Fundamentals of Clay Classes Offered at Newport Visual Arts Center | Community

Newport artist Chasse Davidson will offer two five-week clay courses in May and June at the restored Newport Visual Art Center Ceramics Studio. Both sessions will focus on building the clay hand.

The first session will take place on Tuesdays from May 3 to 31, with morning and evening classes offered. The second session will take place from June 2 to 30, with morning and evening classes. Classes are open to all skill levels, from 14 years old.

The $175 registration fee for each five-week session covers clay, glazes and firing costs. Each session has a maximum of eight students. Additional time will be available to work on projects outside of class hours. Dates and times will be determined during the course.

Davidson’s ceramic classes all focus on the fundamentals of working with clay. If you’ve always wanted to experiment with clay, this course will introduce you to the vast possibilities. Students will explore pinched shapes and slab construction and receive an introduction to glazing. More experienced students can develop their skills with more complex projects.

Chasse Davidson began her journey with clay 28 years ago while studying ceramics in high school and college, establishing her home studio. She began teaching ceramics in 2011 at Toledo Clayworks, which she took over as director in 2015. Today, Chasse is working again from her home studio in Newport and continues to encourage the growth of the clay community. coastal through its participation in the new Newport Visual Art Center. ceramic workshop.

Clay hand construction, May sessions

May 3 – 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Fee: $175 per session, covers all clay, glazing and firing costs

Ages: 14+, limit of 8 students

Clay hand construction, June sessions

June 2-30, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

June 2-30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $175 per session, covers all clay, glazing and firing costs

Ages: 14+, limit of eight students

Clay sculpting is a relaxing event that can be enjoyed by anyone – no clay or art experience necessary. Learn the basic techniques for removing clay to reveal a design. Then apply your new skills to carve two tiles that can be used as coasters, wall hangings, or whatever else you can imagine. All materials and tools provided. Sara Siggelkow will lead these two individual classes. Due to the time required to bake and finish the tiles, all finished pieces will be available for pickup one week after the course.

Sara Siggelkow is the Arts Education Manager for the Oregon Coast Council for the Art. She is also a fiber, paper and teaching artist. His work has been featured in several galleries in Colorado and Wisconsin, in addition to the Lincoln County Cultural Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center.

Clay sculpture, May course

Registration fee per class: $30

Open to all skill levels, ages 16+

These new clay classes are offered by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Dr.). For more information and to register, visit

Briana R. Cross