Workshop by Ted Ernst

Clay Guild of the Cascades is hosting a Workshop by Ted Ernst, Wood Fired Pottery Artist. 

The Workshop will be held June 29th 10-4 and 30th 10-1, (out just in time to attend the Summer CGC Picnic). This Workshop will be held at Steve Provence’s Studio.

The Workshop is $60.00 for Members and $70.00 for non Members. We already have 8 artists signed up. There is room for a max of 12.

Please contact Linda Heisserman,, 541-419-1500 to hold a seat for you.

“My forms are influenced by Japanese folk-tradition pottery and fired mostly in Japanese-style anagama kilns. Surface treatments are designed to cause minor disruptions to the flow of the flame around each pot and thus influence the deposition of ash and the patterning on the surface of the pots. Although my focus is on anagama-fired pottery, the forms and techniques that I will demonstrate can be applied to any firing process.” ~ Ted Ernst


Victoria Christen Workshop!


Please join us November 17-19, 2017 for a weekend workshop with Portland Oregon ceramic artist Victoria Christen.

Hello Fellow Potters,

Click here for the flyer/registration form All details are included, as well as a registration form which you can print out (or you can just write your information on a piece of paper and send it to CGC with your check).  Register early. This could fill up fast!

Victoria is one of my very favorite ceramic artists, and I am so excited that she is coming to Bend to show us her surface decoration techniques and how they integrate with form to create stunning utilitarian art! To see more of her work, check out her lovely website.

See you there!



Understanding Glazes Classes!


Update: If you missed the first class or want to see the slideshow again, it is up on YouTube at this link.

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm.

Location: The Art Station

Dates: Three Thursdays – May 26, June 9, and June 16, 2016.

Bring: Curiosity about glazes, a notebook, and your questions. (Hecklers will be escorted out by security.)

Cost: Free to members. If you are not a member please bring $20 to the first class so that you can become a member.

Do you want to learn more about glazes?

Do you mix your own glazes? Do you buy some or all of your glazes but want to start mixing your own? Have you, like me, mixed countless recipes from books, articles, and websites only to find that the pots you made with the glaze looks nothing like the photos of the glaze you saw? Do you have a favorite glaze that is finicky and you want to learn how to make it behave? Continue reading “Understanding Glazes Classes!”

Raku Workshop with Michael Gwinup

Save the dates: April 2 & 3, 2016, at the Blue Spruce Pottery studio in Bend, Oregon. Potluck and slideshow Friday April 1st (no foolin’!)

Cost: $80 for members, $100 non members.

Location: the Gwinup’s studio located at 20159 Dorchester E. Bend, OR 97702

Michael Gwinup has been a professional potter for 40 years. He is well known for his Raku fired decorative vases, lamps and wall art. Throughout the years Michael has given workshops and taught the process of Raku. His work has been been displayed in invitational shows, northwest art galleries, and is in many private collections. He and his wife Michele are owners of Blue Spruce Pottery in Bend.

Friday Evening, April 1, 6-8 pm Slideshow and Potluck dinner. All workshop participants and CGC members are invited. Please bring some food to share. CGC will provide coffee, tea, sparkling water, and lemonade.

Saturday, April 2, 9am-3pm ((bring a sack lunch)

Michael will show how to make and use paper clay. He will demonstrate various throwing techniques including making large pots using sections. He will demonstrate using plaster hump molds to create large wall plates, and show how he forms his large raku murals and trees.

Sunday, April 3, 9am-3pm (bring a sack lunch)
Michael will be firing Raku pieces throughout the day – demonstrating the techniques he will be discussing. Beginning with Raku glazing and glaze making, then moving to glaze application
and firing techniques. Finally, Michael will discuss the use of reduction materials and cleaning and finishing Raku.

Download the form, print it out, and send in your check to reserve your spot. Workshop is limited to fifteen students. Michael Gwinup Raku Workshop Registration Form 

Contact Janet Matson at 541-633-3403 or

Michael Gwinup Raku workshop April 2016!

Just a reminder that Michael Gwinup’s raku workshop is the weekend of April 2 & 3, 2016, beginning with a potluck and free slide show on Friday April 1st that is open to all.

Potluck begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, at the Gwinup’s home, followed by Mike and Michele’s slide presentation at 7:00.  Hope to see you there!

Also of note, Michael’s raku is featured during the month of March at the Red Chair Gallery in downtown Bend. So get on down there and check it out!

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2016 Spring Workshop

Stephen Mickey, retired ceramics professor at Mt. Hood Community College, presents a workshop entitled “Hands of the Maker.” The goal of the workshop is for fellow potters to realize what their work means to them.

We had a glorious workshop with Stephen Mickey on Feb. 19-21, 2016. Thanks Stephen for teaching us your throwing techniques – you are a master potter and a master teacher!

“Hands of the Maker”
Stephen Mickey, from Portland, Oregon

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CGC Fall Workshop 2014

Ron Roy is a teacher, consultant and studio potter from Ontario, Canada and an expert in everything related to glazes. He is co-author of “Mastering Cone 6 Glazes,” a “best seller” book on glazes. For many years Ron wrote the technical column for Ceramics Monthly Magazine.

September 13 & 14, 2014 9am-12pm & 1-4pm
Location: COCC Ceramics Classroom

Ron Roy is a teacher, consultant and studio potter from Ontario, Canada and an expert in everything related to glazes. He is co-author of “Mastering Cone 6 Glazes,” a “best seller” book on glazes. For many years Ron wrote the technical column for Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Ron has an extensive course developed for us that includes an analysis of glaze materials and clays, the use of oxides, glaze defects, glaze testing and safety. Each participant will receive a 32 page digital copy of Ron’s course book. You are also welcome to bring recipes of glazes that need fixing. Participants can follow along with their own computers, if you wish. Please join CGC for this exciting and educational 2 day workshop where you will learn about creating glazes and solving glaze and clay problems.

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Fall 2012 Workshop

Peter is a talented ceramics professor at Central Oregon Community College (COCC). He’s an exacting professional and has been teaching at COCC for over 14 years. He often shows his work at Oregon Potters Association’s Ceramic Showcase in Portland, ClayFest in Eugene and ClayFolk in southern Oregon as well as galleries in the Northwest.


Peter Meyer
The Glaze Core: Cone 04, 6, & 10 Workshop

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