Blackbird Arts' ceramics studio offers classes for the absolute beginner to the advanced student. Begin with wheelthrowing and handbuilding and explore ways to make teapots, platters, bowls, mugs and more! Join a community of potters in our generous open studio hours and professional equipment, including an on-site kiln, slab roller, extruder and a raku kiln.



Beginner and Beyond Wheelthrowing 


Learn or refresh the basics of wheel throwing and how to center, open, pull, shape and trim shapes such as cups, bowls and other vessels. High-fire clay and glazing will be covered. Open studio sessions are included FREE in the price, so students can experiment and practice what they learn. We provide lots of one-on-one instruction, so students may work in independent directions. 



Time Dates Register 
6:30-8:30pm 8 Mondays, Jan 23-March 14 online registration
10am-12pm 8 Mondays, Jan 23-March 14 online registration


Cost: $245 includes unlimited open studio time to practice what you learn, 25# of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental.


Instructor: Lauren Panian



Intermediate to Advanced Wheelthrowing


Already familiar with the pottery wheel and comfortable centering and throwing a variety of vessels? This class helps move students to a new level in design and execution. We'll explore more complicated forms and ways to combine hand-built and thrown pieces to find your unique style. Instructor demonstrates new techniques each week and students may choose the direction to go with their pottery.



Times Dates Register
9:30-11:30am 8 Tuesdays, Jan 24-March 14 CLASS FULL
1-3pm 8 Wednesdays, Jan 25-March 15 online registration
6:30-8:30pm 8 Wednesdays, Jan 25-March 15 online registration


Cost:  $245 includes all materials, 25# bag of clay, glazes, firings, and shelf rental. Unlimited open studio time included during duration of the course.


Instructor: Phil Wilson



Shorter Workshops


Tile Making (Handbuilding)


Handmade tiles are both beautiful and functional! Explore the ceramics studio and learn to use a slab roller, extruder and other equipment to build clay tiles for your home or garden. We'll learn slip trailing, texturizing, carving, and additive methods to create interesting tiles in the first class. In week two, explore a variety of glazing processes. Students receive five hours of open studio time outside of the workshop sessions to work on tiles. We offer both a day and evening option.

10am-12pm 2 Wednesdays,  Jan 25 & Feb 1 online registration
6:30-8:30pm 2 Tuesdays, February 14 & 21 online registration


Cost: $65 + $10 materials fee. Additional materials and studio time may also be puchased after completing the class.


Japanese Tea Set (Handbuilding)

We will dabble in Japanese tea ceremony history and ritual.  Learn slab making and coil techniques to create authentic tea bowls, tea caddies and tea pots. The last class we will share a pot of Japanese green tea! Optional field trip to a tea ceremony in Suttons Bay . We offer both a day and evening option

Cost: $65 + $10 materials fee. 


6:30-8:30pm 2 Wednesdays, Feb 15 & 22 online registration
10am-12pm 2 Fridays, Jan 27 & Feb 3 online registration



Blackbird Arts   |   1485 Barlow Street Traverse City, MI   |   (231)421-8085    |    Drop us a note at info@blackbirdartstc.com.