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Ceramics and Sculpture

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Classes are 8-weeks long unless noted. To see Winter Garden classes, click on link in yellow bar at top.

Registration is ongoing for Spring Session!

See the schedule for Classses and Workshops, below.

Spring 2017
March 27 – May 20

Directed since 2004 by internationally known clay artist and longtime Crealdé faculty member Vincent Sansone, Crealdé’s Ceramics & Sculpture department offers beginning sculpture courses concentrating on traditional clay work while more advanced courses utilize non-traditional materials, varied mediums and processes. An introductory bronze casting course is also offered and participants can use Crealdé's on-site foundry to cast pieces.

Ceramics courses begin with basic handbuilding and wheel throwing classes and progress to intermediate- and advanced-level courses, in which students can refine their skills and work with additional glazing materials, developing a personal style. Work is fired in electric and gas kilns. The program has a liberal open studio policy, which enables students to work independently.

The department also offers beginning and intermediate classes in fabric painting, textile design and jewelry-making. Visiting Artists Workshops have included coppersmithing, welding and have produced collaborative pieces of art permanently installed in our Contemporary Sculpture Garden.

Shown at left: Sculpture teacher David Cumbie with a model.

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WKS16 Introduction to Welding 
Instructor: David Cumbie
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-4 pm, Studio 6
March 25-26 
Join this veteran welder in designing small sculptures over a weekend. Practice cutting and basic welding techniques, while creating artwork from found objects. No experience needed.
Members $275 • Non-members $295
David Lee Cumbie is a prominent award-winning sculptor and an active member of the Central Florida arts community for more than 30 years. At Crealdé, he directs the Sculpture Studio and Central Florida’s only community-based bronze foundry. He also is the curator of the school’s Contemporary Sculpture Garden. Website:
WKS07 Indoor and Outdoor Wall Sculptures – NEW       
Instructor: David Cumbie 
Two-week Class

April 1, 10 am-4 pm, Studio 6
April 8, 10 am-2 pm, Studio 6
Learn to sculpt and take impressions from found objects to be used to create clay molds during this two-day workshop.  All projects will be cast in portland cement and hydro stone using masonry dyes for color. Faux bronze and silver finishes will be offered for interior sculptures. Students are encouraged to create several pieces. All materials supplied.
Members $200 • Non-members $220

WKS11 Multimedia Sculpture – NEW
Instructor: David Cumbie
Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16

10 am-4 pm, Studio 6
Spend two days learning a variety of techniques creating multimedia sculptures. Experiment with fast mold making processes and use a large variety of material to create figures, shadow boxes and press mold sculptures. Students are encouraged to bring in found objects to include in their pieces, all other materials are supplied. All levels of talent welcome.
 Members $220 • Non-members $240

WKS10 Sculpting the Human Head – NEW
Instructor: David Cumbie
Spring: Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7
10 am-4 pm, Studio 6
Sculpt a life-size head.  Learn proportions of the head and techniques for creating facial features during this intensive two-day workshop. Students will be responsible for buying a 25-pound bag of clay which will be available in class. All levels of talent welcome.
Members $230 • Non-members $250


WKT23 Date Night - Ceramics
(Click HERE to download the workshop flier.)
Instructor: Vadim Malkin
Friday, April 7
Friday, May 5
Clay is like a relationship: It must be pinched, molded and designed to become everlasting. The hosts will walk you and your partner through clay projects that will make a fantastic date night. Beginners welcome; materials included.
Members/Non-members $90

Born in Moscow, Vadim Malkin is a third-generation artist and since graduating with his BFA, he has been developing his art and instructing in ceramics at Crealdé. He curates the Visual Fringe for the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, and his award-winning work has been on display at numerous galleries and art festivals. His wife, Meredith, joins him in hosting the monthly Date Night Ceramics workshops. Website:

Glass & Jewelry Workshops

WKJ02 Prong Setting Workshop
Instructor: Stefan Alexandres   
Winter: Sunday, April 2
Noon-5 p.m. Studio 7
Registration Deadline March 26
Learn how to precisely measure the stone and customize the basket. With samples, demonstrations and hands-on projects, students will be guided through the fundamental applications for different stone cuts. Comparison of straight 90-degree angle with variations of 70-/80-degree baskets. Workshop elaborates traditional/contemporary prong-setting techniques. Crealdé supplies the studio equipment, soldering station and the basic jewelry fabrication tools. All supplies included.
Members $100 • Non-members $120
Stefan Alexandres creates artwork using ancient techniques – no molds or stamps, just hand tools. A sculptor and jeweler, he draws inspiration for his work from history, mythology, folk tales and real life. A Crealdé faculty member since 2008, Alexandres apprenticed in traditional Old World metal arts, as guided through the organized guilds of Greece.

WKJ22 Metal Folding & Forming
Instructor: Stefan Alexandres
Spring: Sunday, May 21
Noon-5 pm, Studio 7
Registration Deadline May 14
Explore metal folding and forming as a unique process for jewelry-making. Participants will learn to design and the precision techniques necessary to make a series of small-scale samples for sculptural jewelry. This course will include equipment safety, design, material preparation, design execution. Create dimensional forms out of flat copper sheets without molds or stamps. All supplies included
Members $90 • Non-members $110




Ceramics Classes

TD122 Beginning Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Vince Sansone                                            Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Studio 4
Instructor: Barbara Bailey                                            Winter/Spring
Thursday, 7-9 pm, Studio 4
Learn to center, open and compress clay, and throw small cylinders on the potter’s wheel. Trimming, finishing, adding handles, feet and spouts make pieces ready to glaze and fire.
Members $210 • Non-members $230

