Classes

NCC’s education programs are for clay enthusiasts of all ages and interests. We provide access to state-of-the-art facilities and a diverse and talented mix of teaching artists. These classes — for adults who have never touched clay, for skilled artisans, or for families looking for a weekend adventure — introduce dozens of interesting topics and serve a variety of commitment levels: from one day to 10 weeks and from hands-on instruction to gallery presentations.

NCC now offers more options for beginning students, meaning smaller class sizes and more hands-on instruction for you! Adult students enjoy open access to our studios from 9 am - 9 pm, 5 days each week (and from 9am - midnight on Thursdays), and additional hours on weekends.

For classes and workshops marked "sold", please call to be added to the waiting list.

Registration for autumn classes and workshops begins on July 29.

[Download the Autumn newsletter, education listings begin on page 17]

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  1. Pottery Punch Card for Teens

    Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Ongoing - see description
    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

  2. Building Surfaces for Decoration

    Saturday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    4-Oct
    Instructor: Glynnis Lessing
    Set yourself up for success with surfaces that beg for decoration, and decoration that unites with the form. Learn More
    $25.00

  3. Claudia Alvarez Workshop

    Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    November 8 and 9
    Instructor: Claudia Alvarez
    Join our Fall McKnight Artist, Claudia Alvarez, for a two-day, hands-on workshop on sculpting the human form. Learn More
    $190.00

  4. Wood-fire Workshop

    , See Description
    November 12 - 16 & 22
    Instructor: JD Jorgenson
    Experience an extensive hands-on introduction to the art of firing a multi-chamber woodkiln - from glazing and loading to the interactions between fire and form. Learn More
    $135.00

  5. Intermediate/Advanced Pottery - Caufield

    Monday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 22 - December 8
    Instructor: Kevin Caufield
    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
    $395.00

  6. Intermediate/Advanced Pottery - Denecke

    Thursday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
    September 18 - December 4
    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
    $395.00

  7. Advanced Beginner Pottery - O'Connor

    Tuesday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 23 - December 9
    Instructor: Claire O'Connor
    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
    $395.00

  8. Advanced Beginner Pottery - Swenson

    Thursday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 18 - December 4
    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
    $395.00

  9. Advanced Beginner Pottery - Yogerst

    Thursday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    September 18 - December 4
    Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
    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
    $395.00

  10. Beginner Pottery - Jadoonath

    Thursday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 18 - December 4
    Instructor: Peter Jadoonath
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and more. Learn More
    $395.00

  11. Beginner Pottery - Holt

    Wednesday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    September 17 - December 3
    Instructor: Erin Holt
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and more. Learn More
    $395.00

  12. Throw, Alter, Assemble, Texture

    Tuesday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 23 - December 9
    Instructor: Joel Froehle
    Generate vessels that you can alter, cut, stretch, and re-assemble into a variety of geometric or flowing, organic forms. Learn More
    $395.00

  13. Firing Methods

    Monday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 22 - December 8
    Instructor: Daniel Gardner
    Build confidence in your knowledge of materials and enhance your work with temperature and atmospheric options. Learn More
    $425.00

  14. Tyranny of the Circle

    Saturday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
    25-Oct
    Instructor: Glynnis Lessing
    Explore the fabric-like walls of your pottery as you learn five different techniques to deform the round form. Learn More
    $25.00

  15. What's in a Glaze?

    Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
    11-Oct
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    What is glaze, how does it work, and why? Learn the basics of glaze composition and the pragmatics of safely mixing materials for your own studio. Learn More
    $25.00

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