TAG Opens Clay Studio

TAG in the News
September 5, 2023

Creativity + Community

The Art Gallery at Congdon Yards (TAG) is thrilled to announce the opening of its clay studio. It will contain two kilns and eight pottery wheels along with the necessary tools to complete a variety of clay projects/objects. The classes and workshops that will be offered will include an assortment of project ideas and educational tips for participants of all ages and skill levels.

The first workshop will be with instructor Emily Mansfield on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn how to drape clay slabs over premade molds and the pieces will be fired and then glazed. Another workshop taught by TAG Education Director, Michaela Hafley, will focus on using clay slabs to create whimsical animal creatures. This workshop is Thursday, Sept. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Two sessions of classes focusing on pottery will be taught by Leigh Blanchard, a middle school art teacher from Randolph County. The first three-week session will be on handbuilding and participants will learn about the pinch, coil and slab techniques. Students will make basic cylinders on a pottery wheel in the second six-week session. Space is limited to eight participants for the wheel classes.

“We are excited to be able to offer classes in our clay studio here in High Point,” Hafley said. “People have requested a designated space in High Point for ceramics, and we’re happy that we can now provide this for our community. As we are just opening the clay studio, classes are geared more toward beginning students and/or students who need a refresher course – or are just curious to see the studio at TAG!”

Participants will create their clay pieces in one session and/or sessions. Clay must dry and then be placed in the kiln to bake. Participants then return to glaze the items which are once again fired in the kiln.

Registration is required for art classes and can be completed online at www.tagart.org/adult-education.  Classes for the entire fall are available on our website www.tagart.org/event-directory. Information for the art instructors can be found at www.tagart.org/instructors.

Class price includes the use of aprons, tools, clay, glazes, and sponges or participants can bring their own tools or aprons. Bottled water is provided.

“All that participants need to bring with them is a willingness to learn and get messy,” Hafley said. “Along with their creativity and imagination.”

The Art Gallery at Congdon Yards (TAG) provides visual art exhibits and educational experiences to enrich the entire community. TAG presents exhibitions yearly featuring solo and group shows. TAG also offers a variety art classes and summer camps.