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!!

Aug
23
Wed
Clay Vessels for Beginners
Aug 23 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Vessels for Beginners @ Community Arts Center Ceramics Studio

Clay Vessels for Beginners
Wednesdays, 4:30pm to 6:30pm
August 23 to October 4 | $200
Teens and Adults (Ages 14+)
Instructor: Stacey Chinn

In this fun and informative pottery class, you’ll learn the basics of working in clay and essential techniques to creating unique, hand-formed vessels. We’ll begin with simple, functional forms (pinch and coil pots) and expand to more elaborate, slab-built forms. We’ll also experiment with different types of clay, volumes, textures and surface designs. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.
 
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 Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday Evening Wheel-Thrown Pottery @ Community Arts Center Ceramics Studio

Beginner Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Thursday, 7pm to 9pm
August 24 to October 5 | $200
Instructor: Jonas Hurley
Teens and Adults (14+)

If you’ve always dreamed of learning to use a potter’s wheel, it doesn’t get any easier than this! If you’ve taken wheel-thrown pottery before, this will be an opportunity to continue building your skills.  Students will have the choice of firing pieces in instructor Jonas Hurley’s propane fired kiln or in our electric kiln. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Aug
26
Sat
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
30
Sat
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. 
 
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
11
Sat
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

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.

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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.