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Build and Decorate a Bowl

Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PMThursday, November 11, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $15

Do you want to create your own dishware, but feel daunted by the process of learning how to throw clay? Learn to create a ceramic bowl with Lyn Reed. This class consists of two sessions, first creating a bowl using hand building techniques. Lyn will give you tips for how to best shape your bowl. In between sessions, your new bowl will be bisque-fired. It will now be ready for glazing! At the second session, you will play with a variety of glazes and decorate your bowl to your pleasing. Your bowl may be collected the following week after it has been fired for the final time. All bowls made will be dishwasher and microwave safe.

What an accomplishment! To make a bowl out of clay, decorate it, glaze it, and then be able to eat anything you like, soup, cereal or ice cream out of it. Don’t miss this fun opportunity! No experience required.

About the Instructor: Lyn Reed is a lifelong teacher and learner. She has been an art educator for over 35 years. In her personal work, Lyn specializes in pottery. Lyn’s work also reflects the flora and fauna of her homeland, often carving her vessels with shapes and textures inspired by nature. Lyn creates her work in varying series, each is created by a particular inspiration. The inspiration for these projects can vary from organic seed pods of the eucalyptus tree, to the skin textures from an Australian water dragon. After combining processes from ancient peoples and drawing inspiration from nature and her own life experiences, she tries to make each pot a unique form.

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Accessorizing Your Pottery

Thursdays, September 30 and October 7, 20212:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $10

After you have created a beautiful shape out of clay, the next most important task is to decide how to decorate the surface. Your choices make your work uniquely yours. In this class we will talk about a multitude of methods and materials that can be used to accessorize your work. Topics that will be covered include:clay additions, incised decorations, carved decorations, slip trailing, adding found items, making unique knobs and stamping.

Your homework will be to make one or more pots and bring them in a leather hard state to the second session. Then you’ll be try out techniques and materials that appeal to you on your own pieces. Feel free to bring materials you might like to include. You will also be shown styles that you can use on glazed and fired pieces.

About the Instructor, Sandy Brandley: I began throwing pots in earnest 1974 with my first wheel and kiln. I was initially self-taught but continued my education with classes at the University of Minnesota and multiple seminars through the years. A summer session at Lake Superior College with Dorian Beaulieu was the most transformative for me. His attitude was that there are no limits on your creativity, which helped me branch out and create my most widely-praised pottery, using unusual items on pots such as a drill bit from the Pioneer Mine which closed in 1967, an antler found in the woods, or a chunk of greenstone.

Sandy is a member artist of Art & Soul gallery, and her pottery has also been available at Burntside Lodge, North Country Goods, and local art shows. She has taught several classes in beginning pottery for elementary students as well as classes for adults.

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Glaze a Hand-built Bowl

Thursday, November 11, 20211:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $35 Materials: $15

Do you want to create your own dishware, but feel daunted by the process of learning how to throw clay? In this class, you will have the opportunity to play with glazes and decorate a bowl to take home. Instructor Lyn Reed will offer you a choice of her bisque-fired bowls. Your bowl may be collected the following week after it has been fired for the final time. All bowls made will be dishwasher and microwave safe.

Don’t miss this fun opportunity! No experience required.

Note that this is in conjunction with another class, in which you would make the bowl the previous Thursday. We are offering the option to sign up only for the glazing class. If you signed up for the full “Build and Decorate a Bowl” class, you should not sign up for this.

About the Instructor: Lyn Reed is a lifelong teacher and learner. She has been an art educator for over 35 years. In her personal work, Lyn specializes in pottery. Lyn’s work also reflects the flora and fauna of her homeland, often carving her vessels with shapes and textures inspired by nature. Lyn creates her work in varying series, each is created by a particular inspiration. The inspiration for these projects can vary from organic seed pods of the eucalyptus tree, to the skin textures from an Australian water dragon. After combining processes from ancient peoples and drawing inspiration from nature and her own life experiences, she tries to make each pot a unique form.

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Make a Semi-Precious Gem Necklace

Thursday, September 9, 20211:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $24 Materials: $15

Join us for an afternoon of expressing creativity and crafting a beautiful and completely unique necklace of your own. Kay will provide all materials, including an assortment of semi-precious gems around which you will build your necklace.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

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Gyotaku: Fish Printing

Friday, September 3, 20211:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $8

The Art of Gyotaku ( ghio-at’-koo ) is the ancient Japanese art of fish printing. Gyotaku has been used for over a century to record catches of sport fish. The Japanese fish printing technique provides valuable information for ichthyological studies. The process of Gyotaku gives us an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of nature.

