Are you in love with the wheel, but having trouble pushing yourself beyond the basics? Are you looking to expand your technical abilities and your critical eye, to develop strong, resolved forms? This class will build on basic wheel throwing skills and introduce students to more complex shapes and composite forms through drawing exercises, demonstrations, and one on one instruction. We will explore how to take basic forms to another level, as well as how to design and construct more complex forms. Classes will always start with demonstration, and at least half of the class time will be dedicated to open work time and one on one instruction. The first 4 sessions we will focus on one formal element each week: Session 1- How to break free of the cylinder– throwing complex shapes. Session 2- Handles for every form. Session 3- Lids and Galleries. Session 4- Spouts and Pouring Vessels. We will have at least 1 glaze firing at the end of the first 4 sessions. The second 4 sessions will be focused on developing a critical eye and applying the technical skills from the first 4 sessions to construct balanced, resolved forms. We will spend time critically reflecting on the pieces made during the first four sessions, and choosing at least one form to make again and improve upon. Formal demonstrations will continue in the second 4 sessions, but will be customized to student interest and requests. Students will have the opportunity to fire, and more frequently depending on the quantity of work made. Basic wheel throwing experience required.
This weekend workshop meets Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2019 from 10am – 3pm. Member tuition is $55.00 and Non member tuition is $68.75. Materials fee is $15.
In this 2 day workshop, we will learn rust dye techniques and how to print on paper and fabric. We will explore how
to use every day items from the home and nature to make unique patterns on paper. We will make our own cola pens
and experiment with our own style of calligraphy and mark making. Using our rust prints and other marks, we will
create a simple and stunning handmade book.
No experience required.
Member tuition is $120 and Non Member tuition is $150. Materials fee is approximately $100.
Class Meets Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and April 14, 9 am – 5 pm Each Day
Tuition Fee: Members: $88, Non-member: $110
Materials Fee: $20, Payable to the Floyd Center for the Arts
This class will introduce students to tools found in the shop the anvil, forge and hammer. How to light and maintain a fire. Once familiar with the tools of the trade we will practice fundamental techniques such as drawing out, upsetting, tapers, twists and punching holes. All done while learning proper stance, hammer control and safety in the shop. Students will make nails, hooks, fire pokers and other useful items and learn how to apply finishes to these items. Students are asked to bring safety glasses, and hearing protections closed toe shoes are required also their favorite hammer if they have one. Gloves and aprons are optional. If you are enthusiastic, comfortable working with your hands, and willing to work hard you qualify.
Bryan Fritts has been blacksmithing since 1997, and is Manley Brown’s ( blacksmith in Lexington VA ) last living apprentice . He has worked in the blacksmith shop as an historic interpreter at Virginia Explore Park and does public demonstration’s at fall festivals across southern VA. Brayn is both self taught and has taken classes at John C Campbell Folk School. He has also attended numerous blacksmithing workshops sponsored by the guilds located in the area. He is a member of ABANA and the Old Dominion Blacksmith’s Association. Bryan states “I love working with iron and non-ferrous metals. I also do fabrication and welding and upcycled / repurposed art from junk. I live in Blue Ridge VA with my wife Becky and have four children and four grandchildren.”