Past Craft classes
Bone Tools & Utensils
Whatever your craft is, it probably needs a bone tool. Bone is a resilient material that can be carved and shaped to make functional yet beautiful tools. Crochet hooks, knitting needles, folders, spatulas, spoons, buttons, and burnishers are all possibilities in this class. We will learn how to source, prepare, and select bones, and learn about the different qualities bone can have for specific tool functions.
Build It: Weaving Tools
Create your own weaving tools from select hardwoods in this 1-day workshop focusing on tapestry beaters/combs, shuttles and bobbins. Furniture designer and Architect Tim Fouch will lead the group through basic woodworking techniques using hand carving & machine tools and finishings.
Collecting Colors of Place: Mineral Harvest for Painters & Potters
Painters! Are you curious about harvesing your own minerals to create uniquely colored paints?
Potters! Interested in digging your own clay and collecting minerals to create your own glazes?
This two day mineral exploration will be a journey into the ancient landscape of Central Oregon, around the John Day Fossil Beds, searching for the colorful paleosols (fossil soils) formed over the course of millions of years. The expedition will focus on identifying and harvesting materials that can be used as pigments for making paint or as clay sand glaze for pottery. The trip will include camping under the stars, along the John Day River. During the day we will explore the surrounding landscapes learning about the history of the geological formations and collecting various colors of soil. The workshop will focus on how to sustainably collect minerals that also respects the places from which they originate. We will emphasize the importance of our ecological footprint in the landscape and in our art studios while embracing the philosophy of "leave no trace". In the evening, the group will learn how to process harvested minerals into pigments, and begin the process of sifting and separating soils & clays into workable materials.
This workshop is ideal for people who love to be outside, are adventurous and healthy. We will be outside for 2 entire days, in very remote locations. Participants must be able to hike, and be in the sun for long periods of time. Please plan to pack accordingly for the elements, including very hot days, and potentially cold evenings. A detailed packing list will be provided to those registered prior to the trip. Students will be responsible for all camping gear, as well as his/her meals, excepting dinner. Dinner will be provided on Saturday and Sunday evening. Please plan on carpooling: single-car drivers will not be allowed in the caravan.
Wild Color: Making Natural Pigments
During this workshop we will look at the various types of mineral materials that have been collected by Scott Sutton during his explorations in Oregon and Washington. Participants will have hands-on experience in processing minerals into pigments, as well as mixing them with various types of binders to make paint. Students will leave with paint samples, as well as recipes to make at home.
Willow Gathering Basket
In this hands-on workshop, students will learn the basic process and technique of wicker basketry. We will be weaving with colorful, locally grown willows and will discuss material selection, cultivation, wild harvesting, and material preparation. Each student will make a gathering basket approximately 8" in diameter and 12" high. This class is suitable for folks with previous weaving experience, or complete beginners.