Historic Yellow Springs

Adult Ceramics Classes

Chester Springs Studio offers ceramic classes using both wheel-throwing and handbuilding techniques. Tuition includes a materials fee covering use of studio tools, glazes, electric kiln firings and your first bag of stoneware clay. Additional clay may be purchased at $25 for a 25 lb. bag of stoneware or terra cotta, and $35 for porcelain. Tool kits are available for $25, along with a selection of individual clay tools at various prices. Adult classes are for students of 16 years of age and older. Bring a towel and water bottle with you to your ceramic class. Please take your pottery home if you are not returning next semester. Pottery left in the studio after the semester is completed will be discarded after two months.

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One-Day Pottery

Sunday

Pottery for Beginners

Age Level: 16+ years
Skill Level: Beginner
Instructor: Kiya Nicole
Class Capacity: 8 Students
Date 1: Sunday, June 9, 2024
Date 2: Sunday, July 28, 2024
Date 3: Sunday, August 11, 2024
Date 4: Sunday, August 25, 2024
Time: 9:30 – 12:30pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Clay Studio
$59 Member, $65 Non-member
(Price includes: Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Curious about pottery but feeling a bit hesitant? Dive into the possibilities of ceramics in our welcoming studio! Join our 3-hour class (for ages 16 and up) where you'll learn the basics of pottery, from centering to throwing. Take the plunge, choose your slip color, and craft two unique pots with guidance from our skilled instructor. Your creations will go through the firing process, and we'll notify you when they're ready for pickup. Don't miss out – sign up now to unleash your creativity in the world of pottery!

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Speaking Through Clay

Monday

Handbuilt vase by Jessica Greet

Skill Level: Intermediate
Class Capacity: 10 students
Instructor: Jessica Greet
Length: 10 weeks
Mondays, June 10 – August 12, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Clay Studio
Tuition: $311 Member, $345 Non-member
(Price includes: First Bag of Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Immerse yourself in this handbuilding class to uncover new approaches to using surface texture to enhance the finish glazed work. Discover special techniques, including applying textures and engaging in insightful demonstrations. Whether you're a beginner honing basic skills or an advanced student crafting individual projects, prioritize your artistic growth – seize the opportunity and enroll for a pottery experience tailored to your style!

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Clay Exploration

Monday

Teapot and Tea Bowls by Jessica Greet

Skill Level: All Levels
Class Capacity: 10 students
Instructor: Jessica Greet
Length: 10 weeks
Mondays, June 10 – August 12, 2024
Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location: Clay Studio
Tuition: $311 Member, $345 Non-member
(Price includes: First Bag of Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Embark on a dynamic class exploring the diverse possibilities of clay through handbuilding and wheel throwing. Engage in group activities to inspire creative ideas and bring your artistic visions to life. Craft unique pieces using handbuilding, wheel throwing, or a blend of both methods, while gaining valuable insights from engaging class demonstrations on building techniques, surface decoration, and glaze application. Seize the chance to ignite your artistic journey – enroll now for a hands-on experience tailored to your creative spirit!

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All About the Wheel

Tuesday

Pottery by Susan Bankert

Skill Level: All Levels
Class Capacity: 10 students
Instructor: Susan Bankert
Length: 10 weeks
Tuesdays, June 11 – August 13, 2024
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Clay Studio
Tuition: $311 Member, $345 Non-member
(Price includes: First Bag of Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Step into the world of pottery with our All About the Wheel class, offering basic to advanced wheel-throwing techniques! Beginners kick off by mastering clay centering and throwing cylinders and bowls, while returning students refine their personal style and dive into advanced techniques and individual projects. Explore glaze application and decoration in a vibrant group setting – seize the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful environment, unleash your creativity, and focus on crafting functional pots for specific foods and events this spring! Enroll now and let the wheel-spinning adventure begin!

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Throwing Concentration

Tuesday

Pottery by Jessica Greet

Skill Level: Previous Experience
Class Capacity: 10 students
Instructor: Jessica Greet
Length: 10 weeks
Tuesdays, June 18 – August 20, 2024
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Clay Studio
Tuition: $311 Member, $345 Non-member
(Price includes: First Bag of Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Explore the world of ceramics in the Throwing Concentration class, where intermediate and advanced students can refine their throwing skills and express their unique voice in clay work. Engage in projects and demonstrations that emphasize form and surface decoration, in a creative and friendly atmosphere. Join this enriching experience to deepen your ceramic expertise and enjoy the supportive community.

