We do lots of one-time classes on the potter’s wheel for individuals & groups - fine if you’ve never used the wheel before!
Also we have weekly classes & occasional Thursday morning workshops…
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.
Teacher: either Theo (studio owner) or Lesie (studio manager)
cost: 75. per person per hour plus tax (65. per person for groups of four or more)
time: days, evenings, weekends - please call the studio to schedule!
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
Time: Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30. Register & begin your sequence of 8 classes anytime there’s room (contact the studio to make sure)
Setting the Table
A great class for intermediate wheel throwers to practice consistency by making multiples!
In this class students will design and create a dinnerware place setting for two. Choose from a variety of shapes to make a custom combination of at least three items: soup bowls, pasta bowls, salad plates, dinner plates, tumblers, goblets, and other useful dinnerware pieces.
Spend the first half of the eight week session working on these matching items and the second half on your choice of singular pieces to fully garnish your table: candlestick holders, napkin rings, butter dish, condiment caddy, salt & pepper shakers, and more.
A demo will be given at the beginning of each class and we’ll spend time discussing form and function, and considerations to make when designing and creating tableware. Which dinnerware pieces do you use most regularly in your home? Have you found your collection lacking certain desired shapes? Do you want to replicate favorite pieces? Planning and sketching your design ideas for shape, surface treatment, and glazing is encouraged!
Teacher: Leslie Hero
Cost: 360. includes materials, studio, glaze & firing
Tuesdays 10am - 1pm, August 6 - September 24
July Workshop Weekend
Four days in our air-conditioned studios at the height of the summer Arts season here in Santa Fe. Mornings: wheel-throwing with Theo Helmstadter, or Afternoons: graphite & charcoal drawing with Chelsie Murfee - or sign up for both! Each workshop provides three daily hours in the studio. We will also find time for field trips & gallery visits.
Our goals will be inspiration, new ideas & encounters with beautiful art, enriched technical skills & design sensibility. 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 - or, the weekend is also great if you are fairly new to art & seeking an inspiring immersive experience.
As our workshop concept has expanded during planning sessions this spring we’ve had to find an additional venue to house the drawing side of the Workshop Weekend, rather than everybody squeezing in the clay studio. We’re excited that Chelsie’s graphite Instructional sessions will now be located in a nearby gallery space, and it’ll still be possible to register for both clay & drawing.
Thursday July 25 - Sunday July 28. 9 am - 12 pm (clay), 1:30pm - 4:30pm (drawing). Instruction, demonstration, discussion during these first three days, and Sunday July 28 is Open Studio with both teachers available for coaching, critique, continued work. Wrap up your projects on this final day, or, if you need to make it to the airport, fine to leave a little early. Clay people will have the opportunity to glaze some of their bisque-fired work on Sunday.