Ceramics Classes


Clay on Main offers rolling enrollment for all ceramics classes.  Whether you’re new to clay, or have some experience, we offer classes for all skill levels.  Classes include studio time with an instructor, as well as open studio time for added time working on projects.

Be sure to read our GENERAL STUDIO INFO if you’re considering registering for a class.


  • NEW!!  Children’s Summer Clay Classes
    Summer can be a great time to expose kids to some new activities. Ceramics is a medium that is very accessible to beginners, and also teaches children valuable skills in Clay on Main is offering a weekly class for students ages 6 to 12 to explore their ideas in clay. Parent must remain at the studio during class. $100 per 4 week session.


Instructor: Pirjo L’Esperance


  •  Foundations in Clay (Adult Class)
    This class introduces design, hand building (slab, coil, and pinching), surface decoration,
    and glazing. Bring your ideas, designs, and questions and get going! Class size: 10. $175
    members (Use your member code.); $210 non-members.

 Instructors: Liz Wheeler, Alizabeth Wenrich

Tuesday afternoon 12:00-2:00 PM  REGISTER

Wednesday evening 6:00 – 8:00 PM  REGISTER

Saturday afternoon: 12:00- 2:00 PM REGISTER

  • Co-Op Members Night (Monday 7:00 – 9:00 PM) 
    This class is for students with some clay experience. Development of more involved hand building techniques, throwing on the wheel, and an introduction to glaze chemistry will be offered.
     Class size: 10. $175 members (Use your member code.); $210 non-members. 


  • Basic Wheel Throwing (Friday 12:00-2:00 PM)
    Instruction provided in throwing cups, bowls, plates, vases, and more on the potter’s wheel.  Students looking to explore hand building or other techniques are also welcome.
    $175 members (Use your member code.); $210 non-members

Instructor: Liz Wheeler


  • Throwing Clinic (Wednesday 12-2 PM)
    Specialized instruction with an expert on the potter’s wheel.. Clinic offered once a month. Call studio for details.

Instructor: Linda Austerberry

  • Open Studio Time
    Enrolled students can use this time, at no extra charge, to work on in-process pieces or start new ones.  A studio monitor is present to provide access to the studio, and any needed materials.
    Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 to 12 PM

  • Play in Clay (Wednesday 5:30-7:00 PM) 
    Instruction provided in the construction of functional work such as dishes, and imaginative sculptural forms- a chance for kids to express their creativity while they build focus and learn the science of clay.  4 Classes $100.  Ages 6-12.

Instructor: Pirjo L’Esperance


  • Ceramic Sculpture Class (Wednesdays 12-2 PM)         Learn everything about creating ceramic sculpture, from basic concepts and building techniques to more advanced skills.  Knowledge of clay, glazes, and other materials is explored.  Experimentation is encouraged, and all levels of experience welcome.   $175 members (Use your member code.); $210 non-members.

Instructor: Elise Arnold


  • Studio Associate Program 

Do you desire an opportunity to pursue your own direction and ideas? Do you need flexibility in scheduling your studio time?

The Studio Associate Program allows members of Clay on Main access to all open studio times, which are overseen by a monitor instead of an instructor. This program is limited to returning intermediate and advanced Clay on Main students; you can apply after you’ve taken at least one six-week class.  This requirement ensures that you have the skills to work independently and gives us a chance to orient you to our particular studio and community.  Open studio times are posted on the Classes page of the website.  We do not charge a materials fee for glazing and firing, but we do require that you purchase clay from us; the $35 per 25 pound bag covers our costs.  The fee to participate in the SAP is $100 a month, due on the first day of the month.

Students work independently during the sessions. No instruction or demonstrations are given, but the monitor is available to answer questions.


Also check out our upcoming workshops and events for more ceramic instruction!