Japanese Pottery and Glazes

Learn to make traditional Japanese forms including yunomi and chawan tea vessels, sake sets, ikebana, single-flower vases and more. Glaze them using Japanese glazes, such as shino, ash, tenmoku, celadon, chun and nuka white. We’ll focus on ceramic subtleties that the greatest potters in the world have borrowed from Asian aesthetics. Students will design their own glaze through several rounds of testing and will mix a bucket of their customized glaze at the end.

Special Notes

  • Prerequisite: a beginner clay class or comparable experience. Students must be able to center 4-5 pounds of clay. All necessary materials and equipment are provided. Each student receives 25 lbs of clay; additional clay is available for purchase.
  • Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
About the Instructor

Ryan Coppage

Ryan Coppage has made pottery for 12 years, starting with an art minor and perpetuated by frequent adoption by art programs during his graduate chemistry work. As current chemistry faculty at the University of Richmond, he enjoys developing glazes, publishing the occasional glaze tech article in Ceramics Monthly, and fussing over academic aesthetics of ceramics. Ryan teaches a Japanese ceramics class at VisArts that includes glaze design projects. He also makes too many pots.

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Japanese Pottery and Glazes

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September 13 - November 156 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Day: Thu
Tuition: $220.00
Member Tuition: $198.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Ryan Coppage
Level: Advanced