CERAMICS STUDIO

Hand building and wheel throwing classes offer a variety of techniques to learn. Project classes let you complete fun, useful items in a short amount of time. Even if you have no experience you can build birdhouses, baking dishes, garden totems and more. Advanced classes guide you through Extreme Pots, lidded vessels, and Pots that Pour to improve skills and creativity.

 

Pre-registration is required three days before the start of class or workshop.
You are not fully registered unless paid in full.

 Material fees are included in the tuition pricing.

Questions about our programming?
Please contact info@explorearts.org

DO YOU NEED A KILN TO FIRE YOUR WORK? Please contact Emily Freelin about renting our kiln at emilyfreelin@exporearts.org

Open Studio

Open Studio with a monitor is offered to those with previous ceramic experience and recommended for those who don't need hands-on instruction and feel confident working independently. If you have not been to our Open Studio before or attended one of our classes you must be pre-approved prior to registering by contacting Emily Freelin emilyfreelin@explorearts.org

Open studio is available on a month to month basis, beginning on the first day of the month and ending on the last day of the month. Payments are not pro-rated and registration is required. Cost $35/month

Open studio participants must be 18 or older to attend the adult open studio.

Open Studio Schedule for January-May

Mondays 6 - 9 pm,  Andrew Robb and Brooke Beidler
Tuesdays 3-6 pm, Norma Newtown
Wednesdays, All Ages 6 -9 pm,  Emily Freelin
Thursdays, 10 am - 1 pm, Meredith Walker
Fridays, 9 am - noon, Yun Lee
Saturdays 2 - 4 pm, Laurel DiCiuccio
Sundays 2-5 pm, Mindy Spearman and Susan McCalister

ADULT OPEN STUDIO REGISTER HERE

TEEN OPEN STUDIO REGISTER HERE

PURCHASE CLAY (click below)

New 25lb Bag: $18

Reclaimed  20 - 25lbs: $5

ADULT CLASSES

(Teen and child clay classes are located under the Youth heading)

February

 Wheel 101 with Robert Apholz - $130

We will explore the potters' wheel including all the basic steps to get you started. After the fundamentals, we will make cylinders, a drinking mug, a bowl, and if time permits, a vase. This class will also cover trimming, texturing, and glazing. A beginner friendly class -Come to meet new people and learn a new craft!

Fridays, 6 pm - 8 pm, February 1, 8, 15 and 22

Wheel 102 with Laurel Diciuccio - $130 (REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)

Wheel 101 with Laurel Diciuccio - $130

Learn the basics of using a pottery wheel or brush up on the skills you already know! In this class you will learn all you need to know to make a pot on the pottery wheel: throwing, trimming, decorating and glazing. You can expect to bring home 5-10 unique and functional pots! Beginners welcome.

Tuesdays, 6 pm - 8 pm, February 5, 12, 19, 26

Handbuilding: Slab Boxes with Emily Freelin - $130

Together we will explore the possibilities of clay slabs! We will build multiple lidded boxes, perfect for storing everything from the precious to the mundane! Emily will take class time to demonstrate her favorite decorative carving for slab boxes: text! This class is beginner friendly. Expect to make three functional boxes.

Four Thursdays 1 pm - 3 pm February 7, 14, 21, 28

Wheel 103: Drinking Vessels with Lauren Ginn - $130

All about our favorite functional vessel! This class time will be devoted to the drinking vessel: in all shapes and sizes! You can expect mugs, goblets, steins, teacups, and more! If you want to create custom drinkware and barware- this is the class for you! Expect to make 4 to 8 drinking vessels. Intermediate/Advance wheel level required; you should be able to pull consistent shapes.

Four Thursdays, 6 pm - 8 pm, February 7, 14, 21, 28

Craft Night with Emily Freelin - Wine Goblets - $30

Spend your Sunday night in the clay room, getting a little dose of creative R&R. We will be focusing on wine goblets or whiskey sippers! You can expect to create a unique pair of vessels! All levels welcome. Bring a friend, and your favorite beverage! Registration required. Sunday, February 10,  5:30 - 7:30

March

Friday Wheel 101 with Robert Apholz - $130

We will explore the potters' wheel including all the basic steps to get you started. After the fundamentals, we will make cylinders, a drinking mug, a bowl, and if time permits, a vase. This class will also cover trimming, texturing, and glazing. A beginner friendly class. Come to meet new people and learn a new craft!

Fridays, 6 pm - 8 pm, March 1, 8, 15 and 22

Wheel 102 with Laurel Diciuccio - $130

A great next step after Wheel 101! Spend time refining and practicing with Laurel! You will take your pots to a new level while exploring surface decoration. Spend time with slips as you learn inlay and carving techniques. Expect to make 5 - 10 various pieces. A solid wheel throwing foundations with small bowls and cups is required.
Saturdays, noon - 2 pm, March 2, 9, 16 and 23

Tuesday Wheel 101 with Laurel Diciuccio - $130

Learn the basics of using a pottery wheel or brush up on the skills you already know! In this class you will learn all you need to know to make a pot on the pottery wheel: throwing, trimming, decorating and glazing. You can expect to bring home 5-10 unique and functional pots! Beginners welcome.

