2017 Classes

Out of the Kiln and Into the Fire

Class Out of the KilnLocation: Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts
4 session workshop
June 19 & 20: 9am – Noon
June 22 & 23: 9am – 4pm
$445

A spectacular alternative firing technique! Unlike most ceramic firing processes Raku is a very fast process. Red hot pieces are removed from the kiln and smothered combustible materials to create flashes of color in the glazes. Results will vary from turquoise to intense red/bronze to beautiful white crackle. We will also be experimenting with horse hair Raku. Raku never gets boring. It is elusive, mysterious, and totally at the mercy of nature’s fire.The unpredictability of the process is what makes it so exciting. Lois will be demonstrating slab built vessels. This Raku workshop is open to all levels of expertise; people with little previous clay experience are welcomed.

Lois Hirshberg began working in clay in 1976 at Mudflat Studios in Cambridge, where she fell in love with clay. She holds a M.Ed in mental health counseling, and a M. A. in Art Therapy. She has studied ceramics at the Bezalel School of Design in Jerusalem, and in Japan through the Parsons School of Design, where she was greatly influenced. Lois was a Guidance Counselor at the K.C.Coombs School in Mashpee, MA for 18 years.

Materials List:
Please bring the following materials to class:

  • Clay tools
  • Old work clothes (long sleeves and long pants)
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Head covering like a scarf or bandana
  • Face mask respirator
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For more info, contact Lois at potterybylois@comcast.net or visit Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts.

Kids' Clay: Jewelry Making

Children's class making clay jewelryLocation: Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts
July 10 – 12
Time: 2pm – 4pm
3 sessions
$225.00 for the 3 day workshop

Note: An additional materials fee will be due on or before the first day of class.

Kids 6 – 11 will enjoy an exploratory adventure in clay jewelry making. In this class we will make our own creative beads and pendants, glaze them and string them together to make finished beautiful pieces on the last day. Students should bring an apron if they have one, and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. All materials and firing are included.

Lois Hirshberg began working in clay in 1976 at Mudflat Studios in Cambridge, where she fell in love with clay. She holds a M.Ed in mental health counseling, and a M. A. in Art Therapy. She has studied ceramics at the Bezalel School of Design in Jerusalem, and in Japan through the Parsons School of Design, where she was greatly influenced. Lois was a Guidance Counselor at the K.C.Coombs School in Mashpee, MA for 18 years.

Bring the following materials to class: 

  • Clothes that can get dirty
  • Come with some creative ideas of jewelry you’d like to make

Register Now
For more info, contact Lois at potterybylois@comcast.net or visit Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts.

Kids' Clay: Musical Instruments

Class for children making clay musical instrumentsLocation: Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts
July 31 – August 2
Time: 2pm – 4pm
3 sessions
$225.00 for the 3 day workshop

Note: An additional materials fee will be due on or before the first day of class.

Kids 6 – 11 will expand their creativity and imagination working with clay to form a variety of fun musical instruments from shakers to whistles. Students should bring an apron if they have one, and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. All materials and firing are included.

Lois Hirshberg began working in clay in 1976 at Mudflat Studios in Cambridge, where she fell in love with clay. She holds a M.Ed in mental health counseling, and a M. A. in Art Therapy. She has studied ceramics at the Bezalel School of Design in Jerusalem, and in Japan through the Parsons School of Design, where she was greatly influenced. Lois was a Guidance Counselor at the K.C.Coombs School in Mashpee, MA for 18 years.

Bring the following materials to class: 

  • Clothes that can get dirty
  • Come with some creative ideas of instruments you’d like to make
Register Now
For more info, contact Lois at potterybylois@comcast.net or visit Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts.

For Private Lessons, contact me at potterybylois@comcast.net