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Soda Fired Earthenware: The Casual Approach

with George McCauley


A Demonstration and Hands-on Pottery Workshop

Dates: April 15, 16 & 22, 2017

Days/Times: 10:00am - 5:00pm each day, with a break for lunch 

Length of Class: 3 Sessions / 7 Hours each Session

Class Fee: OCAF Members - $95.00, Non-members - $105.00 (Space is limited so register early)

Age: 16 to Adult

Location: School Street Studios building, Pottery Studio

The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF), in partnership with the University of North Georgia (UNG), is excited to present this multi-faceted workshop with Montana-based potter George McCauley, as a part of George's House of Clay World Tour 2017. This is a unique opportunity to see McCauley demonstrate his casual approach to clay.

The workshop includes a hands-on cone 1 soda firing. Participants will bring bisque-ware and use McCauley's array of surface treatments including glaze, terra sigillata, slip, stains, and his patented redneck majolica process. This is a good opportunity to learn about surface treatment and low-temperature soda firing from start to finish - glazing, loading and firing. After the unloading, we'll have a discussion of the firing and a critique of the results.

Workshop Schedule

This is a group firing involving all participants

Saturday, April 15, 10am - 5pm

•             George McCauley will demonstrate surface treatments

•             Participants will glaze pots and load kiln*, learning about placement of pots for atmospheric firing.

•             Stack kiln and candle overnight

•             McCauley slide-talk and performance-art

Sunday, April 16, 10am - 5pm

•             Fire to Cone 1

•             McCauley demonstrates throwing and hand building techniques

Saturday, April 22, 10am - 5pm

•             Unloading of soda kiln will take place at 10am sharp.

•             There will be a discussion about results from the firing

•             Participants will help with clean-up, preparation and re-coating of shelves

* Participants will need to come to this workshop with 4-5 bisqued pieces of various sizes ready to glaze. For those who will be building their pieces in the OCAF studio, the final bisque firing before this workshop will take place on  April 11. The purpose of this workshop is to explore low temperature soda firing. Although this is a low temperature firing it doesn’t matter which clay you use. If you use earthware clay your pots will be vitreous, however if you use stoneware clay your pots will not be vitreous. Bisque fire at your normal temperature.



More on George McCauley

Click Here for George McCauley's CV

You-Tube videos produced for AMACO:

George McCauley Plate Decorating: Who Needs a Brush?

George McCauley Plate Decorating Part 2: Who Needs a Brush?


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Pottery Classes with Annabelle Broyles:


Beginner to Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Instructor: Annabelle Broyles

New Class Open for Registration!

Dates: March 30 - May 4, 2017 

Days/Times:  Thursdays,   6:00pm - 9:00pm 

Length of Class: 6 Sessions / 3 Hours each Session 

Class Fee: OCAF Members - $140.00
 Non-members - $150.00

Materials Fee: $35 Payable at 1st class (Includes a 25lb bag of clay, glazes & kiln firings)

Age: 14+

 Location: School Street Studios building, Pottery Studio

Class Description: If you have ever wondered if you would enjoy the art of pottery or have tried wheel throwing but want to improve & expand your skills, this is the class for you!

In this course for beginner to intermediate potters, Annabelle will teach basic wheel skills as well as new techniques for function, surface design, and style for those who already know the basics. Students will work at their own pace in this easy-going studio atmosphere.

Please use button below to go to the class Registration form. Once you have completed the form, hit "Calculate", then "Register. After the "Thank you for Registering" page, if you are not then taken to the PayPal payment page please call the OCAF office at 706-769-4565 to arrange payment via credit card. Please also call our office if you are unable to register online for any reason.


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Beginner to Intermediate Handbuilding
Annabelle Broyles 

Class was cancelled. Sign up on Wait List for Future Classes

Dates: March 23 - April 27, 2017

Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Length of Class: 6 Sessions / 3 Hours each Session

Class Fee: OCAF Members - $140.00
 Non-members - $150.00

Age: 14+

 Materials Fee: $35 Payable at 1st class (Includes a 25lb bag of clay, glazes & kiln firings)

Class Description: Have you wanted to try your hand at pottery but were a bit intimidated at the thought of wheelthrowing? Have you tried or mastered wheelthrowing and want to expand your skills into other forms of pottery building? This class might be just the thing for you! 

In this hands-on class Annabelle will teach basic skills which involve slump molds, making pinch pots, coiling, scoring/slipping, rolling slabs and extruding shapes. Jenna will share ideas and show examples of things you might like to try such as textured tiles, animal sculptures, butter dishes, soap dishes, etc. These techniques will enable each student to form the clay into their own vision.


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Annabelle Broyles is a recent graduate from the ceramics department at the University of Georgia.  Before coming to UGA and calling Athens home, she studied pottery in the blue ridge mountains for two years. Having worked with clay for most of her life, Annabelle has had the opportunity to learn from many and experience various techniques.  Her own work ranges from functional ware to sculptural figures and blurring the lines in between. Annabelle chooses to work in clay due to its endless possibilities and forgiveness. Celebrating the meditative process of working with ones hands is key to her work. Annabelle is enthusiastic to share her love of this medium with the community.


Ceramic Surface Enrichment
Michael Pitts

Workshop is Full! Sign-up on Wait List for future Workshops.

Dates: March 18, 2017

Day/Time: Saturday, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Length of Workshop: 3 Hours 

Workshop Fee: OCAF Members - $30.00
 Non-members - $40.00

Age: 16 to Adult

Skill Level: All levels 

Class Description: Ever wanted to move beyond basic glazing and experiment with new techniques for decorating your pottery? Join Michael Pitts as he teaches methods of ceramic surface enrichment that will help you make your pottery pieces your autograph. In this demonstration class Michael will be showing students techniques such as mishima, sgraffito & glaze overlays.


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michael pitts

Michael Pitts, a well-known local potter of 40 years, is one of the founding members of OCAF. He grew up in Griffin, GA then attended UGA and has been in the Oconee County area ever since. Michael has taught pottery at OCAF, Athens Academy & the John Campbell Folk School. He is well versed in pottery history, materials, styles & techniques & shares his knowledge during OCAF’s annual Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational by leading the Gallery Talks. Michael also was a Perspectives’ participating potter for 7 years.


Pottery Open Studio

Open studio fee: $50 per month, or $5 per day pay as you go.

Clay cost: $35 / 25 lb. bag, includes bisque firing, glazing and firing.

Days & hours: change from week to week, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be placed on the list serv.

Age: Anyone  under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Open studio time is available for adults, 18 and over, who have previously taken OCAF ceramics classes or have previous experience working in another ceramics studio. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Clay used in the studio must be purchased from OCAF. Open Studio time determined by monthly need.