Wheel Throwing Classes

 
 
wheel throwing

join us for a fun and relaxing learning experience creating one of a kind stoneware pottery you make from scratch on a potter's wheel. read through the class descriptions and sign up for a class. And if you're already a skilled potter, sign up for some open wheel time!

We offer wheel throwing classes for all skill levels from beginner/novice to intermediate for ages 10 and up. We have one-time classes for those looking to just experiment and try it out on the wheel as well as 4-week courses (starting over the summer) where you can build up your throwing skills. We will also have an assortment of specialty workshops on specific techniques that will change throughout the year and they will be announced in our calendar. Open wheel rental sessions are available for those already skilled in throwing on a potter’s wheel.

Please note that classes and courses posted online are adult only (age 18 & up) unless otherwise specified as a “family class/ FAM”. Family style classes are for anyone age 10 & up (It’s a mixed age group- kids and/or adults can sign up, including families taking the class together.  Children less than 10 years of age require a parent or guardian to also participate and purchase a class session for themselves. We generally do not recommend wheel throwing for children under 8 years of age).

 
 

2-Hour Beginner/ Try It Out | Basic Wheel Throwing Class

Single class wheel session with a second visit at your leisure required to glaze your pottery.

Classes are $79* per person for a 2-hour lesson that includes 30 minutes of basic hands-on demonstration/instruction and centering clay on the wheel, approximately 1-hour of supervised wheel time with basic instruction to form up to 2 pieces: a simple vessel out of clay (bowl/cup) and/or a small plate (if time permits) that we will fire to bisque, and 15 minutes of active clean up. We will also spend approximately 15 minutes discussing the processes of firing and glazing stoneware pottery (so you are prepared when you come back and glaze your piece after we’ve fired it to bisque in about a week to ten days).  You must come back within 30 days on your own time to glaze your piece(s) so we may complete the final firing and have them ready for pick up approximately 2 weeks later. See additional cost below.

Group Special: A group of 3 people booking all 3 seats for this class at once (which creates a private class for your group) will receive 1 FREE UNLIMITED PAINT TIME SESSION CARD per person (valued at $10 each) upon arrival to class and it can be applied towards the paint time fees to glaze and fire your pottery.

*Additional Cost: When you come back to glaze your fired pieces, paint time at our regular rates of $4 per half hour, up to $10 for unlimited paint time for the day apply and you have full use of our stoneware glazes and any other compatible glazes that are normally included in our paint time rates for each student.

Policies: See policies.

This class may be repeated several times to hone basic shape skills without having to commit to a 4-week course. However, more intermediate and varied skills are built by taking our 4-week course.


 

Specialty Workshop |  2.5-Hour Basic Wheel Throwing Class + Stamped Impressions

Single class wheel session with a second visit at your leisure required to glaze your pottery.

Classes are $89* per person for a 2.5-hour lesson that includes everything in the 2-Hour Beginner/Basic Wheel Throwing Class (30 minutes of basic hands-on demonstration/instructions and centering clay on the wheel, approximately 1-hour of supervised wheel time with basic instruction to form up to 2 pieces: a simple vessel out of clay (bowl/cup) and/or small plate (if time permits) that we will fire to bisque, but also includes an additional 30 minutes of technique stamping instruction using stamps and tools to make your pieces extra unique, before we do 15 minutes of active clean up. We will also spend approximately 15 minutes discussing the processes of firing and glazing stoneware pottery (so you are prepared when you come back and glaze your piece after we’ve fired it to bisque in about a week to ten days). You must come back within 30 days on your own time to glaze your piece(s) so we may complete the final firing and have them ready for pick up approximately 2 weeks later. See additional cost below.

Group Special:  A group of 3 people booking all 3 seats for this class at once (which creates a private class for your group) will receive 1 FREE UNLIMITED PAINT TIME SESSION CARD per person (valued at $10 each) upon arrival to class and it can be applied towards the paint time fees to glaze and fire your pottery.

*Additional Cost: When you come back to glaze your fired pieces, paint time at our regular rates of $4 per half hour, up to $10 for unlimited paint time for the day apply and you have full use of our stoneware glazes and any other compatible glazes that are normally included in our paint time rates for each student.

Policies: See policies.

This class may be repeated several times to hone basic shape skills without having to commit to a 4-week course. However, more intermediate and varied skills are built by taking our 4-week course.


 
4 week pottery wheel throwing class
 
stamped impression pet bowl made on a potter's wheel out of clay

Coming Soon:

4-Week Wheel Throwing Course |  Skill Building

2-Hour classes, once per week, with complimentary open wheel session practice time*. An additional visit at your leisure may be required to glaze any additional pottery made past week 3 or made during open wheel practice sessions.

Includes: (4) 2 hour Classes, once per week with complimentary open wheel session practice time after completion of the second class during week 2-4 (with extra clay purchase option).

  • Week 1:  2-Hour Beginner Basic Wheel Throwing/ Skill Building Trimming and Cutting (make up to 2 pieces). Includes training on how to operate a wheel.
  • Week 2: Skill Build Session 2- additional supervised and guided wheel time Plus Stamped Impressions. (make up to 3 pieces).
  • Week 3: Making a mug with a handle and skill build session. (Make 1 mug or small pitcher plus one additional piece on the wheel)
  • Week 4: Specialty glazing techniques/ Glaze combinations. Glazing of pieces made in week 1-3. If time permits, additional supervised wheel time to make one last piece of choice (including a mug). (Paint time is additional at our regular rates to come back at your leisure and glaze any pottery made during week 4).

