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 85 per hour per person - $75. 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: 85. per person per hour plus tax (75. per person for groups of four or more)
time: days, evenings, weekends - please call the studio to schedule!
Hand-building with Micaceous Clay
A unique New Mexican clay, this earthenware with platelets of mica (a sheet silicate mineral) can be coil-built to make durable, beautiful, useful pots - as it has been for thousands of years. We will practice techniques for constructing, finishing, applying slip, and burnishing. We will fire our finished pots outdoors near the studio.
We’re excited to once again be working with Lee Onstott, a local micaceous potter & teacher, as our instructor for this course. Your registration includes all materials as well as access to the studio throughout the week to work on your pieces - in contrast to the wheel-throwing process, hand-building with mica clay takes time. Be ready to devote many hours of meditative, repetitive, practice to your creations.
Teacher: Lee Onstott
Cost: 395. includes materials & studio access
Tuesdays 10am - 1pm, October 15 - December 3
Tuesday night intro wheel class
Note: due to high enrollment we are adding a second section of this class & it meets Thursday mornings 10 am - 12 pm. Please let us know which you’d like to be in when you register!
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
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
Note!! as of July 29, this class is fully booked