Clay Play

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5.0 | 20 reviews

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Time for some 'hand therapy'! Oh and meanwhile, make something cool.
Pinch, coil, and press the clay using hand-building techniques and press-molds.  Try the potter's wheel if you're ready to make a mess! 
Make something of your own design, or do "project of the week." (see below)
Freeform workshop; BYOB & snack friendly. 

Materials & tools provided. Includes finishing service: smoothing, glazing & firing, to make sure your work looks really awesome! 
Single-session ideas are possible; complex forms require more than one sitting. Projects will be ready for pick-up approximately 2 weeks after class. 

You: adventurous, good with your hands? Took a ceramics class, once upon a time? Were you a childhood prodigy in play-dough? Come out & have some fun! Promise to get you messy!


 Fall 2020 - Clay Play is offered Monday mornings 11-12:30, Wednesday evenings 6-7:30, and Fridays 6-8pm (extended session)
(feel free to contact me if you need help signing up!)
Maximum capacity is 4; individual work stations are provided.  Thanks for wearing a mask :)


SPECIAL NOTICE


Nov. 13, 2020: Registrations for in-person classes are paused temporarily, thanks for your patience! This is due to increased health alerts and recommended restrictions for city and county; very sorry!
The calendar is bookable after December 14th, subject to change as more information indicates it is reasonable to do so. Please feel free to contact me, if you'd like to be notified of the studio re-start date. 


Oct. 27, 2020: Effective this week, Chicago is under more strict Corona guidelines. Studio sessions will be capped at 2 people, and running with reduced schedule.  (things go faster with smaller groups anyway, it's ok!) Clay Play during the week will run approx. 1hr, and Friday's extended session will run at 90minutes.  Thanks for your understanding. As soon as the restrictions are lifted, we will return to the regular schedule.

Nov. 2, 4, 6  leaves, textures & colors
Nov. 9, 11, 13  mugs
Nov. 16, 18, 20  flat work: trays and boxes
Nov. 23 & 25  soup bowls
Nov. 30  written word and text

What to Bring

Studio clothing (some materials stain), clayworking tools if you've got 'em.
Fall 2020 - bring a small hand towel and your mask!

Minimum age

14 years or older

What's Provided

Basic tools, clay and glazes are yours to use.

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Be safe, have fun
  • Make something unique
  • Try a new idea
  • Unplug and relax
  • Get your hands dirty
  • Work with clay
Please Note

This experience has a minimum of 1 students required to go forward. You'll be notified if it is below minimum 7 days in advance. If the minimum is not met 24 hours before the event, you’ll have the option to pay the difference for a private event amount, transfer to another date or Dabble experience, or receive a refund.

Cancellation Policy
Location
Heather McQueen Studio
831 W. Wolfram, Workspace (lower level)
Chicago , IL , 60657

EVENT DETAILS

Date & Time

Location

Heather McQueen Studio

Price

$25 per Ticket

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MORE ABOUT YOUR HOST

Heather McQueen

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Heather McQueen is an accomplished ceramic artist, working primarily in the low-fire range. Her work varies from drums and sculptural vessels to utilitarian, country-style tableware. She enjoys inspiring others through her work, from one-on-one lessons to Visiting Artist Lectures and in-school residencies.
Heather’s claywork has been published (“From Mud to Music”, “500 Raku”) and featured in a nationally televised promo (US Cellular). She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and co-owner of DrumFace studio in Chicago.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Maricar T.
    Reviewed on 05/15/19

    The instructor (Heather) was overall helpful, uplifting and encouraging. She was easy to communicate with. You don't need to know ANYTHING about clay or ceramics to come to this class. The introduction at the beginning gave students a feel of what to expect. I felt that I had a ton of creative freedom attending this class. I already had something in mind that I wanted to create, so I think that that helped me throughout my process. Overall thought that creating and shaping the clay with my hands was a stress reliever. I would take this class again in the future. Highly recommend!

    The instructor (Heather) was overall helpful, uplifting and encouraging. She was easy to communicate with. You don't need to know ANYTHING about clay or ceramics to come to this class. The introduction at the beginning gave students a feel of what to expect. I felt that I had a ton of creative freedom attending this class. I already had something in mind that I wanted to create, so I think that that helped me throughout my process. Overall thought that creating and shaping the clay with my hands was a stress reliever. I would take this class again in the future. Highly recommend!

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    Christine S.
    Reviewed on 10/12/16

    This class was so much fun! The instructor was extremely helpful - and she encourages lots of creativity (which i don't have).
    I made a funky looking flower vase that I absolutely LOVE (because I made it with my own two hands).

