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Ceramics and Sculpture

Glass & Jewelry

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

Registration is open
for the Summer Session!

Summer Session 2016
Adult: June 20 –August 13
Young Adults Program: June 20 – July 30

See the schedule for Classses and Workshops, below.

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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WKT23 Date Night Ceramics Workshop

(Click HERE to download the workshop flier.)

Instructor: Vadim Malkin
Join us on the first Friday of the month!

Spring Session:
Friday, May 6, Studio 4
Summer Session:
Friday, July 1
Friday, August 5
7-9 pm, Studio 4

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. Be ready to get messy and have a great time! Bring some wine, and we’ll provide the snacks.
$90 per couple
Vadim Malkin is a third-generation artist and since graduating with his BFA, he has been working on his ceramics and instructing at Crealdé. His work is displayed in numerous galleries and art festivals. His wife, Meredith, joins him in hosting the monthly Date Night Ceramics workshops.

WKT40 Heads Up Workshop
Click HERE to download the flier.
Instructor: Vince Sansone
Sunday, June 12, 1-5 pm, Studio 4

Here is a chance to sit around the table and play. Learn to use the pinch forming method to make small heads. Manipulate the clay from inside the form to enhance facial features before closing it up. Also design a base for the head. The last hour will be used to show ways of decorating and glazing.
Members $40 • Non-members $60
Manager of Ceramics at Crealdé, Vince Sansone joined the school in the 1970s and has more than 30 years of experience as a potter and arts educator. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. His whimsical creations have been exhibited throughout the United States, and are held in numerous private and public collections. Website:

Glass & Jewelry Workshops

WKJ03 Introduction to Glass
(Click HERE to download workshop flier.)
Instructor: Brandon Price
Thursday, June 23
Thursday, July 7
Thursday, July 21
Thursday, August 4
5:30 pm-9 pm
Artegon Marketplace, Studio Unit D2

Explore the art of glass-working during this one-night workshop. Learn solid glass forming techniques as you create a flower. Each petal will be of your own design as you pull the molten glass into form. Each student will learn the basics of glassblowing as they create a one-of-a-kind ornament. Light refreshments will be provided.
Members $135 • Non-members $155
Brandon Price is from Akron, Ohio, and began his glass career more than 13 years ago at Bowling Green State University under the tutelage of Robert “Bud” Hurlstone. His love of glass-blowing afforded him the opportunity to work and study in 43 states and on three continents, from a glass studio set on a barge in the Amsterdam canals to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. He has studied in quiet mountains in South Africa, and performed on the rocking plains of Tennessee for the Bonnaroo music festival.

WKJ22 Metal Folding & Forming
Instructor: Stefan Alexandres
Sunday, July 17, noon-5 pm Studio 7
This one-day workshop explores metal folding and forming as a unique process for jewelry-making. The participants will learn a precision technique and make a series of small-scale samples for sculptural jewelry and learn how to adopt them for their jewelry designs. This course will include equipment safety, design, material preparation, design execution. Students will be creating dimensional forms out of flat copper sheets without molds or stamps and experiencing the amazing plasticity of the metal. A $10 materials fee is payable to Crealdé the first day of the workshop. The instructor provides the tools for use during the class only.
Members $100 • Non-members $80
Stefan Alexandres creates artwork using ancient techniques – no molds or stamps, just hand tools. From 1964 to 1972 he apprenticed in metal arts in the traditional ways, as guided through the organized guilds of Greece. He draws inspiration for his metalwork from history, mythology, folk tales and real life. Website:



Ceramics Classes

TD122 Beginning Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Vince Sansone
Tuesday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Studio 4

Instructor: Barbara Bailey
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
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
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

TD184 Surface Decoration for Pottery
Instructor: Belinda Glennon
Thursday, 2-4 pm, Studio 4, 6 Weeks

Use handbuilt projects or thrown forms to explore surface decoration techniques. Experiment with sgrafitto, slip trailing, inlay and more to create unique and functional pottery.
Members $165 • Non-members $185

TD185 Beyond Round: Altered States
Instructor: Belinda Glennon
Monday, 2-4 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
Monday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Studio 4
Instructor: Vadim Malkin
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
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. Prerequisite: Some handbuilding experience.
Members $220 • Non-members $240

TD321 Advanced Ceramics
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

SC225 Continuing Sculpture Studies
Instructor: David Lee Cumbie
Friday, 11 am-1 pm, Studio 6
David Lee Cumbie, longtime Sculpture Studio Manager, assists intermediate and advanced students with ideas related to their personal sculptural 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.
Members $225 • Non-Members $245

Looking for 2017 applicants for the Annual Cheryl Bogdanowitsch Sculpture Scholarship
Funded by Central Florida artist Cheryl Bogdanowitsch, this special program provides an annual $1,000 scholarship for Crealdé classes, workshops and studio use to an adult sculpture student. Applications are due by November 15 for the 2017 program. Contact David Cumbie, Sculpture Program Manager, for information and an application,

Glass & Jewelry Classes

JG102 Art of Stained Glass I
Instructor: Robert Lennox
Wednesday, 7-9 pm, Studio 7, 6 Weeks
This is a class for beginners to learn the beautiful craft of stained glass. We will introduce glass cutting, pattern making, copper foiling and soldering techniques. No prior stained glass experience is needed, and students of all levels are welcome. A supply fee of $55 is due on the first day of class.
Members $160 • Non-members $180

JG103 Intro to Basic Jewelry Design and Fabrication
Instructor: Stefan Alexandres
Begins Saturday, June 25
10 am‐2 pm, Studio 7, 4 Weeks
This is an introductory class for basic and advanced jewelry fabrication. Learn essential silversmithing skills and methods of cutting, forging, embossing and all the fundamentals of 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

JG132 Introduction to Repoussé
Instructor: Stefan Alexandres
Begins Saturday, July 23
10 am‐2 pm, Studio 7, 4 Weeks

Every participant will explore the craft in-depth in four meetings for a total of 16 hours. Students will learn the bas‐relief technique with demonstrations and hands‐on assistance to practice the process. They will discover the ancient art of repoussé using handmade tools, hammers, punches and the pitch, and working the metal directly (without molds) to create relief sculptures in copper or silver. As repousse is used for sculptural jewelry and metalsmithing, it has endless design possibilities for wall relief murals, mirrors and more. A $10 materials fee is payable to Crealdé the first day of class. The instructor provides the tools for the use during the class only.
Members $215 • Non-members $235

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