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Cancelled Bird Tiles, Creating with Clay

Sorry, This class has been cancelled.

Date & Time: July 23, 1:30-4:00 pm
Registration Deadline: July 20

Taking inspiration from Charley Harper’s work, participants will choose a bird design to create a colorful ceramic tile. Participants will explore Charley Harper’s illustrations to draw and design a template to use (or select a template provided by the instructor). Using clay slabs, Clay Maas will show participants step-by-step how to build a 3D tile to glaze. Create your own graphic-inspired bird-themed clay piece! All pieces will be fired in the kiln and ready for pickup at GAAC in 2-3 weeks. Students can make arrangements for their finished tiles shipped.

Hannah Safford studied Drawing and Art Education at Montana State University. Since leaving school, she has been teaching drawing and painting classes at art centers in Michigan. She’s an avid birdwatcher and uses her illustration skills to record the birds as she sees them in her sketchbooks. Her work was published in the children’s book “Hector: A small painted turtle.”

Clay Maas’ passion for pottery and letterpress printing started in 2013. This passion led him from small-town Ohio to his current home in Traverse City, Michigan, where he lives with his wife Emily and dog Lincoln. He is the co-owner of ClaySpaceTC, a community ceramics education studio. Clay is also the artist in residence at Paperworks Studio with a focus on letterpress printing. These different mediums keep his brain running at full speed. To cool down and refocus a good round of golf keeps him in the moment and out of his own head.

Minimum Enrollment
Glen Arbor Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by GAAC for lack of enrollment, GAAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid (Cash payments will be refunded by check). Please be aware that GAAC is not responsible for losses incurred due to housing, travel or other arrangements.

Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the day of the class.


To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2021 programs, to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons or less for outdoor programs and 8 or less for indoor programs.
  • All students must wear face coverings inside the center when social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Students and staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Common areas and touched surfaces will be sanitized regularly.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, any new policies or procedures for classes will be communicated by June 15, 2021.


July 23, 2021
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Thoreson Farm
3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
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