Ceramics 1
Tutor: DeAnn Gerdin
Email: deann.gerdin@chatclasses.com
Length: 1st Semester Class Period: Wednesday, period 3

Description: Ceramics 1 will focus on basic hand-building techniques of slab, coil, and pinch. Functional forms such as bowls, vases, platters, and boxes will be created. Students will become familiar with different clay bodies, the firing process, explore design techniques on leather hard clay, and develop glazing skills. We will present our pieces at the end of the semester to the class and peer critique the body of work.

Tutor: DeAnn Gerdin has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife - Management from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. DeAnn has a strong interest in ecology and animal behavior. While attending the U of M, she spent nine months conducting an independent study on the courtship behavior of Mallard ducks. After graduating, DeAnn worked at Woodlake Nature Center in Bloomington, MN before taking a full-time position at Marshall Fields as a Marketing Effectiveness Analyst. DeAnn furthered her education and received a M.A. of Teaching in Secondary Life Science from the University of St. Thomas. Currently she is a stay-at-home mother and a homeschooler with three children.She enjoys soap making, pottery, birding, and running in her spare time. DeAnn is amazed at the wonder and beauty of God's creation and is eager to share it with others.

Cost:  $272, $282 or $292  (depending on registration date)
: Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: none
Homework: Homework consists of watching assigned videos, researching ideas, coming to class prepared as instructed by the tutor. 2-5 hours weekly.
Text: none
SuppliesThe cost of all clay, glaze, tools, and firings is included in the price of the class.