Concepts of Ceramics | May 22-Jul 10 (Class: Mon/Open Studio: Wed) 8-week session 5:30pm-9pm


May 22, 2017 to Jul 10, 2017
Richard McDonnell
All Skill Levels
This is an ongoing class where students work at their own pace and skill level.  The instructor offers help as requested.  Please note the firing cycles of pieces created in the class is based upon size and shape for kiln loading.  Students are instructed to speak with the instructor if their pieces aren't being fired to determine the reason. STUDENTS MAY JOIN MID-SESSION.  PLEASE CALL THE MAIN OFFICE (760) 728-1414 MARY PERHACS, DIRECTOR FOR PRORATED TUITION AND PAYMENT OPTIONS.
Our fully equipped Ceramics Studio features: 12 electric wheels, 5 kilns (2 electric, 2 gas firing to Cone 10, and 1 Raku), a slab roller, spray booth, clay extruder, and large work surfaces for hand-building.  
May 22 - July 10, 2017  (8-week Session)
Class time: 5:30p-9p (Mondays)
Open Studio Time: 5:30p-8p (Wednesdays)
 $175 (includes materials except clay*)
*All clay used in this class must be purchased from the FSA Ceramics Department - $12 for 25# (we offer a variety of clays).  Only glazes provided at the studio are to be used in order to prevent any firing problems (we offer a variety of glazes including Cone .06, .6 and .10).  Only work created in class will be fired.
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Class Times

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

About the Instructor

Richard McDonnell


Took my first ceramics class as a freshman at Palomar Junior College in 1964. After one class, I became an art major and continued ceramics as my main interest. I was hired as Palomar’s first paid lab assistant. Loaded and fired all the class work for the college. Transferred to Colorado State and continued ceramics and art major. Transferred to California State College at Long Beach and was a lab tech in the work study program and formulated, mixed, and recycled all the clay for the professors and the students at the college. Built several kilns for myself and others; hired by Palomar College to build huge “big Bertha” kiln. Inside is 6 feet deep by 5 feet wide by 5 ½ feet tall. Built as a large down draft kiln and is still in use today with a new door and updated safety equipment. Worked as a production potter for two companies throwing pots, mostly large planters at Clay Vine Pottery. Built kiln and studio in San Marcos and worked as a studio potter selling mostly in street fairs and some gallery shows. Built a number of high fire kilns. Was hired by Palomar to teach several classes at Fallbrook High in ceramics and in kiln building. Over the years would build several studios and sell in fairs, galleries, and shows. Was the lab tech for several Palomar classes at the Fallbrook School of the Arts. For the last few years I have been the TA for several classes at Palomar on Tuesday/Thursday for ceramic sculpture, hand building, and ceramics I, II, and III. Mostly teaching throwing on the potter’s wheel. Have built potter’s wheel from parts. Have been doing ceramics for over 40 years