Classes

Now with even more options to keep you in the mud! Expanded offerings of 5-week classes are great for those with flexible schedules and those who are excited at the prospect of trying out lots of new techniques—all in NCC’s well-stocked facilities. A diverse cast of talented teaching artists will help guide your experience in our clay community.

Adult students enjoy open access to our studios from 9 am to 9 pm, 6 days each week, and “midnight madness” (from 9 am – midnight) on Thursdays (subject to other NCC events and programming).

Looking for a quick clay thrill? Try a one-day workshop and see what all the talk is about — topics include Clay for Couples, Tiles in One Day, or Pro-Tips for Glaze Application, and many more.

FALL CLASSES WILL OPEN FOR REGISTRATION ON TUESDAY, JULY 26 AT 10 AM.

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  1. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101- Waitlist

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    October 26 - November 30
    Instructor: Bianka Groves
    Want to learn the basics of making clay art? Try one of these introductory classes that focus on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $200.00

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  2. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    November 1 - December 6
    Instructor: Brittany Trushin
    Want to learn the basics of making clay art? Try one of these introductory classes that focus on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $200.00

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  3. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101 - Waitlist

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 14 - October 19
    Instructor: Bianka Groves
    Want to learn the basics of making clay art? Try one of these introductory classes that focus on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $200.00

    Sold

  4. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101 - Waitlist

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    September 20 - October 25
    Instructor: Brittany Trushin
    Want to learn the basics of making clay art? Try one of these introductory classes that focus on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $200.00

  5. The Three Graces of Handbuilding: Waitlist

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 19 - October 24
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $200.00

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  6. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101 - Nishiguchi

    Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    July 23 - August 20
    Instructor: Risa Nishiguchi
    Want to learn the basics of making clay art? Try one of these introductory classes that focus on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  7. The Three Graces of Handbuilding

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    October 31 - December 5
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $200.00

  8. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    October 28 - December 2
    Instructor: Brady McLearen
    Want to learn the basics of making clay art? Try one of these introductory classes that focus on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $200.00

  9. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 16 - October 21
    Instructor: Brady McLearen
    Want to learn the basics of making clay art? Try one of these introductory classes that focus on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $200.00

  10. CANCELLED Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm
    September 17 - December 3
    Instructor: Claire O'Connor
    Students will learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and other uses for the pottery wheel as a tool. Learn More
    $400.00

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  11. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Thursdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    September 15 - December 1 (No class Thanksgiving day)
    Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
    Students will learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and other uses for the pottery wheel as a tool. Learn More
    $400.00

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  12. Intermediate Pottery. WAITLIST.

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 19 - December 5
    Instructor: JD Jorgenson
    Take your skills to the next level as you learn additional techniques for throwing more complicated forms such as faceted bowls, handled mugs, footed plates, and some altered forms. Learn More
    $400.00

  13. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 19 - December 5
    Instructor: Erin Holt
    Students will learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and other uses for the pottery wheel as a tool. Learn More
    $400.00

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  14. Advanced Pottery

    Thursdays, 1 - 4 pm
    September 15 - December 1 (No class Thanksgiving day)
    Instructor: Leila Denecke
    Expand your knowledge of throwing techniques as you improve your technical skills and diversify your repertoire of forms, surface decoration, and glazing methods. Learn More
    $400.00

  15. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 20 - December 6
    Instructor: Jennica Kruse
    Students will learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and other uses for the pottery wheel as a tool. Learn More
    $400.00

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  16. WAITLIST: Intermediate Pottery

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 15 - December 1 (No class Thanksgiving day)
    Instructor: David Swenson
    Take your skills to the next level as you learn additional techniques for throwing more complicated forms such as faceted bowls, handled mugs, footed plates, and some altered forms. Learn More
    $400.00

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  17. Pouring Pots

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    September 20 - December 6
    Instructor: Marion Angelica
    Learn to hand-build pitchers, teapots, ewers, and more in a class focused on vessels that pour. Learn More
    $400.00

  18. Guided Study in Handbuilding

    Fridays, 10 am - 1 pm
    September 16 - December 2
    Instructor: Franny Hyde
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals to explore figural, architectural, animal, decorative, and other non-functional applications of clay. Learn More
    $400.00

  19. Guided Study in Handbuilding

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 15 - December 1 (No class Thanksgiving day)
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals to explore figural, architectural, animal, decorative, and other non-functional applications of clay. Learn More
    $400.00

