2017 Workshops and Class List

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Capturing the Light Workshop: Plein Air Painting with Thomas Bradshaw, October 20-22

Instructor: Thomas Bradshaw

Date: Friday-Sunday, October 20-22, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $285 / Non Member $325

Material Fee: $0 – Bring your own materials, a supply list will be provided

Class Description: 

Suited for outdoor painters, from intermediate to experienced, this workshop will allow you to explore the essentials of a limited pallet and why it is key for successful painting.

Enjoy three full days with Thomas Bradshaw, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location in beautiful Floyd, VA. He will demonstrate his technique and explain in detail how to catch the ever-changing light conditions outdoors and how to eliminate the everyday problems of mixing from a limited pallet.

The specific areas of focus are:

  • The value of choosing your scene and understanding the key elements of your composition.
  • The improvement of deliberate brush strokes.
  • Capturing light movement and speed.
  • Discovering the five key essentials to successful paintings.

Before attending the workshop:

  • Make sure know your equipment and how to use it.
  • Bring at least six, 6 x 8 panels for 30 minute studies and three, 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 panels for larger studies.  Do not bring canvases.

A complete materials list will be provided by the Center after registration.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Thomas Bradshaw has been painting his impressionistic paintings since 2002. He comes from a dedicated family of creative artists and doctors who always pushed him to follow his own personal journey into fine art.

Thomas is a nationally collected artist with many awards over the years. He has gained success through various juried shows like Plein Air Easton and Winter Park Plein Air, along with other juried shows along the east coast. Thomas’ style is often described in various ways; sometimes a painting will lean toward Impressionistic Realism while other times it leans more abstract.

“Each subject is its own director,” he points out. “Always approaching each scene with an open mind allows the subject to say what it wanted to say.” That is very important to Thomas. “It is a very versatile yet challenging mode of expression through light and shadow. Through this way I am able to imply detail without overstating it. Using my own style of brushwork and palette knife together to create a textured impression and paint quality that entices a closer look.”

Thomas currently teaches Plein Air workshops and indoor classes through For Arts Sake Gallery in Richmond VA. When he is not teaching Thomas travels as much as he can to keep the juices flowing. See you along the trail sometime!

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Polymer Clay Series: Puff Earrings and Pendants, September 15

Instructor: Teri Walters

Date: Friday, September 15, 5-8pm

Tuition: Jax Member $17.00 / Non Member $21.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: Polymer clay is easy to make larger beads and pendants with, but they can get SO heavy! Check out how Teri Walters, our resident polymer clay guru, makes hollow beads for some awesome jewelry. Using forms like cookie cutters, she’ll show you how to drape the clay and seal so have a large form at a fraction of the weight. You’ll make so creative and unique earring and pendants in this short, but informational workshop.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

 

About the Instructor: Teri Walters was introduced to polymer clay in 1999 and quickly became a “polyholic”. Since then, her artwork has taken her to many different places. She has been featured on local television, has won 1st and 3rd places in Polymer Cafe magazine for her work in millefiori caning and mixed media work, featured in newspapers, participated in various exhibits, has her creations in retail stores, and can be found at local craft shows selling and teaching in her booth. Teri has a great desire to teach and thoroughly enjoys passing on her knowledge and experiences in polymer clay to all those desiring to learn.

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Beginning Metalsmithing, March 18-19

Instructor: Nell Fredericksen

Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 18-19, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $120.00 / Non Member $150.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $100-150

Class Description: Students will be introduced to many techniques that will allow them to manipulate metal to create jewelry and/or small sculptural objects. This is a highly technical discipline, and as such, mastering individual techniques will be emphasized and applied to 2 specific projects. In addition, each student will be encouraged to use principles of basic design and personal expressiveness to produce unique, functional and sculptural pieces.

Course objectives:

  • To provide knowledge of and insight into contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing practices. The basic techniques of sawing, filing, soldering, surface texture (stamping, hammering, heat textures, overlay and solder inlay), and simple fold forming/bending will be covered and applied to individual unique design ideas.
  • To begin to conceptualize in the third dimension and/or translate 2 dimensional ideas into 3-D forms. Each piece designed will have height, width, and depth and still be “wearable”.
  • To become familiar with contemporary styles and design trends in metalsmithing by looking at the work of many artists working in the field.
  • To develop observation, critical thinking and problem solving skills as they apply to wearable art.