TD135 Beginning Handbuilding
Instructor: Doug Bringle                                               Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 pm, Studio 4
Don’t be intimidated by clay. This class gives you the chance to handbuild freely. The projects are explained step-by-step and based on pieces from children’s classes … from plates and bowls to animal rattles and lanterns. Come play with clay!
Members $210 • Non-members $230

TD172 Handbuilding Like the Ancients
Instructor: Doug Bringle                                               Winter/Spring
Monday, 7-9 pm, Studio 4
Friday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Studio 4
Over  10,000 years ago, humans started using clay jugs, bowls, baskets, platters, teapots, jewelry, tablets, statues, tiles, buildings – these have all been born from clay, a legacy of civilization. Use traditional coil, pinch and slab techniques to continue that legacy, creating vessels that harken back to ancient times.
Members $210 • Non-members $230

TD174 Handbuilding with Found Objects
Instructor: Belinda Glennon

Thursday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Studio 4, 6 Weeks
Use handbuilding techniques to create nature inspired ceramics. Imagine a classic garden finial, animated planter, musical wind chime or a glowing lantern. Give new life to organic objects as they influence form, decoration and glazing choices. Suitable for all levels.
Members $165 • Non-members $185

TD185 Beyond Round: Altered States
Instructor: Belinda Glennon                                       Winter/Spring
Monday, 1:30-3:30 pm, Studio 4, 6 Weeks
Create animated pots – on and off the wheel – by altering thrown forms. Dart, pleat and facet pots with distinct personalities that invite use.
Members $165 • Non-members $185

TD228 Continuing Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Vince Sansone                                            Winter/Spring
Monday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Studio 4
Instructor: Vadim Malkin                                             Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 7-9 pm, Studio 4
Now that you’re comfortable with centering, let’s tickle the imagination and create bowls, cups and vases. This course covers beginner to advanced levels of wheel throwing, altering and glazing.
Members $220 • Non-members $240

TD231 3-D Design
Instructor: Vince Sansone                                            Winter/Spring
Wednesday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Studio 4
A design problem is given for the term, emphasizing one or two design elements in particular. Discussions about design and the finished pieces are a part of each class. If a base for the piece is needed, that becomes part of the discussion as well.
Members $220 • Non-Members $240

TD321 Advanced Ceramics                                           Winter/Spring
Instructor: Vince Sansone
Wednesday, 7-9 pm, Studio 4  
An excellent choice for those who are seeking a continuation of skills already learned and to develop personal style and consistency. Working in series and sets is emphasized, as are refining, finishing and glazing. Demonstrations meet the needs of each student.
Members $225 • Non-members $245

Sculpture Classes

SC124 Intro to Sculpture
Instructor: David Cumbie                                             Winter/Spring
Thursday, 10 am-Noon, Studio 6
Thursday, 7:30-9:30 pm, Studio 6
Students will work in clay to create  face masks, heads and figures to be fired in the kiln. Mold-making and casting will be demonstrated as part of the session.
Members $210 • Non-members $230  

SC135 Wall Sculptures – NEW
Instructor: David Cumbie                                             Winter/Spring
Monday, 10 am-Noon, Studio 6
Monday, 7:30-9:30 pm, Studio 6
Create designs for your house, patio and pool. Students will experiment with clay using quick casting techniques while making indoor and outdoor sculptures. Students are encouraged to bring in found objects that can be used for impressions. All levels of talent are welcome, come in and experiment.
Members $230 • Non-members $250 

SC226 Introduction to Welding – NEW
Instructor: David Cumbie                                 Winter/Spring
Wednesday, 10 am-Noon, Studio 6
Create whimsical figures and abstract welded sculptures. Learn basic cutting and arc welding techniques using found objects and mild steel. Students are encouraged to bring in objects for their compositions. All material will be provided. Members $275 • Non-members $295

SC136  Wax Working Techniques for Bronze Casting NEW
Instructor: David Cumbie 
Wednesday, 7:30-9:30 pm, Studio 6
Experiment with creating sculptures in wax for bronze casting. A variety of techniques will be presented for using this malleable material to create special effects with surface detail, ways of achieving free standing forms and low relief sculptures to be cast in bronze. Class is open to all skill levels.
Members $235 • Non-members $255

SC225 Continuing Sculpture Studies
Instructor: David Cumbie                                             Winter/Spring 
Tuesday, 10 am-Noon, Studio 6
Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 pm, Studio 6
Friday, 11 am-1 pm, Studio 6 
The instructor assists intermediate and advanced students with ideas related to their personal projects. Problem-solving and discovering new materials and techniques will be a part of each class. Bronze casting and welding will be offered with the approval of the instructor. Prerequisite: Sculpture I or similar experience
Members $225 • Non-members $245

Glass & Jewelry Classes

JG103 Intro to Jewelry Design and Fabrication
Instructor: Stefan Alexandres   

Saturday, 10 am-2 pm, Studio 7, 4 Weeks 
This class is for basic and advanced jewelry fabrication. Learn silversmithing skills and methods of cutting, forging, embossing and soldering techniques. Class includes tools to make finger rings, earrings, bracelets and other forms of jewelry as well as copper materials for practicing during class. Students wanting to work in silver should bring their own.
 Members $220 • Non-members $240

JG102 Art of Stained Glass I
Instructor: Robert Lennox                                            Winter/Spring
Wednesday, 1-3 pm, Studio 7, 6 Weeks
Wednesday, 7-9 pm, Studio 7, 6 Weeks
This is a class for beginners to learn the beautiful craft of stained glass. Students are introduced to glass cutting, pattern making, copper foiling and soldering techniques. No prior stained glass experience is needed, and students of all levels are welcome. Supplies are included.
Members $215 • Non-members $235

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