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!!

Ceramic Turtle Workshop
Jun 11 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Ceramic Turtle Workshop

Ceramic Turtle Workshop
Mondays, June 11 and 25
4:30pm to 6pm | $35 per person
Ages 7+ (adults welcome)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Create your own vibrant ceramic turtle for your garden or living room. This two-week workshop will introduce the basic techniques of hand-building with clay as students create an individualized turtle sculpture (or two, depending on size and the speed with which you work!). In week two, you will glaze your creation. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!

Register here.

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Thursdays, June 14 to July 26
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 a seven-week class. Please note class will meet on Tuesday, July 3rd instead of Thursday, July 5th.

Register here

Ceramic Cat Sculptures
Jul 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Cat Sculptures

Ceramic Cat Sculptures
Tuesdays, July 10 and 24
5pm to 6:30pm | $35 per person
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Back by popular demand! In this two-week class we’ll be creating whimsical ceramic cat figures. You will build your cats in Week 1 and glaze them in Week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! Depending on the size of your cat and the speed at which you work, you will create 1-3 cats.

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.