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Unleash your creativity with pottery classes that offer hands-on experience in molding clay and creating stunning ceramic pieces. Learn the techniques of wheel throwing, hand-building, and glazing in these engaging and enriching classes.

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Pottery Wheel Basics

Ceramics on 10th @ 756 10th Ave, New York, NY

This class is for the complete beginner. If you want to try pottery but never had the chance, this class is for you. Held in the heart of New York City and taught by an experienced instructor, you will leave class having been introduced to the fundamentals of pottery wheel making.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 10am–12pm Eastern Time

Pottery Wheel Throwing

Pottery NYC @ 786 9th Ave, New York, NY

If you're curious about pottery making and want a crash course on the basics, give this NYC class a go! It's a chance for complete beginners to try their hand at wheel throwing. No experience is necessary.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 7–9pm Eastern Time

One Day Wheel Throwing

Choplet Ceramic Studio @ 238 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

Learn the art of wheel throwing at the renowned Choplet Ceramic Studio. This hands-on workshop teaches you the basic techniques of the potter's wheel, with the opportunity to create and keep your own beautiful bowl or cylinder. All skill levels are welcome, and additional pieces can be glazed and fired for a small fee.

Friday, Mar 1st, 7:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

Wheel Throwing Intensive

Choplet Ceramic Studio @ 238 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of wheel throwing and unleash your creativity at a renowned ceramic studio for an immersive week of learning and hands-on experience. Perfect for beginners and intermediate students looking to master their skills, this intensive program will guide you through the fundamentals of throwing and allow you to challenge yourself with new shapes and sizes. Don't miss this chance to create unique pottery pieces in an outdoor heated studio.

Monday, Feb 26th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

3-Week Pottery Wheel Throwing Course

Ceramics on 10th @ 756 10th Ave, New York, NY

If you're curious about pottery making and want a mini-course on the process from beginning to end, then give this NYC ceramics course a go! It's a chance for complete beginners to try their hand at the potter's wheel, with no experience necessary.

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

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Adventures in Clay

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Come join us and have a blast playing with clay! From sculpting to pottery, students will receive an overview of how to work with clay and create several ceramic pieces through hand-building and clay decorating techniques. All pieces will be fired and glazed. Clay will be provided.  Note: Students should bring a basic pottery took kit (sponge, metal scraper, wire clay cutter, ribbon tool, loop tool, aluminum needle, modeling tool, potters...

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Intro to wheel Throwing

Hand of Destiny Pottery Studio @ 4328 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

This class will focus on introducing  you the fundamentals of clay properties and techniques used in wheel throwing. You will be guided through the basic processes of Attaching and centering clay on wheel head.Once we have gone throw basic instruction you will be able to explore the technique of throwing on your own.With a teacher near by to answer any questions you may have.At the end of class Guest will pick a piece hand made By Master Potter...

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Monday Morning Beginning Wheel

Hand of Destiny Pottery Studio @ 4328 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

This class will focus on teaching you the fundamentals of clay properties and techniques used in wheel throwing. You will be guided through the basic processes of wedging clay. Attaching and centering clay on wheel head and finish class with making a bowl, cup or other containing vessel!  All materials are provided. Wear comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Flat comfy shoes are suggested. If you have long hair, tie or pin back. ...

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Ceramics Around the World

SPACE South Pasadena Arts Center @ 1506 Mission St‎, South Pasadena, CA

Coil, pinch, and slab your way around the world as students experience different cultures through African Masks, Tiki-inspired cups, and the folk art of Mexico. This supportive and lively class is suited for artists of all levels and experience.  New students will learn a variety of hand building techniques while the more experienced artist will continue developing their individual style.  All projects will be fired and glazed.

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Ceramic Vase and Ring Bowl Clay Workshop

Handmade Studio TN @ 1324 State St, Santa Barbara, CA

You’ll have the chance to turn raw clay into beautiful ceramics as we bring a Clay Workshop to DIANI Living’s gorgeous space. You’ll get to create your own Textured Ceramic Vase & Keepsake Ring Bowl. You will also receive a welcome gift from DIANI, and be able to shop their store with an exclusive 15% off discount! No experience is needed. Just come ready to create & enjoy wine, cheese, and dessert with us! No need to eat before...

