Independent Study & Mentoring Program

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The Village Potters Independent Study & Mentoring Program (IS/M Program) will accommodate 8-20 artists, and will offer a directed mentorship program for the developing potter as well as the serious hobby artist who wants to refine his or her skills. The IS/M Program is designed to offer a non-traditional/relational experience to help the emerging potter hone skills and, if desired, make the move into a career with a thorough understanding of business in the arts.

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This program is designed for emerging potters who desire to have regular access to studio as well as relationship and community with other potters and opportunities to explore many firing techniques. We believe that in two years a potter can hone their skills and develop a unique body of work that will equip them to launch into even more creative clay pursuits. The program, like all things at The Village is designed to be highly relational, and in many ways custom to the goals of each IS/M student. Whether you plan to be a professional potter or a part time creative, this program will afford you the opportunity to go as far as you wish in clay.

Our nontraditional Teaching Center will make it possible for emerging potters with jobs, children and other unique circumstances to live out their artistic dreams.

The IS/M Program will include a fully equipped pottery studio including pottery wheels, slab roller, bisque kilns, shelving and extruder. Students will provide all their own personal tools and bats. In some cases, potters may be able to bring their own wheel, upon approval. Students will also provide their own clay, from a list of approved providers and clay bodies.

IS/M students will have access to this studio space Monday – Thursday from 10am – 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 6pm and on Sunday from 1-5pm.

Firing techniques will include cone 04 oxidation, cone 7 oxidation, cone 10 reduction/gas, raku firings and a wood-ash influenced kiln. IS/M community firings will be regularly scheduled and students will fully participate from loading kilns, to firing, to unloading and assessing the firing and pots.

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Special Saturday Sessions will include instruction on glaze mixing and application, and these sessions will be videotaped and available to IS/M students who were unable to attend. IS/M students will have access to the glaze kitchen with a Village Potters Apprentice or Studio Assistant’s help.

Demonstration workshops will be offered approximately every other month, beginning in 2016, with a dynamic adjunct faculty that will offer workshops in topics ranging from advanced technique to business planning for the artist.

Each participant will have a range of personal mentors, one for each eight-week session. Bi-monthly luncheon critiques will be scheduled as a group, and individual critiques will be scheduled with the current session mentor.

Enrolled IS/M students will also receive a 30% discount on other Village Potter workshop opportunities.

If you are interested more info about our new program please email us at:
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