Tuesdays, 6 pm - 8 pm, March 5, 12, 19, 26

Wheel 103: Coil Throwing with Emily Freelin - $130

Throw bigger vessels but save your wrists! In this class we will learn and practice coil throwing. With this skill, you can throw very large vessels a little at a time! When you’ve completed this course you will have 3 large pots. Intermediate or advanced experience required; you must be able to center with confidence.

Four Thursdays, 1 pm - 3 pm, March 7, 14, 21, 28

Wheel 102: Surface Decoration with Lauren Ginn - $150

In this class we will be focusing on surface decoration. Students will be able to explore with underglazes, slips, texture, and additions. Projects will be students choice but more time will be spent on each individual piece. This class is focused on quality over quantity. You will make between 1 and 3 functional pots. Intermediate wheel level experience required; you should center and pull with confidence.

Four Thursdays, 5:30 pm – 8 pm, March 7, 14, 21, 28

Craft Night with Emily Freelin - Garden Markers- $30

Spend your Sunday night in the clay room, getting a little dose of creative R&R. We will be focusing on the garden! You can expect to create unique garden and herb pot markers! All levels welcome. Bring a friend, and your favorite beverage! Registration required.

Sunday, March 10, 5:30 -7:30 pm

April

Tuesday Wheel 101 with Laurel Diciuccio - $130

Learn the basics of using a pottery wheel or brush up on the skills you already know! In this class you will learn all you need to know to make a pot on the pottery wheel: throwing, trimming, decorating and glazing. You can expect to bring home 5-10 unique and functional pots! Beginners welcome.Tuesdays, 6 pm - 8 pm, April 2, 9, 23, 30 NO CLASS ON APRIL 16

Bowls for the Dinner Table with Lauren Ginn - $100

This class is all about large serving bowls! You will practice controlling large amounts of clay in order to create lovely fruit bowls! Mixing, serving, and decorative bowls will all be discussed. We will dedicate class time to learn about trimming for large bowls. Students enrolled in this class are encouraged to throw in open studio during the month of April. You will make 3 to 5 large bowls. Intermediate/Advanced wheel experience required; you should center and pull 6” with ease.

Three Thursdays 6 pm - 8 pm, April 4, 11, 25 NO CLASS APRIL 18

Friday Wheel 101 with Robert Apholz - $100

We will explore the potters wheel including all the basic steps to get you started. After the fundamentals, we will make cylinders, a drinking mug, a bowl, and if time permits, a vase. This class will also cover trimming, texturing, and glazing. A beginner friendly class. Come to meet new people and learn a new craft! Three Fridays, 6 pm - 8 pm, April 5, 12 and 26 (NO CLASS ON APRIL 19)

Wheel 102 with Laurel Diciuccio - $100

A great next step after Wheel 101! Spend time refining and practicing with Laurel! You will take your pots to a new level while exploring surface decoration. Spend time with slips as you learn inlay and carving techniques. Expect to make 5 - 10 various pieces. A solid wheel throwing foundations with small bowls and cups is required.

Three Saturdays, noon - 2 pm, April  6,13 and 27 NO CLASS APRIL 20

Craft Night with Emily Freelin - Leaf Serving Bowl - $30

Spend your Sunday night in the clay room, getting a little dose of creative R&R. We will be focusing on a serving bowl for your summer parties! We will be making a serving bowl using multiple leaf imprints! All levels welcome. Bring a friend, and your favorite beverage! Registration required. Sunday, April 7, 5:30 -7:30 pm

May

Clay for the Garden with Lauren Ginn - $150

Using hand building techniques we will create pots and planters as the weather warms! Those who are comfortable on the potter’s wheel can throw their pots as well! Come join Lauren as you make a variety of vessels to spice up your gardens this season. You will make 3 to 5 planters. All experience levels welcome!

Five Thursdays, 6 pm – 8 pm May 2, 9, 16, 23 , 30

Friday Wheel 101 with Robert Apholz - $130

We will explore the potters wheel including all the basic steps to get you started. After the fundamentals, we will make cylinders, a drinking mug, a bowl, and if time permits, a vase. This class will also cover trimming, texturing, and glazing. TA beginner friendly class - you should have a solid wheel throwing foundation and be comfortable throwing small bowls and cups. Come to meet new people and learn a new craft!

Fridays, 6 pm - 8 pm, May 3, 10, 17 and 31 (NO CLASS ON MAY 24)

Wheel 102 with Laurel Diciuccio - $100

A great next step after Wheel 101! Spend time refining and practicing with Laurel! You will take your pots to a new level while exploring surface decoration. Spend time with slips as you learn inlay and carving techniques. Expect to make 5 - 10 various pieces. A solid wheel throwing foundations with small bowls and cups is required.

Three Saturdays, noon - 2 pm, May 4, 11 and 18

Craft Night with Emily Freelin - Address Rock -  $30

Spend your Sunday night in the clay room, getting a little dose of creative R&R. We will be focusing on a faux rock marker for your door or mailbox! We will be carving your address or family name into your unique rock marker!  All levels welcome. Bring a friend, and your favorite beverage! Registration required.

Sunday, May 5, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Wheel 101 with Laurel Diciuccio - $130

Learn the basics of using a pottery wheel or brush up on the skills you already know! In this class you will learn all you need to know to make a pot on the pottery wheel: throwing, trimming, decorating and glazing. You can expect to bring home 5-10 unique and functional pots!