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Surfaces for Ceramic Sculpture (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Discover the secrets behind creating stunning ceramic sculptures as you explore various surface treatments in this hands-on seminar. Unleash your creativity and learn the best strategies for finishing your masterpieces at Evanston Art Center. Join us and bring your sculptures to life!

Saturday, Feb 24th, 1–4pm Central Time

Off the Wheel Workshop

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

In this 3-day workshop, we will be working on creating texture mats, then texturing and screen printing a slab to turn into an 8-inch vase using a pattern. We will be altering 2 wheel-thrown forms that will be ready-made for you. We will also go over the use of hump molds & slump molds.

Monday, Mar 18th, 9:30am–12:45pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)

Ceramic Hand-building (Ages 12-14)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Discover the potential of ceramic hand-building! Students will learn different hand-building techniques such as pinch, slab, and coil. Throughout the week, students will create various projects and gain fundamental knowledge of ceramic hand-building. Completed works will be available for pick up approximately 2 weeks after the camp concludes. Caregivers will receive email notifications when projects are ready for pick-up. What To Bring: Bring...

Monday, Jun 17th, 9am–12pm Central Time

 (5 sessions)

Beginning Wheel Throwing

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Introduction to the potter’s wheel, giving you a solid base on which to build your throwing skills. Purchasing a beginner's pottery set from a local art store is required.

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Beginning/Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

For new and experienced students looking to build off of basic pottery skills. Develop and explore new techniques on the wheel.  Purchasing a beginner's pottery set from a local art store is required.

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A Thousand Years of Decorative Tiles

Santa Monica College @ Online Classroom, Los Angeles, CA

Stories in Ceramics:  A Thousand Years of Decorative Tiles From exotic sultans’ palaces to sleek Art Deco apartments, ceramic tiles have adorned structures all over the world and transformed building facades and their interiors into remarkable works of art.  Through lecture and slide illustration, this course explores the visual richness of decorative tiles, featuring the variety of techniques and infinite color palette of ceramic glazes...

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Play With Clay

Milton Art Center @ 334 Edge Hill Rd, Milton, MA

Playing with clay encourages experimentation and problem-solving. Children will explore the wonders of different types of clay while making animals, habitats, wall art, and more.  Notes Please note fired projects will only be saved until August 31. What To Bring  Please put sunscreen on your child. We will be working under tents but they may be in the sun for short periods of time during break. A brimmed hat, if they wear, would be...

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Pre-K Clay

Milton Art Center @ 334 Edge Hill Rd, Milton, MA

Playing with clay encourages experimentation and imagination. Children will explore the wonders of clay while learning the hand building techniques of pinching, coiling and slab.  Working in 3 dimensions provides the opportunity for new problem solving skills to develop. Let’s get our hands dirty!

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Ceramics Intermediate/Advanced

The New Art Center in Newton @ 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA

In this class students of all levels will explore the creative possibilities of ceramics. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will cover wheel throwing, hand building, and surface treatment including glazing. With each semester the class focuses on one group project or technique while discovering your individual voice in clay.

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Houston Pottery Throw Down: Intro to Handbuilding

The Fire Gallery @ 1520 Silver St, Houston, TX

Unleash your creativity and learn the art of hand-building pottery at The Fire Gallery. Join us for an exciting workshop where you will learn how to shape and design unique cups using clay. Don't miss this opportunity to create your own masterpiece!

Wednesday, Feb 21st, 1–3pm Central Time

Ceramics: Clay Class (Grades 6-8)

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC @ 5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX

Spend fourteen weeks creating fun sculptures and functional ware out of clay. We will explore the basics of clay hand-building construction using a combination of pinch, coil, and slab techniques. Teens will use surface techniques, slump molds, and stamps to create imaginative and expressionistic forms ranging from sculptural to functional.

