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.

CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF OFFERINGS.

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

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 30 - April 27
    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. The Three Graces of Handbuilding - Freund

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 28 - April 25
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $155.00

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

    Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    May 7 - June 4
    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

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

    Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    April 2 - 30
    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

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  5. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101 - McLearen

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    April 1 - 29
    Instructor: Brady McLearen
    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 - Archibald

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    May 4 - June 1
    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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  7. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101 - Petrie

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    May 3 - 31
    Instructor: Ian Petrie
    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

  8. The Three Graces of Handbuilding - Freund

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    May 2 - 23 (No class Memorial Day)
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $155.00

  9. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101 - Petrie

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    March 29 - April 26
    Instructor: Ian Petrie
    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

  10. Beginner Wheel-Throwing - Groves

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 28 - May 30
    Instructor: Bianka Groves
    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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  11. Beginner Wheel-Throwing - Kruse

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 30 - June 1
    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. Beginner Wheel-Throwing - Yogerst (TIME CHANGE: 10 AM - 1 PM)

    Thursdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    March 31 - June 2
    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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  13. Intermediate Pottery - Denecke

    Thursdays, 1 - 4 pm
    March 31 - June 2
    Instructor: Leila Denecke
    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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  14. WAITLIST: Intermediate Pottery - Swenson

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 31 - June 2
    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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  15. Guided Study in Handbuilding - Hyde

    Fridays, 10 am - 1 pm
    April 1 - June 3
    Instructor: Franny Hyde
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals to explore figural, architectural, animal, decorative, and other non-functional applications of clay. Learn More
    $350.00

  16. WAITLIST: Handbuilt Functional Pottery

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    March 29 - May 31
    Instructor: Marion Angelica
    Make pots that beg to be used, with texture, color, and form. Learn More
    $350.00

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  17. Guided Study in Handbuilding - Coleman

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 31 - June 2
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals to explore figural, architectural, animal, decorative, and other non-functional applications of clay. Learn More
    $350.00

  18. WAITLIST: Crafterdark

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    1-Apr
    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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  19. 5 Centers, 5 Weeks, 5 Media

    Wednesdays, 6 - 9 pm
    April 6 - May 4
    Instructor: NCC Instructor
    Tired of cooking up art with the same old ingredients? Join this class and experience a banquet of techniques, as you sample the offerings of five different centers for art. Learn More
    $195.00

  20. Clay for Couples

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    8-Apr
    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

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  21. CANCELED: Haniwa Figures

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    9-Apr
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    These Japanese funerary sculptures from the 3rd – 6th centuries CE reflected contemporary dress, hair, and tools. Learn from historical examples and make your own. Learn More
    $30.00

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  22. 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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  23. Clay for Couples

    Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
    7-May
    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

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  24. 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

  25. Art Camp for Educators

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    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

  26. Joan Bruneau Artist Talk

    Thursday, 1 - 2 pm
    5-May
    Instructor: Joan Bruneau
    Joan Bruneau will give an artist talk about her pottery techniques and work in conjunction with the Florilegium exhibition. Learn More
    $0.00

  27. Joan Bruneau Demonstration

    Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm
    5-May
    Instructor: Joan Bruneau
    Joan Bruneau will join us for a day long demonstration of her pottery techniques in conjunction with the Florilegium exhibition. Learn More
    $0.00

  28. McKnight Resident Artist Lecture: Lung-Chieh Lin

    Tuesday, 6 - 8 pm
    19-Apr
    Instructor: Lung-Chieh Lin
    Lung-Chieh Lin will present an artist talk about his work and process. Learn More
    $0.00

  29. WAITLIST: Linda Sikora Demonstration

    Saturday,
    23-Apr
    Instructor: Linda Sikora
    Linda Sikora will present a free workshop during the closing weekend of the exhibition on Saturday. Learn More
    $0.00

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  30. Tim Rowan Artist Talk

    Thursday,
    10-Mar
    Instructor: Tim Rowan
    We are excited to welcome Tim Rowan for the opening reception and a public artist talk. Learn More
    $0.00

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. The Hot Seat - Kiln Firing 101

    Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm
    14-May
    Instructor: Audra Smith
    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
    $90.00

  35. CANCELED: Skill Share: Managing Your Digital Files

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    30-Apr
    Instructor: Dustin Yager
    Learn effective strategies for tracking your images (and all their versions, corrections, edits, submissions, and copies), and spend some time getting yourself in better shape. Learn More
    $5.00

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  36. Slip-Casting Basics

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    21-May
    Instructor: Joshua Woof
    In conjunction with Understanding Molds, students will use their created molds (or a provided mold), to learn how to cast using slip (liquid clay). Learn More
    $65.00

  37. CANCELED: Understanding Molds

    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
    April 16 - 17
    Instructor: Joshua Woof
    Take the myth out of working with plaster, and learn new techniques to incorporate into your studio practice. Learn More
    $110.00

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  38. WAITLIST: Ceramic Surface Design

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 29 - May 31
    Instructor: Autumn Higgins and Megan Mitchell
    Enliven your ceramics with drawing and printmaking techniques. This class will focus on a variety of ways to incorporate imagery with ceramics, including inlay, stenciling, slip transfer, and screen-printing. Learn More
    $350.00

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  39. Soda-Firing Methods

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 31 - June 2
    Instructor: Emily Murphy
    Meet weekly to discuss soda techniques and materials in the studio and load two kilns on three firing dates. Explore new forming and decorating techniques to take advantage of the soda kiln. Learn More
    $370.00

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  40. The Wood-Fire Experience

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 28 - June 11
    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. The class will discuss different styles of wood kilns, wood-fire philosophy, and clay bodies and glazes appropriate for wood firing. Learn More
    $360.00

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  41. Family Wheel

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    9-Apr
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Take a seat behind the potter’s wheel and sink your hands into clay. Learn More
    $45.00

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  42. Mother's Day in Clay

    Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm
    8-May
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Celebrate Mother’s Day with your favorite mom! Work collaboratively or independently as you learn basic slab- building and decorating techniques. Learn More
    $45.00

  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

  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. WAITLIST: Throwing Together

    Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm
    April 2 - May 21
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Parents and kids (ages 9 and up): spend a little Q.T. together learning a new skill. Learn More
    $145.00

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  46. CANCELED: Family Wheel

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    9-Apr
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Take a seat behind the potter’s wheel and sink your hands into clay. Learn More
    $45.00

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  47. 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

  48. Visiting Artist Lecture: Paul Andrew Wandless

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    Paul Andrew Wandless will give an artist talk about his pottery techniques and work in conjunction with the Jerome Artist of Color Residency. Learn More
    $0.00

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