Class Description – Glaze and Surface Class

The session starting 10/28/19 is full. See below to sign up for the next session in early 2020!

The next session will run on Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30am.

The first class will be 1/7/2020 and the last class will be 2/11/2020. (6 classes)

Taught by Jake Johnson. This session will include a raku firing!

Want to learn more about surfaces and glazes? Looking for some new options to finish your work?

This class will cover a wide variety of surface treatments on both greenware and bisqueware. Techniques taught will include: underglazing, sgraffito, slip inlay, terra sigilata, colored clay, slip trailing, brushing, and wax and tape resists. We will also cover the use of glaze additions such as stains, metallic oxides, and ash, and will discuss glaze safety issues. Students will come away from this class with a broad knowledge of options for embellishing the surfaces of their work.

Glazes used in this class will be for cone 6 electric firings, though the techniques are transferable to other firing environments. Many techniques will be practiced on tiles, though in some instances it may be appropriate for students to bring their own ready-to-glaze pieces. Each of the first four classes will focus on a group of techniques. The sixth (last) class will allow time for students to work on their own projects. (Clay and glaze will be provided.)

This class is capped at 6 students. This class is best for students with some previous experience in ceramics. It's not ideal for absolute beginners.

Students in this class must be at least 16 years old.

Instructor and studio owner Jake Johnson holds an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University. He has more than 15 years of experience working with clay.

What's it cost? What's the fee include?

This five-week class session costs $150.00 per student. Members of the SVAC and SAAC receive a 10% discount.

The class fee includes 6 weeks of instruction, clay, glaze, use of studio tools, and firing credit. (Firing credit is limited. You'll be able to glaze fire up to a full kiln shelf of work. Trust us-- that's enough. If you want to fire more, you'll be able to pay extra for it.)


The studio's address is 200 W 12th St., Waynesboro VA 22980.

The studio is part of a larger complex at The Mill at South River. Students will be provided with specific directions (including code for the gate, which you need after 6pm) before the first class.

More about the class sessions

During each class meeting, Jake will demonstrate skills and give students time to practice. The last class is reserved for work on students' own projects.

About the studio: Make Waynesboro Clay Studio is operated by Jake Johnson Ceramics LLC. 

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