ceramics classes and clay sculpture studio San Miguel de Allende Adria Calaresu
CERAMIC SCULPTURE CLASSES (PARA VER INFORMACION DE LAS CLASES EN ESPAÑOL FAVOR DE HACER CLICK AQUI)
CLASSES ALL YEAR ROUND: We offer regular weekly classes all year round, except when we have special visiting artist workshops. Dates will be subject to change as a result of the special invited artist workshops, so please check with us by e-mail. However, for 2017 we have had to cancel all of our planned workshops until further notice.
As a result of an ongoing family health crisis we have cancelled our weekend classes until further notice. We are offering classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, from 11:00am-2:00pm. Each student is taught individually according to the project that they want to pursue. We prefer that you register for a minimum of 1 month, starting at the beginning of each month. Enrollment priority will be given to students who are signing up for one month or more.
INSTRUCTORS: Adria Calaresu, Josué Alberto Sanchez and Carolina Parra Arce. The instruction is in English and/or Spanish.
CLASS HOURS: We normally have two groups of classes, but the Saturday and Sunday group is cancelled until further notice. For the time being the only option is to sign up for classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We accept registration all year round. Reserve your spot with a $50 U.S. non-refundable deposit.
PRICE BY THE MONTH for 2 classes a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm - $270.00 U.S. for 1 month (preferably paid in cash in the peso equivalent at the exchange rate on the day of registration, or U.S. dollars in cash - preferabley no U.S. dollar or peso cheques please). The price includes classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am-2:00pm, (8 classes, 3 hours of class time on each of the 2 days of classes per week, for a total of 24 hours a month). Clay, colors, and use of tools and equipment are included, just bring a notebook and pen! NO EXTRA STUDIO IS TIME INCLUDED. FIRINGS ARE NOT INCLUDED (to see our prices for firing, please see firing cost chart). ALL CLASSES MUST BE CONSECUTIVE. IF YOUR CLASS ATTENDANCE IS NOT CONSECUTIVE, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REFUND FOR MISSED CLASSES.
The monthly membership is $270 U.S., for 8 classes a month, and if you cannot make it to class, we cannot allow make-up classes, (just like a golf membership, or gym membership). It is becoming increasingly difficult and time consuming to keep track of all the comings and goings of everyone, and the resulting lost income when we cannot fill the empty spots is not feasible for our small business. We have a long waiting list of people wishing to join the class.
The class fee will be due the first class of each month (whether it be a Tuesday or a Thursday). The new fee will be $270 U.S. per month, which will include all the Tuesdays and Thursdays of the month, regardless of how many classes you are able to attend.
ALTHOUGH WE PREFER A MINIMUM ENROLMENT OF I MONTH, WE HAVE PRICES BY THE WEEK FOR 2 CLASSES A WEEK (ALL CLASSES MUST BE CONSECUTIVE). STUDENTS WHO ENROLL FOR ONE MONTH OR MORE WILL RECEIVE PRIORITY. IF THERE IS EXTRA SPACE AVAILABLE WE CAN ACCEPT STUDENTS FOR LESS THAN A ONE MONTH PERIOD.
$120 U.S. for 1 week... 2 classes, 6 hours of class time (price includes 1 bisque firing, application of glaze to your work, and a second firing for the glaze)
$170 U.S. for 2 weeks... 4 classes, 12 hours of class time (price does not include firing)
$215 U.S. for 3 weeks... 6 classes, 18 hours of class time (price does not include firing)
PRIVATE CLASSES: $25 U.S. per person per hour (price includes bisque firing, application of glaze, and a second firing for the glaze). WE REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF 4 PEOPLE FOR PRIVATE CLASSES OUTSIDE OF CLASS HOURS.
REGISTRATION: to register, a non-refundable deposit of $50 U.S. is required, and the balance is due the first day of classes. Your space in class can only be guaranteed with a deposit. The registration deposit can be paid by PayPal, wire transfer, or in cash at our studio. If you would like to pay the full fee by PayPal, there is a 7.95% MEXICAN PAYPAL service charge (3.95% transaction fee, plus .5% international transaction fee, and a 3.5% currency conversion fee).
REGISTRATION PAYMENT: Please contact us by e-mail for further payment information.
