Clay 101

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Event Overview

Join teaching artists Nicole Northway and Jess Egan, and learn the basics of hand building with clay.

Students will learn the hand building practices of coil building, pinch pots, and slab building. Tips and techniques in finishing a piece will be discussed and each student will get to bring home their original piece of clay art. Dabblers will use self-hardening clay, so they can paint their masterpieces at home on their own.

Build a pot for your spring flowers, a coffee cup for your loved one, or an original piece of art. Come be inspired by the possibilities of a lump of clay and push and pinch your way to a masterpiece. This class is great for the complete beginner or artists looking to try a new medium.

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All ages welcome

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One Strange Bird

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Nicole Northway
Nicole is an artist, educator, and small business owner. Nicole currently teaches at Columbia College and runs One Strange Bird, a unique boutique that sells handmade goods and offers art workshops. Nicole received her MFA from UIC in 2008 and has been making and showing artwork for over 10 years. She is a maker and loves painting, drawing, crafting, and learning new skills to share with her students.

Jess Egan

Jess Egan is a Chicago based artist originally from Wisconsin. She is currently working on her last semester BFA at Columbia College Chicago. She works in clay, collage and environmental art. Her interests lie in environmental activism and biological processes. She has been teaching for four years with a focus in both art and science. Jess currently teaches at One Strange Bird, as well as an After School Matters alternative energy program through Columbia College.

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