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Classes

Classes at The Potters' Studio are a great opportunity to hone your craft and learn what it takes to be a successful ceramic artist.

The course fee of $275 includes:
  • 8 classes (3 hours each)
  • 4 cubic feet of firing space (that's a lot)
  • 25 pounds of clay
  • A loaner set of tools for your first class (you'll need to bring your own tools after that)
  • Storage space for your in-process work
Students can also use the studio to work outside of class time. Free open studio hours for students are, at the minimum, as follows, and there are usually more hours available as well outside of class and staff hours (students may work in the studio outside of classes and staff hours listed below when there is a member present - such as Fri., Sat., and Sun. evenings).
  • Mon. 1:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Tue. 1:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Wed. 1:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Thu. 10am - 6:30pm
  • Fri. 1:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Sat. 1:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Sun. 11am - 5:00pm (no Sunday access from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1)
  • (Students may not do open studio time during a class in which they are not enrolled.)

Our classes are very popular and usually full, with notification/waiting lists. A couple of weeks before the end of a class, the current students are given the chance to re-register. The number of students opting out determines how many spots become available to new students (typically on the waiting list).

If you try to register and a class is full, please call us (510-528-3286) or email to get on the notification/waiting list.

Monday Morning Handbuilding
Mon. 10am - 1pm
The next Mon. morning class begins on 10/17/2016.
Call (510-528-3286) or email to be put on the notification/waiting list for the next session.
Instructor: Anna Vaughan

This class focuses on ceramic handbuilding methods to make functional works of art. We will begin with basic building techniques -- coil, slab, and pinch methods -- to create unique functional forms. We'll then move to more complex assemblies and finish with texture , design, and glaze to enhance the surface of the work. Projects and demonstrations will be a catalyst for our individual and creative expression. Students may choose projects to focus on such as dinner sets, tea pots, vases, boxes or jars. All levels welcome! The instructor can work with more advanced students to develop their skills and personal vision.

Clay Basics – Monday Night Wheel Boot Camp
Mon. 6pm - 9pm
The next Mon. night class begins on 9/12/2016 and there are aleady enough people on the waiting list to call the next three sessions FULL.
The waiting list is closed for now, sorry.
Instructor: Jess Parker

Focusing on the foundations of throwing, this class is geared toward the beginning potter. Throwing basics will be covered: from centering, pulling a wall and trimming your pots to altering and glazing your work. Basic forms that will be covered are the cylinder, bowl and plate. As your ability progresses adding handles, lids and spouts to your work will also be tackled. Expect a demo each night and lots of time to practice and improve your throwing skills.

Clay Basics – Tuesday Morning Wheel Boot Camp
Tue. 10am - 1pm
The next Tue. morning class begins on 9/20/26/2016. Call (510-528-3286) or email to be put on the notification/waiting list for the future.
Instructor: Jess Parker

Focusing on the foundations of throwing, this class is geared toward the beginning potter. Throwing basics will be covered: from centering, pulling a wall and trimming your pots to altering and glazing your work. Basic forms that will be covered are the cylinder, bowl and plate. As your ability progresses adding handles, lids and spouts to your work will also be tackled. Expect a demo each night and lots of time to practice and improve your throwing skills.

Altered Forms and Creative Surfaces
Tue. 7pm - 10pm
The next Tue. evening class begins on 9/20/2015.
Call (510-528-3286) or email to be put on the notification/waiting list.
Instructor: David Delgado

This class is designed for the intermediate and advanced student with an interest in altering wheel-thrown objects and in expanding the possibilities of surface with underglazes and alternative approaches to applying glaze. In relation to both form and surface, students will be encouraged to think about how devises such as line, repetition, pattern, and imagery are functioning to add to the individual work. Each three-hour class will include one to two demonstrations as well as give ample time for individual assistance and time to practice newly learned techniques.

Beginning to Intermediate Wheel Throwing
Wed. 10am - 1pm
The next 8-week session begins on 9/7/2016.
Call (510-528-3286) or email to be put on the notification/waiting list.
Instructor: Roger Yee

In this class, students will learn the fundamental wheel-working skills used for shaping clay. For students with prior experience, this class will strengthen skills already learned. Students practice, using the potter's wheel, and begin throwing basic forms, such as cups, mugs and bowls. Intermediate students will refine forms as it pertains to their current skill level. They'll also learn how the firing process impacts the form and aesthetics of a ceramic piece, as well as how to use a variety of glazing techniques.

Beginning and Intermediate Wheel Throwing
Wed. 6pm - 9pm
The next Wed. night class begins on 8/24/2016 and there are aleady enough people on the waiting list to call the next three sessions FULL.
The waiting list is closed for now, sorry.
Instructor: Roger Yee

In this class, students will learn the fundamental wheel-working skills used for shaping clay. For students with prior experience, this class will strengthen skills already learned. Students practice, using the potter's wheel, and begin throwing basic forms, such as cups, mugs and bowls. Intermediate students will refine forms as it pertains to their current skill level. They'll also learn how the firing process impacts the form and aesthetics of a ceramic piece, as well as how to use a variety of glazing techniques.

Continuing Wheel Throwing and All-Levels Handbuilding (Supervised projects)
Thu. 7pm - 10pm [FULL as of 8/22/2016 -- Call (510-528-3286) or email to be put on the notification/waiting list.]
Fri. 10am - 1pm - 9/9 Start Date
Sat. 10am - 1pm [FULL as of 8/22/2016 -- Call (510-528-3286) or email to be put on the notification/waiting list.]

Instructor: Bob Johnson

These classes are best suited to the student who wishes to work on his/her own project with the help of an all-around expert to help with almost any imaginable project or issue. Bob is there as a resource for you -- ask lots of questions! Pottery wheel students should already know how to at least comfortably center clay. Handbuilding students of any level are welcome. For the intermediate or more advanced student, more complex techniques and forms will be introduced through individual instruction or class demonstrations, building experience and skills to form teapots, lidded forms and larger sculptural pieces. These classes include demonstrations in various glaze and surface techniques.

Select one of Bob's classes: