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Unleash your creativity with pottery classes in NYC. Learn the art of shaping clay into stunning works of art and discover the therapeutic benefits of working with your hands.

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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.

(18) Beginner 18 and older
$96
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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.

(14) All levels 18 and older
$96
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Wheel Throwing Intensive

Choplet Ceramic Studio @ 238 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

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 program will guide you through the fundamentals 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.

(460) Beginner 14 and older
$500

5 sessions

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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.

(460) Beginner 12 and older
$90
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Private Wheel Throwing Class for Two

Centerpoint Ceramics @ 355 Stockholm St, Brooklyn, NY

Experience the art of wheel throwing with personalized instruction tailored for one or two participants. Our comprehensive lesson includes all materials, tools, and your choice of glaze. Create as many pieces as you like at a standard fee, and pick up your handcrafted creations in 3-5 weeks.

All levels 18 and older
$230
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Hand-building Ceramic Dinnerware Workshop

Bat Haus @ 459 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your artistic flair and create your own unique dinnerware at this immersive ceramic hand-building workshop in Brooklyn. Join us for a delightful afternoon of craftsmanship and camaraderie in a vibrant and inspiring environment. Your next dinner party will be full of character and love with your handmade table setting!

(14) All levels 10 and older
$118
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Hand-Building Ceramic Witchcraft Ritual Tools

Bat Haus @ 459 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

Step into the enchanting world of Mystic Claycraft in this Brooklyn ceramics class. Create magical and personalized witch ritual tools, including a tarot card holder, candle holder, incense holder, pentagram or moon plate, and palo santo holder, through ceramic hand-building. Enhance your creations with exquisitely crafted underglaze transfers, adding intricate patterns and details that open up a world of creative possibilities.

(14) All levels 10 and older
$118
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Wheel/Hand Ceramic Day Camp (Ages 6-14)

Choplet Ceramic Studio @ 238 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your child’s creativity in a fun and engaging ceramic arts program set in a dynamic studio environment. Let them explore the world of pottery through hands-on experiences and expert instruction catered to their age group. Watch as their skills and imagination flourish in this exciting and enriching camp.

(460) All levels 6 - 14 years old
$500

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Hand-Building Ceramic Pet Bowls

Bat Haus @ 459 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

Celebrate your pet and get crafty in this Paws and Clay hand-building ceramic class in Brooklyn! Unleash your creativity to make two bespoke ceramic bowls—one for food and one for water. Enhance your creations with exquisite underglaze transfers, allowing you to personalize your pet's bowls with intricate patterns and details, even as a beginner.

(14) All levels 10 and older
$118
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Hand-Building Ceramic Witch Altar Workshop

Bat Haus @ 459 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity and tap into your mystical side with an enchanting ceramic hand-building workshop at Bat Haus. Join us for a unique experience where you can craft your own personalized altar pieces infused with intention and magic. Explore the world of ceramics and create stunning pieces adorned with captivating designs and intricate details.

(14) All levels 10 and older
$118
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Hand-building and Painting Cheese Board Workshop

Bat Haus @ 459 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of ceramics and create your own personalized cheeseboard in this hands-on workshop in Brooklyn. Perfect for all skill levels, you'll learn essential clay-working techniques and bring your piece to life with vibrant colors and unique designs. Walk away with a beautifully handcrafted cheeseboard, ideal for your next gathering or as a thoughtful gift.

(14) All levels 9 and older
$118
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Ceramics: Mixed Level Wheel Throwing

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan @ 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY

In this pottery class, students will learn and/or hone their wheel throwing abilities—from the basics of wedging clay, center, pulling, and trimming to more advanced techniques of throwing off the hump, making multiples, and attaching and fitting pieces together. Beginners will focus on wedging and centering clay to form cylinders and bowls on the potter's wheel. More advanced students will hone skills and learn to elaborate on the forms that...

(432) All levels 18 and older
$250

5 sessions

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Ceramics: Beginner + Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan @ 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY

This course covers fundamental and intermediate pottery wheel techniques, including trimming and finishing for polished results. Intermediate students can request specific demos. No prior experience is required.

(432) Beginner 18 and older
$300

6 sessions

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Do Clay! Night Wheel Throwing

doclay @ 38 W 32nd St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and discover the art of pottery through hands-on wheel throwing techniques. Join expert instructors for a journey from clay to creation, mastering every step from wedging to glazing. Whether you're a novice or seeking to refine your skills, embark on a fulfilling journey of craftsmanship with us.

All levels 18 and older
$100
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Hand Building Workshop

e.e.ceramics @ 622 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity with clay and discover the joy of hand-building in this intimate ceramics class. Master fundamental techniques under the guidance of a patient and personable instructor. Craft your personalized mug or bowl to cherish, and relish the unforgettable experience of bringing your artistic vision to life.

(35) All levels 18 and older
$85
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Happy Hour Hand-Building Experience

Bat Haus @ 459 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

Unwind your Fridays with unlimited clay, tools, and creativity in Brooklyn's vibrant ceramics community. Dive into two hours of hand-building bliss alongside fellow artisans, igniting inspiration and fostering artistic camaraderie.

