Summer Ceramics

Blackbird Arts' ceramics studio is a bright, well-equipped studio with six wheels, a handbuilding table, slab roller, extruder, electric kiln and a raku kiln. We offer a flexible summer pass for weekly classes for beginner to intermediate and Open Studio for artists with more advanced skills who wish to work independently. We also offer private lessons, parties, workshops, youth classes, community programs and more.

Summer Ceramics Classes


Intermediate to Advanced Wheelthrowing

(choose any six out of eight weeks)

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.

Dates/Times: Classes begin the week of June 18

(CLASSES NOT AVAILABLE. EMAIL if you're interested in an intermediate to advanced class)

DAY CLASS: choose 6 out of 8 Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, begins 6/19 (no classes July 2-5).

EVENING CLASS: choose 6 out of 8  Tuesdays: 6-8pm, begins 6/19 (no classes July 2-5).

Cost:  $225 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. 


Session I: June 18-July 19 (no classes July 2-5)

4 Mondays (FULL), 1-3pm, begins June 18   OR

4 Thursdays, 6-8pm, begins June 21.

Instructor: Lauren Panian

Session II: July 23-August 16

4 Mondays (FULL), 1-3pm OR

4 Thursdays, 6-8pm

Instructors: Phil Wilson and Clay Maas

Cost: $145;  includes unlimited open studio time to practice what you learn, 12 pounds of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental. 





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 to arrange.


Unlimited open studio time for the pottery wheel or handbuilding. Begin any day after June 18 and continue for 30 calendar days.

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



Unlimited open studio time for the pottery wheel or handbuilding, from June 15-August 31. 

Cost $275 includes 25# bag of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental.*

*Additional materials may be purchased if needed: 25# bag of clay that includes glazes and firings for $95 or students can pay by the cubic inch.




 Artwork by Lise Zahn

Artwork by Lise Zahn

Handbuilt tiles Workshop

Two Thursdays, August 9 & 16, 5:30-8pm

Explore building unique tiles using two different techniques: carving and appliqué. Beginning with a hardened slab of clay, participants carve a design or transfer an image to carve. In the second class we'll explore building up a tile, where the image is raised. Price includes open studio time to work on pieces and enough materials to create 4-5 tiles, all glazes and kiln firings.

Cost: $65, includes all materials, glazes and kiln firings. Open studio time is included in the price.

Instructor: Phil Wilson




Summer Lanterns

Thursday, July 19, 6-8pm

Adults and adults with children 10+ years

Create a clay lantern perfect for lighting up  late summer nights. Beginning with a slab of clay, you'll create patterns for light and add small sculptures to personalize it. All you need to do is add a candle and you’ll have soft light for dinners, card playing or summer picnics.

$35/person includes all materials and kiln firings. 

Instructor: Phil Wilson



Worried About Committing That Much Time?

Don't worry. We also offer a variety of one-time classes and events that give you a chance to get your hands dirty without having to make a multi-week commitment.

 Private Lessons for yourself and up to two others.

Custom classes or events where you get to design your own 2-hour clay class or pottery party for family, friends, co-workers or charity.

Open Studio packages. You decide how much time you need and when to spend it.

Team-Building Workshops for your corporation, business or organization.

Check our Calendar for upcoming class offerings and times. For additional information, please contact