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.
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
If you’ve done the intro wheel class & want to continue in the studio we usually have a couple advanced 8-week classes going. The next round of those will start in January 2019, though, & for the last two months of 2018 we are trying something new - a series of four short workshop-classes. These are offered Thursday mornings 9:30 - 12:30. They are hands-on - you can make work during the session. If you would like to glaze & fire the pieces you make, that is an option.
Fine to sign up for just one or two of the sessions. If you would like to participate in all four, registering for a month of studio access gives you full registration - plus you can use the studio during the week between workshops, and the firing fee for work you create is waived.
Thursday November 15, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Stacking cylinders to create larger wheel-thrown vessels
teacher: Theo Helmstadter
Thursday November 29, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Slab construction essentials
teacher: Melina Lozano
Thursday December 6, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Making a dinner set: integrated plate, bowl, & cup design
teacher: Leslie Hero
Thursday December 13, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
combining wheel & slab elements
teacher: Theo Helmstadter
If you have clay experience already & would like to just use the studio for up to seven days - this is an option.
Clay, glaze, firing (cone 10 reduction) included. If you make upwards of about 10 pieces, or pieces upwards of 10", a 75. firing fee can cover this.
If you'll be out of town when your work is completed & unloaded from the kiln - you can arrange for shipping too.
If you've got some clay experience & would like access to workspace - the monthly rate is an option.
As above, clay, glaze, firing, provided - as you scale up or begin to work very prolifically a firing fee can cover this though in general, the studio encourages prolific work & prodigious use of the provided clay.
We mix big new batches of our unique local cone 10 stoneware every week, and the more pots you make (especially tall narrow ones!) the sooner we get the kiln filled & fired.