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Ceramics: Wheel Throwing (Adult)

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC @ 5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX

For students of all levels. Beginners will learn the tools, techniques, and vocabulary of clay.Intermediate and advanced students will be guided to refine skills and explore complex techniques. The course will look at the ergonomics of functional wares, altering wheel-thrown forms, and historical Chinese Pottery in the Song Dynasty. The basic skills will be addressed in the creation of cups, bowls, and other forms. Students need to purchase clay...

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Pottery Wheel (All Levels)

Hinckley Pottery, Inc. @ 3132 Blues Alley NW, Washington, DC

In this class, beginners get grounding in pottery fundamentals. You will learn how to center a mound of clay, and how to throw, trim and glaze their pots.  Generally, after one 10-week session, they can make mugs, bowls, and other basic forms.  Intermediate and advanced students work on refining skills and glazing techniques. They learn how to make larger and more complex forms, and explore methods for altering thrown pots to create ovals...

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Pottery Wheel (Beginning/Intermediate)

Hinckley Pottery, Inc. @ 3132 Blues Alley NW, Washington, DC

In this class, beginners get grounding in pottery fundamentals. You will learn how to center a mound of clay, and how to throw, trim and glaze their pots.  Generally, after one 10-week session, they can make mugs, bowls, and other basic forms.

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Introduction: ITALIAN CERAMIC

Casa Italiana Language School

Students will be introduced to the art of Italian ceramics by Maestro ROBERTO PAOLINELLI.   The course will present the aesthetic and technical aspects of the ceramic process and a survey of the three most important Italian schools. Studio sessions will cover sculpting, decorating, and glazing skills.     Students will learn both from premade pieces and will also have the opportunity to make works of their own. Students at advanced...

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Press Moulding with Clay

The Knowledge Academy (DC/WA) @ 1150 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA

​Learn how to make a simple plaster press mould.  Identify the way to use a press mould. Understand a number of different decorating techniques. Courses delivered by world class training instructors. Training provided in luxury venues. 

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An Introduction to Working with Metal Clay

The Knowledge Academy (DC/WA) @ 1150 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA

Gain an understanding of the properties of metal clay. Recognise the uses and benefits of this class. Candidates will be able to mould and create jewellery from metal clay. Develop knowledge on tips and best practices for using metal clay. Courses delivered by world class training instructors in luxury venues.

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Exploring Clay (Beginner)

The Knowledge Academy (DC/WA) @ 1150 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA

Gain an understanding of clay. Identify information on coiling. Candidates will be able to use a potter's wheel. Develop knowledge on firing. Courses delivered by world class training instructors in luxury venues.

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Spring Break Art Camp (Full Week)

Paint n Brush The Creativity Cafe @ 99 Highway 81 West, Mcdonough, GA

Campers will create arts and crafts projects in clay, pottery, and canvas. Camps are for ages 7 and up.  Note: Bring a snack and or lunch. Water will be provided.

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Spring Break Arts & Crafts Camp

Paint n Brush The Creativity Cafe @ 99 Highway 81 West, Mcdonough, GA

Process art takes a different approach that allows children to shift their focus from the end product to the process. It celebrates discovery and creativity and supports their natural inclination as sensory explorers. Children learn to embrace experimentation, think about physical limitations, gain confidence as they realize their own ideas, and use critical thinking skills. As art-facilitators, we do not  have all of the answers. Instead,...

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Winter Break Camp

Paint n Brush The Creativity Cafe @ 99 Highway 81 West, Mcdonough, GA

Campers will create arts and crafts projects in clay, pottery, and canvas. Camps are for ages 6 - 12 Note: Bring a snack and or lunch. Water will be provided.

