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)
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.
Teacher: Leslie Hero
Cost: 360. includes materials, studio, glaze & firing
May 21 - July 8, Tuesdays 10 am - 1 pm
Slab-building cups & vases
This Thursday morning workshop will focus on rolling slabs of clay into cylinders to make cups, vases, etc.
Form as well as impressed & inscribed surface design will be explored. This is a hands-on workshop - join us to make some pieces & you can return to glaze them later.
Teacher: Greta Ruiz
Cost:45. includes clay, bisque, & glaze firing
Time: May 23 10 am - 12 noon
Tool Making & Tool Maintenance
In this hands-on Thursday morning workshop, consider ways to make your own tools, fix or sharpen the ones you already have, or re-purpose other things to be clay tools.
We will have fishing line, five-gallon buckets, banding steel, etc. on hand - bring your own materials & ideas and we will brainstorm. Bring your dull trimming tools & we can sharpen them on a whetstone.
Teachers: Theo & Leslie
registration is free if you are already a studio user or are taking a weekly class
July Workshop Weekend
Four days in our air-conditioned studio at the height of the summer Arts season here in Santa Fe. Sign up for graphite & charcoal drawing (mornings) or wheel-throwing (afternoons) - or sign up for both! We will also find time for gallery visits & artist talks.
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. Instructional sessions run three hours each day (July 25 - 27) and the fourth day - Sunday July 28 - is Open Studio with both teachers available for coaching, critique, continued work. Clay people will have the opportunity to glaze some of their bisque-fired work on Sunday.
Graphite & Charcoal Drawing
Teacher: Chelsie Murfee
Thursday July 25 - Saturday July 27, 9 am - 12 pm
Scaling Up & Designing Sets on the Potter’s Wheel
Teacher: Theo Helmstadter
Thursday July 25 - Saturday July 27, 1 pm - 4 pm
Chelsie Murfee is an arts educator & administrator as well as a studio artist. Recently she has studied hyperrealism with Dirk Dzimirsky. Visit her website to learn more & contact her directly.
Contact Theo here at the studio to learn about discounts if you are a full-time teacher or student, or a current Green River Pottery student or studio user, or if you’ve taken a pottery class here before!