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!!

Oct
1
Mon
Clay Workshop – Leaf Bowls
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Workshop - Leaf Bowls

Clay Workshop – Leaf Bowls
Mondays, October 1 and 15
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

These beautiful bowls are a perfect addition to your fall home decor. In this class, you will use basic hand-building techniques to create a shallow bowl, formed from overlapping leaf shapes. You will build your piece in Week 1 and glaze it in Week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! 
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing.

Register here.

Oct
4
Thu
Clay Workshop – Pumpkins
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Clay Workshop - Pumpkins

Clay Workshop – Pumpkins
Thursdays, October 4 and 18
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 7+ (adults welcome!)
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Create a fun and funky home accent just in time for Halloween. Or, feel free to make yours an elegant and sophisticated pumpkin (no face required!). This class allows you to be creative, while teaching basic skills in hand-building with clay. You will build your piece in Week 1 and glaze it in Week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! 
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. 

Register here

Oct
16
Tue
Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Tuesdays, October 16 to December 4
7pm to 9pm | $160
Ages 14+
Instructor: Jonas Hurley

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 seven-week class. Please note class will not meet on 11/20.

Register here

Nov
1
Thu
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)
Thursdays, November 1 & 15
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Create a simple clay nativity set using basic hand-building techniques. You will build your figures (Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and Manger) in Week 1, then glaze your pieces in Week 2. Your family will treasure this sweet holiday keepsake!

Register here

Nov
13
Tue
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals)
Nov 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals)
Tuesdays, November 13 & 27
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

**Disclaimer – obviously this is NOT a picture of clay kings and critters. It’s a placeholder. Real picture coming soon!**
 
Your nativity set isn’t complete with the adoring magi and faithful manger beasts. In this two-week workshp, students will have the opportunity to create three ‘supporting’ characters, choosing animals, kings, or a combination of figures! The first session will focus on building the basic figures. We’ll glaze them on Day 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! 
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. 

Register here

Nov
17
Sat
Holiday Ceramics Workshop
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Holiday Ceramics Workshop

Holiday Ceramics Workshop
Saturdays, November 17 & December 1
10:00am to 11:30am | $35
Instructor: Catherine Thomsen

Create beautiful and unique ceramic pieces to add to your holiday decorations. In this two-week workshop, students will create three turtledove ornaments and a 5″ pine tree luminary! You will build your pieces in Week 1 and glaze them in Week 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time!
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. 

Register here

Nov
26
Mon
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals 2)
Nov 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals 2)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Kings & Animals 2)
Mondays, November 26 & December 10
5pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

**Disclaimer – obviously this is NOT a picture of clay kings and critters. It’s a placeholder. Real picture coming soon!**
 
Your nativity set isn’t complete with the adoring magi and faithful manger beasts. In this two-week workshp, students will have the opportunity to create three ‘supporting’ characters, choosing animals, kings, or a combination of figures! The first session will focus on building the basic figures. We’ll glaze them on Day 2. Please note that the class weeks are not sequential – these projects require drying time! 
 
This is a two-week class. Registration fee includes all materials and firing. 

Register here

Nov
28
Wed
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family 2)
Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family 2)

Ceramic Nativity Workshop (Holy Family)
Wednesdays, November 28 & December 12
5:00pm to 6:30pm | $35
Ages 8+
Instructor: Dionna Baker

Create a simple clay nativity set using basic hand-building techniques. You will build your figures (Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and Manger) in Week 1, then glaze your pieces in Week 2. Your family will treasure this sweet holiday keepsake!

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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