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. NOTE: Saturday classes offer handbuilding, but not wheel.
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 a class that meets at their chosen time. Students can attend a class whenever they make a reservation, so the schedule is very flexible. 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 here 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 the wheel
Photograph by Emily Anita Curran
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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!
2 students/lesson, one additional student may be added
Work will typically be ready for pick up between 3 and 4 weeks after the event. The best times to pick up your work are: Tuesday or Wednesday between 5:00 and 6:00 pm, or at 2:00 or 4:00 pm on Kingston Clay Day. Please confirm your arrival beforehand so that we expect you. Shipping finished projects out of town is possible for a (shipping, insurance, and packaging) fee.
If you can't find a time on our online schedule, contact the studio directly to see if we can accommodate your schedule.
CLASS SCHEDULE: Unguided practice is for one hour after morning class, or one hour before evening class.
Tues. 6 to 8 pm with Yago (Wheel and Handbuilding)
Wed. 6 to 8 pm with Nathan (Wheel and Handbuilding)
Fri. 10 am to 12 pm with Nathan (Wheel and Handbuilding)
Sat. 10 am to 12 pm with Susan (Handbuilding)
Sun. 10 am to 12 pm with Angelo (Wheel and Handbuilding)
Thurs . 4 pm to 5:30 pm with Alexis
Learn more about our instructors at their websites:
"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 Alexis 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. Alexis 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."
"In addition to being a truly gifted artist, Alexis 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 Alexis 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."
"Alexis 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. Alexis 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! Alexis 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
Photograph by Emily Anita Curran