    This class was so much fun! The instructor was extremely helpful - and she encourages lots of creativity (which i don't have).
    I made a funky looking flower vase that I absolutely LOVE (because I made it with my own two hands).

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    Angelica N.
    Reviewed on 11/10/14

    Very friendly teacher! Helped us with any questions we had. It was a pretty free form class. I had a blast!

    Very friendly teacher! Helped us with any questions we had. It was a pretty free form class. I had a blast!

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    Jenna H.
    Reviewed on 07/03/14

    Had such a great time at Clay Play! I went with a friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Heather is a wonderful teacher and we learned quite a lot in the time we spent at her studio. We will definitely be back. Highly recommend.

    Had such a great time at Clay Play! I went with a friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Heather is a wonderful teacher and we learned quite a lot in the time we spent at her studio. We will definitely be back. Highly recommend.

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    Katie C.
    Reviewed on 06/25/14

    Heather was SO AWESOME - I cannot say enough wonderful things about this class. Hosted in her studio, Heather made us feel completely at home and generously shared with us everything from aprons, clay, molds, tools, and her expertise! Super patient, welcoming, knowledgeable, friendly...we loved this class and can't wait to come back.

    Heather was SO AWESOME - I cannot say enough wonderful things about this class. Hosted in her studio, Heather made us feel completely at home and generously shared with us everything from aprons, clay, molds, tools, and her expertise! Super patient, welcoming, knowledgeable, friendly...we loved this class and can't wait to come back.

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    Cheryl Z.
    Reviewed on 06/13/14

    This class was so much fun! Everyone had a great time. Heather (instructor) was really easy going and knowledgeable, and helped us with whatever we wanted to try to make. People made bowls, mugs, plates, vases, etc.

    This class was so much fun! Everyone had a great time. Heather (instructor) was really easy going and knowledgeable, and helped us with whatever we wanted to try to make. People made bowls, mugs, plates, vases, etc.

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    Jessica W.
    Reviewed on 06/11/14

    I had SUCH a great time at Clay Play with Heather. My friend and I found this class on Dabble and decided to take a stab at getting in touch with our creative side. Heather was a wonderful instructor and had this amazing laid-back, yet helpful approach. I am really looking forward to going back and trying this again! And for only $25?? You can't beat that!

    I had SUCH a great time at Clay Play with Heather. My friend and I found this class on Dabble and decided to take a stab at getting in touch with our creative side. Heather was a wonderful instructor and had this amazing laid-back, yet helpful approach. I am really looking forward to going back and trying this again! And for only $25?? You can't beat that!

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    Matt A.
    Reviewed on 04/23/14

    Really fun class! Teacher offered great advice and also the freedom to explore the process. Highly recommend.

    Really fun class! Teacher offered great advice and also the freedom to explore the process. Highly recommend.

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    Crystal R.
    Reviewed on 04/16/14

    The class was not the typical classroom style. Heather threw us right in so we could get hands on experience. After taking a pottery class over 14 years ago, it was nice just to "play". We got to use the pottery wheel and use pre-thrown clay to make something quicker using bowls and cylinders. It was great fun for a couple friends or even a date.

    The class was not the typical classroom style. Heather threw us right in so we could get hands on experience. After taking a pottery class over 14 years ago, it was nice just to "play". We got to use the pottery wheel and use pre-thrown clay to make something quicker using bowls and cylinders. It was great fun for a couple friends or even a date.

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    Melissa F.
    Reviewed on 04/09/14

    This class was super fun! Our teacher was very nice and informative on how to work with the materials. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and I'd definitely recommend the class to anyone I know! Can't wait to see my finished piece!

    This class was super fun! Our teacher was very nice and informative on how to work with the materials. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and I'd definitely recommend the class to anyone I know! Can't wait to see my finished piece!

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    Monica K.
    Reviewed on 03/26/14

    The class was great and very relaxing and I am excited to come back!

    The class was great and very relaxing and I am excited to come back!

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    Amber P.
    Reviewed on 03/26/14

    This was a fun workshop. I'm excited to see my finished project. Heather is upbeat and patient. I had never worked with clay before and didn't feel intimidated at all. I hope to take another class here in the near future

    This was a fun workshop. I'm excited to see my finished project. Heather is upbeat and patient. I had never worked with clay before and didn't feel intimidated at all. I hope to take another class here in the near future

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    Kari K.
    Reviewed on 03/12/14

    Clay Play was awesome! Heather is a very easy-going, fun teacher. She let's you imagine your own clay creation and then helps you bring it to life. We even got time to play on the potters wheel which was such a cool experience! I'm so glad I went and can't wait to see my creations when they are finished. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone interested in clay - especially beginners!

