Ceramics Classes

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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.


  •  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! 

Saturdays 12-2pm with Liz Wheeler
$210; $185 for members – 6 weeks

 

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. 

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  • 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.

Fridays 12- 2pm with Liz Wheeler

$185 members (Use your member code.); $210 non-members

 

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  • Clay at Night (Wednesdays 6-8 PM)

Come spend an evening in the studio in a relaxed environment.  Instruction provided in handbuilding, sculpture, and basic wheelthrowing.  Knowledge of clay, glazes and other materials is explored.  Experimentation is encouraged, and all levels of experience welcome.  

Wednesdays 6-8 with Alizabeth Wenrich 

$210; $185 for members – 6 weeks 

*check for availability


  • Throwing Clinic (ThirdWednesday or each month, 12-2 PM)
    Specialized instruction with an expert on the potter’s wheel.. Clinic offered once a month. Call studio for details. $35 for single session, $15 suggested donation from students and co-op members..

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

  • Ceramic Sculpture Class (Tuesdays 12-2, 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.  

Tuesdays 12-2 with Constance McBride

Wednesdays 12-2pm with Alizabeth Wenrich

$185 members (Use your member code.); $210 non-members.

 

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  • Summer Clay Club

Students of all ages who are off for the summer can take advantage of our facility and instructors.  The club will meet on Wednesdays from 12-2 so members can get support with projects, then use the studio during the rest of the week (when we’re open). 

$75/month

June, July, and August, Contact the studio for more information! 610-987-0273, clayonmain@gmail.com.


  • 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 to any needed materials.

Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10am-12pm

 


  • Drop-in Class:

Join us during any of our ongoing class times for a single drop-in class.  Your teacher will guide you through forming and decorating a simple project.  You can return for up to two more drop-in sessions to complete the project, or ask us to apply clear glaze to your piece and pick it up when it’s out of the kiln. 


  • 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.

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  • 4-Part Series:

    • Fashioning Artworks with Paper, Fabric, and Liquid Clay:

Constance McBride will lead you through various techniques for dipping paper and fabric into liquid clay (slip).  Firing these pieces leaves just the clay; you’ll end up with beautiful, light and loose pieces, all in high-fired, durable, translucent porcelain.  

Tuesdays October 1, 8, 15 & 22 2-4pm

$150 or $130 for members

 

  • Make your own Clay Bread Baker:

Instructor: Liz Wheeler 

We’ll create lidded baking vessels that can be used in the oven, and are completely food-safe.  You can decide whether you want a rectangular loaf or a round cloche.  

Saturdays November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 10am – noon

$150 or $130 for members. 

 

  • Birdhouses:

Instructor: Liz Wheeler

Liz will guide you through the design and creation of a functional birdhouse.  

Saturdays February 1, 8, 15 & 22  10am – noon

$150, $130 for members

 

  • Animal Shelters:

We’ll make a birdhouse, a butterfly feeder, a birdfeeder, and a mason bee habitat.  You can sign up for all 4, or individually.  To ensure enrollment, register at least a week early.

Liz Wheeler and guest instructors

Saturdays March 14, 21 & 28, April 4

$150 or $130 for members for all 4

 

  • Decorate your own Fermentation Crock

Instructor: Liz Wheeler

Come out to our studio to personalize your vessel using carving, colored slips, and oxides; you can pick up your fully fired piece two weeks after class is complete. 

Tuesdays April 7, 14, 21 & 28 10am – noon

$200 or $180 for members

 

  • Working with Colored Clay

Instructor: Cassie Sedlack

When you incorporate colorants into the clay body itself, a world of possibilities opens up.  Cassie will lead you through techniques that result in functional or sculptural pieces that are loose and fresh, while also displaying crisp and precise pattern.  

Saturdays April 18 & 25, May 2 & 9 10am – noon

$150 or $130 for members 



Classes for Children:

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

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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

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KIDS’ SUMMERCAMP: “Art Around the World”-  July 15th-19th, 10am-3pm

Kids ages 6-12 will spend five days learning, playing and creating in Clay on Main’s ceramics studio.  Each of the first four days will focus on ancient times in a different part of the world: Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.  Using techniques and materials from each, we’ll create a ceramic vessel or sculpture; we’ll also explore other crafts, music, and food.  The fifth day will be our chance to have an informal reception and share our work with family and friends.  While expressing themselves creatively and getting to know one another, campers will learn a bit of geography, history, chemistry, and geology.  Physical activity is sure to be part of each day, whether we go for a walk on a sunny day, or play active indoor games.

Student’s work will be shown during Clay on Main’s Ice Cream Social on July 20th.

$300 per child ($275 for each sibling).  Clay on Main will provide snacks, but please pack a lunch.  Please call the studio when registering multiple children at once to receive a discount: 610-987-0273.

Instructors: Liz Wheeler, Ray Lapinski, Jasmine.

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