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Building Big! Techniques for Large Scale Handbuilding with Kayla Noble

July 12, 2023 - August 2, 2023

| $185

Instructor: Kayla Noble
Class Type: Four-week handbuilding class
Skill Level: All Levels
Time: Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Dates: July 12th – August 2nd
Make Up Date: August 9th

Are you ready for an outdoor clay adventure?! Take advantage of the inspiring golden hours to express yourself creatively during our Plein Air Pottery sessions at WSW. While we work on our new and improved studio, our ceramic program is setting up camp on the back deck outside of the silkscreen studio! In case of inclement weather: the outdoor space is shaded in the afternoon and evening and has a covering adequate to provide shelter from light rain. In case of a heavy rain storm and winds or thunderstorms; class will be rescheduled at the discretion of the instructor for the listed make-up date.

This four week class will be a deep dive into handbuilding, with an emphasis on pinch and coil construction. Conversation will be centered around technical, formal, and material considerations necessary in composing a larger pot, strategy for increasing scale, and aesthetic composition. We will explore drawing in tandem with clay work; exercises will focus on embodied use of the material to create exploratory mark making with an emphasis on movement and structure. We will discuss how the gesture drawings can be used to inform clay work; how they can be a reference for gestural handling of clay or a starting point for a more tightly rendered draft. The drawing process will be broken down into accessible and simple steps, in an effort to demystify the process.

$185.00 tuition includes one bag of clay and firing fees. Registration is online only, and is first come first serve. To inquire about the wait list call WSW at (845) 658-9133 or email [email protected].

Kilns will be fired on a weekly basis. One 25 lb bag of clay will be provided with the class. Additional clay can be purchased for $30/25lb bag  if needed. The outdoor class area will be available for students to use throughout the week during daylight hours. There will not be access to our basement studio at this time as we are working to build a better space. There will be some personal shelving space for each student to store clay tools and some work in process. Shelving dimensions are approximately: 17” x 10” x  24”.



Kayla Noble

Kayla Noble is a full time artist and educator in the Hudson Valley. She has been working with clay for over a decade and enjoys the vast and dynamic language of the medium. She employs both handbuilding and wheel thrown techniques and predominantly wood fires her work. Clay is such a dynamic, exciting material and she relishes every opportunity to share her passion. Her goal is for every student to leave with an increased understanding and appreciation for the ceramic process.


July 12, 2023
August 2, 2023
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Women’s Studio Workshop
722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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(845) 658-9133