CLASSES at a Glimpse


Take a GLIMPSE at what you can do!

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Spirit of Clay with Ed Gray-Jikiwe

Learn the process of hand building and how to work with the potter’s wheel. You will also learn about textures, smoke firing and discussing pit firing. This class is suitable for all levels of experience. Perfect for the beginner; but also for intermediate and advanced students.

Experience 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.

Snow Bank Smoke Fire Winter 2014 4





Pre-registration and payment required.

Spirit of Clay II”

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.




“The Spiritual Connection with Clay: Pulling from the Well”

Instructor Ed Gray

This class is Beginner to Advanced. Learn to apply several surface textures and what effects this creates with the use of alternative firing techniques.

Pre-registration and payment required.

Fun with Clay – with Ed Gray

Session II: Intermediate to Advanced

Snowbank Smoke Firing3

Pre-registration is required.

Continue where we left off in Session I, learn the more advanced techniques. These sessions will allow the student to go on and accomplish what they wish in clay.

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.

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 Hypertufa Pots

Hypertuffa pots

Hypertufa pots are created by mixing peat moss, pearlite and cement with water. This clay-like substance is shaped and dried; then cured over a period of three weeks. They are surprisingly light and very durable. They can be used inside or outside year round. You can make them as simply or elaborately as you wish.

We will use baskets or bowls to shape your pots and give them texture. You can embellish them with stones, glass or jewels. They will be wrapped in plastic for twenty four hours then placed outside to cure for about 3 weeks.
Pre-registration and payment required.


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.

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.

 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.


Pre-registration and payment required.
For more information call us at (906) 934-2228.




Twine a RugTwined Rugs in Process

Twine a Wool Rug

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


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.

Virginia Fournier twining a 5' 10" rug.Xtra Long twined rug by VF

Virginia Fournier is by far one of the busiest hands at the Calumet Art Center! Here she is twining a long wool rug.

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.

White Mittens Mittens









Class 1 : Review of knit and purl stitches. Select yarn color. Cast on and knit mitten up to thumb gusset.
Class 2: Complete thumb gusset and finish mitten 1. Begin knitting mitten 2.
Class 3: Complete mitten 2. Machine wash mittens for felting. Work on design for needle-felting.
Class 4: Created needle felted design on mittens and complete project.
Materials kit 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.

“Learn to both Wind a Warp and the Vocabulary of Weaving”

Eve Lindsey

There is a lot more to weaving than throwing a shuttle——–Setting up the project involves planning and warping.

Learn to plan and wind a warp to put your loom to work and weave a project.
Bring information of your loom. How many shafts and reed dents per inch.
Warping boards are available at the CAC.

with Dawn Andersson

Check the calendar for dates..
This class is suitable for all levels of experience. Limit to class size of 15
Please inquire for registration.

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My class mostly uses materials found in the area. We use leaves, roots, barks, mushrooms, lichen, flowers and berries. I generally provide a packet of small skeins of wool yarn that have been pre-mordant with alum. We cook up the dye baths on site, and we have three modifier baths of tin, iron and something alkaline.



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