Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Orange Art Center is excited to announce a new line up of ceramics classes for the fall 2009 session. Mark Yasenchack will be taking over the Basic Pottery course on Tuesday mornings while Theresa Yondo will be teaching the Advanced Pottery course on Thursday morning. Gina DeSantis will be instructing a new course mid-morning on Fridays. Each of our instructors exhibit regularly and participate in craft shows around the country.

Mr. Yasenchack received his BS from Baldwin-Wallace College in Biology in 1987 with a strong concentration in ceramics, glazing making and B&W photo techniques. He later went on to attend Cuyahoga Community College from 1990-1991 where he studied glaze and wheel throwing. For those of you who are not familiar with Mark’s work please visit his web-site at

Theresa is an Ohio artist working primarily in clay. As a teacher she explores creative possibilities with her students while exploring their full potential as an artist. She received her BA from Cleveland State in 1987 and her MFA in 1997 from Kent State University. To learn more about Ms. Yondo please visit her ceramic blog at We are so pleased to have these seasoned artists as part of our Center.

In addition to teaching for the Orange Art Center Gina DeSantis also teaches for Art House and through her studio in Lakewood, Ohio. Ms. DeSantis holds a MFA from Kent State University. She will also be offering a workshop focusing on ceramic jewelry design. You may view more information and examples of Gina’s work at

Tuesday: Basic Pottery with Mark Yasenchack
Sept 15th – Nov 17th, 9:30-12:30pm – 10 wks, $243
And Dec 1st – 15th, 9:30-12:30pm – 3wks, $108

Thursday: Advanced Pottery with Theresa Yondo
Sept Sept 17th – Nov 19th, 9:30-12:30pm – 10 wks, $243
And Dec 3rd – 17th, 9:30-12:30pm – 3wks, $108

Friday: Ceramics On and Off the Wheel with Gina DeSantis
Sept 25th – Nov 20th (no class on Oct. 2nd), 11-2pm - 8 wks, $205
And Dec 4th – 18th, 11-2pm – 3wks, $108

Ceramic Jewelry Design Workshop with Gina DeSantis
Oct 10th & 11th, 10am-1pm, $85

Please feel free to contact us at 216-831-5130 with any questions or to register for a class or workshop today. Or visit our website at We are located at 31500 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

the goings on of the ceramics list form. because lists are the only way i get things done.

i could use at least 4 more hours in a day.

i wish i had a clay wedging gnome. he could follow me around and do the dirty work in the studio. maybe i should try craigslist?

i think i'm never planning a party again. seriously.

i have 2 classes at Art House this fall! i have 2 at Orange Art Center! you should take one. ceramics is fun. i'm funny. it will be good times. i promise.

i have 70 coasters to paint cherry blossoms on. what was i thinking?

i'm tired of exhausting people. i'm already exhausted. you are not helping.

i need to clean the spare bedroom. i've lived at my new place for 2 months. perhaps its time to finally organize the room? again, a helper gnome would be delightful.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Buy me these things...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Show Updates...already!
Join me for the first Rocky River Arts Festival at the Old Detroit Road Shopping Center.
Saturday, September 19th from 10-5pm. I hope to see you there.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Fall Events Calendar

10.17.09 Craftin' Outlaws
11 am - 6 pm, The Lodge Bar (in the Arena District).
165 Vine St, Columbus, OH.
***Admission is FREE!*** Visit for more information.

11.07.09 Lake Erie Building Open Studio
Time TBA
13000 Athens Ave, Lakewood, OH.

Check back for regular calendar updates as the holiday season approaches at

Thursday, August 06, 2009

For the remainder of the summer Bridget Ginley and I will be selling our work at Open Air in Market Square. Join us each Saturday in August from 10-4 pm. Its located across from the Westside Market on W. 25th St. in Cleveland.

I will have older work and seconds for sale. Nothing over $15!!! Help me clean my studio and snag some inexpensive pieces for yourself or gifts.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I have a lot of new classes for the fall! I have 2 wheel throwing classes at Art House as well as a glazing workshop. Check out the listings below or on their website. Contact Elizabeth at 216.398.8556 to sign up today. My classes fill quickly.

Mondays, Sept 14-Oct 19, 6:30-8:30

Tuesdays, Sept. 15-Oct. 20; 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration deadline: Sept. 10

Mondays, Oct. 26-Nov. 23; 6:30-8:30 pm

Tuesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 24; 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration deadline: Oct. 22

Cost: $125 for 5 week session, $225 for two 5 week sessions purchased in advance, 5 student minimum

Class fee includes: 25lbs of clay, glazes, and firings.

All levels welcome.

Sooth your mind by throwing bowls and cups on the ceramics wheel, or if you are more advanced, try plates, teapots, and large bowls. Classes are small to allow for individual instruction and to provide every student the opportunity to delve into their creative side. Add unique handles and spouts to your art pieces. Make them beautiful with your own original paint designs. Enjoy your finished products both for their appearance and utility. All clays and glazes are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

I will also be teaching at Orange Art Center on Fridays in the fall. See the class listings below.
On and Off the Wheel:
Friday, September 15 - November 20

(no class on October 2)

11:00AM-2:00PM 8 weeks $205

Friday, December 4 - December 18

11:00AM-2:00PM 3 weeks $108

DeSantis, Gina: NEW Ceramic Jewelry Design Workshop
Saturdays, October 10 & 11

10:00AM - 1:00PM 2 days

I will also have 2 kids classes. Visit the website for more details in the coming weeks.