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

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 or click here for the scholarship request form. If you or your child love art, we want you in these classes!!

Nov
17
Sat
Holiday Ceramics Workshop
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Holiday Ceramics Workshop

Holiday Ceramics Workshop
Saturdays, November 17 & December 1
10:00am to 11:30am | $35
Instructor: Catherine Thomsen

Create beautiful and unique ceramic pieces to add to your holiday decorations. In this two-week workshop, students will create three turtledove ornaments and a 5″ pine tree luminary! You will build your pieces in Week 1 and glaze them in Week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. 

Register here

Nov
26
Mon
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals 2)
Nov 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals 2)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals 2)
Mondays, November 26 & December 10
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

This class is sold out! To put your name on the waiting list, please contact Kate Snyder (kate@communityartscenter.net).
 
Your nativity set isn’t complete with the adoring magi and faithful manger beasts. In this two-week workshp, students will have the opportunity to create three ‘supporting’ characters, choosing animals, kings, or a combination of figures! The first session will focus on building the basic figures. We’ll glaze them on Day 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! 
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. 

Register here

Nov
28
Wed
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family 2)
Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family 2)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)
Wednesdays, November 28 & December 12
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

This class is sold out! To add your name to the waiting list, please contact Kate (kate@communityartscenter.net).

Create a simple clay nativity set using basic hand-building techniques. You will build your figures (Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and Manger) in Week 1, then glaze your pieces in Week 2. Your family will treasure this sweet holiday keepsake!

Register here

Dec
1
Sat
Intermediate Clay Workshop (Mugs and Handles)
Dec 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Intermediate Clay Workshop (Mugs and Handles)

Intermediate Clay Workshop (Mugs and Handles)
Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2
3pm to 5pm each day | $50 per person*
Instructor: Paul Muth

In this skill-building workshop, students will learn to operate the clay extruder tool in the Ceramics Studio and use it to create high-quality handles for mugs or other ceramic pieces. The focus of this workshop is on creating and attaching the handles and is appropriate for intermediate to advanced potters. Some instruction on shape and form will be provided, but all students must be capable oc creating a basic mug form (either on the wheel or by hand).
 
Studio members may glaze their pieces at their convenience. Non-studio members will select glaze colors and the Arts Center will glaze the pieces. Registration is limited to 8 potters.
 
*Studio members receive a $10 discount! Enter the code STUDIOMEMBER at checkout.
Dec
3
Mon
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family 3)
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family 3)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)
Mondays, December 3 & 17
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

This class is sold out. To put your name on the waiting list, please contact Kate Snyder (kate@communityartscenter.net)

Create a simple clay nativity set using basic hand-building techniques. You will build your figures (Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and Manger) in Week 1, then glaze your pieces in Week 2. Your family will treasure this sweet holiday keepsake!

Register here

Jan
15
Tue
Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Tuesdays, January 15 to February 26
7pm to 9pm | $160 | Ages 14+
Instructor: Paul Muth

If you have ever dreamed of learning to use a potter’s wheel, this is your chance! This flexible class is appropriate for potters of all experience levels. Whether you’re a total beginner looking to explore the creative potential of clay or an experience potter interested in refining your technique, this workshop-style class provides lots of opportunity for individual instruction.

Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This is seven-week class. 

Register here

Jan
28
Mon
Clay Castle Workshop
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Castle Workshop

Clay Castle Workshop
Mondays, January 28 and February 11
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+ (adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Each student will create an imaginative clay castle in week 1 and then glaze them in week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!

Register here

Feb
6
Wed
Clay Postcard Workshop
Feb 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Postcard Workshop

Clay Postcard Workshop
Wednesdays, February 6 and 20
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Each student will create 2-3 clay relief ‘postcards’ in week 1 and then glaze them in week 2. These pieces make lovely home accents when displayed on small easels or hung on the wall. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!

Register here

Feb
16
Sat
Kids Pottery
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Kids Pottery

Kids Pottery
Saturdays, February 16 to March 23
10am to 11:30am | $100
Ages 7+

During this fun-filled kids’ ceramics class, young creatives will learn to hand-build clay, explore the potter’s wheel, and glaze their projects for show and tell. This is a terrific opportunity for kids to discover the possibilities of creating three-dimensional art! (Please note that students will not produce finished work on the wheel. Our potter’s wheel lesson is about getting a feel for the process and having fun.)

Register here

Mar
5
Tue
Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Tuesdays, March 5 to April 23
7pm to 9pm | $160 | Ages 14+
Instructor: Jonas Hurley

If you have ever dreamed of learning to use a potter’s wheel, this is your chance! This flexible class is appropriate for potters of all experience levels. Whether you’re a total beginner looking to explore the creative potential of clay or an experience potter interested in refining your technique, this workshop-style class provides lots of opportunity for individual instruction.

Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This is seven-week class. Please note class will not meet on 4/2.

Register here

Mar
7
Thu
Ceramic Sculpture
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ceramic Sculpture

Ceramic Sculpture 101
Thursdays, March 7 to April 25
7pm to 9pm | $160 | Ages 14+
Instructor: Catherine Thomsen

In this beginner class, students will explore sculpting with clay, creating both representational and abstract pieces. Students will initially sculpt two pieces under step-by-step guidance of the instructor. In the later weeks of the class, students will be supported through the process of creating their own original works – finding and studying a subject, coming up with a design, and building the piece.

This is a seven-week class. Registration fee includes all materials. Please note class will not meet 4/4.

Register here

Mar
13
Wed
Ceramic Bird Feeder Workshop
Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Bird Feeder Workshop

Ceramic Bird Feeder Workshop
Wednesdays, March 13 and 27
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Each student will create a cermic bird feeder in week 1 and then glaze their project in week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! 

Register here

Apr
8
Mon
Ceramic Wind Chime Workshop
Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Wind Chime Workshop

Ceramic Wind Chime Workshop
Mondays, April 8 and 22
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Each student will create a ceramic wind chime in week 1 and then glaze their project in week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!

Register here


Studio Membership

The Community Arts Center welcomes up to 15 experienced potters as members of our communal Ceramics Studio.  Interested potters must complete a full-length class at the Community Arts Center in either hand-building or wheel-throwing with one of our instructors or submit examples of work and a description of relevant experience before applying for membership.  The monthly membership fee of $50 provides the following benefits:

  • Expanded access to the Ceramics Studio. The Ceramics Studio is accessible to members daily from 5am to 10:30pm, excluding posted class times.
  • Complimentary use of recycled clay (other clay available for purchase).
  • Two 4 x 1.5 ft storage shelves for storing materials, tools, and works in progress.
  • Use of Community Arts Center tools, clay, and glazes.
  • Free firing of as many pieces as can be combined with others’. 
  • Use of the Bluetooth stereo, provided your music is acceptable to all present in the studio.
  • Opportunity to sell pieces in our Ceramics Gallery, space permitting. (See Executive Director for details.)
  • Invitation to members-only events and educational opportunities.
  • 25% discount on all multi-week ceramics classes.

Please contact Niki Kinkade at director@communityartscenter.net for more information or download the membership application form. Studio members can purchase clay online by clicking here.

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.

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