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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 859.236.4054 to request more information. If you or your child love art, we want you in these classes!!
Kids Clay Workshop: Nativity
Mondays, 4pm to 5:30pm | November 27 and December 4
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. We’ll glaze them on Day 2. This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.
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.
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.
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.