Adult Classes

Please Note: Open Lab will be closed on...

 - Friday, March 30th 6:00-9:30pm due to the Pottery, Pizza, & Print event

- Sat. April 14 & Sun. April 15 due to workshop

Registration for Session 3 will open on Monday, April 2nd at 8:00am.
Check back for Session 3 offerings!

For information about classes and programs as well as resources on ceramics, download a copy of our Student Handbook!


2018 Adult Class Calendar

Session 1: January 7 to March 3
Session 2: March 4 to April 28
Session 3: April 29 - June 23
Session 4: June 24 - August 18
Session 5: August 26 - October 20
Session 6: October 21 to December 22 (no class Thanksgiving week)

Click Here to view or download the 2018 Adult Calendar at a glance.

Registration opens at 8:00am, four weeks before each session, as follows:

Session 1: Closed
Session 2: Closed
Session 3: Monday, April 2nd
Session 4: Tuesday, May 29th
Session 5: Monday, July 30th
Session 6: Monday, September 24th

Online registration is available at the links below. To pay by cash or check (no fees), please complete a printed Registration Form and submit it with payment (after registration opens) to the Pottery Lab office.

Adult classes are open to students 16-years-old and over. For more specific information about what to expect, please read the Policies page.

Class cancellations are subject to a $20 fee.

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 or additional clay.

Dates (Sampler #3): March 18 - April 15

Instructor: Sally Spear

Cost: $130


5-week Sampler 2.0: Wheel-Throwing Focus

Loved the Sunday Sampler or Date Night and want more time to try the potter's wheel? This class will get you familiar with the basics of throwing with 3 weeks of instruction, one week of trimming, and one week of glazing. Ideal for those who have limited experience and want to learn more. Short demos and hands-on assistance each week. *Please note: This class does not include Open Lab hours or additional clay. The dates also overlap with Session 2.

Dates: February 18 - March 18

Instructor: Curtis Rindels

Cost: $135

5-Week Family Throwing: Child + Parent Wheel Sampler

Spend Sunday mornings on the potter's wheel with your family and friends! Each week students will have a chance to practice throwing on the wheel and working to trim their pieces. On the final class, students will glaze their work. This class is a fun way to try out the wheel, make unique art, and get exposure to the world of ceramics.
*Please note: Family Throwing does not include Open Lab hours or additional clay.

Ages 8+ to register
All students under 16 years MUST be accompanied by a registered adult.

Instructor: Curtis Rindels

Dates: April 8 - May 13
*There is no class April 15 due to the workshop.*


Beginning Pottery

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 2: March 6 - April 24, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Instructors: Kathryn Martinez
  • Cost: $225
  • Full: Join waitlist


  • Session 2: March 10 - April 28, 9:00am - 11:30am
  • Instructor: Al Segal
  • Cost: $225
  • Full: Join waitlist

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 with Kathryn Martinez or Al Segal is recommended before the All Levels class.)

Instructor: Chris Grandinetti

Cost: $225

Session 2: March 5 - April 23


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

Cost: $225

Session 2: March 8 - April 26

All Levels & 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.  Learn sculpture techniques and slab construction that you can incorporate into functional wares. Improve your wheel throwing techniques and the forms you make on the wheel.  One or two classes are spent on decoration and finishing techniques. 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. (Check out Willi's work on her website.)

Instructor: Willi Eggerman

Cost: $225

Session 2: March 6 - April 24

Intermediate / Advanced Wheel-Throwing: Cone 6 Soda Firing

Join Don to explore wheel-thrown forms and surface decorations that emphasize the unique qualities of mid-range Soda firing. Decorating techniques include traditional brush work, using slips and stains, and glaze formulations for cone 6 firing. (You can see some of Don Cox's work on his Instagram page.)

Instructor: Don Cox

Cost: $250

Session 2: March 8 - April 26

Intermediate / Advanced Wheel-Throwing: Anagama Wood Firing

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? 

It is very important that you can commit to the many hours of involvement outside of class that are required!  Each student will be expected to sign-up for several shifts in April to help prepare the wood and the kiln, load pieces into the kiln, stoke the fire over a multi-day firing, and unload/clean-up after the firing. We estimate a minimum of 20 hrs of work time per student, outside the Lab, to be able to do this special firing. Participation in this work is mandatory and an important part of the learning process. 

The firing is currently scheduled to occur between April 18-25, 2018. These dates may change as weather and conditions require. 

Please call the Pottery Lab if you have questions about this class and the time commitment required: (720) 379-6033

Instructor: Aaron Winston

Cost: $250 plus a $60 materials fee

Session 2: March 7 - April 25

Intermediate / Advanced: Independent Study

This is self-directed time for students to work independently. Instructors from the Pottery Lab and artists from the community will be in the studio doing their own work and will be available for questions, technical instruction, and critique without formal demonstrations. (Note: this class meets at the same time and shares the same work spaces as the Saturday adult Beginning Pottery class.)

Prerequisite: You MUST have taken at least 2 adult (full session) pottery classes at the Pottery Lab

Cost: $225

Session 2: March 10 - April 28


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