Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM CDT
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The Goddess of Glass / The Warren 
4400 Osseo Road
Minneapolis, MN 55412

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Connie Beckers / Mike Smieja 
The Goddess of Glass 

Intro to Clay - 6/14-7/19 

Six Wednesdays from 6:30 - 9:30pm, June 14 thru July 18, 2017.
RAKU Firing Party - July 23, 12-3pm

Class Fee: $130.00 + $25 materials fee paid to instructor at first class
Studio members (anyone who has attended a class here previously) save 15% on the Class Fee.

In this six-week session, students will learn the basic of hand-building along with beginning wheel throwing. Decorating and glazing along with firing will be covered with an opportunity to participate in a special raku firing at the end of the session. 

Classes are small (limited to six participants) to provide indivudals the opportunity to receive special attention to work through ideas and processses. A $25 materials fee will be collected by the instructor af the first class. Tools are provided with three wheels, slab roller, ware boards and space to store your work between sessions. Materials fee includes the first 25 pounds of clay, glazes and all the firing. Additional clay can be purchased for $15 per 25# bag. 

Students will be offered open studio time per instructor's availability. 

About the Instructor, Mike Smieja:
"Growing up pottery was my passion. I took a break for 15+ years and my path lead me back. The clay is the boss, I am just the grateful messenger."  - Zilla 

I fell in love with making pottery in high school. I wanted to pursue it as a profession, but several people told me I would never make any money. After owning several businesses I found myself attending college for the first time when I was 32. After graduation I started a non profit here in Minneapolis and set out to change the world. My path lead me back to a potters wheel and I fell in love again 20 years later, So I bought a wheel and a kiln and reinvented myself as a potter. I believe that my pottery embraces the changes that I have made in my life. I hope that my pots are just a vehicle to build relationships between people and places.