Archive | July 2017

Fall 2017 Classes and Workshops: Mesa Art Center, Scottsdale Artists’ School and Shemer Art Center

Mesa Art Center Classes

Ceramics: Figurative Vessels

Jane Kelsey-Mapel

For Ages 16+


Create expressive figurative vessels using hand building or throwing techniques. Have fun turning your favorite animal into a teapot or sculpting a human head into a functional cup. Surface finishes will include colored slips and stains, underglazes and glazes. Clay and tools may be purchased the first day of class at the MAC ceramics studio.

SEPT. 1 – OCT. 13, 2017

FRIDAY 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

OCT. 27 – DEC. 15, 2017

FRIDAY 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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Scottsdale Artists’ School One Day Workshop

 “Sculpting Faces”

Jane Kelsey-Mapel, Koi Courtesan               DSCN8879

 November 2, 2017 or March 10, 2018

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Water-based Clay / All Levels

$90/1 day (students provide own materials and firing)

This class will be a fun one day exploration of faces, human or animal and as representational or as “fantastic” as you like.  Using slab building techniques, students will create three dimensional faces that can be displayed on the wall when completed.  Jane will discuss basic facial anatomy and proportion and will demonstrate how to establish structure and model features.  She will also demonstrate the application of ceramic underglazes.  Firing is not included in the class but a list of businesses providing firing services will be available.

Register at   phone:  (480) 990-1422

Scottsdale Artists’ School   3720 North Marshall Way      Scottsdale, AZ  85251

Shemer Art Center Two Day Workshop

Figurative Clay Vessels

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 Nov. 18, 2017     9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dec. 2, 2017      9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$140.    Plus $25. materials fee (includes clay, glazes and firing)

In this hands-on workshop, participants will stretch their imagination to create fun characters, human or animal!  The small sculptures will actually be functional vessels such as tea pots, cups or vases.  The first day of class will be spent working in wet clay.  Jane will discuss basic anatomy and proportions and will demonstrate slab building and modeling techniques.  The pieces will be bisque fired and students will return for a half day class to apply the final surface color.  Underglazes will be used as stains and washes similar to watercolor.  The pieces will be glaze fired and ready for pick up after the workshop.

Jane Kelsey-Mapel creates narrative ceramic figure sculpture. She holds a B.A. degree in Art from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of North Texas. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in U.S. and international publications. She exhibits her work nationally and teaches ceramics and sculpture at Glendale Community College and the Mesa Art Center.

For information and to register:, (602) 262-4727.

Shemer Art Center   5005 E. Camelback Rd.    Phoenix, AZ  85018