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.

WINTER CLASSES WILL OPEN FOR REGISTRATION ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 10 AM.

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  1. The Three Graces of Handbuilding

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 2 - January 30
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $175.00

  2. Land of Round Pots-- Wheel Throwing 101

    Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    February 11 - March 11
    Instructor: Risa Nishiguchi
    Want to learn the basics of making ceramic objects? Try one of these introductory classes focusing on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  3. The Three Graces of Handbuilding

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    February 6 - March 6
    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

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    February 7 - March 7
    Instructor: Lisa Himmelstrup
    Want to learn the basics of making ceramic objects? Try one of these introductory classes focusing on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  5. Land of Round Pots-- Wheel Throwing 101

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 3 - January 31
    Instructor: Bianka Groves
    Want to learn the basics of making ceramic objects? Try one of these introductory classes focusing on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  6. Land of Round Pots-- Wheel Throwing 101

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    February 7 - March 7
    Instructor: Bianka Groves
    Want to learn the basics of making ceramic objects? Try one of these introductory classes focusing on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  7. Land of Round Pots-- Wheel Throwing 101

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 5 - February 2
    Instructor: Greg Palombo and Gillan Doty
    Want to learn the basics of making ceramic objects? Try one of these introductory classes focusing on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  8. Land of Round Pots-- Wheel Throwing 101

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    February 9 - March 9
    Instructor: Greg Palombo and Gillan Doty
    Want to learn the basics of making ceramic objects? Try one of these introductory classes focusing on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  9. Land of Round Pots-- Wheel Throwing 101

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 6 - February 3
    Instructor: Claire O'Connor
    Want to learn the basics of making ceramic objects? Try one of these introductory classes focusing on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  10. Land of Round Pots-- Wheel Throwing 101

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    February 10 - March 10
    Instructor: Claire O'Connor
    Want to learn the basics of making ceramic objects? Try one of these introductory classes focusing on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  11. Land of Round Pots-- Wheel Throwing 101

    Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    January 7 - February 4
    Instructor: Risa Nishiguchi
    Want to learn the basics of making ceramic objects? Try one of these introductory classes focusing on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  12. Land of Round Pots-- Wheel Throwing 101

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    January 3 - January 31
    Instructor: Lisa Himmelstrup
    Want to learn the basics of making ceramic objects? Try one of these introductory classes focusing on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $175.00

  13. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 2 - March 6
    Instructor: JD Jorgenson
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn More
    $350.00

  14. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Wednesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    January 4 - March 8
    Instructor: Katie Schroeder
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn More
    $350.00

  15. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Thursdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    January 5 - March 9
    Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn More
    $350.00

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  16. WAITLIST Intermediate Pottery-Focus on Sets

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 3 - March 7
    Instructor: Kevin Caufield
    LEVEL UP! Each Intermediate section will take time to focus on a broader conversation about developing your throwing techniques, as well as on a specific skill-set, while also advancing your understanding of trimming and surface treatments. Learn More
    $350.00

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  17. Intermediate Pottery-Focus on Pouring Pots

    Thursdays, 1 - 4 pm
    January 5 - March 9
    Instructor: Leila Denecke
    LEVEL UP! Each Intermediate section will take time to focus on a broader conversation about developing your throwing techniques, as well as on a specific skill-set, while also advancing your understanding of trimming and surface treatments. Learn More
    $350.00

  18. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 4 - March 8
    Instructor: Jennica Kruse
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn More
    $350.00

  19. WAITLIST - Intermediate Pottery-Focus on Forms - Call to be placed on waitlist

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 5 - March 9
    Instructor: David Swenson
    LEVEL UP! Each Intermediate section will take time to focus on a broader conversation about developing your throwing techniques, as well as on a specific skill-set, while also advancing your understanding of trimming and surface treatments. Learn More
    $350.00

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  20. Guided Study in Handbuilding

    Fridays, 10 am - 1 pm
    January 6 - March 10
    Instructor: Franny Hyde
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals. Our instructors support your explorations of sculptural, architectural, and/or utilitarian forms of clay. Learn More
    $350.00