In this class you will create your own fish prints using real fish caught locally. The process begins by using a fish to produce a black and white print. You will then be guided in enhancing the print using watercolor paints for a gorgeous piece of fishy wall decor!

About the Instructor: Lyn Reed is a lifelong teacher and learner. She has been an art educator for over 35 years. In her personal work, Lyn specializes in pottery. Lyn’s work also reflects the flora and fauna of her homeland, often carving her vessels with shapes and textures inspired by nature. Lyn creates her work in varying series, each is created by a particular inspiration. The inspiration for these projects can vary from organic seed pods of the eucalyptus tree, to the skin textures from an Australian water dragon. After combining processes from ancient peoples and drawing inspiration from nature and her own life experiences, she tries to make each pot a unique form.

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Sustainable Living

Wednesday, October 6, 20216:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Free! These sessions will be held the first Wednesday of each month October through February.

Ever wonder how you might make a positive difference to sustainable living but haven’t known where to start? Well, you’re in luck! Join a community of green-minded folk in discussing creative ways to live a cleaner lifestyle. Come think with us each month as we ponder and peruse the state of the world and our own impacts. Although individual actions alone cannot solve the climate crisis, we can join together and share both our cost-effective and even cost-free ways to lessen our footprint and our questions and frustrations. Fostering contagious ideas is a wonderful way to create positive progress.

Topics each month will be based largely on current events, attendee questions, and seasonal opportunities. We ask you all to come with both a question about sustainability and an idea or a choice you have made toward a more sustainable future, be it about installing solar or saving your garden seeds!

About the facilitator: Andy Hill, of Northland Builders and EcoEly, has been implementing creative sustainable living practices in his off-the-grid homestead and loves to share ideas and knowledge with others. He has been called an Evangelist of Sustainability and he promises there will be no secrets! Andy has taught Sustainable Living classes and Northwoods Gardening at the Folk School since its inception, and students appreciate his deep knowledge as a gardener and his positive and helpful teaching style.

So, come engage with Andy and meet some new friends!

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A Quiltmaker’s Journey: A Trunk Show and Lecture

Saturday, November 13, 20212:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Helen has been a quiltmaker for over 40 years and is passionate about her art form. In this one-hour Lecture/Trunk Show, you will hear what inspired Helen to become a quilter, see how her quiltmaking style has changed over the years, and learn who has influenced her work and why. While showing 20-25 quilts, Helen will share some of her proudest achievements as well as some of her challenges along this creative journey. She hopes to inspire you to become a quiltmaker, too; or, if you already make quilts, to try some new techniques. Be sure to stay until the end of her Trunk Show so you can see the quilts up close and ask questions.

About Helen Smith Stone: Helen is the founder/owner of Quilting on the Waterfront (QTW), a small business that focuses on providing education to quiltmakers ~ machine piecing, machine quilting, and art quilting techniques. She especially enjoys teaching “beginner” quilters, helping them get off to a good start.

Helen’s first experience with needles and thread was at the age of eight when her mother taught her hand-embroidery. Later, she became interested in sewing machines, and her journey of working with fabric and thread began. Home Economics, 4-H classes, and good teachers propelled Helen forward into first sewing doll clothes and later making clothing for herself. But, when she saw her grandmother’s collection of quilts, she was smitten! “I knew then what I wanted to learn – how to create quilts!” Many years later, she made her first quilt – a baby quilt for her son. From there, quiltmaking became Helen’s passion and art form. She has been making quilts for over 40 years.

An award-winning quilter, Helen presented a quilt show/conference (Quilting on the Waterfront) at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in 2002, 2004, and 2006, bringing in over 6,000 attendees each year. She continued to produce smaller quilt shows at The Inn on Lake Superior-Duluth until 2012. She enjoys teaching and sharing her quilts through Trunk Shows, workshops, and special exhibits.

Helen’s work has been published in Joanne Larsen Line’s books: Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift, and More Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift. She has also been featured in a machine quilting book by Sue Nickels, Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques; in a paper-piecing book by Claudia Clark Myers of Duluth, A Passion for Piecing; and in three QuiltArt Engagement Calendars by American Quilters Society (AQS).