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Wheel Throwing: Beginners/Intermediate

Tinker Art Studio @ 1300 Yellow Pine Ave, Boulder, CO

Experience the magic of working on the potter’s wheel by learning the basics of centering, throwing bowls and cylinders, pulling handles, trimming and glazing to create your very own masterpieces. More advanced techniques and demos will also be offered for intermediate throwers. All pieces will be fired and glazed with dinnerware safe glazes--suitable for eating or drinking out of, or putting into the dishwasher and microwave. This is a 9-week...

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Continuing Wheel Throwing

Tinker Art Studio @ 1300 Yellow Pine Ave, Boulder, CO

We are thrilled to offer this class for Tinker’s continuing wheel throwers. If your student potter has previously taken Wheel Throwing 1 at Tinker, they can join us for Continuing Throwing. In this class we’ll be challenging children to hone in their personal pottery style and advance their skills through continued practice, mini-lesson demos, and independent projects of their choice. Session A class size is limited to 6 students. Session B &...

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Wheel Throwing 1 (8 yrs old & up)

Tinker Art Studio @ 1300 Yellow Pine Ave, Boulder, CO

Learn how to throw on the pottery wheels! Wheel throwing is a fun and exciting medium for children to create functional artwork. After children learn how to center the clay, build the floor of the pot, and pull the walls, they will also experiment with building bowls, altering the form, and more. All pieces will be fired and glazed with dinnerware safe glazes--suitable for eating or drinking out of, or putting into the dishwasher and microwave....

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Discover the Best Pottery Classes Near Me

Pottery making is the art of creating vessels and other objects from clay through various processes such as shaping, drying, and firing. The art form has a rich history dating back to ancient civilizations such as the Greeks, Romans, and Chinese, who used pottery for practical and decorative purposes. 

The process of making pottery involves preparing the clay by wedging it to remove air bubbles and then shaping it on a potter's wheel or by hand using various tools such as a rolling pin or a slab roller. After shaping, the clay is left to dry slowly to avoid cracking and then fired in a kiln at high temperatures to harden the clay and create a durable, long-lasting object. Pottery making is a highly skilled craft that requires patience, attention to detail, and a deep understanding of the properties of clay and how it reacts to different techniques and firing methods.

Why You Should Learn Pottery

Learning pottery can have many benefits, both for the mind and body. Pottery making is a meditative and calming activity that can help reduce stress and anxiety and promote mindfulness. The repetitive motions of shaping and forming clay can be soothing and promote a sense of relaxation and focus. Meanwhile, creating something with your hands can be incredibly fulfilling and boost your self-esteem and confidence.

Pottery making also has physical benefits, such as improving fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and manual dexterity. The process of wedging clay, shaping it, and using various tools such as a pottery wheel or sculpting tools requires a high degree of precision and control, which can improve overall coordination and flexibility. Additionally, the physical demands of working with clay, such as kneading, wedging, and shaping, can give you a good workout for your arms, shoulders, and hands. Taking pottery classes to learn this craft can be a rewarding experience, both physically and mentally.

5 Ways to Learn Pottery

There are several ways to learn the art of pottery making, and here are five methods to consider:

In-Person Pottery Classes and Workshops: Onsite, in-person pottery classes are a great way to learn pottery making, as they offer hands-on instruction and access to professional-grade equipment such as pottery wheels and kilns. Many in-person pottery classes cater to beginners and provide a structured curriculum that covers the basics, including techniques such as throwing, handbuilding, and glazing. Pottery workshops offer an intensive learning experience that typically lasts for a few days or a week. These workshops often have a specific focus, such as glazing techniques or handbuilding, and are taught by experienced potters who can give you personalized instruction and guidance.

Online Pottery Classes and Workshops: With the rise of online education, many resources are available for learning pottery online. Online pottery classes and workshops can be short or lengthy, with some lasting several weeks. But as with other online classes, it’s likely that you can adhere to your own schedule and learn at your convenience. 

Self-Paced or On-Demand Tutorials: Websites such as YouTube, Skillshare, and Udemy offer video tutorials and courses taught by experienced potters that cover a range of pottery techniques and topics.

Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships are a traditional way of learning pottery that involves working closely with a master potter to study the craft. Apprenticeships can last for several years and involve learning all aspects of making pottery, including the business side of running a pottery studio.

DIY: For those who prefer a more self-directed approach, learning pottery skills through experimentation or trial and error can be a viable option. This approach involves acquiring the necessary tools and equipment, studying pottery techniques through books or online resources, and practicing on your own. While this method may take longer and require more research, it can be an enriching way to learn pottery on your terms.

In-Person Pottery Classes

There are several kinds of spaces that offer in-person pottery classes, such as community centers, art studios, colleges and universities, recreation centers, and private pottery studios. Community centers and recreation centers often offer beginner-level pottery classes that are affordable and accessible to a broad range of learners. Ateliers and private pottery studios may offer more advanced classes for experienced learners or specialized classes like wheel-throwing or hand-building techniques. Colleges and universities usually have pottery classes as part of their art programs, ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Also, some pottery manufacturers and retailers may host classes or workshops to showcase their products and techniques.

e.e.ceramics in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, is operated by Eleni Kontos, an artist, designer, and illustrator from Rochester, New York, currently based in Brooklyn. She’s motivated by “an unquenchable thirst for creative communion,” and her teaching is instilled with a belief in the power of imagination and problem-solving. She spans multiple mediums and dimensions in her work, striving to weave together “a love of characters, humor and storytelling” through an array of artistic mediums. She offers in-person pottery classes onsite at her Williamsburg location.

Hand Building Workshop at e.e.ceramics will introduce you to the basics properties of clay and fundamental hand-building techniques. You will apply these techniques to help you create your own pottery project such as a mug or bowl. The class sizes are small and vary from five to eight students. You can choose to have your pottery item fired and glazed for you for an additional fee. After firing, your pottery will be completed and ready for pickup within three or four weeks. Alternatively, you can request that your work be shipped for an added charge.

Los Angeles City College in the East Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California, teaches in-person classes, events and provides other offerings for anyone in the community—regardless of age or residency status—who wants to train for a career or learn a new skill. Ceramics: Clay Sculpting at Los Angeles City College is a five-session class in which you can have a blast working with clay. Students will get an overview of how to work with clay, from sculpture to pottery, and create several ceramic pieces by using hand-building and clay decorating techniques. All student pieces will be fired and glazed. Clay is provided for the class, but students should bring a basic pottery tool kit that includes a sponge, metal scraper, wire clay cutter, ribbon tool, loop tool, aluminum needle, modeling tool, and a potter’s nib.

Art Wheel is located in San Diego’s Imperial Beach and is the area’s only art school offering full clay facilities including wheels and kilns. By offering in-person pottery classes, they provide a creative and positive outlet for both experienced and inexperienced students. Pottery Wheel Studio Pass - 4 Weeks at Art Wheel is a four-session class suitable for all levels of experience. Among the possibilities for projects are cups, bowls, plates, and other basic forms. Select your own projects, while the teacher demonstrates pottery techniques and gives personalized instruction. One caveat: Buy your own materials and tools before class as they are not provided.

Evanston Art Center near Chicago in Evanston, Illinois, is a non-profit visual arts organization that specializes in art education, scholarship programs, community events, public programs, outreach, and exhibitions that are free to visitors. One of the oldest and largest visual art centers in Illinois, the Evanston Art Center was established more than 80 years ago. Its mission is to make the visual arts an accessible and integral part of the lives of surrounding communities. The Art Center fulfills this mission, in part, through an extensive offering of visual arts classes, including in-person pottery classes.

High School: Ceramic Handbuilding at Evanston Art Center is an appropriate five-session class for high school students, ages 14-18, at all experience levels. This class will teach you that clay is an exciting and flexible medium to work with. The teaching focuses on ceramic hand-building skills such as pinching, coils, and slabs. These basic pottery techniques will be demonstrated so that you can experiment with clay and build your own objects. Students can work on various projects throughout the week. Pottery items are ready for pickup approximately two weeks later.

