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This class will cover how to add surface texture to greenware using a variety of means. We will discuss textures that can be found around the home and yard and I will collect a variety of them so students can see what kind of interesting textures they can make. I will also demonstrate how to make small clay stamps and small texture rollers that students will be able to personalize and use for many projects.
Students are welcome to simply watch the class or roll out their own slab and experiment as their workspace allows while we discuss the topic.
This class will be a 3 hour class held online through Zoom. There will be time for questions throughout the class and at the end.

Enrolled students will be given directions for clay pickup, completed work drop off for firing, and final work pick up after firing that follow current health guidelines.


Materials required:


clay (one bag of clay included with tuition)

clay tools for fine detail work

objects that students think would make good texture

rolling pin or soup can for flattening clay


Otterness – Saturday, August 8th, 9am-12pm (TACOL 2020)

About the instructor: Nina Otterness graduated in 2012 from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Studio Art and a concentration in ceramics. After graduation she was a research collaborator with Professor Nam at UNC Chapel Hill for 2 years. She has been teaching at the Carborro Arts Center since 2014. She currently live in Mebane with her husband and two young boys as well as 11 geese and 7 ducks. She is currently working on expanding her knowledge of surface decoration techniques as well as combining her love of the natural world with her ceramic design.


This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.


All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!