Exploring African Ceramic Traditions

Exploring African Ceramic Traditions


Exploring African Ceramic Traditions

Sundays 10am - 1pm October 20 - November 10, 4 weeks.

All Skill Levels

Artist/Instructor Yinka Orafidiya will guide students through the process of handbuilding pottery vessels using traditional techniques she learned during her travels and apprenticeship in Ghana, West Africa. Emphasis will be placed on skill-building and reinforcing the technique through repetitive practice. Students will work towards the completion of one or more unique vessels over the course of this 4-week session. The class will provide a basic introduction to African ceramic traditions and a great opportunity to expand your ceramic horizons through hands-on creative exploration.

BHCS is happy to offer a scholarship to this class for a PoC who expresses a genuine enthusiasm/interest for clay but cannot otherwise afford to take a class. For more information about this scholarship, please email Bethany at Blackhoundclay@gmail.com

Instructor Bio: Yinka Orafidiya is a socially engaged ceramic artist based in Philadelphia and founder of “Crafting Community”, a creative initiative to foster social connection through shared artistic experiences. Yinka has exhibited at The Manchester Craftmen’s Guild, The Woodmere Art Museum, Temple Contemporary, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Paley Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, and The Colored Girls Museum. She completed an advanced pottery intensive with master potters in Ghana West Africa and has also participated in residencies at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (Doylestown, PA), the International Ceramics Studio (Kecskemet, Hungary), and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Newcastle, ME). Yinka has been awarded multiple grants from the Leeway Foundation, a Multicultural Fellowship from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, and a microgrant from Small But Mighty Arts and the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation. She currently sustains her studio practice at The Allens Lane Art Center where she also teaches and works as the assistant studio technician.

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Payment Plans: Payment plans are available! When registering for class, please use the code INSTALLMENT - this will zero out the charges and allow you to register. Within 24 hours, Please look for two invoices sent from Square to the email you provided with your registration - 50% of the cost of the class is due immediately and 50% is due the day before the class commences. Class must be paid in full to participate.

Refunds Policy for Classes: Please email blackhoundclay@gmail.com to request a refund. If your request is emailed up to 1 month before the start of class you will receive a 100% refund. Within 2 weeks before the start of class you will receive a 50% refund of tuition. No refunds are available within one week of the class start date. Please note that refunds are not available for One Night Workshops.

Class Make Ups: If you miss a class we encourage you to use your free Open Studio to make the work time. Attending a different night of class to make up for the class you missed is not permitted.

Withdrawing from a Class: If withdrawing from a class due to an injury or illness, prorated refunds will be issued with a doctor’s note.