Private pottery class
We offer private one-time studio sessions on an on-going, individualized basis. Great if you're in town for a brief time, on your own or with family, friends, your professional organization. Groups of one person to about fourteen people are a good size. A two-hour time frame is good but shorter times can work too.
Available weekdays, weekends, evenings. We find a time & work together in the studio. Fine if you're a total beginner or have some clay experience - either way. During the session we typically work on the potter's wheel. The pieces you make are glazed & fired afterwards, then shipped to you within about a month. Let us know if members of your group are under age 8.
The cost is 75 per hour per person - $65. per hour per person for groups of four or more. Plus tax. This includes all the materials you'll need and provides for glazing, firing, & shipping.
Tuesday night intro wheel class
If it’s been a while since you’ve worked on the wheel, or you’ve always wanted to give it a try, our introductory class on the potter’s wheel is a great place to start. It’s also a good introduction to our studio here at the Lena Street Lofts.
Registration is on-going & you can start on any given Tuesday evening, continuing for 8 weeks. This is enough time to get acquainted with the main steps in the wheel-throwing process: wedging, throwing, trimming, glazing. Work at your own pace, independently, together in a group with other students at various other stages of the process & with guidance from an experienced teacher.
Clay, glaze, & firing provided for all the work you make. A firing fee may apply if you are very prolific or working at a large (greater than 10”) scale. Access to the studio throughout the week & weekend is also provided with your registration.
Teacher: Theo Helmstadter
Hand-Building: Survey of Techniques
In this eight-week class, new ways of working directly with wet clay will be presented at each meeting. Try coil building one week, constructing forms from rolled-out slabs another week, try tiles, pinching, carving…and more.
The goals of the class are to gain fluency & experience with a variety of approaches so that you can adapt these to the projects you have in mind. A great class if you have experience in the studio, or want to try clay for the first time, or if you’ve been working primarily on the wheel & want to expand your repertoire.
Teacher: Melina Lozano
March 20 - May 8, 10am - 1pm
cost: 360. includes materials, studio, glaze & firing
Kitchen Gadgets & More
An intermediate wheel class focusing on functional kitchen items including countertop storage pieces - utensil crocks, salt cellars - as well as food prep pieces such as berry colanders and citrus juicers.
Weekly demonstrations will cover handles, spouts, lids, throwing multiples, making alterations, and we will apply our new techniques to a variety of kitchen gadgets. Stretch your imagination & sense of form in this playful, exploratory, class.
March 19 - May 7, Tuesdays 10 am - 1 pm
teacher: Leslie Hero
cost: 360. includes materials, studio, glaze & firing
Leather-Hard Surface Design
Colorful underglaze techniques including mishima, paper stencils, sgraffito, and water etching will be demonstrated & then you practice working with them. Rachel will provide tiles that are already leather-hard & ready to work with. Also underglazes & tools - provided - explore these exciting new techniques! Your tiles will be treated with a clear overglaze and then fired to cone 5.
Teacher: Rachel Donner
February 21, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
cost: 45. includes materials & firing
Demonstration & discussion at the potter’s wheel, covering the form & function of nesting bowls, both for mixing and pouring & for serving.
Ideas to consider while making a set of bowls: incremental clay weights, throwing to specific dimensions, trimming and finishing. Let’s discuss. Bring in examples you’d like to share, either handmade or store bought!
Drawing for Potters
As a springboard for better work, or as an art form all on its own, sketching - learning to quickly draw what you see - can be an exciting and simple way to experiment with original ideas, develop new work, and deepen your ‘view’ of ceramic form. A variety of sketching tools, papers, and methods will be presented. Feel free to bring your favorite sketchbook or work on any of our provided papers.
This workshop is in two parts on two consecutive days. On the second day, delve more deeply into drawing with graphite and charcoal. Explore the fundamentals of light, form, value, and composition.
April 25, 10am - noon
April 26, 9am - 1pm
Instructor: Chelsie Murfee
cost: 75. day one only; 125. both days
July Workshop Weekend
A four-day morning & afternoon arts workshop, with drawing, clay, & gallery visits. Demonstration, practice, discussion. Limited to 10 participants. We will focus on drawing in the mornings, and wheel-throwing in the afternoons.
The goals of the Workshop Weekend are inspiration, new ideas & encounters with beautiful art, enrichment of your skills. Great if you have an on-going studio practice or a job teaching art - and the course provides 30 hours of professional development if you are teaching in the Public Schools & maintaining your licence. Still - the Workshop Weekend is great if you are fairly new to art & seeking an inspiring immersive experience.
You can register for the Drawing part, 9 am - 12 pm, or the clay part, 1 pm to 4 pm. Or you can register for both!
July 25 - July 28, 9 - 4 pm (field trips & artist talks, evenings)
teachers: Chelsie Murfee, Theo Helmstadter
cost: 650. for drawing or clay; 1250. both (15% discount for full-time art teachers and students)