Beginners Slab Pots

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Note: This is a multi-session event series. By purchasing the event package, you agree to sign up for all event dates included below.


We will teach you everything you need to learn to make a pot through slabs, AND… you’ll also gain the many incidental stress-relieving benefits of creating with clay. It’s a terrific way to end a stressful day or start a new adventure.

The Beginner Slab Pots class is designed for the beginner looking for an introduction to slab-built pottery.  This class is also good for self-taught or long inactive potters who are looking for a refresher course in the fundamentals of slabs.

Beginners, will receive an introduction to basic slab building techniques: rolling out slabs on our slab roller, learning to use basic templates to create different forms. Glazing and surface treatment also covered.

Clay will be sold for $25 for 25 lbs. The price for the materials will include the bisque and glaze firings. Take a look at our website for more classes!

Dates for Series Workshops:

  1. Class #1: Saturday May 6, 2017 1pm to 3pm
  2. Class #2: Saturday May 13, 2017 1pm to 3pm
  3. Class #3: Saturday May 20, 2017 1pm to 3pm
  4. Class #4: Saturday May 27, 2017 1pm to 3pm
  5. Class #5: Saturday June 3, 2017 1pm to 3pm
  6. Class #6: Saturday June 10, 2017 1pm to 3pm
Series Cancellation Policy

Brandace Cloud

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Brandace grew up in Staunton, Illinois, and graduated from Staunton High School. She has an Associate of Art degree in Graphic Design from Lewis & Clark Community College, a Bachelor of Art degree from Webster University, and did post-graduate studies in the ceramics department at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Brandace has worked as a self-employed ceramic artist, selling her wares at various art fairs like the Staunton Art Fair, Strange Folk Festival, and Hip Handmade Market, among others. She has also worked for years as an art educator, teaching clay classes and workshops for children, adults, and various community organizations, including the Girl Scouts. She also works part-time as a pre-school art teacher at the Angela Cassens Early Childhood Development Center in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

Brandace's father always told her to find a career doing something she loved, and she began trying to make a living as a graphic designer. At Webster, though, she discovered that she much preferred the physicality of darkroom photography and decided to focus on art as an end unto itself rather than a means of making money. Her last semester at Webster, Brandace fell in love with ceramics, digging up her own clay from the ground and turning it into a usable object through a long and painstaking process. She loves the community aspect of art, how it brings people together in both a physical space and a shared passion.

As Executive Director, Brandace is the key management leader of the MAC. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.

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