Handbuilding – @ BOXCAR CLAY

Handbuilding Class -@ BOXCAR CLAY

Instructor Grayson Fair
March 17 – April 28, 2020 (7 Weeks)
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
$216 (Member)
$240 (Non-Member)

Students learn hand-building techniques for creating functional and sculptural forms in this fun class designed for all levels. Demonstrations include slab construction, coil building, pinching, and extrusion. Dive into the wide variety of decorating techniques including applied textures, colored slips, and glaze application to create dynamic surfaces.

Weekly projects and demonstrations are designed to encourage individual and creative expression. All levels welcome.




Week 1: Introductions / Pinched teabowl with foot


Week 2: Coiled vase/pitcher


Week 3: Pedestal bowl/plate / Making and using bisque molds


Week 4: Slab built cup/pitcher with texture / Handles: pinched, coiled, slab


Week 5: Surface Design Techniques / Finish all works in progress


Week 6: Finish all works in progress


Week 7: Glazing


Students should purchase a clay tool kit and clay which is available on-site.

Tuition includes glazes and firings. (additional clay can be purchased)

(Current Reitz Ranch members receive a 10% discount on all classes and workshops)

Some tips and what to bring...
  • Wear play clothes!  Shoes should be old or washable
  • Leave jewelry at home, especially rings, bracelets or watches
  • If your hair is long, bring a tie-back
  • Curiosity and a sense of humor!
About Grayson Fair

Grayson Fair is an artist-in-residence living and working at Reitz Ranch Center for Ceramic Arts in Clarkdale, Arizona. He attended the University of North Texas and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2016. He studied sculpture, drawing, fibers, and majored in ceramics. He makes a variety of functional pottery as well as conceptual sculptural work. Most of his work is wood-fired, a process of firing a kiln exclusively with wood. This leaves drastic effects on his surfaces from the path of the flame as well as the ash deposited. Grason recently moved from Taos, New Mexico where he spent a year as an Artist-in-residence at Taos Clay.


If you’re having troubles registering please call 602-882-8553.  Reception can be spotty out here at the ranch, so be sure to leave a message if you don’t get an answer. You can text to that number as well or fill out the form below.

    Reitz Ranch Cancellation Policy

    – RR will offer a full refund of registration/class fees if cancellation is made at least 48 hrs. in advance of first class.

    – If cancellation occurs less than 48 hrs. prior to the start of a class, participant will forfeit 50% of the total class fee, or, at the request of participant RR may credit the total amount to be used on alternative class at a later date.

    – If cancellation or no-show occurs once the class has commenced RR reserves the right to withhold all Fees paid by participant. However, RR understands that extenuating circumstances may occur and will make every effort to take these into consideration. In some cases, participant may be eligible to receive a partial or full credit towards another class.