Be sure to check Open Lab Hours - they change over the summer!
For information about classes and programs as well as resources on ceramics download a copy of our Student Handbook!
2019 Adult Sessions
Session 1: January 6 to March 2
Session 2: March 3 to April 27
Session 3: April 28 to June 22
Session 4: June 23 to August 17
Session 5: August 25 to October 19
Session 6: October 20 to December 21 (no class Thanksgiving week)
Registration opens at 8:00am, four weeks before each session, as follows:
Session 1: Closed
Session 2: Closed
Session 3: Closed
Session 4: Closed
Session 5: Monday, July 29
Session 6: Monday, September 23
As of 2019, there are NEW FIRING POLICIES AND FEES. Please read the full details HERE.
5-week Pottery Sampler:
Intro to the Studio
Totally new to pottery? Sign up for this introductory class to get a taste of what is offered at the Pottery Lab. Each week students will make a project using a new piece of equipment or construction technique. We provide all the clay and tools. You'll leave with a few finished pieces and a basic familiarity with the potter's studio. Great for first-time students.
*Please note: This class does not include Open Lab hours.
Sundays from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Instructor: Greg Belfor
5-week Sampler 2.0:
Loved the Sunday Sampler class or Date Night and want more time on the potter's wheel? This class is intended to get you familiar with the basics of throwing. Students will have 3 weeks of instruction, one week of trimming, and one week of glazing. This class is ideal for those who have limited experience and want to learn the basics of centering, trimming, and glazing, with a short instructor demo and hands-on assistance each week.
*Please note: This class does not include Open Lab hours or additional clay.
Sundays from 9:00am - 11:00am
Instructor: Hayley Dunn
For students who have never touched clay to those still focusing on the basics. Explore creating with clay using the potter's wheel. You'll learn to make, decorate and glaze a variety of forms.
Note: Students interested in learning both wheel-throwing and hand-building should consider the "Beginning Pottery" class.
Tuesday: Beginning Wheel-throwing
Session 5: August 27 - October 15, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Al Segal
For students that have never touched clay to those still learning the basics. Explore all aspects of creating with clay on and off the wheel. You'll become familiar with several different processes to make a variety of forms. Learn decoration and glazing techniques to finish your pieces.
Session 5: August 31 - October 19, 9:00am - 11:30am (no class September 21st for annual Chili Bowl street party)
Instructor: Kathryn Martinez
All Levels Pottery
This class is great for students with some prior throwing experience up to advanced students looking to learn new techniques and improve their throwing and hand building skills. The demonstrations are focused on utility and form, but always incorporate basic learning skills for beginners. Students with individual learning goals or special projects are also welcome to join this class.
(Taking the Beginning Pottery or Sampler 2.0 is strongly recommended before the All Levels class.)
Instructor: Chris Grandinetti
Session 5: August 26 - October 14
Mondays: from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
For students of all levels who want to focus on hand-building techniques. Learn about the various handbuilding tools, create functional and sculptural pieces, and work on a variety of decoration practices. (You can see some of Margaret's work on her Instagram page.)
Instructor: Margaret Josey-Parker
Session 5: August 29 - October 17
Thursdays: from 9:00am - 11:30am
Intermediate & Senior Pottery
All skill levels are welcome to participate in this class, for students with some throwing experience to advanced students! This class focuses on one aspect of skill building during each class. Come together with other students to learn and discuss the ceramic arts and make exciting, vibrant pieces of art! This is a fun class to continue taking, learning from session to session.
Instructor: John Minkler
Tuesdays: from 9:00am - 11:30am
Session 5: August 27 - October 14
Intermediate / Advanced Soda Fire
Throw, build, trim and decorate with master potter, Don Cox, to maximize the unique effects of a cone 10, reduction, soda firing. Don will lead a firing in the soda kiln during the eighth week of class.
(You can see some of Don Cox's work on his Instagram page: @doncoxpots)
Instructor: Don Cox
Thursdays: from 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Session 5: August 29 - October 17
Intermediate / Advanced Anagama Wood-fire
This class will focus on and culminate with a woodfiring in our anagama kiln. We will explore the unique properties of woodfiring, including forms and surface treatments that take advantage of ash and flame. The anagama, a single chamber, tunnel kiln, is an ancient kiln design from China brought from Korea to Japan. Fueled by wood, the pots from an anagama are a collaboration with fire. As the flame moves over and around the work in the kiln like water in a stream, how do the material, form, and surface of our pots influence that flow - depositing ash in eddies and marking the pots with fire?
Instructor: Aaron Winston
Wednesdays: from 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Session 5: August 28 - October 16
This pottery class is for adults that have suffered from a mild traumatic brain injury. The class meets weekly on Fridays for both hand-building and wheel-throwing demonstrations and projects specifically tailored to the needs and abilities of each student. The instructor, Ann, works closely with each student to help create their ceramic pieces.
You must call (720) 379-6033 to register.
Instructor: Ann Fontenot
August 30 - October 18
Fridays: from 1:30pm - 4:00pm