Kingston Ceramics Studio offers ongoing weekly ceramics classes for adults. First timers welcome! Each class starts with a general beginner or intermediate demonstration/s based on the level of the students participating. After the demonstration students work on individual projects defined by personal goals. Basics include wedging, throwing cups and bowls, trimming, adding handles, stamping, carving, and glazing. Intermediate students will learn to throw larger, to use advanced trimming techniques, to throw narrow necks and wide bellies, to make more complex forms like teapots with lids, galleries, flanges, spouts, and larger handles, and more decorative techniques like burnishing, slip inlay, image transfers, and more. Each student pursues their own path, and chooses their own projects. Individual demonstration and assistance is offered to each student in every class, along with enough time to practice and clean up thoroughly.
Classes are ongoing, so there are no fixed start or end dates. Students purchase a 6 class pass which they use to reserve one of 8 seats in any class on the schedule (see below). Students do not need to choose the same class each week,; this allows flexibilty for busy schedules. Passes expire after 3 months after the first class is used, the first class must be used within one year from the date of purchase. All class passes include 1 hour of open studio time immediately before evening class, or after morning class. Students who want more access to studio time for practice can buy weekly passes for $25.
Firing fees are not included. Students should bring a hand towel and tools (a basic ceramics tool kit can be purchased at KCS for $12.96, or at any art store). Aprons are not provided, so bring one if you want to wear one, otherwise just dress comfortably. If you have a pacemaker you should not work on our Shimpo wheels.
Photograph by Emily Anita Curran
Tu: 6 to 8 pm w/ Yago
We: 6 to 8 pm w/ Nathan
Fr: 10 am to 12 pm w/ Nathan
Sa: 10 am to 12 pm w/ Susan*
Su: 10 am to 12 pm w/ Angelo
Unguided practice is for one hour after morning classes, or one hour before evening classes.
*All adult classes cover wheel and hand-building, except Saturday, which is focused only on hand-building.
Th: 4 pm to 5:30 pm with Lex
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"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."
If you're looking for something fun to do just for the day, or if you want to take a specific skill to the next level, you can get a lot out of a private lesson. Choose between a handbuilding lesson (with skills such as pinching, coiling, paddling, altering, slab, etc,) or a pottery wheel lesson, and focus your attention on the skills you want to learn. Private lessons make great gifts too!
-A lesson is one hour and includes two students.
-Additional students and time may be added on.
-Do you have 4 or more people? Schedule a party!
-If you can't find a time on our online schedule, contact the studio directly to see if we can accommodate you.
-Work will typically be ready for pick up between 3 and 4 weeks after the event. Shipping finished projects out of town is possible for a (shipping, insurance, and packaging) fee.
"Lex was the teacher who brought everything together for me. I’d had some good teachers previously but still had problems getting reliable results with some of the basics of wheel throwing. Lex provided me clear, precise, and comprehensive instruction that helped me to understand exactly what I was doing at the wheel, and by applying her advice, my problems were solved! Lex is also funny, generous, and highly supportive. She is an enthusiastic force of creativity in the community and provides true inspiration for growth as a ceramic artist!"
-Elizabeth Phelps Meyer
"In addition to being a truly gifted artist, Lex is a talented and caring mentor. Her patience, guidance, support, and gentle approach allow the budding artist in all of us to bloom. I cherish the ceramic lessons Lex taught, and recall them often as I sit at the wheel. Her love for the craft is obvious, and it shows in every piece she makes."
Photograph by Emily Anita Curran