The Clay Room is a place to learn and explore an ancient craft while you also explore your personal expression, and possibly make a friend or two.
Artisan Alley offers BEGINNING-ADVANCED (we will work with your skill level)
clay classes which focus on two specific clay forming skills: throwing on the potter's wheel and hand-building techniques. While watching an experienced potter, it looks so easy, but clay work is actually a blend of art and learned skill. Our six week series classes are designed for both beginning and continuing students. It's rare that any beginning class will have only novice students as it takes multiple sessions to form the skill to be able to accomplish many of the steps that go into a finished glazed piece.
Beginning wheel classes focus on the primary skill of working on the potter's wheel.
These skills are centering clay, learning to control this spinning to raise the walls in a vertical matter to form a mug, and pulling it out to form bowl shapes. Completing these forms requires another skill that is explored, and that is trimming. Glazing is addressed in the simplest method.
Our highly talented and skilled instructors are here to guide you every step of the way.
For our instructors, clay and its many facets are a lifetime pursuit. Our talented instructors can guide you to help achieve your goals. There are endless ways to form the clay and decorate the surface. Explore form, function, texture, color, and design. A six week class is a tiny speck in time: sign up for continuing courses to hone in your skills.
Hand building explores many popular methods of clay forming including slab building, pinch pots, and building with coils. By touching and forming clay with these simple unaided methods, you learn the fundamentals of joining clay into cohesive forms. Enrolling for June! Courses with Dandee Pattee and Ian Dewees.
Check out the Clay Room calendar
for dates and times of upcoming courses.
We have small classes of 6. You are guaranteed a wheel.
$275 ($225 for current members) Includes all materials/glazing/firings.