Ceramics Handbuilding (Ages 12-14) at Evanston Art Center allows junior high schoolers to explore the creative possibilities of working with clay. Students in this five-session class will use various hand-building techniques, including pinch, slab, and coil. Students will work on different projects throughout the week. Once you learn the basics of hand-building pottery, the sky’s the limit. Pottery projects will be ready for pickup approximately two weeks later.

Creative Handbuilding Ceramics (Ages 9-11) at Evanston Art Center lets grade schoolers try their hands at making pottery. In this three-session class, kids will delve into the possibilities of working with clay. Students will use a variety of basic hand-building techniques such as pinch, slab, and coil. They will design their own pinch pot for little succulent plants. They will also design and build a storytelling box or create gifts for friends and family. Pottery projects will be ready for pickup approximately two weeks later.

The Clay Lady Studios in downtown Nashville provides a workspace for 45 on-premises artists and hosts hundreds of students for in-person classes and weekend workshops. They also raise funds that benefit Nashville-area art programs. The organization and its campus create opportunities that celebrate art while bringing artists and art enthusiasts together.

Level Up – How to Center Big on the Potter’s Wheel at The Clay Lady Studios is an intermediate-level pottery class. You’ll learn how to level up your throwing skills with an instructive demonstration on the expert techniques and methods of centering a bulky amount of clay on the potter’s wheel.

Level Up – Swirled Mug on the Potter’s Wheel at The Clay Lady Studios is a class for intermediate-level pottery students. You’ll enhance your throwing skills with an informative demonstration on the expert techniques and methods to swirl multiple clays together to create a marbled look.

All skill levels can enjoy My Life in Clay and Glaze Master Series Workshop at The Clay Lady Studios. Tom Turnbull, the founder of Mid-South Ceramics and Opulence Glaze, will lead this pottery workshop where you’ll spend the day learning about his practices, theories, and knowledge gained over a lifetime of working in clay. As a full-time potter, he will share his experience to help you develop as a pottery artist. Bring a notebook and lunch.

The Fire Gallery is located in the Sawyer Yards arts district in Houston, Texas. Against the backdrop of an active railyard, industrial warehouses have been turned into built-for-purpose art studios. Now these studios are home to one of the nation’s biggest artist communities. In this vibrant creative environment, The Fire Gallery offers an active schedule of classes and special events.

Houston Pottery Throw Down: Intro to Handbuilding at The Fire Gallery is a beginner class that allows you to play around with the medium. You'll get a first-time introduction to the technique of hand-building. After grasping the basics, you’ll make a pair of cups out of clay. This class will help you discover how to create unique designs, build with clay, and shape simple forms. You’re welcome to bring your own refreshments and drinks to enjoy while you work.

Houston Pottery Throw Down: Intro to Pottery at The Fire Gallery is a great class for beginners who want an introduction to pottery throwing with the pottery wheel and clay. You’ll learn how to use the wheel, center your clay, and make a bowl, cup, or plate. Students will be given two hours to experiment with the medium. You’re welcome to bring your own drinks and refreshments to keep you hydrated.

Virtual Pottery Classes 

There are significant differences between online and in-person classes in pottery. In-person classes offer hands-on learning with direct access to equipment and materials, as well as experienced instructors who can provide guidance and feedback in real-time. Students have the opportunity to work alongside other learners, which can create a sense of community and provide inspiration and support. In-person classes allow for social interactions, too, which can benefit your mental health and overall well-being.

On the other hand, online classes allow for more flexibility and convenience for learners. Students can learn at their own pace and on their own schedule, without commuting to a physical site. Online classes are also often more affordable than in-person classes, making them accessible to a broader range of learners. However, online classes may lack the hands-on learning experience, and students may not have direct access to instructors and equipment, making it challenging to receive feedback and assistance.