  21. Bowl Me Over

    Tuesdays, 1 - 4 pm
    January 3 - March 7
    Instructor: Marion Angelica
    Learn the vast array of bowl forms possible through handbuilding: bowls for ice cream, bowls for serving, bowls for popcorn, even bowls with handles. Learn More
    $350.00

  22. Mosaic & Tile: Portraits of Nature

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    February 8 - March 8
    Instructor: Jill Foote-Hutton
    In this 5-week course, students will explore low relief tile-making to capture some of their favorite domesticated and wild flora and fauna. Learn More
    $175.00

  23. Guided Study in Handbuilding

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 5 - March 9
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals. Our instructors support your explorations of sculptural, architectural, and/or utilitarian forms of clay. Learn More
    $350.00

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  24. McKnight Fellowship Workshops: Nicolas Darcourt and Sheryl McRoberts

    Sunday, 12 - 4 pm
    26-Feb
    Instructor: Nicolas Darcourt and Sheryl McRoberts
    2016 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellows, Nicolas Darcourt (Minnetonka) and Sheryl McRoberts (Bloomington), will each give a presentation about their work and development as an artist, and then share two hours of studio time, showing their techniques and skills. Learn More
    $0.00

  25. Jerome, Fogelberg, Red Wing, and Anonymous Potter Presentations

    Friday, 4 - 6 pm
    13-Jan
    Instructor: Jerome, Fogelberg, Red Wing, and Anonymous Studio Potter Artists
    Join us for a marathon of presentations by these emerging artists. Learn More
    $0.00

  26. Artist slide talk with Pattie Chalmers and Peter Morgan

    Thursday, 6 - 7 pm
    9-Mar
    Instructor: Pattie Chalmers and Peter Morgan
    Artist and guest curator Pattie Chalmers and Artist Peter Morgan discuss artwork featured in the Roadside Attractions Exhibition. Learn More
    $0.00

  27. McKnight Resident Artist Lecture: Eva Kwong

    Tuesday, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
    31-Jan
    Instructor: Eva Kwong
    Join us for an evening lecture with McKnight Artist in Residnce Eva Kwong. Learn More
    $0.00

  28. Roadside Attractions Demonstration Workshop with Peter Morgan

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    11-Mar
    Instructor: Peter Morgan
    Artist Peter Morgan leads a demonstration workshop focused on his artwork featured in Roadside Attractions. Learn More
    $0.00

  29. Recordkeeping for Artists

    Saturday, 10 am - 12:30 pm
    28-Jan
    Instructor: Anna Metcalfe, Springboard for the Arts
    Am I a business or a hobbyist? How do I keep track of sales, expenditures, and my inventory? What can I write off? Learn More
    $45.00

  30. The Hot Seat -- Kiln Firing 101 - All day gas and electric firing

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

  31. The Hot Seat -- Kiln Firing 101 - Electric kiln only

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    11-Feb
    Instructor: Audra Smith and Brittany Trushin
    Learn the basics of firing your own kiln in this one-day workshop. Learn More
    $45.00

  32. Tiles in One Day

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    25-Feb
    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

  33. Crafterdark Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    27-Jan
    Instructor: Erin Holt
    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. Crafternoon Pottery Workshop

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    4-Mar
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    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

  35. Presidents Day Sale

    Monday, 1 - 4 pm
    20-Feb
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    The Crafternoon experience for only $15 per person! Bring your creative friends and make a few new ones as you learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. Learn More
    $15.00

  36. Roadside Attractions Lecture and Demonstration Workshop with Mariko Paterson

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    22-Apr
    Instructor: Mariko Paterson
    Artist Mariko Paterson leads a lecture and demonstration focused on her artwork featured in Roadside Attractions. Learn More
    $0.00

  37. Exquisite Geometry

    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm
    February 25 - 26
    Instructor: Brady McLearen
    Focus on handbuilding techniques while employing the slab roller, as well as the oft-overlooked extruder. Learn More
    $80.00

  38. 13th Annual Valentine’s Day Workshops: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Our Pots are Hot, and So Are You!

    Tuesday, 5 - 9 pm
    14-Feb
    Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
    We’ve got you covered this Valentine’s Day! Register early for this popular pottery experience. You will cover the basics of throwing pots on the wheel, and enjoy a meal from a local restaurant, including wine and sinfully yummy desserts. Learn More
    $105.00

  39. 13th Annual Valentine’s Day Workshops: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Our Pots are Hot, and So Are You!

    Sunday, 10 am - 2 pm
    12-Feb
    Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
    We’ve got you covered this Valentine’s Day! Register early for this popular pottery experience. You will cover the basics of throwing pots on the wheel, and enjoy a meal from a local restaurant, including wine and sinfully yummy desserts. Learn More
    $105.00

  40. 13th Annual Valentine’s Day Workshops: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Our Pots are Hot, and So Are You!

    Saturday, 5 - 9 pm
    11-Feb
    Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
    We’ve got you covered this Valentine’s Day! Register early for this popular pottery experience. You will cover the basics of throwing pots on the wheel, and enjoy a meal from a local restaurant, including wine and sinfully yummy desserts. Learn More
    $105.00

  41. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    24-Feb
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    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

  42. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
    7-Jan
    Instructor: Erin Holt
    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

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  43. More than Four Walls and a Lid

    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm
    January 21 - 22
    Instructor: Angie Renee
    Learn to make boxes using both handbuilding and throwing methods. Learn More
    $80.00

  44. 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

  45. Scaling UP

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 2 - March 6
    Instructor: Megan Mitchell
    Ever wonder how ceramicists manage to create large wares and objects? Megan Mitchell will guide you through working large and in charge using throwing and handbuilding methods, combined thrown components, coil building, and slab construction. Learn More
    $350.00

  46. Planters and Flower Bricks

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 4 - March 8
    Instructor: Amanda Dobbratz
    Keep things blooming this winter or get a head start on your spring planting projects! Learn More
    $350.00

  47. Waitlist - Soda-Firing Methods

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 6 - March 10
    Instructor: Emily Murphy
    Meet in the studio with Emily Murphy to discuss soda techniques and requisite materials during seven class sessions, with three private open studio sessions for you to implement and develop these ideas. Learn More
    $370.00

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  48. 9th Annual Chili Cook-off Workshop

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    4-Feb
    Instructor:
    Join us for our 9th Annual Chili Cook-off and stop by the teaching studios to whip up a bowl or mug for your favorite soup or stew. Learn More
    $0.00

  49. Drop-in Tour of Exhibition and Hands-on Workshop

    Monday, 1 - 4 pm
    30-Jan
    Instructor: Amanda Dobbratz
    Bring your friends and family for a guided tour of the Three Jerome Artists and Fogelberg, Red Wing, and Anonymous Potter Studio Fellowship Artists exhibitions, followed by a hands on workshop. Learn More
    $0.00

  50. Throwing Together

    Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm
    January 7 - February 25
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Spend a little Q.T. together learning a new skill. Learn More
    $290.00

  51. Super Bowl 2017

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    21-Jan
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Head to NCC and warm up for the big game on the potter’s wheel. Learn More
    $45.00

  52. Super Bowl 2017

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    21-Jan
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Head to NCC and warm up for the big game on the potter’s wheel. Learn More
    $45.00

  53. Too Hot to Handle

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    18-Feb
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Tackle the cold--one mug at a time--as you make a set for your favorite winter drinks. Learn More
    $45.00

  54. Too Hot to Handle

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    18-Feb
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Tackle the cold--one mug at a time--as you make a set for your favorite winter drinks. Learn More
    $45.00

  55. Hold Everything

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    4-Mar
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Design and build your very own container using slab construction to organize utensils in the kitchen, pencils at your desk, or toothbrushes in the bathroom. Learn More
    $45.00

  56. Hold Everything

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    4-Mar
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Design and build your very own container using slab construction to organize utensils in the kitchen, pencils at your desk, or toothbrushes in the bathroom. Learn More
    $45.00

  57. Movie Night: With Hand and Heart

    Tuesday, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
    14-Mar
    Instructor:
    Everyone is welcome to join us for a screening of With Hand and Heart: A Portrait of Southwestern Native American Artists. Learn More
    $0.00

  58. Pottery Punch Card for Teens

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

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