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!!

Jan
22
Mon
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Mondays, January 22 to March 5
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $160
Instructor: Stacey Chinn
Teens and Adults (Ages 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.

Wondering what to expect? Check out the course curriculum/schedule here.

Jan
24
Wed
Pottery for Kids
Jan 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Pottery for Kids

Pottery for Kids
Wednesdays, January 24 to February 28
4:00pm to 5:30pm | $100
Instructor: Stacey Chinn
1st to 6th graders

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! This is a six-week class. Registration fee includes all materials.
 
 
Project Schedule:
  • Week 1 – Ocarinas/Whistles (pinch pots)
  • Week 2 – Big Mouth Candy Dishes (fish, animals, monsters…pinch & coil pots)
  • Week 3 – Tic Tac Toe Board (slabs)
  • Week 4 – Chia Pets
  • Week 5 – Glaze Day
  • Week 6 – Explore the Wheel (note: students will not produce finished work – the wheel introduction is about getting a feel for the wheel and having fun!)
Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Jan 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults

Clay Jewelry for Teens and Adults
Wednesdays, January 24 to February 28
6:30pm to 7:30pm | $80
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

This 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?
 
This is a six-week class. Registration Fee: $70. Materials Fee: $10.

Register here.

Jan
25
Thu
Homeschool Ceramics (Elementary)
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Homeschool Ceramics (Elementary)

Homeschool Ceramics (Elementary)
Thursdays, January 25 to February 15
10:00am to 11:30am | $60
Instructor: Dionna Baker
Kindergarten to 5th grade

This ‘sampler’ class will introduce students to the basic techniques for working with clay. We will mostly be learning hand-building techniques and glazing processes, but students will also have the opportunity to experiment with the potter’s wheel. Please note that the classes for this session are 90 minutes long due to the extra setup and cleanup time required with clay!
 
THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT! There are still spaces available in the Friday afternoon elementary drawing class.
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Thursdays, January 25 to March 8
7pm to 9pm | $160
Instructor: Jonas Hurley
Teens and Adults (14+)

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.

Register here.

Wondering what to expect? Check out the course curriculum/schedule here

Feb
6
Tue
Nesting Mugs Workshop
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nesting Mugs Workshop

Nesting Mugs Workshop
(Paint-Your-Own Pottery)
Tuesday, February 6 | 7pm to 9pm
$35 per pair of mugs

Create the perfect gift for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day – or, better yet, come paint together!! There will be a facilitator on-hand to answer questions but this is not an instructor-led class. You are free to personalize your mugs however you like. (The pictures are just for inspiration)
 
Each registration for this “nesting mugs” class includes two ready-to-paint mugs. The cost is the same whether you have one painter or two. Just let us know how many painters to expect! Your mugs will be ready for pickup before Valentine’s Day.
 
Feb
22
Thu
Homeschool Ceramics (MS/HS)
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Homeschool Ceramics (MS/HS)

Homeschool Ceramics
Thursdays, February 22 to March 15
10:00am to 11:30am | $60
Instructor: Dionna Baker
6th to 12th grade

This ‘sampler’ class will introduce students to the basic techniques for working with clay including hand-building, glazing, and an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Please note that the classes for this session are 90 minutes long due to the extra setup and cleanup time required with clay!
 
This is a four-week class. Registration fee includes all materials. 

Register here.

Mar
7
Wed
Ceramic Garden Accessories
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Ceramic Garden Accessories

Ceramic Garden Accessories
Wednesdays, March 7 & 14
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

How does your garden grow? With the help of handmade, ceramic accessories you’ll make in this class, of course. You’ll get to play in the mud (well, clay) and make ornaments, plant markers and more. Your green thumb(s) will thank you.
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.
 
Mar
21
Wed
Clay Sculpture for Adults
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Clay Sculpture for Adults

Clay Sculpture for Adults
Wednesdays, March 21 to May 9
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $160
Ages 14+ 
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

This class combines techniques, elements and principles of design in making 3-dimensional works with the use of clay. Aspiring teen through adult artists will learn to create relief and sculptures in the round. We’ll look to art history and the masters like Rodin, Degas, Giacometti and more for our inspiration as we create our own contemporary sculptural works of art. 
 
Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This is a seven-week class. Please note class will not meet on 4/5.

Register here.

Mar
26
Mon
Ceramic Fairy Houses
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Ceramic Fairy Houses

Ceramic Fairy Houses
Mondays, 4pm to 5:30pm
March 26 and April 9 | $35
Ages 7+ (Adults welcome!)

This two-day workshop will teach students the basics of hand-building with clay. We will be making a fairy or toad houses using slab building sculpture techniques. The first session will focus on building the basic structure and we’ll glaze in Week 2.  Please note that the class weeks are not back-to-back. These projects require drying time!

Register here.

Apr
9
Mon
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Wednesdays, April 9 to May 21
6:30pm to 8:30pm | $160
Instructor: Stacey Chinn
Teens and Adults (Ages 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.

Apr
12
Thu
Intermediate Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Intermediate Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Intermediate Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Thursdays, April 12 to May 24
7pm to 9pm | $160
Instructor: Jonas Hurley
Teens and Adults (14+)

If you’re already comfortable with the potter’s wheel, it’s time to take it to the next level. This class will focus on larger forms, composite shapes, and adding handles. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. This ia seven-week class.

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.

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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