  20. The Three Graces of Handbuilding - Freund

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 13 - July 11
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $175.00

  21. Box Office

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    July 20 - August 17
    Instructor: Angie Renee
    Pandora's box. A boxcar. Your soap box. Treasure chests. Jewelry boxes. Learn to make these and other lidded forms to hold hopes, dreams, anxieties, wishes-or just loose change and push pins. Class will include handbuilding, wheel-throwing, surface, and glaze techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  22. Kintsugi

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    22-Oct
    Instructor: Richard Gruchalla
    Kintsugi or kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery using a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold, celebrating the damage. Bring some broken babies and learn this trendy topic. Learn More
    $65.00

  23. Sales Methods 101: Art Fair and Wholesale Considerations

    Saturday, 1 - 2 pm
    29-Oct
    Instructor: Marion Angelica, Matthew Krousey, Elizabeth Pecachek
    If you've considered pitching your tent at an art fair, but donêt know how to begin, this panel is for you. Learn More
    $8.00

  24. WAITLIST: The Hot Seat - Kiln Firing 101

    Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm
    15-Oct
    Instructor: Audra Smith
    Learn the basics of firing your own kiln in this one-day workshop. Learn More
    $90.00

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  25. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    11-Nov
    Instructor: Jennica Kruse
    Sign up with your special friend and learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel in a fun and relaxed environment. Learn More
    $65.00

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  26. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop : Waislist

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    23-Sep
    Instructor: Risa Nishiguchi
    Sign up with your special friend and learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel in a fun and relaxed environment. Learn More
    $65.00

  27. Chawan Basics (tea bowl basics)

    Saturday, 11 am - 12 pm
    December 10
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    What features does a tea bowl need for use in a Japanese Tea Ceremony? Learn More
    $0.00

  28. Crafterdark Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    30-Sep
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Bring your creative friends and make a few new ones as you learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. Learn More
    $30.00

  29. Beer Stein Making Workshop with Dangerous Man Brewing Co.

    Monday,
    October 3, October 17
    Instructor:
    Build your own stein with Northern Clay Center's instructors and enjoy a complimentary beer at the Dangerous Man Taphouse. Learn More
    $30.00

  30. Gratitude Boxes

    Friday, 1 - 4 pm
    25-Nov
    Instructor: Angie Renee
    Create a slab box of any shape where you can write down and keep your gratitudes. Learn More
    $30.00

  31. Leaf Dishes

    Saturday, 1 - 3 pm
    5-Nov
    Instructor: Glynnis Lessing
    Make your own dish in the shape of a leaf or use autumn leaves as a stencil for decorating your terracotta dishes. Learn More
    $20.00

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  32. The Hot Seat - Kiln Firing 101 (Electric Kiln Only)

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    15-Oct
    Instructor: Brittany Trushin
    Learn the basics of firing your own kiln in this one-day workshop. Learn More
    $45.00

  33. Crafterdark Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    18-Nov
    Instructor: Risa Nishiguchi
    Bring your creative friends and make a few new ones as you learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. Learn More
    $30.00

  34. CANCELLED: Dream It, Build It

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    1-Oct
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Students will learn techniques and find tools to accurately translate your vision into clay. Learn More
    $35.00

  35. Crafternoon Pottery Workshop

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    15-Oct
    Instructor: Risa Nishiguchi
    Bring your creative friends and make a few new ones as you learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. Learn More
    $30.00

  36. Lecture: Ceramic Science with Dr. William Carty

    Friday, 6 - 7 pm
    12-Aug
    Instructor: Dr. William Carty
    Dr. William Carty will host a lecture addressing the specific considerations he takes as a ceramic science researcher, and how the underlying chemistry controls ceramic effects in clay bodies and glazes. Learn More
    $0.00

  37. Ceramic Science with Dr. William Carty

    Friday - Sunday, See Schedule
    August 12 - 14
    Instructor: Dr. William Carty
    Learn the underlying chemistry that controls ceramic effects in clay bodies and glazes from renowned scientist Dr. William Carty. Learn More
    $310.00

  38. New Technologies in Ceramics Workshop

    Saturday, 9 am - 12 pm
    September 24
    Instructor: Tethon 3D
    Join us for a demonstration during which Tethon 3D will share trends in new ceramic technologies in the morning, and Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello will demonstrate 3D printing Learn More
    $0.00

