Creating With Clay!



Teacher:  Ellen Rungle

Ages:  10+


Class Fees:

Spring:  10 weeks:  $280 or $270 if taking 2 or more classes

This class in beginning ceramics will teach students about different kinds of clays, especially stoneware bodies which are more durable than earthenware. There are whites, reds and even dark brown stonewares; we will use all of them! Basic slab and coil building will be covered..we may start with simple pinch pots. In addition to basic forms, we will have fun with all kinds of molds and forms to create tiles and larger works. We will be making at least one functional piece you’ll be proud to display on your dining room table, and one figurative sculpture of a fantastic or mythical creature inspired by examples of other artist works and popular culture.    I will be using my home-kiln to produce fabulously beautiful works of art with your children!


About Ellen:
I was introduced to clay in junior high school and immediately took a strong interest to hand building and throwing. When I was 15, I joined the Potters’ Studio in West Los Angeles where I met many fascinating potters over the course of 12 years, going there to learn and work after school and during summer vacations.

I attended UC Berkeley as a fine art major and was lucky to take some classes with Peter Voulkos, in addition to my studies in drawing, painting and printmaking. During my junior year I participated in UC’s Education Abroad Program and thereby moved to Padova, Italy for a year that definitely changed my life. I was saturated in Art History and Italian, as I continued my Practice of Art studies. Perhaps the most significant accomplishment of this year was directing an exhibit for an architectural restoration organization in Venice.

After I returned to California and finished my degree, I began my career as an art director/ graphic designer. For the next twenty five years I worked as for various companies in the Los Angeles area. Ceramic art continued to be a hobby of mine during all the years I was working and raising a family.

When my position at the Getty Center as a publications specialist ended in  2002, I made a decision to make ceramics my full time occupation. Combining my design skills (and computer expertise) and my love of clay helps define my style as a versatile ceramic artist. I have built huge murals and fountains and also show smaller works in local galleries. I have been awarded 3 grants and have won several awards. Recently I won Best in Show at at the Beatrice Woods Center for the Arts in Ojai. Also, the i.d.e.a. Museum in Phoenix, AZ, invited me to show my cactus sculptures at their exhibit on the Sonoran Desert.

I am a credentialed teacher and have taught art  classes for three years now. I’m so excited to share my love of clay with the students at Huck!