Kingston Ceramics Studio offers ongoing weekly ceramics classes for adults and kids. Each class starts with a demonstration based on the level of the students participating.  Individual assistance is offered to each student in every class, along with enough time to practice and clean up thoroughly. 

 

About Our Classes:

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Basic Introduction to Clay & the Studio:

Satisfy your clay curiosity! We start our beginner class with basic hand building techniques, then explore an introduction to wheel throwing, and finish our work with a few glazing techniques during this fun class! Your instructor guides you through each step together as a group. This class is designed for students with no experience in clay who want to get oriented to the material, tools, process and our studio before attending All Level and Beyond Basics classes.

 

All Levels Class: Throwing & Handbuilding

Ready to make more? These classes are geared towards individualized instruction (based on skill level and interest) for students at all levels. Beginners get instructor attention early in class, then experienced beginners and intermediate students later in class. While choosing your own projects, tools, materials, and techniques, learn more about how to work with clay to achieve your personal goals relating to form, surface, function, technique, and/or concept. Demonstrations will be driven by students’ interests and goals, so each class will be as unique as its participants. We highly encourage students at this level to also take Open Studio by the week or month to practice and build skills and to develop the rhythm of working through the stages of the ceramic process effectively and independently.

 

All Levels Class: Handbuilding

Looking to be focused, engaged, and relaxed? This class focuses on handbuilding skills including, pinch, coil, slab, modeling, altering, stamping, attaching, carving, adding and subtracting. This class is structured the same as our other All Level classes, but without the wheel work. Learn all the tools and tricks of working at the table and expand your work! 

Beyond Basics: Develop Your Skills

Work under the guided instruction of an experienced potter who will offer you specific feedback that will help you continue to make progress in your practice. You will work independently, but be invited to all of the demonstrations requested by other students, so you will be exposed to a lot of new information about how to make the different forms you are going for: bowls, plates, mugs, cups, saucers, teapots, vases, casseroles, and more! The list of things you can make is literally endless! Learn more about glazing and decorative options. 

Young People's Classes

Kids can play with clay and learn the basics of hand-building and wheel-throwing with clay while using their imaginations to make what they want! They'll be using their hands to develop motor skills, playing and problem-solving to develop creative thinking, and socializing with other students. Students will try out the wheel with some assistance in some classes, while the majority of each class kids will be spent handbuilding at the table. We currently have two classes for kids: "Elementary Clay" and "Middle/High School Clay".

Kids' Classes:

Elementary School Clay:

Tu: 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm w/ Gracie

Th: 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm w/ Grace

Middle/HighSchool Clay

Fr: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm w/ Ben

Adults' Classes:

Basic Intro to Clay & the Studio

Tu:    6 pm to 8 pm w/  Deme

We:    1 pm to 3 pm w/  Grace

Su:   10 am to 12 pm w/ Nathan

All Level Wheel & Handbuilding*

We:  10 am to 12 pm w/ Lex

Th:    6 pm to  8 pm w/ Grace 

Fr:    10 am to 12 pm w/ Nathan

All Level Handbuilding*

Sa:   10 am to 12 pm w/ Susan

Beyond Basics: Develop Your Skills*

Tu: 10 am to 12 pm w/ Jess

We:  6 pm to  8 pm w/ Nathan

Th: 10 am to 12 pm w/ Lex

*Unguided practice for adults is for one hour after morning classes, or one hour before evening classes by registration. First, register for an Open Studio Orientation here. More Weekly Open Studio time may be purchased to continue your practice.

** This class is offered in fixed sessions of five meetings instead of ongoing classes. See the calendar in Book All Appointments at the bottom of this page for specific dates.

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"Susan makes every Saturday a fun communal affair. She has a fun and quirky sensibility which comes through in her art and her teaching."

-Emma Hambright

Nathan's patience and thoroughness in my early classes gave me a comfortable footing in the skills of throwing at the wheel. As I’ve progressed he’s become more of a creative/artistic guide who I always look forward to seeing in the studio.

-Ed Stillman

"All the teachers at the KCS are wonderful but I’ve had the most experience with Nathan. He is an
excellent teacher and an excellent potter and the combination is a real gift to any student. I’ve been a
potter for over 4o years and have had many teachers but I’ve learned the most from Nathan."

-Judy Damron

"Have you ever been asked "can you name a teacher who changed your life?" Well, about a year and a half ago I  signed up for a bowl making class at a local ceramics studio. To my great fortune my teacher was Lex Feldheim, a truly inspirational artist and instructor.  Her clear, calm and above all cheerful way of explaining wheel work and ceramics in general literally changed my life's path...infinitely for the better. Though I was a novice constantly asking questions I received nothing but answers, help and encouragement. What stands out for me about her is her generosity of sharing her knowledge and experience. Lex clearly has a passion for not only her Art but also for teaching, a combination I've found exceedingly rare. Everyone I know who's had the chance to learn from her has had the same reaction."

-Dan Pressler

"Nathan is everything you might want out of a ceramics teacher: he is patient, he will answer any question you may have about various techniques, and then will demonstrate the answer for you with precision, clarity, and with the intention of wanting to pass on the skill for you to use."

-Ben Estes

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