Clay Space... a creative arts center in Eugene





SEVERAL NEW STUDIO SPACES WILL BE OPENING UP...


PRIVATE STUDIO SPACES AVAILABLE! Please call the office or stop in for more information!


SESSION 1 CLASSES  2017

January 3 to February 24 (8 weeks)

Celebrating Porcelain:
Katie Swenson

Monday, starting Jan. 9 | noon-3pm


This class is open to any ability level. Students will lead the direction of instruction by letting their curiosity thrive and asking for help when needed. Katie will guide students through designing and executing personal visions for hand built work.

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Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery:
Mariah Williams

Tuesday, starting Jan. 3 | 7pm to 9pm

Learn and develop the basics of wedging, centering, and creating forms on the wheel.

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Intermediate/Advanced Wheel:
Mariah Williams

Wednesday, starting Jan. 4 | 7pm to 9pm

This class is open to intermediate/advanced level throwing enthusiasts who are interested in developing their techniques and creating multi-part forms with depth and decoration.


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Handbuilding: Ellen Davidson
Tuesday, starting Jan. 3
| 6pm to 9pm
Thursday, starting Jan. 5 | 10am to 1pm 

Make almost anything you can imagine! Discover ways to form and texture your pieces. Students of all skill levels are welcome.


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SESSION 2 CLASSES  2017
March 6 to April 28 (8 weeks)
Celebrating Porcelain:
Katie Swenson

Monday, starting March 6 | noon-3pm


This class is open to any ability level. Students will lead the direction of instruction by letting their curiosity thrive and asking for help when needed. Katie will guide students through designing and executing personal visions for hand built work.

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Beginning Wheel:
Mariah Williams

Tuesday, starting March 7 | 7pm to 9pm

Learn and develop the basics of wedging, centering, and creating forms on the wheel.

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Intermediate/Advanced Wheel:
Mariah Williams

Wednesday, starting March 8 | 7pm to 9pm

This class is open to intermediate/advanced level throwing enthusiasts who are interested in developing their techniques and creating multi-part forms with depth and decoration.


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Handbuilding with Low-fire White Earthenware Clay:
Pam Horn

Tuesday, starting March 7
| 6pm to 9pm

In this session we are going to explore what kind of results can be achieved using low-fire white earthenware. This class is for those who are experienced with handbuilding forms.


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Handbuilding: Ellen Davidson
Thursday, starting March 9 | 10am to 1pm 

Make almost anything you can imagine! Discover ways to form and texture your pieces. Students of all skill levels are welcome.


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APRIL WORKSHOP


Creating with Copper Metal Clay: Donna Yutzy
Saturday, April 8th | Noon to 4:30pm


If you are looking for the most affordable way to explore metal clay, this copper class is the class for you! You will have 50 grams of clay to work with while you develop your metal clay skills. Projects will be fired in class and finishing methods will be covered. You can create pendants, earrings, tags, buttons, and charms. This class is great for the beginner and anyone interested in learning about working with copper metal clay!

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ARTIST PROFILE


In fond memory of Phoebe Gordon
July 15, 1955 – January 13, 2017



Studio Artist
Phoebe Gordon

Artist Statement
I have been an artist all my life. I was drawing before I could write my name. As a child I was not allowed to just sit and watch cartoons without doing something else “constructive”, so my mother provided drawing paper and colored pencils. From this I learned to doodle in front of the TV.


In 1981 I received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Oregon. For several years, I made multi-colored linoleum cuts and sold them in galleries around the country. Almost all of the images in these prints came from doodling in front of the TV. They were all very brightly-colored and the theme was always humor and the human form.


Eventually I moved on from printmaking. I spent several years making paper mache altarpieces and diaoramas while I was living in San Francisco. During this time the subject-matter never changed, and I was lucky to find an art dealer who appreciated my sense of humor. I don’t believe that art necessarily has to be all serious; I have always wanted to make art that makes people smile and see the humor in life. I also don’t believe that a person has to have an education in art to look at something in a gallery and appreciate it; recognizable forms and pleasing colors and design are something anyone can enjoy looking at.


