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Clay Studio Private Classes

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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RiverArts Clay Studio now offers a flexible custom pottery class for those who wish to learn a basic technique with the help of our talented pottery instructors. We are happy to accommodate your small group of friends, family, or even provide a fun activity for a party of 1-5 people in a 2-3 hour workshop at a flat rate of $250. If you are interested in having a group of 6-10 people, the rate would be $500.  This could be…

Beginner’s Pottery Throw & Trim Class

September 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This is a four-week class concentrating on throwing and trimming pottery on the wheel. It will be an introduction to the skills for beginners, or serious practice for more experienced potters. Tailored to your ability, you will complete a variety of shapes and sizes of pots which will be ready for glazing and decoration at a later time or the Decorate and Glaze Class.  


September 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

A 4 -week class focusing on handbuilding techniques for functional and sculptural objects. We will use coiling and slabs to make large vessels, asymmetrical forms, and sculptures. Large pieces may be fired in a reduction kiln. The class will take place at Marilee Schumann’s studio on Saturday mornings. The studio will be available on Saturday afternoon and two other days during the week for Open Studio time. There will be ample time and space for finishing big projects. We will…

Maple Leaves are Falling Platter Workshop

September 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Spend an afternoon at the Clay Studio designing and making two MAPLE leaf platters, one large, one small. Participants will cut slabs of clay (provided) and sculpt them into unique works of art. On the second afternoon, 2 weeks later, you will be provided many Fall glaze colors from studio samples.  You will make your plates uniquely yours with glazes of your choice. Your platters could make the perfect gift, be the centerpiece on your autumn table, and they will be…

Decorate and Glaze

October 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This course is intended to show different techniques in decorating and glazing your pottery. Each week you are expected to have at least one piece ready to decorate and/or glaze. More than one is recommended. A syllabus containing piece requirements can be obtained in advance or you can get it the first night of class. Please bring a minimum of one piece of bisque. Preferably, one with & one without texture or a combination of both on one piece to class…

Chestawizards Potions & Wands

October 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come to our Wizards Workshop to learn how to mix magic spells and potions to take home!  Each participant will receive a handmade pottery spell jar to fill with an assortment of secret ingredients.  The lead wizard will then add his own Top Secret Surprise ingredient to complete the magic for your souvenir spell jar. We will also be offering magic wands (16 yrs or older) and claywares for cash donations to the RiverArts Clay Studio. Age Restrictions:  5 -…

Posh Wall Pockets

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

How versatile is a clay wall pocket? They can go outside, indoors, hold water or soil.  They can hold dried flowers, herbs, fireplace matches, and mail! And, they can be the perfect gift! Using the clay slab technique, this workshop will show you how to make and adorn one or two wall pockets, finishing them with either stain or glaze.  Join the fun creating your one of a kind Posh Wall Pocket! All materials are provided and no previous clay…

Decorate a Holiday Pie Plate

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy a relaxing evening, sipping some wine, munching on light refreshments and hand painting your very own clay pie dish for the holidays.Learn how to use underglazes to personalize your very own creation. In a single class you will learn the techniques and decorate your pre-made piece. After you have decorated your pie dish, they will be glazed, fired and ready for you to pick up in time for the holidays. Please bring your own wine or beverage. We will…

Intermediate Wheel (Porcelain “or not”)

November 1 @ 10:00 am - December 13 @ 12:30 pm

Would you like to explore the silky, seductive, and sensuous quality of working with porcelain on the wheel? Ceramic master Rick Bisgyer will share his strategies and process from clay preparation to successful completion of your quality ceramic vessel over eight weeks. He will work to demystify porcelain and alleviate the fear and apprehension many have working with it. Rick will help you improve your best practices to work toward better finished pieces. If you choose not to work in…

Cookies & Milk for Santa Workshop

December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn how to paint a holiday scene on a pottery cup and cookie plate! This workshop is suitable for children of all ages, including those young at heart.  Those under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants can paint their own design or trace one of the available designs on a provided plate and cup.   The finished work can be picked up at the Clay Studio after it is glaze plenty of time to be…

Beginner Pottery Wheel – Winter 2019

January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This is your opportunity to learn how to create functional bowls, cups, and vases on the potter’s wheel. In our eight-week introductory class with Marilee Schumann, you will learn the basics of clay preparation, steps for throwing a pot on the wheel, finishing techniques, and glaze application. This course is designed for people with a healthy curiosity, those who dabbled in school, and those who wish to go back to the basics to refine best practices for the pottery process…

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