On the development of skills:   Jewelry and fine metal work is essentially sculpture. However, there are two important differences: scale and function. You need to think of your designs as sculptural, but at the same time they must be functional (wearable) and small in scale.   With that in mind, the designs you pursue in this class should go way beyond what we typically see in mass produced jewelry – the idea here is to be fresh and innovative.

Practice of the techniques is imperative (especially when working with silver). Paper models and copper prototypes are helpful. Unlike painting or drawing, there is very little opportunity for redo’s in metal. Every step of metal work is semi-permanent. It is very difficult to change a design or erase aspects once it has been partially executed in metal. So much of metalsmithing is centered on hand skills and tool application and thus these will be emphasized. However, I do not want to let that overshadow the importance of the conceptual aspects of the work. Keep in mind that your design concepts can be social, political, global, or personal and I hope that in teaching you the techniques I can strengthen your aesthetics and concepts.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 6

About the Instructor: Nell Fredericksen took time off between a MS in Zoology and beginning a PhD program and took classes in pottery, stained glass and metalsmithing. When her PhD funding fell through, she turned to the arts and as a result has been a professional artist and fine art jeweler for over 28 years.  She is an Artisan Center of VA Juried Master Artisan.  She has never lost the fascination and wonder she feels in connection with nature and her work is very organic and reflects the natural world.  Nell works primarily in gold and has a high level of expertise in many traditional metalsmithing techniques. Learn More about the Instructor at: http://www.nellfredericksen.com/mm5/merchant.mvc

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Basic Figurative Drawing, August 1,3,8,10

Instructor: Karen Sewell

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 1,3,8,10, 6-8:30pm

Tuition: Jax Member $55.00 / Non Member $68.75

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $0

Class Description: Learn how to use common facial and body measurements to create drawings that are realistic and true to the model. Students will use charcoal and/or pencil as their medium learning the importance of value and composition.   Materials you will need to bring: Newsprint, Drawing Pad, Pencil, Charcoal, Kneaded Rubber Eraser

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 6, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Karen Sewell has had a passion to create all of her life. She enjoys working with multiple media and any subject matter that whispers to her. She was raised in Floyd County, and the beautiful surroundings are a constant inspiration to her.   Karen has diligently developed her own style of painting, which she feels is still evolving. Being diverse in her creative process prevents her from becoming stagnant, allowing her to continue to grow as an artist. When looking at her work, she knows that through the years she has developed a style that reflects her life, her values, and her passions. She is a founding member of the Floyd Artists Association LLC and instruct students in pastels, oils, portraiture and color theory. karensewellartist.com

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Beginning Blacksmithing, September 23-24

Instructor: Gerald Boggs

Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 23-24, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: This beginning blacksmithing class will introduce students to the equipment, tools and safety precautions involved in the use of the blacksmith’s forge. Once familiar with the tools of the trade, the class will practice fundamental blacksmithing techniques while learning to make basic hooks, tools and decorative flares. Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Gerald Boggs lives in the village of Afton, Virginia. He opened his own shop, Wayfarer Forge, in 2004, where he does demonstrations and commissions. Working as a classical blacksmith, Gerald is not stuck in the past doing over and over designs from the 18th century. Rather, he tries to work within the framework of classical blacksmithing, while embracing design development of the last century. A member of the Old Dominion Blacksmith Association (OBDSA), Gerald is spearheading a partnership between The Jacksonville Center and OBDSA that is making blacksmithing more accessible to the public and experienced blacksmiths alike. http://wayfarerforge.com/

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Polymer Clay Series: Kitty Ring Holder, October 21

Instructor: Teri Walters

Date: Saturday, October 21, 1-4pm

Tuition: Jax Member $17.00 / Non Member $21.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: Sculpture and polymer clay go hand in hand. Join us for this fun Kitty Ring-Holder sculpture workshop with artist Teri Walters. Teri will demonstrate basic sculpture techniques to create this functional design. If you haven’t worked with polymer clay yet, don’t worry, this class is great for beginners too. More experienced students will also get a chance to experiment with color selection and texture techniques. Students can also customize their sculpture by adding seasonal decorations to their sculptures, like fall leaves at the kitty’s feet.   The final product would also make a great gift for the upcoming season.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

 

About the Instructor: Teri Walters was introduced to polymer clay in 1999 and quickly became a “polyholic”. Since then, her artwork has taken her to many different places. She has been featured on local television, has won 1st and 3rd places in Polymer Cafe magazine for her work in millefiori caning and mixed media work, featured in newspapers, participated in various exhibits, has her creations in retail stores, and can be found at local craft shows selling and teaching in her booth. Teri has a great desire to teach and thoroughly enjoys passing on her knowledge and experiences in polymer clay to all those desiring to learn.