In 2001, Helen started a quilt guild to help educate and inspire new and experienced quilters and to encourage the making and donating of quilts to local charitable organizations. Northern Lights Machine Quilters Guild (NLMQG) is based in Duluth and has 70 members.

Helen worked in the education profession for over 35 years: The Marshall School, Duluth Public Schools, KUMD-Public Radio, WDSE-Public TV, and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). She participates in a variety of online classes and strongly believes in lifelong learning. One of her favorite quotes is: Never stop learning because life never stops teaching. – Author unknown

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Intro to Stained Glass

Mondays, August 16 and 23, 20212:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $92 Materials: $20

The beautiful translucent colors of stained glass catch the sunlight and the attention of anyone passing by. Have you ever wondered if you could make something beautiful like that? In this class you’ll learn about stained glass techniques: how to cut glass pattern pieces easily and well; how to use the copper foiling to wrap each piece; how to solder your pieces together; and how to add a patina and clean up the finished piece. All that’s left for you to do is to show off your handiwork.

This is a two-day class, which, depending on your speed of working, will give you time to complete one or more pieces in colors of your choice. Your first project will be simpler than the piece pictured above to give you time to complete it. You can choose a pattern or create your own. You can use the week in between to practice these new skills if you wish.

All the tools, supplies, and safety glasses will be provided.

About the Instructor: Betty Firth has often felt like a magpie, attracted to shiny, beautiful things. She loves an abundance of colors and surrounds herself with as much color as possible whenever she can. She has particularly enjoyed working with color in pottery, fabric collages, weaving, beading, and watercolor, as well as stained glass.

Betty has taught in many venues from first grade in public schools to all ages in a variety of topics, including writing, acupressure, and many arts and crafts. She loves when students “get it,” mastering skills with practice, and realizing they have the ability to be creative and make beautiful and interesting things with their own hands.

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Starting Your Novel and “After Francesco” Reading with Brian Malloy

Wednesday, October 6, 20216:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Do you have a great idea for a novel? Not sure what to do next? In this user-friendly session for the first-time novelist you’ll create a basic plot outline, and get to know your main characters. Absolute beginners and those in need of a refresher and/or inspiration are more than welcome.

Following the writing session, Brian will read an excerpt from his new book, After Francesco, which Apple Books named “Best of June, 2021.” It is a stunning novel of love, friendship, and surviving the deepest loss, set in New York City and Minneapolis in 1988, at the peak of the AIDS crisis.

Visit Brian’s website to learn more: www.malloywriter.com

About the Author: Brian Malloy was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, and Pennsylvania (again). Minneapolis has been – more or less – his home since 1978 (with a few years here and there in D.C., Amsterdam, and Boston). He was an early employee of the Minnesota AIDS Project (now Rainbow Health) in the 1980s, a volunteer with the 1987 Minnesota March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights, and the volunteer coordinator for Minnesota’s first AIDS walk in 1988.

Brian is self-employed and a proud member of the Service Employees International Union, Local 284. He has taught creative writing at a variety of settings, including Emerson College, Hamline University, JustUs Health, Metropolitan Library Service Agency, Minnesota Correctional Facility – Lino Lakes, Our Saviour’s Transitional Housing, Quatrefoil Library, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and Witness Writers. Brian has been married (illegally and legally) to his husband for over 30 years, and they are the proud parents of rescue dogs.

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Make an Amazonite Necklace

Saturday, August 28, 20211:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $24 Materials: $15

Students in this class will create a necklace featuring Amazonite gemstones combined with pearls, and glass and stone beads. While students will work from a kit, additional beads will be available to utilize so every student can complete a piece unique to them. Amazonite can form the largest known crystals of any mineral and has been known to be confused with turquoise and jade. Amazonite is a mostly opaque stone textured with pale milky-white cloudiness or streaking ranging from light green to greenish blue to deep green/blue. Amazonite’s soft and attractive color closely resembles nephrite and jadeite. Amazonite’s appearance is very distinctive with its grid-like, mottled pattern.

The stones are thought to have tremendous healing abilities. Similar to jade, amazonite is associated with money, luck and overall success. Amazonite is said to soothe tense and aggravated situations and to enhance love. Since this stone is associated with the throat and heart, it is best when worn as a necklace. Amazonite is said to bestow truth, honor and integrity to its wearer. There are stories of the warrior women of the ancient Amazon tribe in Brazil using amazonite stones to adorn their shields, cure sickness and heal wounds.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

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