When choosing a pottery class, you should consider your personal learning preferences, schedule, and budget. If you prefer hands-on learning and value social interactions, an in-person class might be a better choice. If you have a busy schedule and need more flexibility, then an online class might suit you better. It's also essential to consider the quality of instruction, the availability of equipment and materials, and the cost of the class. Both online and in-person classes can be valuable learning experiences. Your choice depends on your individual preferences and circumstances.

Here are some venues that offer online pottery classes for students of all experience levels:

Located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, CraftJam is an open, fun-loving group of teachers hosting a variety of hands-on workshops as well as online classes. Hand Building Basics: Air Dry Clay Trinket is a virtual pottery class for beginners hosted by CraftJam. Get creative in new ways by exploring the basics of hand-building using air dry clay. The focus of this class is an introduction to pottery as a mindful creative practice.

Food Craft, situated in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, promotes home-cooking and food made from scratch. They firmly believe that anyone can learn how to cook. They offer social food and beverage activities that help build your culinary confidence. In addition, they sometimes host in-person and online classes that can extend your creativity beyond food and into the visual arts. Ceramic Llama Painting at Food Craft is a live online class suitable for all experience levels. You’ll enjoy easy ceramic painting as you decorate your own ceramic llama pottery with the colors you desire. Your finished llama can provide a home for small plants like succulents.

Private Group Pottery Classes

CourseHorse offers live online group classes that can be delivered to your business or organization. If you’re interested in scheduling a group pottery class, it can be an exciting and engaging team-building event.

CourseHorse can provide pottery classes for private groups. Reach out through the contact form to learn about the available options. By booking group events with CourseHorse, you can enjoy several benefits such as the flexibility to modify the group size if needed. You’ll also get a confirmation email within 24 hours. Additionally, there are no fees associated with booking an event, and CourseHorse supports multiple virtual platforms to facilitate your group's online gathering.

Participating in a group pottery class can be an excellent team-building activity for a variety of reasons. First, pottery is a hands-on creative endeavor that people of all skill levels can enjoy. This shared experience of creating something with your own hands can foster a sense of camaraderie among team members, regardless of roles or seniority within the organization. Making pottery requires careful attention to detail, patience, and communication. These are all vital skills in a professional setting as well, and honing them through a creative activity can translate into improved performance in the workplace. By working together to create pottery pieces, team members can also learn to appreciate each other's strengths and develop a sense of trust and collaboration.

In addition to the benefits of the activity itself, participating in a group pottery class is a nice change of pace from the typical office routine. Getting out of the office and engaging in a creative activity can help team members unwind, reduce stress, and build morale. It's also an opportunity for team members to interact in a more relaxed social setting, which can lead to improved communication and better workplace relationships.

What Will I Need to Learn Pottery?

To learn pottery, you will need several materials and tools, including clay, a potter's wheel or other shaping tools, a kiln or access to a kiln, glazes, and various pottery tools like brushes, sponges, and carving implements. You’ll also need a workspace that’s equipped with a workbench, a sink, and other necessary equipment, including storage for your materials.

If you’re taking a pottery class or workshop, materials and tools are usually provided by the instructor or the studio. However, if you plan to practice making pottery alone, you'll need to invest in these materials and tools. The cost of materials can vary depending on the quality and type of clay, glazes, and equipment you choose.

It's worth noting that some studios or community centers may offer open studio hours, where students can use the equipment and materials provided by the studio for a fee. This can be a cost-effective way to practice making pottery without investing in equipment and materials.

In summary, the pottery craft requires specific materials and tools. But if you’re taking a class or workshop, these will usually be provided. If you plan to practice making pottery on your own, you'll need to invest in basic supplies and tools or find a studio that offers open studio hours.

Is it Difficult to Learn Pottery?

Learning pottery can be challenging, but it is an enriching experience. Making pottery requires patience, attention to detail, and a deep understanding of clay properties and firing methods. It takes time to develop the skills needed to create high-quality pottery, and mistakes are inevitable along the way. However, with practice and guidance from experienced instructors, anyone can learn how to make pottery. It's important to approach pottery with an open mind and a willingness to learn from your successes and failures.

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