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 with Alizabeth Wenrich Rodriguez
$210 ($185 for members) – 6 weeks
Saturday Morning: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday Afternoon: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Basic Wheel Throwing
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 5:00 – 7:00 PM with Alizebeth Wenrich Rodriguez
$210 ($185 for members)
Clay at Night
Come spend an evening in the studio in a relaxed environment. Instruction provided in handbuilding, sculpture, and basic wheel throwing. Knowledge of clay, glazes and other materials is explored. Experimentation is encouraged, and all levels of experience welcome.
Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30 PM with Pirjo L’Esperance
$210 ($185 for members) – 6 weeks
*check for availability
Specialized instruction with an expert on the potter’s wheel. Clinic offered once a month. Call studio for details for currently enrolled students, $15 suggested donation from students and co-op members.
First Thursday of every month with Maddie Consugar
$15 (Suggested donation from students and co-op members)
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.
Sundays 6:00 – 8:00 PM with Maddie Consugar
Ceramic Sculpture and Basic Handbuilding Class
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.
Thursdays 3:30 – 5:30 and 5:30 – 7:30 PM with Constance McBride
$210 ($185 for members.)
Summer Clay Club
Teens interested in art or functional ceramics have the opportunity to take flexible classes for the summer months. Students will pay a flat fee for the month and may attend up to three classes each week for comprehensive ceramic education from our instructors, centered on their interests in clay. Students will be able to use the sophisticated studio space, learn a wealth of information about the ceramics process and create pieces that meet their interests. The monthly cost includes all ceramics supplies and firing. Students will select 3 days to attend class at the beginning of each week.
Available class times include:
June, July, and August
Wednesday 5:30-7:30, Thursday 3:30-5:30, Friday 5:30-7:30, and Saturday 10:00-2:00
*Contact the studio for more information!
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. $35 per class materials included call studio for details.
$35 (per class)
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.
$100 (per month)
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
With instructor Constance McBride
$150 ($130 for members)
Working with Colored Clay
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.
Saturday April 23rd and 25th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Saturday May 7th and 9th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
With instructor Cassie Sedlack
$150 ($130 for members).
*Be sure to check out the other 4-Part Series Classes too!
Classes for Children
Play in Clay
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.
Wednesday 5:30 – 7:00 PM with Pirjo L’Esperance
$100 (for 4 classes)
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. Clay on Main is offering a weekly class for students to explore their ideas in clay. Parent must remain at the studio during class.
Ages 6 to 12
Weekly (During summer months) with Pirjo L’Esperance
$100 (per 4 week session)
KIDS’ SUMMER CAMP
Students will spend five days learning, playing, and creating in Clay on Main’s ceramics studio. Each of the first four days will focus on a different part of the world. The camp will end with a mini-exhibition showcasing the student’s work, open to family and friends.
Students will be provided an afternoon snack but packed lunch is required.
10 am – 2 pm
$200 per child ($175 for each additional sibling).
Enrollment limited to 10 students
Art, music, culture, and physical activity
Also check out our upcoming workshops and events for more ceramic instruction!