Ceramics Program

Ceramics at the Arts CenterButton
The basement of the Arts Center is home to a large ceramics studio. We host regular classes for children and adults – including hand-built pottery, wheel-thrown pottery, and ceramic sculpture – and also offer a studio membership program.  Ceramic pieces by Arts Center instructors are for sale in our Ceramics Gallery. Or just stop by to chat with our Potter-in-Residence, Jonas Hurley!

If you’re looking for information about the POP Studio (paint your own pottery), click here!

Upcoming Ceramics Classes

Need-based scholarships are available for many adult and kids classes. Contact Niki Kinkade at director@communityartscenter.net or 859.236.4054 to request more information. If you or your child love art, we want you in these classes!!

Ceramic Wall Vase Workshop
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Ceramic Wall Vase Workshop

Ceramic Garden Wall Vases Workshop
Saturday, June 24 | 10am to 11:30am
$30 per person

In this beginner clay workshop, each student will create three hanging vases of various shapes. Student will learn basic techniques of imprinting and coiling to decorate their vases.

Clay projects require time to dry and fire.Students will return for a “glazing night” the week of August 7th. All summer clay projects will be glazed during that week. 

Register here.

For students ages 12+. 
Coiled Ceramic Vase Workshop
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Coiled Ceramic Vase Workshop

Coiled Ceramic Vase Workshop
Wednesday, June 28 | 7:00pm to 8:30pm
$30 per person

In this beginner clay workshop, students will learn the technique of coiling and use it to create a beautiful and unique vase. The finished pieces can stand alone as a delicate centerpiece or as a fancy container for plants or flowers.

Clay projects require time to dry and fire. Students will return for a “glazing night” the week of July 31st. Class is suitable for students ages 12+.

Register here.

Studio Membership

If you already have experience working with clay, you can apply for a studio membership that offers expanded access to the Ceramics Studio, storage space for your materials and work, and the opportunity to have us fire your pieces for you. Please contact Niki Kinkade at director@communityartscenter.net for more information.

Ceramics Gallery

The Ceramics Gallery is located in the basement of the Arts Center, adjacent to the ceramics studio. Instructors and upper-level students have the opportunity to display and sell their work. The gallery features fun and funky pottery as well as beautiful ceramic sculptures.



Jonas Hurley is the Community Arts Center’s “Potter in Residence,” with a studio located in the basement of the Arts Center. Jonas is an ER doctor, a farmer, a musician, and self-taught potter who has been making wood-fired pottery for the last 15 years.

At his farm, Jonas’ studio includes a sixty-five cubic foot wood-fired kiln he built and two out-buildings devoted to pottery. “I enjoy making functional pieces, such as tableware, jugs, platters, and crocks and typically use simple glazes or put them in the kiln raw to let the wood ash and salt that I introduce into the firing glaze the pieces,” Jonas says of his work.

Stop by the Arts Center to see Jonas and his treadle wheel in action. You can also sign up to take a wheel-thrown pottery class with him! His studio is also home to a large selection of pottery that is for sale.