Carnegie Hall to Hold Clay and Leather Classes | Arts and entertainment

lewisburg, wva – The Carnegie Hall Classes and Workshops series continues through December, offering artists of all experience levels a chance to improve their craft and make homemade gifts for the holidays.

Upcoming offerings include clay lessons with Amy Durrman and Kelsie Tyson and leather lessons with Luke Davis.

Starting on Tuesday, November 29 and continuing on December 6, 13 and 20, is Amie Durrman’s Afterschool Clay Class – Holiday Food. Students create their favorite Christmas foods in clay while learning three traditional techniques of hand building and applying underglazes. Students must be between the ages of 6 and 13.

Durrman will also conduct a three-week Clay for Kids course on Saturdays December 3, 10 and 17, from 10 to 11:30. Ceramic Wall Art will teach students to explore various hand construction techniques while creating functional and abstract forms. Demonstrations will include plate building, coil building, and plucking. Students will also learn about surface decoration, including applied textures and how to apply underglazes. Students must also be between the ages of 6 and 13.

For students interested in learning leather crafts, Luke Davis teaches how to make tool belts and straps. The class will be held on Saturday 3 December, from 15:00 to 17:00. In this lesson, participants will learn how to cut, edge, punch, and stamp leather to create their choice of a handmade belt or tool strap. Students can choose from a variety of hardware and design two options for the instrument strap. This project would make a unique gift. No experience is necessary, all materials will be provided and students must be 14 or older.

On Saturday, December 10, 11am-2pm, Davis will also teach how to make leather Christmas ornaments. In this beginner-level lesson, participants will learn how to cut, stamp, color, and/or dye leather to make keepsake holiday ornaments. They will choose their own design and pattern to make personalized decorations for wreaths, trees and gifts that match their Christmas decor. All materials are provided and no experience is required.

Educational artist Kelsie Tyson will teach two one-day wheel experiences on Saturday, December 3 and 17, from noon to 2pm

Students will spend two hours learning the basics of throwing on the potter’s wheel. Students will make two to three pieces, choosing the best ones for cooking. Students will also be able to choose a polish option. The price of the workshop includes clay, glaze and firing. Students must be at least 6 years old.

Tyson will also teach how to make ceramic earrings on Saturday, December 3 and 17, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm Students will learn basic handbuilding and glazing techniques for making custom clay earrings and pendants.

The designs will be licensed from Carnegie Hall and available for pickup later. All material will be provided and students must be at least 12 years old.

To register or for more information, visit or pick up a Classes and Workshops brochure at 611 Church St., Lewisburg.

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