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 Maggie Shapiro Haskett at education@communityartscenter.net or 859.236.4054 to request more information. If you or your child love art, we want you in these classes!!

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. Studio membership costs $25 per month with a six-month minimum. To be considered for studio membership, please complete our Ceramics Studio Application and deliver it to Maggie Shapiro Haskett, either by mail (401 W. Main Street) or email education@communityartscenter.net.

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.



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.