Join us at the new Boxcar Clay in Cottonwood, AZ to get your kids hands dirty and create ceramic artworks on the wheel! A perfect class for beginners! Students will learn the basics (and beyond) of throwing on the pottery wheel. We will cover everything from clay preparation and proper body positioning; to centering, pulling walls, shaping and trimming. With small class sizes, we are able to meet each student at their level. By the end of the term, children will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the ceramic medium. Experiment with cone 6 glazes to create enduring stoneware pieces.
Students should purchase a clay tool kit and clay, which is available on-site.
Tuition includes glazes and firings.
LeeAnn graduated with a degree in Studio Art from Adrian College in 2007. She taught ceramic and fiber arts classes for several summers at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp before leaving Michigan and heading west. Life took her from the mountains of Aspen Colorado where she kept her interest in clay alive by attending classes at Colorado Mountain College, to the depths of the Grand Canyon where she lived and worked for 7 years at Phantom Ranch, located at the bottom of the natural wonder. She spent a large portion of her spare time throwing pots in her bedroom on a tabletop wheel which was packed in, like all supplies to the ranch, on a mules back. Her greenware pots were delicately packaged and loaded onto a mule for their 7.5 mile ride out of the Canyon. She hiked out behind, transported them to her home in Prescott, and spent her weekends glazing and firing the surviving pieces.
In 2018 she purchased a used Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus and turned it into her home studio, allowing her to leave the Canyon in 2019 and pursue pottery. She is currently focused on functional wheel thrown work that enhances daily life. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for the material and process with the Reitz Ranch & Boxcar Community.
If you’re having trouble 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.
– 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.