 4-week classes are $289* per person, with open wheel time during week 2-4. This course does not require you to have taken a single session class prior to the start of the 4-week class. This class is designed for the novice/beginner and day one we start from scratch. 4-Week Courses are held once a week for 4 weeks on the same day of the week and same time.

*For Students currently enrolled in a 4-Week course (who have completed the first two classes and are between the 2nd and 4th class in the course): You may also participate in open wheel rental- see below. Currently enrolled students will have their 1-Hour Open Wheel Session fees waived (regular $45* fee) but will be required to purchase clay at $5 per pound, paint time, and any other fees, as noted above to complete their pieces. Currently enrolled students eligible for open wheel time are defined as those who have completed the first two classes in their entirety until they reach the end of their 4 week course). Complimentary open wheel rental sessions include unsupervised wheel time during open wheel hours. Each open wheel session is scheduled in 1-hour increments. Your time on the wheel must be scheduled in advance to guarantee a seat at the wheel. You are limited to booking one session at a time. Once the first open session is complete, you may book your next open session. Each 1-hour open wheel time includes up to 45 minutes on the wheel plus 15 minutes active clean up to leave your space sparkly clean for the next person using the wheel.

*Additional Costs: Paint time when you come back to paint your bisque, for anything not able to be glazed during the Week 4 class glazing session,  will be charged at the regular rate of $4 per half hour with unlimited paint time at $10 for the day.

Group Special: A group of 3 people booking all 3 seats for this class at once (which creates a private class for your group) will each receive 1 FREE Unlimited Paint Time Session Card and a Set of 3 Glazing Brushes to keep (valued at approximately $25 each) upon arrival to class. The paint time session cards can be applied towards any paint time fees to glaze and fire your pottery or saved for a future pottery painting adventure.

Policies: See policies.


 

Open Wheel Rental Sessions

Already know how to throw? you can rent our wheels for some diy time!

Available in 1-hour Sessions: Includes up to 45 minutes maximum time on the wheel and 15 minutes of active cleanup.

Available to students who have completed the 4-week course or anyone who has equivalent wheel throwing skills and would like to use the wheel completely on their own. No supervision or guidance in wheel throwing is provided by staff- you are just renting the wheel time. 1 Hour sessions are $45* each and includes the use of up to 5 pounds of stoneware clay, use of tools, bisque firing of viable pieces, up to 45 minutes on the wheel and a required 15 minutes of active cleanup so that the next person using the wheel has a clean wheel and workspace just like you had when you started your session.  There is no limit to the quantity of thrown pieces you can make during your 45 minutes of wheel time with exception of what you can create within the 5lb. clay limit. At the 45-minute mark, you are expected to have completed your last piece for the session and you will start cleaning up so that the next person can use the wheel. We will fire your viable items to a Cone 04 bisque in approximately 7-10 day. You must come back within 30 days on your own time to glaze your piece(s) so we may complete the final Cone 6 firing and have them ready for pick up approximately 2 weeks later. 

*Additional Cost: If you’d like more clay, additional clay over the 5-pound limit is $5 per pound available for your use during your session time. You may then come back and glaze your pottery pieces at your leisure up to 30 days from the date you made it. Paint time at our regular rates of $4 per half hour, up to $10 for unlimited paint time for the day apply and you have full use of our stoneware glazes and any other compatible glazes that are normally included in our paint time rates for each student.  We reserve the right to charge an additional $10 fee for firing XL pieces (per firing for both bisque and glaze firings). This fee will be charged per piece and per firing for any pieces you make in excess of 10 inches in diameter and/or 10 inches high, as measured by a ruler. We also reserve the right to refuse any overly large, complex or fragile work of clay. If you are concerned about a possible refusal to fire, please speak with the owner or one of our wheel instructors ONLY (our regular staff cannot assist you with this inquiry) prior to arranging time to make this type of piece on the wheel.

 Policies: Policies: See policies.


 

Alternate Class Options

2-Hour Private Wheel Throwing Lessons

Receive personalized one-on-one instruction from our instructors and spend more quality time working on specific aspects of wheel throwing. Alternately, for couples, you can make this private class a fun and creative date out of it -like in the movie "Ghost"!

One on One Private Lessons are available for a single person or a couple with one of our instructors. Lessons are 2 hours in length and are $195* for a single person and $220* for a couple for the session which includes everything in the 2-hour basic wheel class. Because of the lower enrollment in this session, based on the progression of class there may be an opportunity to throw more pottery pieces on the wheel or develop better throwing skills as well as access to our stamping tools at no additional charge. It all depends on the attention and ability and how each student progresses during the class. Please inquire with the owner or with one of our wheel instructors to schedule your private lesson at a mutually agreeable time during business hours.

*Additional Cost: This class has a limit of 5 maximum pieces made per individual per session. Additional pieces made over the 5 max. per person are $5 per piece.  When you come back to glaze your fired pieces, paint time at our regular rates of $4 per half hour, up to $10 for unlimited paint time for the day apply and you have full use of our stoneware glazes and any other compatible glazes that are normally included in our paint time rates for each student.

 Policies: See policies.