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Adult Workshop: Handbuilding Ceramics

Durand/Estes Rooms
$225 ($180/members)
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5th Street Studio is bringing the creative vibes to Crystal Bridges!

5th Street Studio

Unleash your inner artist in this four-week series guided by artist Rainy Bray-Hopwood of 5th Street Studio.

Over the course of four Thursdays, we’ll explore creating art for actual use inspired by Takaezu & Tawney: An Artist is a Poet, drawing on forms, colors, textures, and patterns found in the exhibition and the Contemporary Arts Gallery to create functional art.

No need for ceramics experience or a fancy pottery wheel—we’re all about handbuilding ceramics in this class. We’ll cover basic handbuilding and glazing techniques, and work on several different projects throughout the class.

By the end of the final night, you’ll leave with your very own finished and glazed butter box inspired by Toshiko Takaezu, a sleek taper candleholder set, and a collection of tapas plates that’ll be the envy of your friends.

All supplies are included, and the class is open to artists and art enthusiasts of all skill levels. See you there!

Tickets are $225 ($180 for members), reserve your spot online or with Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.
Tickets include class registration and all supplies.

A handmade brown-glazed ceramic candleholder with three long yellow candles
Hand opening a handmade, brown- and yellow-glazed ceramic butter dish.

About the Artist

Rainy Bray-Hopwood

Rainy Bray-Hopwood

I was born in the heart of the Ozarks, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I grew up going to the river on the weekends and spending summer nights catching fireflies till I was covered in chigger bites and ticks. I pull inspiration from the Ozark wilderness into my art, seeking truth and beauty in the world around me. I primarily work in clay, enjoying the deep history and connection to the earth innate to the medium, but I also venture into the mediums of paint, photography, and quilting. Through my work I want to share the experience of growing up in an area that has breathtaking wilderness and values it deeply.

In 2017 I was working three jobs and on the fast track to burn out. On a whim, I took an evening pottery class as a way to decompress and give myself something other than work to do on a weekly basis. Little did I know I would fall head over heels into the world of pottery. Just one year and thousands of hours of practice later, I decided to take the leap, quit my day job, and open a community studio. My mission was (and is) to explore my art and pass it on. This became the mission for Fifth Street Studio.