Handbuilding Class

Handbuilding Class

Taught by Dexter Woods
November 5 – December 10, 2018 (6 Weeks)
Mondays, 10:00am – 1:30pm
$180 Member
$200 Nonmember

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.

Includes 25lbs of clay (additional clay can be purchased)

(Current 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
  • Tools are provided, but if you want your own we sell low-cost packs
  • Curiosity and a sense of humor!
About Dexter Woods

Dexter Woods is a first generation ceramicist from Dallas, Texas. He graduated from TTU in 2014, where he studied under Von Venhuizen, his mentor and a “technical master” and Juan Granados, who taught the importance of a exploring a personal narrative through art. During his studies, Woods became connected to the legacy and meaning of Don Reitz’s work via Von Venhuizen, who had a deep friendship with Mr. Reitz spanning many years.

Dexter’s teaching experience took a professional turn when he moved to Phoenix in 2015 and worked as an instructor at a private studio. He then helped to open, manage and operate a brand new studio in downtown Phoenix while holding classes in wheel throwing.

In Dexter’s words; “Art is my outlet, to try to understand the world and myself. I love exploring form through clay and reaching for the limits of it’s memory. The first time I touched clay, it did exactly what I wanted it to do and I realized the limitlessness of the medium.

“I want to bring this sense of possibility to my students and invite them to realize clay’s transformative properties.”

Dexter will be teaching and working with atmospheric firing at the Reitz Ranch wood and salt/soda kilns, as well as helping in developing various programs at the ranch.


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 use the form below.


Details Price Qty
Handbuilding Class Registration (Member)- 6 Weeksshow details + $180 (USD)   Expired
Handbuilding Class Registration (Nonmember)- 6 Weeksshow details + $200 (USD)   Expired

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