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September & October Wheel Techniques: Going Bigger with Ben Jensen (Wednesdays)
September 7 at 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm$240.00
Wheel Techniques: Going Bigger with Ben Jensen
This class will develop throwing skills to learn how to double the height of your current pots using stoneware. Demonstrations will include various throwing techniques such as: throwing in sections and utilizing coils. Students will be able to throw 5-10 pound pots at the end of 8 weeks. This class is led by the 1st Executive Director at ICCGS, the current Associate Dean of Art and Humanities at Kirkwood College, Ben Jensen. Experience working on the wheel is required. Participants must be able to throw a 6” cylinder.
Date: Wednesdays, September 7th–October 26th
Cost: $240.00–8 weeks
Instructor: Ben Jensen
Class Policies & Procedures
The fee for one session provides for the following (unless otherwise specified): Studio Policies and Procedures can be found at this LINK.
- For clay classes, tuition includes class instruction, open studio access, access to glazes and shelf space. Clay Students are responsible for purchasing clay and all firing costs
- For Glass classes,tuition includes class instruction, open studio access, basic materials (use of frits, stringers, noodles) and 18” shelf space. Glass Students are responsible for purchasing glass and all firing costs.
- Clay and Glass Students are responsible for purchasing clay, glass, personal tools (if desired) and all firing costs via our supply store LINK. Firing costs range by size (a 5-inch cup is approximately $5.00 to fire). All firing should be paid online, prior to firing, via our payment system.
- For Open Studio access, students are required to adhere to ICCGS Open Studio Policies
Waiver of Liability: In signing up for this class/workshop you understand that there are certain dangers, hazards, and risks inherent in working in a Ceramic and Glass Studio. If tools and/or equipment are used improperly, they can cause personal injury. ICCGS does not assume responsibility for any such personal injury or property damage including stolen personal items while on the property. In addition, by putting items in our kilns, you understand that there are intrinsic risks to the firing process, and projects may get damaged.
Make-up Policy: ICCGS is not responsible for changes in students’ personal schedules. For adult classes, all students should attend their one scheduled class per week to ensure that they keep up with the sequential material covered in class. If a class MUST be missed, no additional makeup classes, refunds, or credits for class will be given for missed classes. Private lessons, for current ceramic students, are available at $35 per hour.
Age Requirements: All students in 4-8 week classes must be 18 years of age at the time of their session. For individuals between the ages of 14-17, an adult registered in the same class may accompany them as their supervisor. For Open Studio time outside of class time, individuals must be 18 years of age to work in the studio unaccompanied.
What to wear: Students must wear closed toed shoes for safety and ceramic wheel students should wear clothes they do not mind getting messy. In glass classes full length pants and closed toed shoes are mandatory.
Cancellation Policy: ICCGS reserves the right to cancel sessions due to the minimum enrollment not being met. In that event, participants will be notified and credited for a future class/workshop. Credit will be given in the form of a voucher (to be used only for future classes/workshops). Participants may cancel their session for future class credits no less than 7 days/ 1 week before the class/workshop is scheduled to begin. No refunds are available. You may email us at info@iowaCeramicsCenter.org.
Weather: In case of inclement weather, please refer to our Facebook page: Iowa Ceramics Center (www.facebook.com/iowaceramicscenter) for all cancellations. Your class will be rescheduled at your Instructor's discretion.
COVID Policy: Masks are not currently required in our studio. However, if you are suffering from symptoms, we ask that you not come into the studio. Please check our website for our most up to date COVID Policy as policies may change.
All classes and workshops are held at: Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, located in the NewBo district in the Cherry Building at 329 10th Avenue Southeast in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Center is located on the first floor in Suite 117. Please enter the building through the 11th Avenue side of the building.
Parking: There are two small parking lots on the 10th Avenue side and 11 Avenue side of the Cherry building. There is also plenty of Street parking on both sides of the Building (11th Ave & 10th Ave). You can enter the building from either side. We are on the first Floor.
Open Studio Policy for 4-8 week classes: All students enrolled in the current session of classes are encouraged to come in and practice outside of their class time. This is only available for currently registered students, guests are not allowed in the studio. Please note that space is only available for open studio time when a class/workshop is not occurring, please check our online schedule prior to coming in.
Payment for all Firing: We utilize an online payment system for all kiln firing. All firing must be paid for prior to firing with a credit card via our online system. You will be given detailed information on how to do this in your first class. You can access the kiln firing system at the following website: https://iowaceramicscenter.square.site/
End of Session Policies: Completed and fired work will only be held for 30 days after the end of session. Non-returning students must clear off their shelves by the last class session, so that we can assign shelves to students in the next session. All work or personal items left on shelves (for all non-returning students) after the final class will become property of the studio.