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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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