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Ely Folk School



Ceramics

Maiolica Glazing Workshop

$95

with Karin Kraemer

Calendar Aug 13, 2022 at 10 am

Saturday, August 13, 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $35

Maiolica ceramic wares are exquisitely decorated and vibrantly colored handmade artworks initially made popular during the Italian Renaissance. Maiolica itself refers to the unique glazing process. First, a tin oxide glaze is applied to fired clay that dries to form a white, porous surface. The artist paints a design onto the white glaze with stains made with oxides and carbonates mixed in with a glaze base. The decoration becomes one with the glaze when fired the second time.

In this class, we’ll learn how to use Maiolica techniques on pre-made, ready to decorate raw tiles. Karin will give a little history of the material and talk about how to use it. Everyone will get to decorate with Maiolica and then the tiles will be fired over night to pick up later. We will also try our hand at making our own clay tiles, using several different techniques demonstrated by Karin. 

This class is great for both experienced potters and those with no pottery experience.

About the Instructor: Karin Kraemer makes functional pottery with hand-painted maiolica glaze.  Her hand-painted pots are great in your hand and colorful for your eye.

The Duluth Pottery is my studio and gallery in the Lincoln Park Crafts District of Duluth, Minnesota.  I started as a biologist and glass-blower in college and blew glass for a few years.   I wandered into clay around 30 years ago.  Now, I make Maiolica functional and decorative pottery and tile.  

I draw inspiration from nature, my garden, and scenes around me.  I love color, and painting with a loose, expressive brush.  I try to capture the energy in that painting to bring beauty to the day and the table.  The pots are red earthenware, thrown and built, and fired once. They are dipped in my maiolica base glaze. Stains are brushed on the raw glaze, and fired in an oxidation firing.

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Prehistoric Native American Effigy Pots

$35

with Lyn Reed

Calendar Aug 18, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 2 weeks

Thursdays, August 18 and 25, 2022
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Supporting Price: $45
Standard Price: $35
Supported Price: $25
The Ely Folk School is committed to expanding class accessibility through the implementation of a sliding scale payment system. Please evaluate your personal finances and select the tier that fits your situation best. Bring payment with you to class. 

This class is aimed at youth between the ages of 8 and 13. 

Youth become experimental archaeologists while learning how ancient indigenous people created pottery in this very region! We will use a variety of clay building methods to create an effigy pot based on animals of Minnesota’s great northwoods. 

An effigy pot has the shape of an animal attached to it or on one side of the rim. In some cases, the vessel itself is the shape of an animal, like the fish pot pictured here. Students should feel free to bring a picture of their favorite regional animal like a bear, beaver, loon, duck, moose or eagle. 

The first session we will create your pot out of clay. The second session we will be firing our pots at Semers Beach using ancient techniques, weather permitting. 

About the Instructor: Lyn Reed is a lifelong teacher and learner. She has been an art educator for over 35 years. In her personal work, Lyn specializes in pottery. Lyn’s work also reflects the flora and fauna of her homeland, often carving her vessels with shapes and textures inspired by nature.

Making Musical Clay

$55

with Lyn Reed

Calendar Aug 20, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 2 weeks

Saturdays, August 20 & 27, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $45  Materials: $10

Make a magical whistle out of a soft piece of earth! Create a whistle in the image of a bear, porcupine, fish - anything you want! Our first session together will be spent designing and creating the whistle. At the second session, we will glaze and decorate! 

About the Instructor: Lyn Reed is a lifelong teacher and learner. She has been an art educator for over 35 years. In her personal work, Lyn specializes in pottery. Lyn’s work also reflects the flora and fauna of her homeland, often carving her vessels with shapes and textures inspired by nature.





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