A dream many people had when the Ely Folk School began in 2015 started to come true when a kiln was offered as a donation. With the help of grants, donations, and many volunteer hours, the long-awaited day has arrived to launch our first ceramics classes in May. There will be a 2-hour introductory class and a 6-hour series for a deeper exploration. Both will focus on wheel-throwing. In June there will be an introduction to hand-building. Future classes will focus on the infinite variety of ways to decorate ceramic surfaces. Additional studio time will be available for students to work on their projects between classes. Continue reading about the ceramics program on our website. 
 Come and create something beautiful and practical with your hands! If pottery isn’t your favorite, see the many other crafts offered in-person and online HERE.
 Class size is limited, and Covid-19 safety precautions will be observed. Bring a mask or one will be provided.

Hope to see you soon getting your hands dirty!
Betty Firth, Program Coordinator

Join the Ely Folk School in a celebration of spring with live music and a bonfire at Semer’s Beach. We’ll be serving homemade pasties courtesy of ingredients donated by Zup’s, as well as free beer and wine thanks to Ely Liquor. We’ll set up the yard games, all you need to do is tell your friends and swing on by!  — Rain or shine — Wednesday, May 12 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

April/May Class List

Birding by Ear with Steve Engel
  Saturdays, April 24, May 1, May 8, and May 15 at 7:00 am

A Taste of Blacksmithing with Phil Leino
  April 24 at 10:00 am

Introduction to Lightroom Classic live online with Les Conrad
  April 28 at 10:00 am

Green-Infused Jasmine Necklace with Kay Vandervort
  May 1 at 1:00 pm

A Taste of Wheel Throwing with Betty Firth
  May 3 at 1:00 pm

Incorporating Plant Based Eating in Your Diet live online with Erika Barnhill
  May 4 at 6:30 pm 

Needle Felt a Swan live online with Laura Berlage
  May 6 at 2:00 pm

Introduction to Wheel Throwing with Betty Firth
  May 6, May 13, May 20 at 6:00 pm

Hammer & Tongs- Making Basic Tools with Paul Webster
  May 8 at 9:00 am

Create a One-of-a-Kind Garnet and Dragon Blood Necklace with Kay Vandervort
  May 8 at 1:30 pm

Learn to Make Colby Cheese live online with Gary Colles
  May 13 at 2:00 pm

Create a Unique Dangle Necklace with Kay Vandervort
  May 19 at 1:00 pm

Create a Leather and Stone Bracelet with Kay Vandervort
  May 27 at 1:00 pm

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie live online with Lacey Squier
  May 27 at 7:00 pm

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Lacey Squier
  May 29 at 9:00 am

Blacksmithing at EFS

As the days warm up, we look forward to plants springing out of the soil and the resumption of on-site classes at the Ely Folk School! Leading the way are two blacksmithing classes: the Taste of Blacksmithing is available on Saturday, April 24th, with Phil Leino, to give you an opportunity to give it a try to see if you like it. Phil’s grandfather was a local blacksmith, and Phil actually donated our first forge, which started the whole blacksmithing ball rolling at the Folk School.
Who isn’t fascinated by fire? It seems to be part of our DNA, and blacksmithing gives you an opportunity to work with the elements, transforming hard metal with intense heat into a different substance that can be bent, twisted, and formed into many functional and decorative items, limited only by your skill level and your imagination.
On May 8th, we’ll have visiting instructors from Forging Community in Duluth, headed up by Paul Webster. This is a six-hour workshop where you’ll be able to expand your practice and skills into making some basic tools and S-rings that will be useful around the house or shop. The Forging Community members give demonstrations at their home base in Duluth and take their show on the road to teach blacksmithing skills through Minnesota.
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The Ely Folk School is made possible by: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, Lake Country Power, Minnesota State Arts Board, Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, and Rotary International. 
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