    Clay Play was awesome! Heather is a very easy-going, fun teacher. She let's you imagine your own clay creation and then helps you bring it to life. We even got time to play on the potters wheel which was such a cool experience! I'm so glad I went and can't wait to see my creations when they are finished. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone interested in clay - especially beginners!

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    Kelsey W.
    Reviewed on 03/05/14

    Was a good class to play! There's no right or wrong in this class, just learning through doing. Was a chill atmosphere and can't wait to see my pieces when finished! If you like rigid structure and perfection, perhaps not the class for you.

    Was a good class to play! There's no right or wrong in this class, just learning through doing. Was a chill atmosphere and can't wait to see my pieces when finished! If you like rigid structure and perfection, perhaps not the class for you.

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    Marcia B.
    Reviewed on 02/20/14

    I came with a friend and this was our first clay pottery class. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are planning a day to return! Heather was a great teacher. Thanks so much for making our first clay pottery experience a great one!

    I came with a friend and this was our first clay pottery class. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are planning a day to return! Heather was a great teacher. Thanks so much for making our first clay pottery experience a great one!

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    Lindsay C.
    Reviewed on 02/05/14

    The class was great! Heather was fun and helpful. I would love to take another class. I highly recommend!

    The class was great! Heather was fun and helpful. I would love to take another class. I highly recommend!

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    Jessica S.
    Reviewed on 02/05/14

    Heather was great! She has an amazing studio with everything you need to build a great clay piece and her instructions and one-on-one time was very helpful. GREAT class and great group outing!

    Heather was great! She has an amazing studio with everything you need to build a great clay piece and her instructions and one-on-one time was very helpful. GREAT class and great group outing!

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    Kirsten H.
    Reviewed on 01/29/14

    Heather gave good instruction/demos, but didn't make the class overly-structured. She encouraged us to be creative and helped where necessary. Great experience and I would recommend this class to anyone!!!

    Heather gave good instruction/demos, but didn't make the class overly-structured. She encouraged us to be creative and helped where necessary. Great experience and I would recommend this class to anyone!!!

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    Andrea K.
    Reviewed on 01/18/14

    I've only ever done hand building with clay before and Heather gave us a solid introduction to using a wheel. Her studio is a really funky art space and her style is very free-form, passionate and exciting. Just like most clay classes, you can't really finish your piece in one session because the clay needs time to dry before you can finish, fire, glaze. I recommend either planning to take a 2nd session to do that, or just play with learning new techniques an don't worry about finishing a piece to take home. I had a ton of fun just playing!

    From Teacher:

    Thanks Andrea, I really appreciate the feedback!
    You and Omar were my first 2 Dabble students, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But, thanks to that, it's given me a good indicator of how I should prepare for Dabble students in the future. I'm glad it was fun! I really enjoyed hearing about your experiences as a Dabble instructor, too!
    With clay, there is definitely a limit to what is possible in a single session, and my mission is to help students enjoy the process, and hopefully for that time to be fruitful. For sure, I'm thinking about how to improve the course description, and also to be able to offer clearer options for finishing the work.
    I do have some great single-session projects, but these usually don't include the wheel (though I'm brainstorming other ways of using the wheel, that might be accessible & fun for the Dabble crowd)
    It occurs to me now that I can use the pre-class email to communicate more specifically about project expectations (and also to remind everyone about "studio clothes").
    Again, thanks for the feedback, it reinforces what I know about how the class went, and ways I can make it better!

    I've only ever done hand building with clay before and Heather gave us a solid introduction to using a wheel. Her studio is a really funky art space and her style is very free-form, passionate and exciting. Just like most clay classes, you can't really finish your piece in one session because the clay needs time to dry before you can finish, fire, glaze. I recommend either planning to take a 2nd session to do that, or just play with learning new techniques an don't worry about finishing a piece to take home. I had a ton of fun just playing!

    From Teacher:

    Thanks Andrea, I really appreciate the feedback!
    You and Omar were my first 2 Dabble students, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But, thanks to that, it's given me a good indicator of how I should prepare for Dabble students in the future. I'm glad it was fun! I really enjoyed hearing about your experiences as a Dabble instructor, too!
    With clay, there is definitely a limit to what is possible in a single session, and my mission is to help students enjoy the process, and hopefully for that time to be fruitful. For sure, I'm thinking about how to improve the course description, and also to be able to offer clearer options for finishing the work.
    I do have some great single-session projects, but these usually don't include the wheel (though I'm brainstorming other ways of using the wheel, that might be accessible & fun for the Dabble crowd)
    It occurs to me now that I can use the pre-class email to communicate more specifically about project expectations (and also to remind everyone about "studio clothes").
    Again, thanks for the feedback, it reinforces what I know about how the class went, and ways I can make it better!

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