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Learn the basics of clay | Culture & Leisure

Those interested in creating art with clay have the opportunity to get involved in upcoming classes scheduled at the restored Newport Visual Art Center Ceramics Studio. Hunting Instructors Davidson and Sara Siggelkow will teach classes in May and June.

Davidson will offer two five-week clay courses. Both sessions will focus on manual construction in clay. The first session will take place on Tuesdays, from May 3 to 31, with morning classes (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) and evening classes (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) offered. The second session will run from June 2 to 30, with morning classes (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) and evening classes (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) offered.

Classes are open to all skill levels, from 14 years old. The $175 registration fee for each five-week session covers clay, glazes and firing costs. Each session has a maximum of eight students. Additional time will be available to work on projects outside of class. Dates and times will be determined during the course.

Davidson’s ceramic classes focus on the fundamentals of working with clay. If you’ve always wanted to experiment with clay, this course will introduce you to the vast possibilities. Students will explore pinched forms and slab construction, and receive an introduction to glazing. More experienced students can develop their skills with more complex projects.

Davidson began her journey with clay 28 years ago while studying ceramics in high school and college, establishing her home studio. She began teaching ceramics in 2011 at Toledo Clayworks, which she took over as director in 2015. Today, she works again from her home studio in Newport and continues to encourage the growth of the coastal clay community. through his participation in the new Newport Visual Art Center. ceramic workshop.

Siggelkow will offer two one-session courses in clay sculpting.

Clay sculpting is a relaxing event that can be enjoyed by anyone – no clay or art experience necessary. Learn the basic techniques for removing clay to reveal a design. Then apply your new skills to carve two tiles that can be used as coasters, wall hangings, or anything else you can imagine. All materials and tools will be provided. Due to the time required to bake and finish the tiles, all finished pieces will be available for pickup one week after the course.

One class will be offered on May 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The second class will be on May 18, also from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The registration fee is $30 per class, and it is open at all skill levels, from 16 years old. and more.

Siggelkow is the arts education manager for the Oregon Coast Council for the Art. She is also a fiber, paper and teaching artist. His work has been featured in several galleries in Colorado and Wisconsin, in addition to Lincoln City Cultural Center and Newport Visual Arts Center.

These new clay classes are offered by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Drive). For more information and to register, visit