CLASS SIZE: minimum of 8 students, maximum of 13 students.
MISSED CLASSES: WE NO LONGER ALLOW TO STUDENTS TO MAKE UP MISSED CLASSES.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Students will learn to create ceramic sculptures using the clay construction techniques of slab and coil-building, combined with press-molded and extruded elements. We will also cover sculptural and surface embellishment techniques, including, low,mid and high relief, appliqué, burnishing, sgraffito (incising), embossing, carving, open work, and painting techniques with colored clay paints (engobes) and clear glaze. We can also look at post-firing decorative and restoration techniques. With the exception of clear glaze, we do not use glazes in the studio. If you would like to bring your own commercial low-fire (Cone 06-Cone 04) glazes, you are welcome to do so (I recommend any of the low-fire Cone 06-04 AMACO, DUNCAN, MAYCO, or SPECTRUM glazes). User-friendly commercial glazes are not available in Mexico.
The process of construction and decoration will provide an ongoing opportunity to discuss principles of sculptural design: mass and material, and their supporting elements of volume, surface, light & shade, and colour. We will discuss subject matter, imagery, how to exploit the expressive qualities of form, positive and negative space, texture, contrast, balance, movement, representational and non-representational forms, and functional and non-functional forms. (FOR DETAILED CLASS DESCRIPTION CLICK HERE)
We do not teach wheel throwing, glaze chemistry, or kiln physics.
- Class instruction
- Up to 25 kilos of clay, to be used in class only
- All engobes and colourants (liquid white clay with mineral colourants and flux used for painting on clay)
- Transparent glaze
- The use of all tools and equipment in the studio (canvas covered boards, turntables, sculpting stands, wooden and metal sculpting tools, slab roller, extruder, aprons, spray bottles, rolling pins, paint brushes, power tools, etc.). Everything you will need, we will supply... just bring a notebook and a pen. You are welcome to bring your own tools, but please write your name on all of your personal tools with indelible marker. If you would prefer to buy your own tools, El Pato (in San Miguel de Allende), an art supply store in Colonia Guadalupe, on Margarito Ledesma street (near the corner of Colegio Militar street), has a good selection of sculpting tools.
- A generous table space and/or sculpting stand
- Wireless internet connection
- Access to our reference library of ceramics and art books and magazines
- Use of refrigerator and microwave if you would like to bring something to eat and drink
- Coffee or tea and a snack
* The price of the classes does not include firing, packing and shipping, nor missed classes.
BREAK TIME: Students can take a short break whenever they like. If you would like to bring your own snack we have a fridge and a microwave available. There is also a great economical café (El Buen Café - Facebook page 'El Buen Café San Miguel de Allende) a short block away, with a good selection of breakfast and lunch menus.
OTHER IMPORTANT STUDENT INFORMATION:
DRYING & FIRING: The length of drying time necessary, before firing, depends on the size, weight and wall thickness of each piece. Drying of clay sculptures cannot be hurried. If the drying time is rushed there is a risk of structural cracking of the sculpture. If a sculpture is not dry, and fired, before the end of the class period, the finished pieces will be left to dry and fired at a later date. We will contact you when the sculptures are available for pick up, or shipping. If you live outside of Mexico, we can ship your finished work to you. We cannot commit to having your work fired by a certain date due to travel emergencies, art emergencies, or any other sort of emergency.
UNFINISHED WORK: For people who do not finish painting their sculptures in time for their departure, we charge $300 pesos an hour to finish applying the colourants, glazes and/ or cleaning the bottoms of pieces.
REPAIRS AND RESTORATIONS: We charge $300 pesos an hour to repair or restore ceramic sculptures, whether they are made in our studio, or brought in from elsewhere.
SHIPPING INFORMATION: If you would like us to ship your sculptures to you, you must arrange it with us before you leave San Miguel. We will provide you with a packing & shipping quote for each piece based on the delivery address, dimensions & weight of the sculpture, and the type of packing materials. The organization, shipping and payment os sculptures can be organize by e-mail after your departure. We need all of the shipping information, and a full advanced payment of all the packing and shipping costs, before we will ship your work. We use a reputable art packing and shipping business in San Miguel.