Our throwing and hand building classes are a GOOD DEAL!
With each class session you enroll in, our students receive instruction from professional ceramic instructors AND students have unlimited access to working in the Clay Space studio during regular open hours. This access begins with the first day of class and runs through the last day of class. It’s a good deal!
Did you know that we offer kiln maintenance and repair services? Call us or click the link below for more information on how we can assist you with your kiln.
To use an image that is stored on your computer's hard drive, click Browse to locate it and then click on Insert.
Your image must be one of the following file types: .gif, .jpg, .jpeg or .png
Note: uploading large files may take several minutes.
Maximum file size allowed is 10MB for: gif, jpg, jpeg and png
Available now. Call office for details.
SESSION 1 2014
Session 1 classes start January 6th and run through February 27th.
ARTIST PROFILE introducing George Kokis
My story is a remarkable one – but so is yours. Every one of us.
Now I’ll try to give some sense of who I am.
I ran in a local race. After the run, I took some drink & fruit to sit down and wait for prizes. I saw myself as from an overhead view, alone in a shelter, while a couple hundred runners were in another shelter. People mingled and chatted with refreshments and friends. I realized I didn’t feel left out or lonely. I liked it that way!
I’ve been running for over 30 years in this community but knew no one in that large group of people.
That one so introverted would choose the life of a PROFESSOR is altogether strange. I’ve never been at center of my profession – few are. Not like one of the giants but maybe one of the more interesting dwarfs sniffing around the edges, bringing back interesting things. Sniffing and dancing like a dog at the edges. I bring back items stuck in my coat – later I pick at them. I’m interested in connections between things – things seemingly far from the center but that relate to the center. I like to ponder relationships.
I think of my clay forming as dancing; a very physical dance. My witness to this motion in time and space is primarily in two creative forms: clay and teaching. Certainly all art making is a teaching, where the maker learns something about himself; while Teaching is helping others learn to take themselves seriously.
George Kokis is an Emeritus Professor of Art from the University of Oregon. Since his introduction to the field of ceramics, he has been an explorer of processes and techniques, and a valued instructor to students who have participated in his classes. From positions at Brooklyn Museum Art School and Ohio University, he came to the University of Oregon in 1973. George has lectured and taught workshops at well-known venues throughout the U.S. (Haystack, Penland, Mendocino Art Center, Hui No’ueau Art Center, Pendle Hill), and has been a frequent Artist-in-Residence at Banff Center for the Arts, Canada. He has exhibited and published widely, and is a founding member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), serving as a frequent presenter, panelist and as Director of Publications.
Over the years George has explored many styles of ceramic sculpture and production. After more than 50 years of creating pieces that are meant to be permanent (fired stoneware clay), in this last decade he has been focusing on creating what he calls “Melt-downs”, ceramic sculptures that are completed works, but which never see the inside of a kiln; instead they are allowed to return to nature, and they are captured through a video documentation of their dissolution.