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. If you or your child love art, we want you in these classes!!

Aug
23
Wed
Wednesday Evening Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday Evening Wheel-Thrown Pottery @ Community Arts Center Ceramics Studio

Beginner Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm
August 23 to October 4 | $200
Instructor: Stacey Chinn
Teens and Adults (14+)

Get centered and try your hand at the potter’s wheel! From forming to firing to your table, this beginning wheel throwing class will teach you how to take mud from the earth and turn it into a functional, artistic ware. Get your hands dirty, clear your mind and experience the range of basic and beneficial throwing techniques this class has to offer. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Aug
24
Thu
Thursday Evening Open Studio
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday Evening Open Studio @ Community Arts Center Ceramics Studio

Open Studio
Thursday, 7pm to 9pm
August 24 to October 5 

This fall, we are facilitating a seven-week trial of drop-in Ceramics Open Studio. A senior studio member will be on-hand to offer pointers to less experienced potters but will not be providing formalized instruction. 
 
Participation in Open Studio is a benefit of membership in the Ceramics Studio. The program is free for existing members. Potters who have previously taken ceramics classes at the Arts Center and are considering joining the studio may participate in up to four Open Studio sessions on a trial basis at a cost of $10 per visit, after which they may choose to join the studio to continue participating.
 

 

Aug
26
Sat
Pottery for Kids – Session 1
Aug 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Pottery for Kids - Session 1

Pottery for Kids
Saturdays, 9:20am to 11:00am | August 26 to September 16
Grades 1 – 8 | $80
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

During this fun-filled kids’ ceramics class, young creatives will learn to hand-build clay, use a potter’s wheel, and glaze their projects for show and tell. During the 4-week session, students will complete 1-3 projects from start to finish then take them home. Parents, clear your cupboards and get ready for the holiday gift giving season!
 
Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This is a four-week class.
 
 
Did you know? Sign up for all three Pottery for Kids sessions (with different projects in each session) and save $30! Click here to register for the three-session series.
Clay Jewelry
Aug 26 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Clay Jewelry @ Community Arts Center

Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Saturdays, 11:30am to 12:30pm
August 26 to September 16 | $85
Teens and Adults (Ages 14+)
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

This four-week class will focus on making handmade ceramic jewelry. We’ll be using basic hand-building techniques to create unique, wearable works (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches). We’ll also experiment with different types of clay, textures and surface designs. Who says art can’t be worn?
 
Registration Fee: $60. Materials Fee: $25.
 
Sep
12
Tue
Adult Clay Workshop: Woven Clay Baskets
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Adult Clay Workshop: Woven Clay Baskets

Woven Clay Basket Workshop
Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm
September 12 and 19 | $50
Teens and adults (ages 14+)

In this two-day workshop, students will learn the basics of hand building, extruding, and weaving clay to create a bread basket. A glazing day will be held at a date TBD after completion of the workshops. 

Registration fee includes all materials and firing. 

Register here.

Sep
14
Thu
Kids Clay Workshop: Pinch Pot Sculpture
Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kids Clay Workshop: Pinch Pot Sculpture

Kids Clay Workshop: Pinch Pot Sculpture
Thursdays, 4pm to 5pm | September 14 & 21
Grades K-5 | $35
Instructor: Dionna Baker

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. Students will create several pinch pot sculptures using additive and subtractive methods of sculpting. Because clay projects require time to dry and fire, a glazing day will be held at a date TBD after completion of the workshops. This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Sep
30
Sat
Pottery for Kids – Session 2
Sep 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Pottery for Kids - Session 2

Pottery for Kids
Saturdays, 9:20am to 11:00am | September 30 to October 28
Grades 1 – 8 | $80
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

During this fun-filled kids’ ceramics class, young creatives will learn to hand-build clay, use a potter’s wheel, and glaze their projects for show and tell. During the 4-week session, students will complete 1-3 projects from start to finish then take them home. Parents, clear your cupboards and get ready for the holiday gift giving season!
 
Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This is a four-week class. Please note class will not meet on 10/14.
 
 
Did you know? Sign up for all three Pottery for Kids sessions (with different projects in each session) and save $30! Click here to register for the three-session series.
Clay Jewelry (Session 2)
Sep 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Clay Jewelry (Session 2) @ Community Arts Center

Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Saturdays, 11:30am to 12:30pm
September 30 to October 28| $85
Ages 14+

This four-week class will focus on making handmade ceramic jewelry. We’ll be using basic hand-building techniques to create unique, wearable works (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches). We’ll also experiment with different types of clay, textures and surface designs. Who says art can’t be worn?
 