For the last five years I have been making ceramic sculptures, a medium that was completely new to me. When I was learning the techniques, I decided to focus on Mexcian folk art as my subject-matter, as I’ve been a collector for many years. Since I collected mermaids, I first decided to try making my own and had many good results. I then moved on to making Day of the Dead pieces, which never seem to fail making people laugh. All of the sculptures I’ve made are whimsical, brightly-colored, and very detailed; most pieces take around 150 hours to complete.


I no longer doodle in front of the TV, as my hands are always covered in clay and I work at the studio where there is no TV. I doodle while I work!

Growing up in Corvallis on a small farm, I learned to work with my hands fixing go-karts, restoring cars and building tree forts. In high school, I took every industrial arts offering available, from welding to woodshop to ceramics. With clay the attraction was immediate; the processes of creativity, combining common raw materials, and using fire to create objects of beauty, utility and permanence had me hooked.  
  
  

I create a variety of tableware and sculptural pieces using wheel-thrown and hand built techniques. Most of my work is atmospherically fired in one of our four wood-fired kilns at Pleasant Hill Pottery. The first of these kilns to be constructed was a 60 cubic foot two-chambered Noborigama nicknamed Pepino, then a 125cf Anagama (The Tomagama) followed in 2008, a 35cf wood/biodiesel soda kiln was built in 2012, and finally a 30cf train kiln in 2014. These kilns produce beautiful and distinct surfaces. 
 

I have taught wheel-throwing courses for over a decade at both Clay Space and the Oregon State University Craft Center. 
 

My wife, Lauren and I live in Pleasant Hill with a herd of cats and chickens. I operate Pleasant Hill Pottery with a dedicated crew of local potters.

I create a variety of tableware and sculptural pieces using wheel-thrown and hand built techniques. Most of my work is atmospherically fired in one of our four wood-fired kilns at Pleasant Hill Pottery. The first of these kilns to be constructed was a 60 cubic foot two-chambered Noborigama nicknamed Pepino, then a 125cf Anagama (The Tomagama) followed in 2008, a 35cf wood/biodiesel soda kiln was built in 2012, and finally a 30cf train kiln in 2014. These kilns produce beautiful and distinct surfaces. 
 

I have taught wheel-throwing courses for over a decade at both Clay Space and the Oregon State University Craft Center. 
 

My wife, Lauren and I live in Pleasant Hill with a herd of cats and chickens. I operate Pleasant Hill Pottery with a dedicated crew of local potters.
After completing this US workshop tour, he will return to Japan for one man shows in both Tokyo and Osaka. Reserve your seat now for this wonderful opportunity to observe and learn from a young, gifted and respected Japanese artist.

For further information:
Www.inayoshiosamu.com/
Www.facebook.com/osamu.inayoshi.10

Mon, Feb. 3, 7-8pm Slide Show
Tues, Feb. 4, 10am-4pm w/ lunch break
Wed, Feb. 5, 10am-4pm w/ lunch break

Clay Space Member/LCC/UO Student: $55
General: $65

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CALENDAR

January 1 & 2
Closed for New Year's 2017!

January 3
Session 1 classes start

January 25 & 26
Metal Clay Workshop

March 6
Session 2 classes start

April 8
Metal Clay Workshop

RESIDENT ARTIST


Clay Space's first Resident Artist, Mariah Rose Williams arrived during the summer. She has quickly acquainted herself with our studio, our members and the Eugene/Springfield community.

Say hello when you are at Clay Space! She teaches a wheel class on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and occasionally. a surface decoration class for intermediate and advanced students.
A GOOD DEAL...DID YOU KNOW?


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!
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SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

Monday
10am - 7pm
Tuesday
10am - 9pm
Wednesday
10am - 7pm
Thursday
10am - 7pm
Friday
10am - 5pm

Saturday
11am - 5pm
Sunday
Noon - 5pm