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Course Number: 234CEHB040

Dates: Thursday, September 28 - December 7, 2023
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Exception Dates: No class 11/23

Meets: Th from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM , 10 sessions

Fee: $290.00

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This course ended on December 7, 2023

A variety of handbuilding techniques including pinch, slab and coil will be explored through both functional and non-functional projects demonstrated each week. The instructor will be responsive to each student's level of experience whether a beginner or a more advanced student. Basics of electric kiln glazing and raku are included. See for additional details regarding supplies.
Fee: $290.00

Save $20.00 with a Spruill Center for the Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Non-member$ 225.00
Optional FeeDonation$ 1.00
Mandatory FeeCeramics Lab Fee$ 65.00

Dana Shelton

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Dana's Classes

Dana Shelton teaches Handbuilding in the pottery department. Her teaching style is a mixture of demos (every class, she demos a project: decorating technique, glazing style, or some other pottery related item), hands-on interaction (she walks around and checks on each student, helping where needed, making sure everyone receives the attention and help they require), independent study (each student works on the type of project they wish, whether it be based on a demo she's given, or something else they wish to explore), and humor (Dana feels the students should have fun in the class and not be stressed).

Art in it's many forms has always been a passion of Dana's. But after taking her first wheel class at Spruill Center for the Arts, and following it with the handbuilding classes, she had found a new endeavor. Ceramics was a medium where your canvas could take any shape you liked, from simple 2-D pieces to complex 3-D constructions. And they could range from functional pieces like plates and planters to decorative only pieces like wall hangings and sculptural art.

Her first foray into teaching ceramics came when she filled in for an injured instructor for the quarter to teach the wheel class. After that, she was hooked. Being able to share and pass on the knowledge she's gained felt wonderful. Dana became an official instructor for the Spruill Center for the Arts, teaching handbuilding in 2016. There she teaches and demonstrates many different techniques for creating, decorating, and glazing pieces, from different carving and shaping styles to firing methods like raku and saggar. She really enjoys seeing the students progress and grow, plus, the excitement a student has when they are happy about a finished piece is heart-warming.

Of course, when she's not working in pottery, there are always other artistic endeavors to tackle. Or, she can just dream of new ceramic creations and experiments. She looks forward to bringing out the love of clay with her students and pushing them further with new ideas.

Her favorite artists are Leonardo Da Vinci, because he crossed multiple disciplines, from art and architecture to engineering and science, and Georgia O'Keeffe, because of her understanding of lighting, shadows, and minute details, the ability to incorporate realism into the abstract, and the ability to expand her style.

Date Day Time Location
09/28/2023Thursday7 PM to 9:30 PM RM 204
10/05/2023Thursday7 PM to 9:30 PM RM 204
10/12/2023Thursday7 PM to 9:30 PM RM 204
10/19/2023Thursday7 PM to 9:30 PM RM 204
10/26/2023Thursday7 PM to 9:30 PM RM 204
11/02/2023Thursday7 PM to 9:30 PM RM 204
11/09/2023Thursday7 PM to 9:30 PM RM 204
11/16/2023Thursday7 PM to 9:30 PM RM 204
11/30/2023Thursday7 PM to 9:30 PM RM 204
12/07/2023Thursday7 PM to 9:30 PM RM 204


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