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Throwing with Confidence

Wednesday

Wood-fired platter by Jessica Greet

Skill Level: Advanced
Class Capacity: 9 students
Instructor: Jessica Greet
Length: 10 weeks
Wednesdays, June 12 – August 14, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Clay Studio
Tuition: $311 Member, $345 Non-member
(Price includes: First Bag of Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Join the Throwing with Confidence class to discover how to transform thrown objects and customize them to your unique style! Learn valuable studio tricks and tips that will boost your skills. Participate in weekly demonstrations to acquire techniques for altering thrown forms and enhancing their functionality. Enroll now and take your next step towards mastering the art of pottery!

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The Potters Wheel

Wednesday

Pottery by Susan Bankert

Level: All Levels
Class Capacity: 10 students
Instructor: Susan Bankert and Rich Holck
Length: 10 weeks
Wednesdays, June 12 – August 14, 2024
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Clay Studio
Tuition: $311 Member, $345 Non-member
(Price includes: First Bag of Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Join our pottery adventure where we explore basic to advanced wheel-throwing techniques! Beginners will start by mastering clay centering and throwing cylinders and bowls, while returning students refine their personal style with advanced techniques and individual projects. Discover the art of glaze application and decoration in a vibrant group setting – don't miss out on the chance to enjoy a fantastic environment, unleash your creativity, and focus on crafting functional pots for specific foods and events this summer! Enroll now for a hands-on pottery experience!

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Building with Clay

Thursday

Handbuilt platter by Rich Holck

Skill Level: All Levels
Class Capacity: 10 students
Instructor: Rich Holck
Length: 10 weeks
Thursdays, June 13 – August 22, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Clay Studio
Tuition: $311 Member, $345 Non-member
(Price includes: First Bag of Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Explore the world of clay in Building with Clay, a hands-on class that delves into various handbuilding techniques for crafting unique pots. Learn the art of constructing with drape molds, press molds, and other innovative methods. Enhance your creations with slips, oxides, and surface treatments like trailing, inlay, masking, and wax resist – all contributing to the emphasis on the finished form. Join us, regardless of your experience level, and enroll now to shape your pottery skills! No Class July 4th.

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Possibilities in Clay

Thursday

Sculptural Raku-fired stoneware by Dina Schmidt

Skill Level: All Levels
Class Capacity: 10 students
Instructor: Dina Schmidt
Length: 10 weeks
Thursdays, June 13 – August 22, 2024
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Clay Studio
Tuition: $311 Member, $345 Non-member
(Price includes: First Bag of Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Unleash your creativity in the world of ceramics by learning handbuilding, throwing, or a mix of both techniques! Explore the artistic possibilities of sculptural, decorative, and functional clay creations through hands-on demonstrations and engaging class discussions. Join us to develop your own unique projects, experiment with hand-building and potter's wheel skills, and discover traditional and innovative methods to finish your pieces. All skill levels are welcome – take the first step towards crafting your own ceramics masterpiece, and sign up now! No Class July 4th.

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Modes of Clay

Friday

Wood-fired pottery by Rich Holck

Skill Level: All Levels
Class Capacity: 10 students
Instructor: Rich Holck
Length: 10 weeks
Fridays, June 14 – August 23, 2024
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Clay Studio
Tuition: $311 Member, $345 Non-member
(Price includes: First Bag of Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Find your creative center in Modes of Clay, where wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques merge to form a dynamic pottery experience. Explore altering forms, decorating, and expert tips for handling clay throughout the entire process – from its wet stage on the wheel to the final glazing and firing. All levels are welcome, and advanced students will discover valuable insights to enhance their pottery skills. Enroll now to sculpt your artistic journey with clay! No class July 5th.

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Throwing with Confidence

Friday

Pottery by Jessica Greet

Skill Level: All Levels
Class Capacity: 10 students
Instructor: Jessica Greet
Length: 10 weeks
Fridays, June 14 - August 16, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Clay Studio
Tuition: $311 Member, $345 Non-member
(Price includes: First Bag of Clay, Glazes, Firing)

Join a dedicated group of makers in the Throwing with Confidence class to discover the art of transforming thrown objects to suit your unique style! Delve into valuable studio tricks and tips that will elevate your skills. Experience weekly demonstrations showcasing techniques to enhance the functionality of your thrown forms. Take action now and enroll for a hands-on journey to master the art of pottery!

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Open Studio

Open Studio

Open Studio is available only to students (ages 16 and up) currently enrolled in a full semester ceramic class. Continue to work on your class projects during Open Studio. Tech support is available during some open studio times. (This option becomes available online during the process of enrolling for your class.)

Registration Fee: $41 Member, $45 Non-member

  • Monday: 9:30am – 12pm
  • Tuesday: 1 – 3:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30am – 12pm
  • Saturday: 1 – 3pm, 3 – 6pm
    (except during scheduled events)
  • Sunday: 1:30 - 3:30, 3:30 – 6:30pm
    (except during scheduled events)

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