Course Description

I always found it peculiar when I hear from students that they heard that porcelain is hard to work with, and I wonder “heard from whom”?

And then there are other falsehoods about ceramics in general, like what one can do, what you shouldn’t do; or it’ll explode if you do this or do that. One student actually told me that her teacher told her to throw clay in the trash after two tries because it was deemed to be no good after that…and to that I say “Bring that person to me immediately. I will expunge them to the gallows.”

Boggles my mind how such falsehoods are born.

In this class offering we are fearless, we are bold, and we are determined to be creative. To this end I will have each student experience the phenomenon of mixing their own small batch of porcelain from scratch, that is, from the raw chemical powders themselves. They will learn how to add color to the porcelain, so for example, one could make a yellow porcelain, or a black porcelain, or a blue porcelain, get it? And even marbleize for swirling color mixes? Who’s afraid?

Students will discover that white porcelain can also be painted with underglaze colors, again representing all the colors in the rainbow. It can scribbled on with underclass pencils and smudged on with pastels. Color can also be inlaid into the surface, a process called ‘encaustic’, an ages old method to create colorful patterns on architectural tiles. Then there’s the Chinese blue on white option using cobalt oxide to achieve that classic Ming Dynasty look, and was considered in the 16th Century on the Silk Road trail to be affectionally called, ‘white gold’. Yes, and did you know that one can achieve that Ming Dynasty look using design transfers without painting at all? You’ll have that option too!

And if that’s not enough, then there’s the wealth of the 40 academy’s vibrant glaze selection, which on porcelain achieve the brightest and most umptious surfaces. In this class students will learn, and have the experience of spraying as well as dipping, or brushing the glaze.

Forming techniques will include basic hand-building skills. Works can be made using the wheel only if the students is academy trained and deemed proficient, as there will be no instruction or support for the wheel process. Porcelain casting slip and a small selection of molds will be made available for students to experience the liquid form of porcelain in the slip casting process.

How to Register

For all skill levels

Classes include 10 sessions which meet on the following day(s):

Tuesday 6:30-9:30pm on: Jul. 9, 16, 23, 30. Aug. 6, 13, 20, 76. Sep. 10, 17.

(5) spots left  

Costs Explained:

$425 Base Tuition  + $50  Materials/Firing Deposit: Includes 25 lb. of any stoneware clay (porcelain excluded). Deposit also includes up to 1000 cu. in. of kiln space.

$475 Total tuition charge at the point of registration. 


Additional costs beyond those included in the deposit.

Kiln firing fee:  per cubic inch 

Studio clay charges per $25 lbs: $18.50 any stoneware; $34.00 porcelain.

*Conditions apply for reduction firing: Size and kiln space limits all assessed for suitability.


All tools supplied

Instructor: Frank Bosco

Enrollment limited to 5 students

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