  39. Artist Talk: A Tipping Point visiting artists

    Thursday, 6 - 8 pm
    September 22
    Instructor: Ronald Rael
    We are excited to welcome Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello, and Jenny Sabin for A Tipping Point’s public artist talk Learn More
    $0.00

  40. McKnight Resident Artist Lecture: Helen Otterson

    Tuesday, 6:30 - 8 pm
    October 18
    Instructor: Helen Otterson
    Join us for a lecture by Fall McKnight Resident Artist, Helen Otterson Learn More
    $0.00

  41. Design it, Build it, Fire it: Wood Kiln-Building Workshop

    See below, 9 am - 6 pm
    August 16 - 24
    Instructor: JD Jorgenson
    Construct a wood-burning kiln in St. Joseph, MN, over eight consecutive days. Experience all aspects of building a wood-burning kiln, including design considerations, materials and tools, clays, temperature, and site. Form specialized bricks and use design tools. Students will be involved in all steps of construction of a predetermined design. This workshop includes one class session and three weeks of open studio time to make and bisque approximately 25 pieces that will be included in the inaugural firing of this kiln. Clay is not included, but glaze materials will be provided. Designed for advanced students and independent artists; previous experience building kilns is not necessary. Max. 12 participants. August 16 - 24, 9 am - 6 pm each day; August 12: All work must be dry and ready to bisque. August 16 - 20: Kiln building, August 21 - 22: Load Kiln, August 23 - 24: Fire kiln, August 27: Unload and clean up, 10 am Learn More
    $425.00

  42. Crafterdark

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    12-Aug
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Bring your creative friends and make a few new ones as you learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. This three-hour workshop is a fun and messy introduction to clay. Learn More
    $30.00

  43. 5 Centers, 5 Weeks, 5 Media

    Mondays, 6 - 9 pm
    July 11 - August 8
    Instructor: Susan Obermeyer
    Work and routine wearing you out? Tired of cooking up art with the same old ingredients? Join this class and experience a veritable banquet of creative techniques as you sample the offerings of five different centers for art. Northern Clay Center, IFP Media Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Textile Center, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts join forces for a multimedia exploration of clay, book making, textiles, filmmaking and printmaking. Each session will take place at a different art center and will include a brief tour of the Center and hands-on, medium-specific work with a professional artist. Participants will be encouraged to stretch their creative muscles and take risks with new art forms. You will walk away from the class with four completed projects, and perhaps a passion for a new art form. After registration, participants will receive a schedule and map for each location. Class meets in order of the organizations listed. Learn More
    $195.00

  44. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    21-Oct
    Instructor: Jennica Kruse
    Sign up with your special friend and learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel in a fun and relaxed environment. Learn More
    $65.00

  45. Details, Details: Pro Tips for Glaze Application

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    12-Nov
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    This workshop will demonstrate a variety of techniques to take advantage of the unique properties in our glaze palette at all temperatures. Learn More
    $25.00

  46. Tiles in One Day:WAITLIST

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    17-Sep
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Discover how to cut or press tiles and then add decorative or design elements, low-relief carvings, and textures. Learn More
    $30.00

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  47. Looking & Learning

    Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
    October 25
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Join us for the eighth installation in this "show-and-tell” series. Learn More
    $0.00

  48. Focus on Plates

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    July 22 - August 19
    Instructor: Claire O'Connor
    Focus on bowls and plates in these back- to-back, 5-week classes. Bowls can serve functional needs (eating and serving), or be used to construct larger projects such as vases or casseroles. Plates-large or small-have a job to do as well, but even more, they provide a surface for decoration. Students are welcome to pursue other projects on the wheel, too. Sign up for both topics to make a 10-week class. Learn More
    $175.00

  49. First/Then - Altered States

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 14 - October 19
    Instructor: Glynnis Lessing
    These back-to-back 6-week classes will approach techniques for making and altering forms. Learn More
    $200.00

  50. First/Then - Mix and Match

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    October 26 - November 30
    Instructor: Glynnis Lessing
    These back-to-back 6-week classes will approach techniques for making and altering forms. Learn More
    $200.00

  51. Picky Eaters

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 16 - December 2
    Instructor: Amanda Dobbratz
    Students will design and create pots with specific functions in mind by exploring non-traditional forms, and the ergonomics and psychology of use. Learn More
    $400.00

