Clay Studio

Clay Studio

RiverArts’ popular Clay Studio, the only one in our area, provides equipment and workspace for our many potters, as well as classes from beginning pottery and sculpture to advanced workshops.

Pottery classes include hand building, throwing on the wheel, raku, and the exploration of different glazing and firing techniques. We endeavor to inspire the creative forces in all of us, from beautiful vessels, gracefully formed on the potter’s wheel to imaginative hand-built forms, Talavera decorating technique. and more. . Many short workshops enable even the inexperienced to produce a personal piece of art you can show at home or present as a gift.

Clay Studio Classes and Workshops

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Clay Studio Private Classes- Adult

August 24, 2018 - December 31, 2019

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 or family,  providing a fun activity for a party of 1-4 people. Perhaps you are looking for private instruction outside of our usual offering of classes. Your workshop can be custom designed to enjoy one of the following: - learn throwing on the…

Clay Studio Private Class- Youth One on One

December 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

This course is designed to give one youngster (ages 10-15,)  individual attention from one of our accomplished instructors. The child may choose between the wheel or hand building. The course will be up to 2 hours long and the student will be able to keep ONE piece to be completed (trimmed & glazed) by the instructor and fired in the kiln. Please note, this is not a group class. Each additional child will be another $125. Age Restrictions:  10-15 Please…

Chest-A-Wizards Friday, October 4

October 4 @ 5:00 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/her own Top Secret Surprise ingredient to complete the magic for your souvenir spell jar. You can purchase a potion jar ($15) or a mug ($25). PAYMENT BUTTON

Chest-A-Wizards, Saturday, October 5

October 5 @ 10:00 am

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/her own Top Secret Surprise ingredient to complete the magic for your souvenir spell jar. You can purchase a potion jar ($15) or a mug ($25). PAYMENT BUTTON

Go Big with Rick Bisgyer

October 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

This course offers students an 8-week intensive in which they will learn techniques to double, triple, and even quadruple the size of the pieces they can throw on the wheel. If you think you are not strong enough, think again: It is mostly about technique, not strength! This class will focus on bowl and vase forms. Instruction will include centering, throwing, drying, trimming, and glazing of larger vessels. Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students are all welcome to expand their skills and…

Decorate A Holiday Pie Plate

October 29 @ 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 and ready for you to pick up in time for the holidays (about 1 week). Please bring your own wine or beverage. We…

Bottomless Mugs

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We will be selling hand made mugs provided by our very own studio potters. You will be able to come in and fill your mug with: hot coffee, tea, cider, or chocolate, as much as you want all day long. Ages: 1 - 105. Children under 12 must chaperone their own adult. Mugs are breakable and parents are responsible for any injuries that may occur.

Decorate & Glaze

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - November 26 @ 9:00 pm

This 4-week 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 bisqueware, preferably one with and one without texture, or a combination of both on one piece…

Mobile Raku Workshop

November 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  Have kiln, will travel! Ceramic artist and educator Brett Thomas will visit Chestertown with his Mobile Raku studio and kiln: a ceramics studio on wheels with full teaching facilities right on the Clay Studio's doorstep. Brett will conduct a full one day Raku workshop on Court Road, just down the block from the Clay Studio. Class will meet in the Clay Studio in the morning to discuss glazes, under glazes, and glaze application and then head outside where his kilns will…

Autumn Leaf Platters

November 10 @ 2:00 pm

Please join us at RiverArts Clay Studio for an afternoon of Clay-tivity—no experience necessary! You will be hand building an oval or rectangular serving plate of approximately 8" x 14". A slab of clay will be provided as well as a form and many items with which to imprint texture. We are suggesting an autumn leaf theme but please feel free to bring anything of special interest that could be used to personalize your plate. What's your style? What makes…

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