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!!

Jun
18
Tue
Summer Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Summer Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Summer Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Tuesdays, June 18 to August 6
10am to 12pm | $160 per person
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 25 pounds of clay, access to glazes, and firing. Additional bags of clay (25 pounds) are available for purchase for $20. This is seven-week class. Please note class will not meet on July 9th. 

Register here

Sgraffito Tile Workshop
Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Sgraffito Tile Workshop

Sgraffito Tile Workshop
Tuesday, June 18 | 5pm to 6:30pm
$20 per person | Open to ages 7+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Sgraffito is form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color. For this class, you will embellish a set of 3-4 ceramic tiles by first painting on a layer of glaze and then carving away portions of that glaze to reveal the clay beneath. No ceramics experience required – we will provide the tiles. Your job is to add your own creative flair!

This project requires a single firing. Pieces will be ready for pickup approximately one week after the workshop.

Register here

Jul
9
Tue
Ceramic Leaf Bird Feeder
Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Leaf Bird Feeder

Ceramic Leaf Bird Feeder
Tuesdays, July 9 and 23 | 5pm to 6:30pm
$35 per person | Open to ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Treat your feathered friends to a hand-made feeder that is functional and beautiful! In this workshop, you will create a hanging bird feeder, shaped from three overlapping ceramic leaves. No experience needed – our instructor will guide you through the creative process. This is a two-week workshop. You will create your piece in Week 1 and glaze it in Week 2. Note that the class weeks are not consecutive as this project requires drying time.

Register here

Aug
6
Tue
Clay Wall Pockets
Aug 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Wall Pockets

Clay Wall Pockets
Tuesdays, August 6 and 20 | 5pm to 6:30pm
$35 per person | Open to ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Create a beautiful addition to your backyard garden with these ceramic wall ‘pockets.’ This is a great class for families to take together – you can create a group of pockets! This is a two-week workshop. You will build your pocket in Week 1 an glaze in Week 2. Note that the class sessions are not consecutive – this project requires 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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