Classes/Events 2015

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Copper Bowl Workshop with Ed Gray

Native American Indians living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan discovered outcroppings of a very pure form of copper ore, the most pure in the world. They forged tools from the copper to fit their life needs. This workshop with artist Jikiwe (Ed Gray) will follow the same ancient methods. Workshop participants will form a copper bowl by using primitive tools. The copper bowl will be annealed by fire until the forming process is completed. The bowl can then be embellished with beads, and/or found objects. Class size is limited and on a “first come-first served” basis. All classes start promptly at 9 a.m. Come and learn ancient techniques of copper bowl forging using a stump for an anvil, a stone for a hammer, and an open pit fire for annealing. This class is taught using teachings from the Ancestors. RAIN, SNOW OR SHINE.

As stated above, first come – first served basis. Pre-registration and payment is a must.

Bring: mat or chair, rain and or snow gear, and a brown bag lunch.

When: April 28

Time: 9 a.m. until 2:00 or 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $155

Where: At the home of Ed Gray: 25548 Millioinaire Street, Calumet, MI
Call the Calumet Art Center at 934-2228 or Ed at 281-3494 for more information and directions.

Clay Tile Class
Learn to make, design and decorate clay tiles. Students can make up to ten tiles in singles or groups using their choice of imagery.
Class Dates: March 2, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 27
Class Fee: $100
Class Materials: $45
Firing Fee: $20
Class Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Twine a Wool Rug

Create a 27″ x 38″ twined rug using recycled wool.Xtra Long twined rug by VF

Twining is an ancient form of weaving which is done on a portable
loom. You may take the loom home during the week to work on your rug, or work on it at the CAC during open hours. Check with Ed to make arrangements.

The rug will be completed at the last class session.

Class size is limited.

Pre-registration and payment required.

Class Dates: February 16, 23, March 2

Class Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Class Fee: $85

Materials Fee: $40 OR bring in three wool blankets to offset this cost.Twine a Wool Rug

Create a 27″ x 38″ twined rug using recycled wool.

Spirit of Clay III”

Snow Bank Smoke Fire Winter 2014 2Experience the processes of hand building which includes: the Korean method of coiling to build a vessel; the use of the potter’s wheel; texturing and the use of terra sigillata. We will then bisque fire and then smoke fire these clay pieces. Pre-registration and payment required.

Class Dates: April 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 May 4, 7
Class Times: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $145
Materials: $45
Firing: $20

Copper Jewelry Class with Ed Gray

 2014 Copper Jewelry CLass

Explore the techniques of forming, forging, texturing, shaping and
patina of copper to create your own one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Class Dates: February 19, 26, March 5, 11
Class Fee: $75
Materials Fee: $25          Class Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Pre-registration and payment required.


For more information call us at (906) 934-2228 or (906) 281-3494.

Felted Mitten Class with Karena Schmidt

This winter as the blustery winds of Boreas again blow fiercely across the Keweenaw, you can welcome the chilled air with mirth and warm hands when attired in a hand-knit pair of thick felted mittens. In this four-session class, taught by Karena Schmidt, you will first knit a pair of mittens learning a method using three double-pointed needles and discover several useful nifty knitting techniques. The over-sized mittens will then be felted to your size preference and finally you will embellish the felted mitts with a whimsical design by needle-felting. A perfect treasure for yourself or to gift to someone you love. Class Fee: $60      Materials Kit: $50      Total: $110

Class meets Thursday evenings, 6-8 pm, with extra help sessions at CAC on Saturdays.                                                         White Mittens Mittens
Class 1,19 Mar.: Review of knit and purl stitches. Select yarn color. Cast on and knit mitten up to thumb gusset.
Class 2, 23 Mar.: Complete thumb gusset and finish mitten 1. Begin knitting mitten 2.
Class 3, 2, April: Complete mitten 2. Machine wash mittens for felting. Work on design for needle-felting.
Class 4, 9 April: Created needle felted design on mittens and complete project.
For anyone wishing to sign up for this class who has no knowledge of how to knit, please contact Karena at kmschmid@mtu.edu prior to the first class to arrange for a knitting lesson.
Materials kit ($50) is yours to keep and includes:
o Pattern for knit mittens (So you can make them again and again)
o Size 10 double-pointed knitting needles
o Size 2 double-pointed knitting needles
o Sufficient wool yarn for one pair of mitts (2 skeins Lamb’s Pride Worsted)
o Stitch holderKarena's Mitten Class Pics 4
o O-rings
o Tapestry needle
o Corks for thumb opening
o Needle felting tool and replacement needles
o Foam
o Assorted colors of wool roving for needle felting design
o Tote bag to carry supplies

Pre-registration and payment required. Up to 12 students. Call 906-934-2228 for more info.

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