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.


8 Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am, begins 1/16 (CLASS IS FULL)

8 Wednesdays: 10:00am-12pm, begins 1/17

Cost:  $255 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. 


8 Mondays, 1-3pm, begins 1/22            (CLASS IS FULL)

8 Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm, begins 1/22 (CLASS IS FULL)

 8 Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, begins 1/25 (CLASS IS FULL)

Cost: $225;  includes unlimited open studio time to practice what you learn, 25 pounds of clay, glazes, kiln firings and shelf rental. 

Instructor: Lauren Panian


 creating with Clay

This class gives students the chance to try the wide array of clay building possibilities--from wheel throwing to hand building. Students learn the basics of wheel throwing and will additionally pinch, coil, slab, extrude, carve and sculpt clay and explore surface decoration, texture and design. This class is geared toward  beginner and intermediate students.  Your creations will surprise you!


6 Tuesdays, 6-8pm, begins 1/23

Cost: $175 includes all materials, 12 pounds of clay, glazes, kiln firings and open studio time to practice.

Instructor: 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 January 16 and April 30 and continue for 30 calendar days.

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

(photo credit: Creehan Photography)

(photo credit: Creehan Photography)



Saturday clay is a relaxed mixed level clay class perfect for anyone too busy during the week to join in a class. Wheel throwing and handbuilding students are welcomed, demonstrations will include various forming methods, surface treatment, design and glazing will all be covered.  The weekly demonstrations will be catered to the interest of the class as determined at the first class of each session.  All levels welcome.


10am-12pm: 6 Saturdays, begins 1/20

Cost: $175 includes all materials, 12 pounds of clay, glazes, kiln firings and open studio time to practice.

Instructors: Phil Wilson and Lauren Panian



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 melissa@blackbirdartstc.org


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.


6:00-9:00pm: 2 Thursdays, 1/25 & 2/8

Cost: $75 includes all materials and kiln firings.

Instructor: Clay Maas


Family Wheel


This class is for an adult and child 8+ 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: 6  Thursdays, begins 1/25

Cost: $125/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