(14) Intermediate 21 and older
$42
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Pottery Wheel Throwing (Hell's Kitchen)

Zerimar Clay @ 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.

(5) All levels 18 and older
$96
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Ceramics: Beginner Handbuilding

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan @ 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY

Discover the art of hand-building with clay in this introductory course. Learn basic construction methods, decoration techniques, and essential vocabulary. Join us at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and explore the endless possibilities of ceramics.

(432) Beginner 18 and older
$350

7 sessions

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Ceramic Workshop: Marble and Illustrate with Colored Clay

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan @ 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY

The fusion of Japanese Nerikomi technique with vibrant colors and the durability of microwave and dishwasher-safe materials makes this workshop truly unique.

(432) Beginner 18 and older
$150
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Ceramics Wheel Throwing Class

Zerimar Clay @ 786 9th Ave, New York, NY

Discover the art of pottery wheel making in the heart of NYC with this beginner-friendly class. Under expert guidance, you'll learn the fundamentals and get hands-on experience creating your own masterpiece. Perfect for a unique date night or team-building activity, unleash your creativity and craft a piece of glazed pottery to cherish for years to come!

(5) All levels 18 and older
$130
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Reviews for Pottery Classes in NYC

Pottery Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 977 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Pottery Wheel Throwing

    Reviewed by Darshan S. on 5/23/2024
    The team was very patient, informative, and made pottery very enjoyable! Highly recommend!
  • Pottery Wheel Basics

    Anonymous review on 5/4/2024
    Celia was great! She was super informative and patient with everyone in the class.
  • Pottery Wheel Throwing

    Anonymous review on 4/21/2024
    Great class! Thistle is a wonderful instructor!
  • Pottery Wheel Throwing

    Anonymous review on 4/14/2024
    This was such a fun experience. The teachers were so helpful and patient. Great positive setting and vibe.
  • Pottery Wheel Basics

    Reviewed by Tracy B. on 4/1/2024
    This was a great experience and the instructor, Emerson, was very knowledgeable and helpful. If you are looking to try pottery and using a wheel, this is a perfect place.
  • Pottery Wheel Basics

    Anonymous review on 4/1/2024
    Super fun! You can make as many pieces you want within 1h 30min free wheel and fire one favorite piece. Great instruction, cool and chill vibes!
  • Hand-Building Ceramic Witchcraft Ritual Tools

    Reviewed by Jessica D. on 3/24/2024
    I had a wonderful time! The instructor was knowledgeable and friendly, and I can't wait to see how my pieces came out.
  • Hand-building Ceramic Dinnerware Workshop

    Anonymous review on 3/24/2024
    I loved this class! The instructor offered clear steps, individualized help, and it was overall a lot of fun!!
  • Pottery Wheel Basics

    Anonymous review on 3/19/2024
    I love the class settings and the lead instruction’s teaching method. It is worth to try!
  • Hand Building Workshop

    Reviewed by Mary Y. on 3/13/2024
    Fun class! She was kind, helpful, and patient. I would definitely recommend anyone to take a class here.

Discover the Best Pottery Classes in NYC

Making pottery is the process of creating functional and decorative objects from clay. The first step is to choose a type of clay and prepare it by removing any impurities and kneading it until it is soft and pliable. Then, the clay is shaped into the desired form using various techniques such as throwing on a pottery wheel, hand-building, or casting. Once you finish shaping the object, it is left to dry to a leather-hard state before you fire it in a kiln. During the firing process, the clay becomes hard and durable, and you can add any glazes or decorations before it is fired again. The final product is a beautiful and useful piece of art.

Why You Should Learn Pottery in NYC

Learning how to make pottery can be a fulfilling experience, both personally and creatively. It provides stress relief and relaxation, allowing you to disconnect from the outside world and focus solely on the clay and the creative process. Pottery making can also serve as a form of therapy, as the tactile nature of working with clay has a calming effect and may aid in reducing anxiety and depression. Moreover, the craft of pottery can improve your focus and attention to detail, as the process requires patience and precision.

Making pottery is also an excellent way to express your creativity and imagination. It provides a sense of accomplishment as you see a piece of art taking shape from start to finish. Pottery also encourages experimentation and improvisation, which can lead to new discoveries and innovative designs. Finally, it offers a sense of community as it is often done in groups or classes, where individuals can share ideas, techniques, and experiences with others who share the same passion. All these benefits make pottery an enjoyable and gratifying hobby or profession.

In-Person Pottery Classes & Schools in NYC

Eleni Kontos, an artist, designer, and illustrator originally from Rochester, New York, operates e.e.ceramics in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in the power of imagination and problem-solving, and she is driven by a deep desire for creative collaboration. Eleni's work spans various mediums and dimensions, as she seeks to merge her love of characters, humor, and storytelling into her artistic creations. In addition to her artistic pursuits, she provides in-person pottery classes onsite at her Williamsburg location.

