Clay Workshops and Loving Bowls Studio Sessions Begin Soon
Have you always wanted to create something amazing with just your two hands and some clay? Then Sedona Arts Center’s Ceramics Studio is the right place for you.
From April 11, a new series of ceramics workshops begins in the Art Barn studio. Three different six-week courses, all open to the public regardless of previous experience, will focus on working with clay and creating beautiful objects by hand.
Courses include Ceramics for All Levels taught by Dennis Ott, director of the Arts Center’s ceramics studio, and Pottery Wheel for Beginners, taught by Richard Bayles. Hand Building Ceramics, with instructor Suzy Allan, will also be offered for those 12 years old and up.
“Our Ceramic Studio strives to present the latest clay techniques and advanced trends in the ceramic world, but is also known as a place that welcomes beginners and newcomers,” said Ott. “We provide a nurturing environment in the Art Barn, and a place where students can grow and creativity is always nurtured.”
All of the upcoming ceramics classes are $220 (with a discount to $202 for Arts Center members) and include some materials for the class such as 25 pounds of clay, kiln firings, glazings and one open studio session per week. Registrations are limited to ensure everyone receives individual instruction and development that is personal to them.
For those who have experience in ceramics studios, the Arts Center has now opened its 2016 Loving Bowls weekly production. Each year local potters volunteer their time and make over 1,000 bowls, which are offered at the popular event to raise support for the Arts Center, Sedona Food Bank, and Sedona Community Center. This year’s Loving Bowls event is planned for December 10, 2016 and experienced potters can now get involved by contacting the Arts Center.
“The making of Loving Bowls, every Thursday afternoon from now to late November, is a labor of love,” said Ott. “It’s also a wonderfully creative time in our studio, and a fun opportunity for people to contribute to our community."
To sign up for a ceramics class, or get involved in Loving Bowls, contact the Arts Center office at 928-282-3809.
Sedona Arts Center is a nonprofit organization, established in 1958, and dedicated to the creative life of Sedona. The Art Center’s ceramics studio is active year-round and welcomes people of all abilities. Other programs include a diverse fine art gallery and exhibitions, hundreds of arts education offerings, cultural celebrations and festivals, and much more. For more information any of the Arts Center’s efforts, call 928-282-3809 (office), 928-282-3865 (gallery) or visit SedonaArtsCenter.org.
As per usual, the Sedona Real Estate market ramped up on schedule and last week was one of the busiest in recent memory for home sales. This past weekend, there were 7 new listings that came on market and 7 that went pending with buyers. Overall we've got 400 total residential properties listed and 75 of them are already tied up with buyers. That leaves only 325 units available - 277 homes 34 condos and a dozen or more manufactured homes. Inventory is getting limited in the sub $300k price range - with only 35 properties currently available - and only 9 of these are single family homes. So, if you're shopping for a home in this range you'd be wise to hurry. I'd received an email a few weeks ago from a client looking for a SFR up to $325k - and there were 15 available at the time - and by the time he arrived there were only 10 left.
Between 300k-500k there's a load of activity and 61 available residential units on the market (single family homes, condos, townhomes and manufactured homes). With 82 sales in the last 6 months, it's technically a sellers market as we currently have less than a 6 month inventory of homes. That doesn't mean that prices are spiking, but we are seeing some homes pushing the upper limits of comparable sales (if they're in great shape, have views, and already modernized). Pricing is still important - so if you're considering putting a home on the market this spring, check with your agent about the range in which you should price your house.
Vacant land is still dragging along, with 347 lots currently available and 42 sales in the last 6 months - things are still favoring the buyers. Expect to get a good deal on a lot if you're a true buyer, but be warned... by the time you add up costs: design fees, impact fees, utility fees, engineering costs, and construction - you'll certainly be paying a premium for that new Dream home. It's still a better bargain to find an existing home that you'll like - and resort to buying a lot and building if you don't find a home that fits your needs.