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Paint Your Own Barn Quilt, July 22

Instructor: Bonnie Shropshire

Date: Saturday, July 22, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) 2×2- $125, 3×3- $150, 4×4- $175 and a $25 later fee if the student is within 7 days

Class Description: Barn quilts can be painted and mounted on any structure, not just barns. Many chose to use the designs as art to decorate the interior of their homes. Locally, barn quilt designs are found on anything from barns, to sides of houses, above fireplaces, and even on the side of metal storage buildings. A website with hundreds of designs to choose from will be given when you sign up for the class.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 6, Maximum Enrollment: 14

About the Instructor: Bonnie Shropshire, Artist/Designer – After retiring in 2004 after 25 years as a paralegal, Bonnie fulfilled a longtime dream to finish college. She enrolled as a full time student at Surry Community College where she earned her degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. Bonnie is also a designer for OESD/Bernina. She currently has four sets of embroidery designs on the market, including: Feather Beauties and Floral Beauties among others which are based on her very detailed pencil drawings.   Bonnie Shropshire is passionate about art and quilting. An artist her entire life and quilter for more than 29 years, she wanted to combine quilting and art in a way that everyone could participate, even if they have no background in art or quilting.   As a Quilting Instructor for Surry Community College, she became familiar with barn quilts when she and the Surry Quilter’s Guild traveled to Ohio and visited a Mennonite relief auction in August a couple of years ago. She saw so many beautiful designs on the local barns and houses it inspired her to combine both of her loves, quilting and art, into one form.     Bonnie enjoys meeting with fellow quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds where she shares her ideas and continues to learn new things from other quilters and artist.   When not traveling and teaching, she spends her time developing new quilt patterns for Hoffman’s of California fabric company and enjoying the peace and quite of her studio on their farm just outside of Dobson, North Carolina. She and her husband of 45 years, Jerry, are the proud parents of two grown sons, Marty and Anthony. They have two grandsons, Dawson and Aiden, who live next door to them and has easy access to “Big Nanny’s” cooking and spoiling. They round out their household with Sophia, a golden retriever and four cats, Sylvester, Amy, Misty and PJ.

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Kids Ceramics: Intro to Wheel Throwing, April 8

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Saturday, April 8,  1-3pm

Tuition: Jax Member $11.00 / Non Member $13.75

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $5

Class Description: This one day two hour class is a great opportunity for kids 8-14 to get a focused lesson on wheel throwing. We are offering a small class size in order to allow Abby to give each child more attention through their learning process as well as to provide a safe and supervised environment. Kids will learn how to center clay and make whatever objects they can come up with. They will learn how to handle clay once the wheel thrown piece is off the wheel Part of the focus of this class is also learning how to be an artist in a community studio. This includes taking care of tools, our pottery wheel, and cleaning up after ourselves. But we certainly won’t discourage them from getting a little messy!

Minimum Age: Kids 8 to 14

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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Kids Art Camp, July 10-14

Instructors: Many!!

Date: Monday – Friday, July 10-14, 9am-3:30pm

Tuition: Jax Member $125.00/ Non Member $150.00

Material Fee: All materials included

Class Description: Returning again this year is our popular annual Kids Art Camp!  Many adults want to join us, but Sorry!, its just for kids!  This year will include lessons in drawing, painting and ceramics, as well as a very special large format paper-mache sculpture project, and many other arts activities.  Each year we strive to teach campers about all kinds of art (no just visual arts), art techniques, and of course, make art!   During the week your child will engage in at least 2 different art classes during the day, have time outside to play and get some exercise, have their lunch with friends, and have a healthy snack.  Tuition includes all materials and classes and the healthy daily snack.  Lunches will need to be packed and brought from home.  The week will culminate with a Friday Art Exhibit.  Parents/family/friends are invited join us at 2pm for a special art show that the campers will produce themselves.

