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Weekly Pottery Classes for Adults and Kids

  • Beginner pottery class, designed for adults (16+) with no clay experience

  • Orientation to material, tools, and process

  • Focus on basic hand-building techniques, with an Introduction to wheel-throwing

  • Exploration of basic glazing techniques

  • Prepares students for Beyond Basics classes

  • Driven by students' interests and goalslearn forms like bowls, plates, mugs, cups, saucers, teapots, vases, and casseroles

  • Students choose projects, tools, materials, and techniques

  • Get specific feedback to improve your skills

  • Work independently and learn to manage the stages of the ceramic process effectively

  • Learn more in-depth glazing and decorative options, get technical information

  • Beginners welcome if once they complete the ceramics process through glazing in Basic Intro class

  • Strong encouragement to take Open Studio for additional practice and skill-building

  • Kids' pottery class for elementary school students (ages 6-11)

  • Focuses on hand-building and offers limited wheel-throwing experience

  • Encourages imagination and creativity, students learn skills and choose their own projects

  • Develop motor skills through hands-on activities

  • Promotes problem-solving and creative thinking

  • Opportunities for social interaction with other students

Very Important Information for all Adult Students
  • We offer ongoing enrollment in our weekly classes- no fixed start or end dates!

  • Plan to attend multiple classes to finish projects. You may book multiple weeks or months in advance at a discounted rate

  • You’ll work on projects in cycles. You won’t finish everything you start unless you also work independently during open studio time

  • Classes provide two hours of instruction plus an hour of independent open studio time. 

  • A scheduled open studio orientation outside of class is required before students can sign up for the additional hour included in class

  • Students who have take an orientation may purchase a weekly open studio pass at $30/week for additional practice

  • Students should bring an apron, a hand towel, and a set of basic tools (available at the studio for $25)

  • Firing fees are based on volume, start at $4 per piece, and are 6 cents a cubic inch

  • Drop-ins accommodated whenever possible, however, registration is strongly encouraged, and guarantees a class will run.

  •  If you have a pacemaker, Shimpo discourages working on their magnetic wheels.

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