At e.e.ceramics, the Hand Building Workshop will give you a foundation in the essential properties of clay and hand-building techniques. Using these techniques, you’ll be able to craft your own simple pottery project, such as a mug or bowl. The class size is limited, ranging from five to eight students, ensuring individual attention from the instructor. If you wish, you can choose to have your pottery item glazed and fired for a supplementary fee. Once it has been fired, your pottery will be finished and available for pickup within three to four weeks. Alternatively, you may request shipping for an additional charge.

Since 2012, Bat Haus has thrived as a community hub for Brooklynites, artists, and other creatives. The Williamsburg location is a coworking space for freelancers during the weekdays. On the weekends, it transforms into an event space for private gatherings, classes, and workshops. Among the class subjects are pizza and pasta-making, cocktail mixology, tapestry weaving, plant dyeing, sound bath ceremonies, culinary history, and visual arts.

Hand-Building Ceramic Workshop at Bat Haus is perfect for those who want to learn how to create pottery but are unsure of where to begin. Throughout the class, you'll be taught how to hand-build beautiful ceramics with intricate designs. Hand-building is an excellent technique for potters of all skill levels, whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro. It requires only your hands and clay, making it easy to try pottery without a significant investment. Your instructor will guide you through basic hand-building techniques, teaching you how to make handmade mugs, plates, planters, and other objects. 

Choplet Ceramic Studio, in tandem with Williamsburg Ceramic Center, offers ceramic classes and pottery studio space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. This large, well-equipped atelier is dedicated to the art of clay and welcomes novices to pottery and ceramic art as well as professional artists. Their goal is to inspire creativity and self-discovery, and nurture art appreciation through pottery classes and workshops.

Wheel and Hand Building (All Levels) at Choplet Ceramic Studio is a multiple-session class where you’ll learn to create pottery pieces using either hand-building, throwing, or a combination of the two. Once you’ve understood the basic techniques, you can use them for either functional or sculptural work. Surface decoration methods will be demonstrated, including applied texture, colored slips, and glaze application. This class is suitable for all skill levels.

Wheel/Hand Ceramics Day Camp (Ages 6-14) at Choplet Ceramic Studio lets kids get in on the act of making pottery. They can explore the many possibilities that clay has to offer, such as wheel throwing, hand-building, sculpting, tile and mosaic making, decorating, painting, and glazing. At their well-appointed facility, young students will have the satisfaction of creating a beautiful piece of pottery from scratch.

Fitzgerald Jewelry is also located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. A store, gallery, and school, Fitzgerald Jewelry encourages creativity and exploration of all aspects of making jewelry—both for casual hobbyists or serious students considering a career in jewelry design. While the focus is on personal ornaments, they also teach classes in enamel and cloisonne, which are used to adorn pottery.

Enamel on Copper (3 Hour Private Workshop) at Fitzgerald Jewelry will show you the technique of applying powdered glass to metal. You will then torch or kiln fire your piece to its melting point so that the enamel cools in brilliant colors to make an amazing embellishment. This procedure dates all the way back to the ancient Egyptians who used enamel on copper to decorate pottery vessels and jewelry.

Cloisonne Enamel (6 Hour Private) at Fitzgerald Jewelry will take your enamel on copper skills to the next level. You'll learn how to create a design with silver cloisonne wire on a silver disc and apply enamel to your unique piece. You can then use your finished piece to adorn a piece of pottery or jewelry.

Virtual Pottery Classes & Schools

Online pottery classes and in-person pottery classes offer different learning experiences. In-person classes allow for hands-on learning experiences with access to equipment and materials, direct feedback from instructors, and the opportunity to work alongside other learners. Students can observe and learn from others and receive guidance and feedback in real-time. Additionally, in-person classes can offer a sense of community and social interaction that can benefit your mental health and overall well-being.

On the other hand, online pottery classes offer more flexibility and convenience for learners. Students can learn at their own pace and on their own schedule, without traveling to a physical location. 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.

Ultimately, the decision between online and in-person pottery classes depends on your personal preferences and circumstances. In-person classes offer a more traditional learning experience with hands-on guidance and social interaction, while online classes offer convenience and flexibility. It's important to consider the quality of instruction, the availability of equipment and materials, and personal learning preferences when deciding between online and in-person pottery classes.

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 in NYC

If you're interested in arranging private group pottery classes, CourseHorse offers customized live online classes that can cater to your organization or business. This can be an exciting opportunity for team-building that encourages engagement and creativity.

To schedule private group pottery classes, use the contact form to get in touch with CourseHorse and explore the available options. Booking group events with CourseHorse comes with numerous benefits, such as the flexibility to modify group size. You'll also receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. No fees are associated with booking an event, and CourseHorse supports various virtual platforms to facilitate your group's online gathering.

A group pottery class can be an excellent team-building activity for many reasons. For one, it provides a tactile creative experience that's accessible to everyone, promoting a sense of camaraderie among team members regardless of their job function or seniority. The activity requires careful attention to detail, patience, and communication, which are all essential workplace skills that can be honed through creative activities. Working together to create pottery pieces also allows team members 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 offers a refreshing break from the monotony of office routines. Engaging in a creative activity can help team members unwind, reduce stress, and boost morale. It's also a chance for team members to interact in a relaxed social setting, which can improve communication and workplace relationships.

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