Minimum Age: Recommended for children 8 to 12 years old.  However 6-7 year olds and 13-14 year olds may be taken on a case by case basis.  Please contact the Center to discuss your child with our Education Director, Leia Wood at 540-745-4873

Minimum Enrollment: 7, Maximum Enrollment: 20

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Kids Ceramics: Intro to Wheel Throwing, May 24

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Wednesdayy, May 24, 4-6pm

Tuition: Member $11.00 / Non Member $13.75

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $5

Class Description: This one day two hour class is a great opportunity for kids 8-14 to get a focused lesson on wheel throwing. We are offering a small class size in order to allow Abby to give each child more attention through their learning process as well as to provide a safe and supervised environment. Kids will learn how to center clay and make whatever objects they can come up with. They will learn how to handle clay once the wheel thrown piece is off the wheel Part of the focus of this class is also learning how to be an artist in a community studio. This includes taking care of tools, our pottery wheel, and cleaning up after ourselves. But we certainly won’t discourage them from getting a little messy!

Minimum Age: Kids 8 to 14

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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Beginning Ceramics, June 26-29

Instructor: Cory Potrafka

Date: Monday-Thursday, June 26-29, 5:30-7:30pm

Tuition: Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: Work all day? This week long, evening class, workshop will be a perfect way to relax, but still be productive. All levels welcome at this workshop that will focus on beginning throwing skills and basic hand building techniques.   We will practice throwing, measuring and envisioning these pots in our home or as gifts for friends and family. We’ll explore handtools and how the wheel and our imagination create the pots that we want to make and use. Join us, have some fun and try your hand at something new!

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Cory Potrafka, a second generation potter, who now lives in Meadows of Dan. In the summer of 2016 he volunteered to become the Center’s Ceramic Studio Manager and now works for the Center, helping organize all of the special events and classes.  On his off days from the Center, he is also a production potter at the Phelps Studio.  Cory also manages the Friday Night Artisan Market in Downtown Floyd and is a talent musician as well.

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Blacksmithing: Think it, Make it, Reshape it, July 22-23

Instructor: Bryan Fritts

Date: Saturday & Sunday, July 22-23, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: We will forge and fabricate items from old tools, scrap metal and whatever else your imagination brings to life. All skill levels welcome. If you can think it we can make it. Come on let’s have fun. Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Brayn 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 self taught, as well as, has taken classes at John C Campbell Folk School and 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 two grandchildren.”

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Beginning Ceramics, August 26-27

Instructor: Cory Potrafka

Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 26-27, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: Work all week? This weekend long workshop will be a perfect way to relax, but still be productive. All levels welcome at this workshop that will focus on beginning throwing skills and basic hand building techniques.   We will practice throwing, measuring and envisioning these pots in our home or as gifts for friends and family. We’ll explore handtools and how the wheel and our imagination create the pots that we want to make and use. Join us, have some fun and try your hand at something new!

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Cory Potrafka, a second generation potter, who now lives in Meadows of Dan. In the summer of 2016 he volunteered to become the Center’s Ceramic Studio Manager and now works for the Center, helping organize all of the special events and classes.  On his off days from the Center, he is also a production potter at the Phelps Studio.  Cory also manages the Friday Night Artisan Market in Downtown Floyd and is a talent musician as well.

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Wine Bottle Cutting and Creating, June 3

Instructor: Chris Frazier

Date: Saturday, June 3, 12-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $38.00 / Non Member $47.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop)

Class Description: This Saturday afternoon workshop will make for a relaxing and enjoyable day learning how to safely cut wine bottles and create one of a kind works of art with them. Artist and art teacher, Chris Frazier, will demonstrate how to safely cut the wine bottles with the tile saw. If you feel comfortable cutting your own bottles you’ll be able to do so, but don’t worry if not Chris will cut them for you. After learning how to cut the wine bottles Chris will then demonstrate how to prepare and decorate them using the copper foil technique used in stained glass. Join us, have some fun, and try your hand at something new!