Registration Fee: $60. Materials Fee: $25. Please note that class will not meet on October 14.
 
Oct
17
Tue
Adult Clay Workshop: Serving Tray
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Adult Clay Workshop: Serving Tray

Adult Clay Workshop: Serving Tray
Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm
October 17 and 24 | $50
Teens and Adults (Ages 14+)

In this two-day workshop, students will learn the basics of pressing clay into serving trays, adding texture, handles, and feet as desired. Clay projects required time to dry and fire. A glazing day will be held at a date TBD after completion of the workshops. 
 
Oct
19
Thu
Kids Clay Workshop: Fairy/Toad House
Oct 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kids Clay Workshop: Fairy/Toad House

Kids Clay Workshop: Fairy/Toad Houses
Thursdays, 4pm to 5pm | October 19 & 26
Grades 2-5 | $35
Instructor: Dionna Baker

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. We will be making a fairy or toad house using slab building sculpture techniques. The first session will focus on building the basic structure, with details added on Day 2. A glazing day will be held at a date TBD after completion of the workshops. This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Oct
22
Sun
Adult Clay Workshop: Brain Bowls
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Adult Clay Workshop: Brain Bowls

Adult Clay Workshop: Brain Bowls
Sunday, October 22nd | 4pm to 6pm
$30 per person

Just in time for Halloween! Embrace the macabre – or get in touch with your inner neuroscientist. Either way, these ceramic brain bowls are fun AND functional. Students will use coiling techniques to create unique bowls, then return to the Arts Center to glaze them after they dry. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Nov
7
Tue
Adult Clay Workshop: Clay Angels
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Adult Clay Workshop: Clay Angels

Adult Clay Workshop: Clay Angels
Tuesdays November 7 & 14 | 7pm to 9pm
$50 | Teens and Adult (Ages 14+)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

In this two-day workshop, students will use hand building sculpture techniques to create a clay angel just in time for Christmas. Clay projects require time to dry and fire. A glazing day will be held at a date TBD after completion of the workshops.  

Register here.

Nov
9
Thu
Kids Clay Workshop: Nativity
Nov 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kids Clay Workshop: Nativity

Kids Clay Workshop: Nativity
Thursdays, 4pm to 5pm | November 9 & 16
Grades 2-6 | $35
Instructor: Dionna Baker

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. We will be making a simple nativity scene from clay. The first session will focus on building the basic figures, with details added on Day 2. A glazing day will be held at a date TBD after completion of the workshops. This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Nov
11
Sat
Pottery for Kids – Session 3
Nov 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Pottery for Kids - Session 3

Pottery for Kids
Saturdays, 9:20am to 11:00am | November 11 to December 9
Grades 1 – 8 | $80
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

During this fun-filled kids’ ceramics class, young creatives will learn to hand-build clay, use a potter’s wheel, and glaze their projects for show and tell. During the 4-week session, students will complete 1-3 projects from start to finish then take them home. Parents, clear your cupboards and get ready for the holiday gift giving season!
 
Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This is a four-week class. Please note class will not meet on 11/25.
 
 
Did you know? Sign up for all three Pottery for Kids sessions (with different projects in each session) and save $30! Click here to register for the three-session series.
Clay Jewelry (Session 3)
Nov 11 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Clay Jewelry (Session 3) @ Community Arts Center

Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Saturdays, 11:30am to 12:30pm
November 11 to December 9 | $85
Ages 14+

Just in time for the holidays! This four-week class will focus on making handmade ceramic jewelry. We’ll be using basic hand-building techniques to create unique, wearable works (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches). We’ll also experiment with different types of clay, textures and surface designs. Who says art can’t be worn?
 
Registration Fee: $60. Materials Fee: $25. Please note that class will not meet on November 25.
 

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 includes a $35 studio fee and a $15 clay fee with a six-month minimum enrollment.

Membership benefits include:

  • Expanded access to the Ceramics Studio. The Ceramics Studio is accessible to members daily from 5am to 10:30pm, excluding posted class times.
  • One 4 x 1.5 ft storage shelf 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.

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.

ceramics-gallery-for-web

Artist-in-Residence

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.