Pottery is a useful craft skill with which you can learn to make both functional and decorative items and containers of many shapes and sizes — mugs, dinner plates, bowls, vases, crocks and much more.
Pottery can be shaped on the wheel or through hand-building techniques. You can learn either or both of these approaches in our hands-on classes.
Our beginning wheel throwing class, Pottery I, will introduce you to the basics of making a cylindrical pot on the potter’s wheel. Next, in Pottery II together with Pottery III, you’ll learn seven shaping techniques that will enable you to make many different types of pots on the wheel, plus in Pottery III, you’ll learn how to load and unload the kiln and fire pots.
Once you’ve completed Pottery III, we offer studio time where you can continue to develop and expand your skills by working in our studio and using our equipment, with an instructor available to give you guidance and answer questions.
If you would like to learn more about hand-building, once you have basic hand-building skills, our Ceramic Basket Weaving class is a great way to expand your skills while making a beautiful and functional ceramic basket.
All of our pottery classes are held on site and offered through The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture.