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.

SUMMER CLASSES OPEN FOR REGISTRATION ON TUESDAY, MAY 10 AT 10 AM.

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  1. Waitlist: Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101 - Archibald

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 15 - July 13
    Instructor: Ryan Archibald
    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

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  2. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101 - Groves

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 14 - July 12
    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
    $175.00

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  3. The Three Graces of Handbuilding - Freund

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    July 18 - August 15
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $175.00

  4. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101 - Groves

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    July 19 - August 16
    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
    $175.00

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  5. 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

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

    Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    June 18 - July 16
    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 - 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

  8. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101 - Archibald

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    July 20 - August 17
    Instructor: Ryan Archibald
    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

  9. WAITLIST: Beginner Pottery - Yogerst

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 14 - August 16
    Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, and vases. Learn More
    $350.00

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  10. WAITLIST: Intermediate Pottery - Swenson

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 13 - August 15
    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
    $350.00

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  11. Waitlist: Beginner Pottery - Kruse

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 15 - August 17
    Instructor: Jennica Kruse
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, and vases. Learn More
    $350.00

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  12. Advanced Pottery - Denecke (TIME CHANGE: 6:30 - 9:30pm)

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 16 - August 18
    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
    $350.00

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  13. CANCELED Guided Study in Handbuilding - Hyde

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    June 14 - August 16
    Instructor: Franny Hyde
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals to explore figural, architectural, animal, decorative, and other non-functional applications of clay. Learn More
    $350.00

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  14. Guided Study in Handbuilding - Coleman

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 16 - August 18
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals to explore figural, architectural, animal, decorative, and other non-functional applications of clay. Learn More
    $350.00

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  15. 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

  16. Full Sun / Partial Shade

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 15 - July 13
    Instructor: Amanda Dobbratz
    From hanging baskets to flower bricks, from standard plant pots to the most exquisite tulipieres, our flowers and homes have different needs and tastes. Consider the different requirements for plants and flowers as you design and build vessels to hold and display plants and blossoms. Demonstrations will focus on handbuilding techniques, but students may also use wheel thrown elements. Designed for those with some previous clay experience. Learn More
    $175.00

  17. Adult Swim

    Monday, 9 am - 12 pm
    11-Jul
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    If your kids are enrolled in our Summer Clay Camps, you won't want to miss all the fun! (It's also OK to treat yourself to this class if you are not a parent.) Impress your kids when you learn big ceramic words like slip and score, cone 04, and slab roller. Learn basic slab construction to make a mug or tray using a template of your choice. Bring a snack to really feel like a kid again! Learn More
    $30.00

  18. Tiles in One Day

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    30-Jul
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Discover how to cut or press tiles and then add decorative or design elements, low- relief carvings, and textures. Learn about precautions for drying your pieces, and find resources for installation. Learn More
    $30.00

  19. 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

  20. Ceramic Science with Dr. William Carty

    Friday - Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm
    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. Develop tools to predict and control results, and learn about the challenges of composing the materials that make up clay bodies and glazes. Starting with a basic premise that most firing defects are not caused by firing, but rather in the making processes, this class will demystify some of the science behind ceramics. Discuss glaze chemistry, how chemistry drives texture, how the body and glaze interact, how glazes melt, and glaze defects (crazing, crawling, shivering, and pin holing). Please bring examples of ceramic defects for discussion. For advanced beginners and beyond. Don't miss this opportunity! Dr. Carty returns with additional time in the schedule to cover content, and to address your individual questions and examples. William Carty is the John F. McMahon Professor and Chair of Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, with a special interest in the work and challenges facing artists who use ceramics as a primary medium. Learn More
    $310.00

  21. The Hot Seat - Kiln Firing 101

    Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm
    30-Jul
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Learn the basics of firing your own kiln in this one-day workshop. We will learn firing methods for an electric bisque kiln and a cone 10 gas reduction firing. In addition to checking temperature and atmosphere, we will cover different styles of kilns, firing speeds, electrical requirements, and basic troubleshooting. The workshop is led by technicians who fire multiple kilns each month. This workshop does not authorize NCC students to fire our kilns independently, but is helpful for educators and anyone aspiring to become an NCC studio artist. 9 am - 12 pm: Gas kiln firing and loading, 12 - 1 pm: Lunch on your own, 1 - 4 pm: Electric kiln loading, programming, firing, troubleshooting & continuation of gas firing, 4 pm - finish: Finishing cone 10 firing Learn More
    $90.00

  22. Details, Details: Cold Finish

    Sunday, 1 - 4 pm
    10-Jul
    Instructor: Joshua Woof
    Summer is the time of iced tea and cold press coffee-why not explore cold finishes in the studio? Cold finish refers to all the surfaces you can apply after your work is fired-paint, gold leaf, flocking, colored pencil, etc. Sail into uncharted waters with demonstrations of these techniques and experiment on a few pieces of your own. Supplies will be provided, but bring four or five pieces of finished work to play with. A respirator is recommended for this workshop. Learn More
    $35.00

  23. 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

  24. Adult Swim

    Monday, 1 - 4 pm
    11-Jul
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    If your kids are enrolled in our Summer Clay Camps, you won't want to miss all the fun! (It's also OK to treat yourself to this class if you are not a parent.) Impress your kids when you learn big ceramic words like slip and score, cone 04, and slab roller. Learn basic slab construction to make a mug or tray using a template of your choice. Bring a snack to really feel like a kid again! Learn More
    $30.00

  25. McKnight Resident Artist Lecture: Joe Pintz

    Tuesday, 6:30 - 8 pm
    21-Jun
    Instructor: Joe Pintz
    Joe Pintz will present an artist talk about his work and process. Learn More
    $0.00

  26. Clay for Couples

    Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
    20-Aug
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC's original Clay for Couples. Learn More
    $65.00

  27. Clay for Couples

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    15-Jul
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC's original Clay for Couples. Learn More
    $65.00

  28. Clay for Couples

    Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
    18-Jun
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC's original Clay for Couples. Learn More
    $65.00

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. Art Camp for Educators

    Thursdays, 6 - 9 pm
    July 14 - August 11
    Instructor: Susan Obermeyer
    The Five Centers for Art (Northern Clay Center, IFP Media Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Textile Center) announce a special educational opportunity for Minnesota art educators. Learn More
    $195.00

  32. Clay for Couples

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    3-Jun
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC's original Clay for Couples. Learn More
    $65.00

  33. Raku: Out of the Ashes - Saturday Demo Only (DATE CHANGE: JUNE 11)

    Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
    June 11
    Instructor: Mark Lusardi
    Are you in the mood to play with fire? With Wisconsin potter and Raku enthusiast Mark Lusardi as your guide, discover the ancient Japanese process of Raku firing. Learn More
    $70.00

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

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    14-May
    Instructor: Brittany Trushin
    Learn the basics of firing your own kiln in this one-day workshop. We will learn firing methods for an electric bisque kiln and a cone 10 gas reduction firing. Learn More
    $45.00

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

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    30-Jul
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Learn the basics of firing your own kiln in this one-day workshop. We will learn firing methods for an electric bisque kiln. In addition to checking temperature and atmosphere, we will cover different styles of kilns, firing speeds, electrical requirements, and basic troubleshooting. The workshop is led by technicians who fire multiple kilns each month. This workshop does not authorize NCC students to fire our kilns independently, but is helpful for educators and anyone aspiring to become an NCC studio artist. Learn More
    $45.00

  36. Raku: Out of the Ashes (DATE CHANGE: JUNE 11 & 12)

    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm
    June 11 - 12
    Instructor: Mark Lusardi
    Are you in the mood to play with fire? With Wisconsin potter and Raku enthusiast Mark Lusardi as your guide, discover the ancient Japanese process of Raku firing. Learn More
    $170.00

  37. Crafternoon

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    21-May
    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

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  38. SOLD OUT Present Future of Ceramics, by Garth Clark

    Thursday, 6 pm
    23-Jun
    Instructor: Garth Clark
    arth Clark’s fast paced multi-media presentation will venture down new paths that are opening for ceramics globally in art, design, architecture, and technology. Learn More
    $0.00

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  39. Pots & Patterns of Distinction: Ernest Gentry & Matt Repsher

    Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
    9-Sept
    Instructor: Ernest Gentry & Matt Repsher
    $130/ $115 Members, Students, & Art Educators Learn More
    $130.00

  40. 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

  41. Focus on Bowls

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 17 - July 15
    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

  42. Waitlist: Soda-Firing Methods

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 16 - August 18
    Instructor: Emily Murphy
    Meet weekly in the studio to discuss soda techniques and materials, and load two kilns on three firing dates. Explore new forming and decorating techniques to take advantage of the kiss of fire in the kiln. Students will each participate by adding soda to the kiln at least one time, and help with unloading at least once. This class is designed primarily for those who are at intermediate to advanced levels. Previous soda experience is recommended, but not required. Throwers and handbuilders welcome. Learn More
    $370.00

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  43. Fairy Homes

    Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm
    12-Jun
    Instructor: Angie Renee
    Bring your family and come create small fairy garden houses for your garden. Learn More
    $45.00

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  44. Fairy Homes

    Sunday, 2 - 5 pm
    12-Jun
    Instructor: Angie Renee
    Bring your family and come create small fairy garden houses for your garden. Learn More
    $45.00

  45. Our State is Great

    Saturday, 2 - 5 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

  46. 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

  47. Father's Day in Clay

    Sunday, 2 - 5 pm
    19-Jun
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Take Dad out for a spin that he will love this Father's Day! Learn to use the potter's wheel and explore the basics of wheel-throwing as you center clay and shape it into cups, mugs, or bowls. At the end of class, decorate your creations with colored slips. Dress for mess! Ages 9+ 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. 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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  54. Six McKnight Artists Tour and Hands-On Workshop

    Friday, 10 am - 12 pm
    15-Jul
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Bring a friend or family member for a 30-minute tour of the exhibition Six McKnight Artists, featuring artwork of two 2015 Minnesota McKnight Fellowship recipients, and four 2013/2014 McKnight Resident artists. The remaining time will be spent learning handbuilding and decorating techniques to create a one-of-a-kind animal sculpture! Learn More
    $0.00

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