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Chris Frazier is a native of Martinsville, Virginia. Chris has taught art in the public schools for over 20 years. He received his formal education from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. He earned a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Louisiana. Lately, Chris has been creating art in glass, wood and metal; however, he also enjoys working in various media including watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencil, pottery, wood and computer graphics. You can see some of his work at ‪www.cfrazier.net

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Beginning Ceramics: Make a Mug, January 16-20, 27

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Monday-Friday, & Friday, January 16-20, 27, 5-7pm, 4-8pm on last Friday

Tuition: Jax Member $77.00 / Non Member $96.25

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: Its COLD out there! Warm up by making your own mug! This week long, evening workshop will be a perfect way to relax, but still be productive. All levels welcome at this workshop that will focus on throwing or hand building a mug form, and creating a handle. If you are new to the wheel or just deepening your wheel throwing skills, if you have some experience, this workshop is for you. We will practice throwing, measuring and envisioning these mugs in our hands with our favorite hot drink in them or as gifts for friends and family. Join us, have some fun and develop your wheel throwing skills. Then, come back on the Friday after to find your bisque fired mugs ready for decoration. Abby will lead you through glazing your work so that your mug will be food safe!

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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Intermediate Ceramics: Back on the Wheel, February 6 – March 13

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Mondays & Tuesdays, February 6 – March 13, 5-7pm

Tuition: Jax Member $162.00 / Non Member $195.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $50

Class Description: This 6-week long, Monday and Tuesday evening workshop will be a perfect way to get out of house and fix the winter cabin fever. If you’ve tried the wheel and you’re to learn more, this workshop is for you. We will focus on developing throwing skills to creat more complex and larger pots. We will practice throwing, measuring and envisioning these pots in our home or as gifts for friends and family. We’ll explore how the wheel and our imagination create the pots that we want to make and use. Join us, have some fun and further develop your wheel throwing skills.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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Beginning Ceramics: Beginning Pottery, March 2-30

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Thursdays, March 2-30, 5-7pm

Tuition: Jax Member $85.00 / Non Member $98.75

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: Work all day? This month long,Thursday evening workshop will be a perfect way to relax, but still be productive. All levels welcome at this workshop that will focus on beginning throwing skills and basic hand building techniques.   We will practice throwing, measuring and envisioning these pots in our home or as gifts for friends and family. We’ll explore handtools and how the wheel and our imagination create the pots that we want to make and use. Join us, have some fun and try your hand at something new!

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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Teen Ceramics: Intro to Wheel Throwing, July 17-18

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Monday and Tuesday, July 17-18, 5:30-7:30pm

Tuition: Member $22.00 / Non Member $27.50

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: This two day, four hour class is a great opportunity for teens 13-19 to get a focused lesson on wheel throwing. We are offering a small class size in order to allow Abby to give each student more attention. Students who have never thrown will learn how to center clay and make whatever objects they can come up with. They will learn how to handle clay once the wheel thrown piece is off the wheel.   Students with experience can expand their knowledge by working with Abby directly.  Part of the focus of this class is also learning how to be an artist in a community studio. This includes taking care of tools, our pottery wheel, and cleaning up after ourselves. 

Minimum Age: Teens 13-19

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 6

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

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Blacksmithing: Think it, Make it, Reshape it, May 6-7

Instructor: Bryan Fritts

Date: Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: We will forge and fabricate items from old tools, scrap metal and whatever else your imagination brings to life. All skill levels welcome. If you can think it we can make it. Come on let’s have fun. Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Brayn 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 self taught, as well as, has taken classes at John C Campbell Folk School and 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 two grandchildren.”

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Polymer Clay Series: Stemware with Alcohol Inks, March 3

Instructor: Teri Walters

Date: Friday, March 3, 5-8pm

Tuition: Jax Member $17.00 / Non Member $21.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: What is your favorite beverage? A milkshake glass? Water or tea? Coke- a – cola style? Wine? Makes no mind. We will take translucent polymer clay, rubber stamps, alcohol inks (no! not the kind to drink), and create some dynamic “clay fabric sheets” in which to cut out our designs, like leaves, to embellish your glass with. You will never have to drink from a boring glass ever again with your one- of – a- kind drinking vessel! *Students are to bring in their own glass or vessel for this class. (in many classes, folks are able to get 2 glasses completed, you may want to plan ahead, just in case, and bring an extra glass).

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

 

About the Instructor: Teri Walters was introduced to polymer clay in 1999 and quickly became a “polyholic”. Since then, her artwork has taken her to many different places. She has been featured on local television, has won 1st and 3rd places in Polymer Cafe magazine for her work in millefiori caning and mixed media work, featured in newspapers, participated in various exhibits, has her creations in retail stores, and can be found at local craft shows selling and teaching in her booth. Teri has a great desire to teach and thoroughly enjoys passing on her knowledge and experiences in polymer clay to all those desiring to learn.

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