Clay and leather classes at Carnegie Hall are coming up

LEWISBURG (WVDN) – Carnegie Hall’s classes and workshops will continue through December, giving artists of all skill levels the opportunity not only to hone their craft but also to create homemade gifts for the holiday season. Upcoming classes include clay classes with Amy Durrman and Kelsie Tyson, and leather classes with Luke Davis.

Beginning Tuesday, November 29th and continuing on December 6th, 13th and 20th, Durrman’s Afterschool Clay Class – Holiday Food! Students create their favorite clay holiday dishes while learning the three traditional hand building techniques and the use of underglaze. Students must be between 6 and 13 years old.

Durrman will also lead a three-week Clay for Kids class on Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ceramic Wall Art will teach students to explore different hand building techniques while creating functional and abstract shapes. Demonstrations include slab building, coil building and pinching. Students will also learn about surface decoration, including applied textures, and how to apply underglazes. Students must be between 6 and 13 years old.

For students interested in learning leathercrafts, Davis teaches how to make belts and instrument straps. The course will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In this class, participants will learn how to cut, hem, punch and stamp leather to create a handcrafted belt or instrument strap of their choice. Students can choose from a variety of hardware and design two options for your instrument strap. This project would be a unique gift. No experience required, all materials are provided and students must be at least 14 years old.

Davis will also be teaching how to make leather Christmas ornaments on Saturday, December 10 from 11am to 2pm. In this beginner’s course, participants will learn to cut, stamp, dye and/or stain leather to create beautiful, festive keepsake ornaments. They choose their own design and pattern to make custom decorations for wreaths, trees and gifts to match your Christmas decorations. These fun, hands-on classes are great for all ages and offer an endless array of opportunities to be creative. All materials are provided, no prior knowledge is required.

Tyson will be teaching two one day cycling experiences on Saturday 3rd and 17th December from 12pm to 2pm. Students participating in this course spend two hours learning the basics of throwing on the potter’s wheel. Students make two or three pieces and choose the best one to burn. Students also have a choice of a glaze option. The price of the workshop includes clay, glaze and firing. Students must be at least 6 years old.

Tyson will also be teaching how to make ceramic earrings on Saturday 3rd and 17th December from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Handmade jewelry is a great gift. Projects are fired from Carnegie Hall and can be picked up later. All materials are provided and students must be at least 12 years old.