Classes for Adults
Interested in learning the basics of wheel thrown or hand-built ceramics? Whether you're a newbie to pottery or have a fair amount of hands-on experience, join us for a class in our teaching studio. Our experienced instructors offer instruction through demonstrations and one-on-one attention. Learn the tips and techniques that will lift your work to the next level. Both beginner and intermediate students are welcome to this class.
The focus of this class will be on adjusting and fine-tuning throwing techniques to get more consistent results. Instruction will be geared toward form refinement and development, including improved trimming of pots to create "quality" pieces vs. "quantity." Alternative decorating or glazing techniques will be explored. Other areas to try will be altering thrown forms, throwing larger pieces and throwing specific forms, such as lids and closed forms.
Students must already have good command of basic throwing skills, such as centering, opening and pulling/raising walls.
Pre-requisite: Students who register for the Intermediate class must have taken at least 3 Beginner/Intermediate level session or at least 1 Intermediate level session previously.
Advanced Classes - Open to MPG members only
This class is for advanced level students who want to expand their technical proficiency and explore concepts like design, content and personal aesthetic. Students must be comfortable with throwing and handbuilding techniques. The interests of the class will dictate the direction of instruction, but instruction will improve throwing and handbuilding skills through the creation of more challenging functional and non-functional objects, larger and taller pieces, repetition throwing, sectional throwing, specific forms like teapots, etc. Other decorating and techniques may also be explored. This class is offered as a 5-week session on Saturday mornings.
Pre-requisite: Students must be confident and comfortable throwing basic forms such as bowls, mugs and plates, and have met the pre-requisites as for the Intermediate class.
About Our Studio
Our teaching studio has 10 pottery wheels and two large work tables for hand-building. You have the opportunity to try your hand at both the wheel and hand-built work. You will have the chance to complete several pieces by the end of class.
Students also learn proper clay management and studio maintenance. Good habits and skills are needed to reduce the accumulation of clay dust in any studio.
All work made in class is bisque-fired, glazed by you, and finally glaze-fired in kilns at the studio. The class fee includes one 20-lb bag of studio clay. Additional bags of clay can be purchased when needed. All studio glazes and firing is included in the class fee.
We run four sessions of classes each year.
Membership has its privileges! Consider joining our Guild as a general member and receive a 10% discount on class tuition. See our Membership page to learn the many benefits of general membership in the Guild. You must be registered as a general member to receive the discount.
Payment can be made online with a credit card or PayPal.
For students new to pottery, a tool kit is available to purchase at time of registration ($15).
Refund Policy: We are unable to issue refunds for class fees as of the session start date. If space is available, we are happy to transfer your registration to another day, space permitting, within the same session (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer).