Sep 22 - 29 2019
Make Your Own Coffee Mug: Basic Ceramics

Make Your Own Coffee Mug: Basic Ceramics

Presented by Red Mountain Makers at Red Mountain Makers

Course Description: This course is designed to teach fundamental skills and techniques for designing, creating and completing successful handbuilt ceramic artwork, using slab, pinch, and coil methods.

This workshop is in three parts:

Wet Clay Techniques: Creating and building with slabs in slump forms, and preparing slabs for leatherhard construction. Creating forms with pinch techniques and coils. We will also focus on deciding which building techniques fit with different design ideas.

Leatherhard techniques: Assembling pieces from leather-hard slabs and other forms. Decorating surfaces with textures, finishing details, and adding elements such as handles. Other basics covered will be the different stages of clay (wet, leatherhard, bone dry, bisque and glazed,) making slip, the basics of recycling clay, and studio safety.

Kilns, Glazes, and Finishing Touches: Basic glaze techniques, including mixing dipping, brushwork, and pouring. We will cover the often confusing terminology of glazes, cones, underglazes, overglazes, and frits.

Skills required (if any): The ability to squish things and follow directions.

Skills Developed: Basic ceramics handbuilding process. We will focus on hands on skills, creating a custom coffee cup, to be finished independently with guidance or during the second session, and fired as a group later in the month.

Admission Info

Tickets available at Eventbrite

General admission: $30.00
With Red Mountain Makers membership: $5.00


Phone: 205-503-3870


Dates & Times

2019/09/22 - 2019/09/29

Additional time info:


My name is Katie Elkins.

I taught myself to sew at the age of five. I have been working in clay since the age of 7.  Since then I have been obsessed with these two media.

I attended Guilford College, graduating with a BFA in Ceramic Art. At Guilford, I studied with my instructor Charlie Tefft. I studied abroad three times during my education – twice in Germany and once in Japan. It was in Japan, where I studied with my sensei Yoshio Inomata, that I decided to focus on ceramics.

I apprenticed at Turtle Island Pottery in Old Fort, NC after graduation, helped build the Yancey County Tile initiative from the ground up, created and managed a successful art and craft fair, taught dressmaking on Capitol Hill, volunteered and showed a piece at the Smithsonian, and had many other fine adventures.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event

  • Free public street parking
  • Free municipal public parking lot surrounding Woodrow Hall building

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Get a refund up to the day before the event.

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Location Info

Red Mountain Makers

5502 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL

Parking Info

A former doctor’s office, the space features workshops with tools suitable for small to medium-sized projects and small meeting space. Need a space for a workshop or teaching event?  All facilities accessible with a supporting membership.

  • Circuits Lab with three work stations, a workbench and a hack zone (computer pick-a-part) for soldering, electronics, and computer repair.
  • Computer Lab with workstations, servers and 3D printers.
  • Shape Lab with laser cutter, woodworking tools, hand tools and finishing supplies.
  • Welding workspace for small projects.
  • Bio Lab for working with biologicals.

Meeting room has display screen; wifi available throughout the space.