  52. Soda-Firing Methods

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 15 - December 1 (No class Thanksgiving day)
    Instructor: Emily Murphy
    Meet weekly in the studio to discuss soda techniques and materials and load two kilns on three firing dates. Learn More
    $420.00

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  53. Printing on Clay

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 20 - December 6
    Instructor: Megan Mitchell
    Add imagery, pattern, and texture to your ceramic work by using printmaking processes such as screen printing, block printing, and lithography. Learn More
    $400.00

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  54. Harvest of Handles

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    29-Oct
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Make a series of mugs worthy of your favorite hot beverages. Learn More
    $45.00

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  55. Harvest of Handles

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    29-Oct
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Make a series of mugs worthy of your favorite hot beverages. Learn More
    $45.00

  56. Columbus Day Sale

    Monday, 10 am - 1 pm
    10-Oct
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Learn the basics of wheel throwing as you center, open, and pull the clay to make basic cylinders and bowls. Learn More
    $30.00

  57. CANCELLED: Fall Celebration

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    24-Sep
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Celebrate the bounty of fields and farms when you create a serving tray or dish for your favorite recipe. Learn More
    $45.00

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  58. Columbus Day Sale

    Monday, 2 - 5 pm
    10-Oct
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Learn the basics of wheel throwing as you center, open, and pull the clay to make basic cylinders and bowls. Learn More
    $30.00

  59. CANCELLED Throwing Together

    Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm
    September 17 - November 5
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Parents and kids (ages 9 and up) spend a little Q.T. together learning a new skill. Learn More
    $290.00

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  60. Fall Celebration

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    24-Sep
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Celebrate the bounty of fields and farms when you create a serving tray or dish for your favorite recipe. Learn More
    $45.00

  61. Our State is Great

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    20-Aug
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Warm up for the state fair as you celebrate our great state in clay. Make and decorate mugs or plates inspired by the shape of Minnesota and learn how to use a template and slab construction. At the end of class, decorate your projects using colored slips. Ages 6+ and all skill levels welcome. The $45 fee is for one adult and one child. For larger groups, please call the front desk at 612.339.8007 x301. Learn More
    $45.00

  62. Pottery Punch Card for Teens

    Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm
    Ongoing
    Instructor: Erin Holt
    Classes will cover the fundamental techniques of throwing basic forms on the potter's wheel and creating surface decoration using glazes, slips, and applied elements, with varied demonstrations and projects for advanced students. Learn More
    $240.00

  63. Master Gardener: Small Space Vegetable Gardening

    Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
    17-May
    Instructor:
    Through this collaboration between NCC and the Master Gardener Program of Hennepin County, you will learn to create highly-productive flower and vegetable gardens in small spaces. Learn More
    $0.00

  64. WAITLIST: Florilegia and Maiolica Tile Decoration

    Saturday, 1 - 3 pm
    11-Jun
    Instructor: Kathy Allen
    Join us for a presentation by Kathy Allen, followed by a one-hour, tile-decorating workshop, utilizing the maiolica process. Allen will discuss the definition and history of florilegia and bring two volumes of The Highgrove Florilegium, a tome from 2008-09 depicting plants from Prince Charles's garden at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. These large-scale books feature prints from the best botanical painters in the world. Learn More
    $0.00

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  65. Movie Night: A Year in the Life: Clary Illian

    Tuesday, 6 - 7 pm
    23-Aug
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Everyone is welcome to join us for a screening of A Year in the Life: Clay Illian, a film by Atom Burke Productions. Clay Illian has been an active potter for 40+ years, starting as an apprentice at the Leach Pottery after college in 1964-65. In winter 2008, while walking her dog, she fell and broke her wrist. This 30-minute video shows her transition into a new vein of work as a direct result of her accident and recovery process. Learn More
    $0.00

  66. Movie Night: Don't Know, We'll See: The Work of Karen Karnes

    Tuesday, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
    8-Mar
    Instructor:
    Everyone is welcome to join us for a screening of Don't Know, We'll See: The Work of Karen Karnes, a film by Lucy Massie Phenix that features the legacy and work of Karen Karnes. Learn about Karnes's inspirations, hear interviews from friends, and see her dedication to a life as a clay artist, amidst challenges and the loss of her home and studio. Learn More
    $0.00

  67. Looking & Learning

    Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    6-Apr
    Instructor: Jan McKeachie Johnston & Samuel Johnson
    Join us for the eight installation in this "show-and-tell" series with Jan McKeachie Johnston and Samuel Johnson. Learn More
    $0.00

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