In our fun, hands-on ceramic tile coaster class, we will look to geometric and botanical tile designs for inspiration, and create elegant, one-of-a-kind ceramic coaster sets to take home. Participants will learn all stages of ceramic tile production, including slab rolling, under-glazing, hand-painting and decal transfer techniques. This class is co-taught by Nicky and Melanie. Materials and instruction are provided for a range of creative experience and skill levels, from pre-made decals to creating and embellishing custom designs using hand-painting techniques. Students will create sets of four tiles, which will be glazed, fired, and backed by the instructors following the class. They can be picked up locally, or shipped for an additional cost. This class is appropriate for beginners.
Melanie And Nicky
Portland-born Nicky Kriara is a painter and sculptor. She makes large-scale murals and public art pieces, and runs Niko Ceramic Design Company. She has been making ceramics for 20 years, and specializes in slip-cast and handbuilt planters. Melanie Nead creates hand-painted wallpaper and murals as Lonesome Pictopia. She was a custom tattooer for 15 years, and owned Icon Tattoo in Portland. She draws inspiration from her passion for botany, biology, and historical craftsmanship. Together they run beautiful Lonesome West Studio, where classes are held.
Fresh bagels and schmears from our next door neighbors Bernstein's Bagels. Please let us know if you're gluten intolerant!
Wine and sparkling water
The class will take place in our beautiful, airy 1300 SF studio in North Portland, which is a storefront space in a nationally registered historic building. We are conveniently located just a few minutes from downtown and a block from the MAX light rail. We're on a street full of Portland landmarks, breweries, and creative businesses, and just down the hill from the vibrant North Mississippi neighborhood.
A good attitude
Your tiles will be fired, glazed, and ready for pickup 1-2 weeks after the class, or can be shipped for an additional cost. Participants get 20% off full-priced handmade goods the night of the class!
Make a set of 4 ceramic tile coasters!