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.


Spring Classes

Coffee and Clay (intermediate wheel) - 

Intermediate to Advanced Wheel - Afternoon

Evening Intermediate to Advanced Wheel

Beginning and Beyond Wheelthrowing

Handbuilding with Clay

Family Wheel (adult w/ youth 8+)

Friday Art Nights




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. We offer shorter 4-week sessions for beginners, or take both sessions and receive a discount. 



Time Dates Register 

Session I: 4 Mondays, April 10-May 1(Session I is FULL)

Session II: 4 Mondays, May 8- June 5 (Session II is FULL)

Both sessions are FULL

Session I: 4 Mondays , April 10-May 1

Session II: 4 Mondays, May 8-June 5

online registration


Cost: $115;  includes unlimited open studio time to practice what you learn, 12 pounds 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, April 11-May 30 CLASS IS FULL
6:00-8:00pm 8 Tuesdays, April 11-May 30 online registration
1:00-3:00pm 8 Wednesdays, April 12-May 31 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



Handbuilding with Clay

Functional and artful ceramics, handmade by YOU!  Explore slab built and extruded forms to create platters, nesting bowls, wind chimes and more! There are so many possibilities with hand built forms--both contemporary and traditional. Learn techniques such as texturizing, sgraffito, carving and slip trailing to create simple and unusual ceramics. Students will have an additional five hours of open studio time to come in and experiment with what they're learning. We offer both a day and evening option.


12:30-2:30 4 Tuesdays April 11-May 2 CLASS NOT AVAILABLE
6-8pm 4 Wednesdays, April 19-May 10 online registration


Cost: $125, includes all materials and kiln firings.

Instructors: Phil Wilson and Lauren Panian



Screenprinting on Clay

Learn this exciting technique that combines processes of both silkscreen printing and clay handbuilding! Begin with a black and white image and learn to "burn" a silkscreen using a photo emulsion method.  Students learn a variety of  clay slab handbuilding techniques  and create individual boxes or panels. They'll "burn" screens in the printmaking studio, then choose underglaze colors and learn to pull a print on clay. Project will go through two kiln firings and be ready in approximately 2-3 weeks.


6-9pm Th and 1-4pm Sat Thursday, April  27  and Saturday, April 29 online registration


Cost: $75 includes all materials and kiln firings.

Instructors: Dylan Evans Weiler and Clay Maas


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