levels Cone 10 Class $195

(Note exceptions: This class WILL meet on Monday January 16th even though it is the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. This Monday afternoon Class WILL NOT meet February 20th Presidents Day Holiday.)

Instructors: Giga Pellouchoud and Marcia Usow

This class will use handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques for a cone 10 glaze firing. There will be instruction on handbuilding with slabs along with how to use the guild slab roller. The clay bodies will include Dover, Dover with sand and Guild Recycled Clay.

From Giga Pellouchoud:
“I studied ceramic art in college and clay has been my chosen medium for 40 years creating functional and sculptural pieces.”

From Marcia Usow;
“In brief, I am a charter member of the guild (1969 to present). I work from my fully equipped home studio where I fire a natural gas kiln and electric kiln. I participate in the semi-annual sales/show with the Guild and teach when I can. I have one “home sale” each year generally during summer. I also paint and draw a fair amount. I like learning new approaches to clay and art in general. I look forward to teaching and learning from this Monday afternoon class!”

Class Full

Monday Evening 6:30 – 9:30PM January 9th

Beginner’s through Advanced Levels Cone 10 Salt Firing Class  $195


(Note exceptions:  This Monday evening Class WILL meet on both Holidays: MLK Jr. Jan. 16 and Presidents Day February 20th)

Instructors:  Don Cox and Brad Carhill

This class will emphasize throwing and the making of functional pieces. The clay bodies will include B-Mix, Mountain stoneware and Guild Recycled Clay.

From Don Cox:
“I have been making pots full time in Boulder for over 20 years now. I am interested in those pots where it all comes together; the making, the glazing, and the firing. When that happens you get the occasional spirited pot. I’m not looking for uniformity in my firings and if I have to sacrifice a few pots to get those that are spirited in my eyes then so be it. If I can make a few spirited pots once in a while I’m happy.”

From Brad Carhill:
“I have been working in clay for 13 year starting in high school and majoring in clay during undergraduate studies at Bemidji State University. I found my original pottery influences in the work of Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada and Warren MacKenzie. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I feel I am a part of the fading tradition of crafting pottery. My work is in honor of this tradition; utilizing traditional forming and decorating methods, emphasizing in the precision of the craft and the elemental quality of the process, labor as well as the constant pursuit of balance between form, function and aesthetic”


Class Full

Tuesday Evening 6:30 – 9:30PM January 10th

Beginner’s through Advanced Levels Cone 10 Firing Class  $195

Instructors: Barbara Curtis and Karl Nazarro

This class will be wheel throwing and hand building at all levels. The class will focus on what the students want to learn. Demos will be a part of each class as well as one on one instruction. There will be glazing technique instruction with a cone 10 firing at the end of eight weeks. The clay bodies for this class are: Dover, Mountain Stoneware and Guild Recycled Clay

From Barbara Curtis:
“I have been making pots and teaching classes for about 30 years. My main focus is functional stoneware. I also have a passion for raku, which is lowfire and purely decorative. I love to teach and always learn from the students.”

From Karl Nazarro:
“I was a production potter as well as a ceramic and sculpture teaching assistant while I was getting my Fine Arts degree. I have enthusiastically returned to clay after 30 years away. I emphasize functional ware and will concentrate on developing the skills of beginning throwing students.”


Class Full

Thursday Evening 6:30-9:30 PM January 12th

Advanced and Intermediate Levels Cone 10 Class  $195

Instructors: Cris Conklin and Shanti Schultz

This class will explore wheel throwing and hand building for advanced and intermediate students. Firing to cone 10 with these clay bodies: Dover, Dover with sand, Mountain Stone, Domestic porcelain and Guild Recycled Clay.

From Cris Conklin:
“I am a professional, full time potter who has been working with clay for 25 years. I work with different clays and firing techniques to create tableware, tiles and sculpture with a focus on carved sgraffito decorated surfaces.”

From Shanti Schultz:
“I have over 30 years of ceramic design experience and have been teaching ceramics for over 15 years. My ceramics degree is from Alfred University. My focus is on functional ceramics with surface design. I like to use high fire and atmospheric firing. I have a deep passion for ceramic arts and try to help my students find passion for it too.”


Class Full

All Classes Include:

  • Eight three-hour class sessions
  • 50 lbs of clay (An additional 25lbs. of clay can be purchased ONLY from the Guild); if you use porcelain, there is a small additional charge 
  • 3 additional practice sessions each week: Tuesdays 1-4PM; Wednesdays 6:30-9:30PM; Saturdays 10AM-1PM
  • Class size maximum is 14, the minimum is 6. If a class is full, a wait list will be available.
  • All classes cost $195 and this fee includes glazes and firings

If a class is full, please email classes@boulderpottersguild.org to be placed on a wait list for the class you are interested in. Class will be cancelled if there are fewer than 6 students registered.

Questions – email classes@boulderpottersguild.org*BPG Payment Policy: If a student withdraws after the first class but before the second class a 75% refund will be made. All refunds will be charged a $5 processing fee.

Online Registration www.boulderpottersguild.org (preferred).  For mail-in registration form or other questions  email:  classes@boulderpottersguild.org

Partial scholarships are available. Contact classes@boulderpottersguild.org