Grant from Arts Council Funds Ceramics Classes for Local High Schoolers at Elmira College

Chris Longwell, Associate Professor of Art at Elmira College, received a grant from the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes to provide summer art classes to Chemung County high school students. The grant covers the associated costs so that students can attend the workshop for free.

The workshop includes five sessions and will be held in the Elmira College ceramics studio.

Students must be attending a high school in Chemung County and going into their sophomore, junior, or senior year in the fall of 2024.

Longwell will demonstrate and discuss the techniques related to the ceramic arts process. Students will craft a variety of works using several techniques including forming, glazing, and firing. This opportunity will help students understand how firing in different kilns affects the clay and the glaze and they will be able to practice methods used by artists to control these effects.

Those interested in participating in the workshop can reach out to Chris Longwell at

Grant from Arts Council Funds Ceramics Classes for Local High Schoolers at Elmira College

Workshop dates and times:

Session 1: July 8-10, Noon-3:00 p.m.

Hand-Built Ceramics: Participants will create various functional and sculptural works using slab,

coil, and other hand-forming techniques.

Session 2: July 15-16, Noon-3:00 p.m.

Wheel-Thrown Ceramics: Participants will create various functional works using the pottery

wheel as a primary means of production.

Session 3: July 22-23, Noon-3:00 p.m.

Decorating and Glazing Ceramics: Participants will use various underglazing and glaze finishing

techniques using their previously created works. The participants' work will be in the

states of leather hard and bisque.

Session 4: July 29-30, Noon-3:00 p.m.

Glazing and Firing: Participants will finish glazing their work and learn about kiln loading and

firing (high-fire stoneware firing). Students will learn basic concepts of what a glaze is and how

different firing techniques affects the glazes.

Session 5: July 31, Noon-3:00 p.m.

Raku Firing: Participants will fire their work in the unique and exciting process of Raku firing.

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