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. CANCELED: 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

    Sold

  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. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

    Sold

  8. 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

    Sold

  9. 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

    Sold

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Tax Prep for Artists

    Saturday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    15-Nov
    Instructor: Beth Franklin
    It's never too early to start preparing for the 2014 tax season. Learn More
    $35.00

  13. Laura Sarkane

    Thursday, 6:00 pm
    9-Oct
    Instructor: Laura Sarkane
    Join Latvian ceramic artist Laura Sarkane for a presentation of her work. Sarkane lives and works in Romania and is currently a resident artist at The Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN. Learn More
    $0.00

  14. Walter Ostrom

    Saturday, 2:00 pm
    27-Sep
    Instructor: Walter Ostrom
    Ostrom will add his story to a limited oral history of a senior generation of ceramic artists with a free public lecture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Learn More
    $0.00

    Sold

  15. Gratitude Boxes

    Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
    18-Oct
    Instructor: Angie Renee
    In an intimate and supportive environment, tell your own story with powerful words or images on clay. Learn More
    $25.00

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