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. 

Winter Ceramics Classes


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. An instructor demonstrates new techniques each week and students may choose the direction to go with their pottery.


Coffee and Clay

8 Tuesdays, Sept 19-Nov 7

6:30-8:30pm /8 Wednesdays, Sept 20-Nov 8.

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

Instructor: Phil Wilson


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. 

Session II: 4 Mondays, Oct 16-Nov 6, 1-3pm CLASS IS FULL

Session II: 4 Mondays, Oct 16- Nov 6, 6:30-8:30pm  CLASS IS FULL

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

Handbuilding with Clay

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 additional open studio time to come in and experiment with what they're learning. We offer both a day and evening option. 

6-8pm: 4 Tuesdays, Oct 3-Oct 24

Cost: $135, includes all materials and kiln firings.

Instructors: Phil Wilson and Lauren Panian


Open Studio Passes (no instruction)

Our open studio passes are for experienced potters comfortable working on their own and without instruction. They allow maximum flexibility while keeping up with skills on the wheel or handbuilding. For potters new to the ceramics program at Blackbird Arts, we require an orientation session to familiarize new students with our procedures. Please email melissa@blackbirdartstc.org to arrange.

Open Studio Membership One Month

Unlimited open studio time for the pottery wheel or handbuilding. Begin any day between September 18 and November 15 and continue for 30 calendar days.

Cost: $150 includes #25 bag of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental.

Special Programs

Family Wheel

It's so much fun to throw together! Roll up your sleeves and learn to turn a lump of clay into something functional.  We'll cover all the basics of centering, pulling, coning and trimming and show you the ropes on an extruder and slab roller. Once clay pieces are fired in the kiln, you'll select your colors and learn to glaze. Each person will leave with several pieces of unique wheel-thrown pottery. Good, messy, family fun. 

4:30-6pm: 4  Wednesdays, Sept 27-Oct 18

Cost: $95/person includes all materials, 12 pounds of clay per person, glazes and kiln firings. Open studio time is included in the price.

Instructor: Lauren Panian and Phil Wilson


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. Projects will go through two kiln firings and be ready in approximately 2-3 weeks.

12-3pm: 2 Tuesdays, Oct 17 & 24

6:00-8:00pm: 3 Wednesdays, Nov 1, 8, & 15

Cost: $75 includes all materials and kiln firings.

Instructor: Clay Maas


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