Parties & Events

Did you know Northern Clay Center has private clay events?

Celebrate your next big event at Northern Clay Center with a personalized clay party. Create clay art with your friends, family, or colleagues during a two-hour handbuilding or three-hour pottery wheel workshop. We love to host birthdays, scout troops, corporate groups, family gatherings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, book clubs, homeschool classes, and more.

  • During a clay event, participants learn basic handbuilding or wheel-throwing and decorating techniques from a professional artist.
  • Each participant will create their own unique piece of ceramic art — from fantastical creatures to fabulous functional forms, there’s a theme for everyone.
  • All ceramic work made during a clay event is clear-glazed and fired by NCC’s staff, and is food safe. Work will be ready to pick up two to three weeks after the event date.
  • NCC also has an event space, to share cake or snacks in, that can be reserved for no additional fee after the clay portion of your event.

Scheduling a clay event

We require advance notice of two weeks and a $50 deposit to schedule clay events or birthdays. Many daytime and evening hours are available on both weekdays and weekends, depending on other classes and events. Email alisonbeech@northernclaycenter.org or call 612.339.8007 x313 to schedule an event.

Two-hour handbuilding events
Learn the basics of handbuilding and create a unique clay item with your group. Ages 6+. Up to 10 participants $200*

Three-hour wheel events
Learn to use the potter’s wheel and create functional objects that are uniquely you. Ages 9+. Up to 10 participants $275*

*Additional participants are $15 each, up to a maximum of 15. Please call for rates for groups larger than 15 participants.

We are also able to provide tours of NCC’s facility and demonstrations by our teaching artists. Visit our website or call 612.339.8007 x313 to find out more.

Something New
Handbuilding clay events can also be streamed to your home and to the homes of your party guests. If you are interested in a distance clay handbuilding event to celebrate your special day, please check out the events page on our website for more information.

Birthday Parties & Scout Meetings​

Potential projects include:

  • Ages 6 – 8: masks, island or village, finger puppets, vases, tiles
  • Ages 8 and up: mugs, birdhouses, figures/animals, critter jars, treasure boxes, planters, miniatures, holiday themed projects
  • For wheel-throwing events, ALL participants must be ages 9 and up.
  • Most projects can be made simpler or more complex for a variety of skill levels.
  • Special interests? Tell us your theme and we’ll see what we can do!

Fees:

  • Two-hour handbuilding event, up to 10 participants: $200.
  • Three-hour wheel-throwing event, up to 10 participants: $275.
  • Additional participants are $15 each, up to a maximum of 15. Please call for rates for groups larger than 15 participants.
  • There is no minimum participant number required to book a party, but the base fees do not decrease.
  • We require a $50 deposit to hold your reserved date. The full amount of the deposit will be refunded if the event is canceled up to one week before the event. No refunds will be given with less than one-week's notice. Full payment is due at the time of the event.

Event Room

We have a shared event room for serving cake and other refreshments, plus a refrigerator, freezer, and microwave. We ask that you plan additional time for this part of the party as the projects themselves take 2 or 3 hours in the studio.

Adult & Corporate Events

Need to build morale, improve team dynamics, reward group efforts, or celebrate an event or occasion? Schedule your business team-building event at the Clay Center. Adult birthday parties, family reunions, retirement parties, and more are excellent at NCC. Select a handbuilding project or work on the potter’s wheel with a dynamic teaching artist. Spend a few hours or the whole day as you learn to work with your peers in a relaxed, stress-free environment.

Potential projects include:

  • Team-building groups: collaborative cups, ‘me’ boxes, picture frames, logo tiles, business-related sculptures, desk accessories.
  • Or choose from a variety of projects from mugs and bowls, animals, jars, garden sculpture, decorated plates, tiles, or projects from your wildest dreams – the sky’s the limit for courageous adults!

Event Room

We have a shared event room for serving cake and other refreshments, plus a refrigerator and microwave. We ask that you plan additional time for this part of the party as the projects themselves take 2 or 3 hours in the studio. NCC is BYOB for special events.

Fees:

  • Two-hour handbuilding event, up to 10 participants: $200.
  • Three-hour wheel-throwing event, up to 10 participants: $275.
  • Additional participants are $15 each, up to a maximum of 15. Please call for rates for groups larger than 15 participants.
  • There is no minimum participant number required to book a party, but the base fees do not decrease.
  • We require a $50 deposit to hold your reserved date. The full amount of the deposit will be refunded if the event is canceled up to one week before the event. No refunds will be given with less than one-week's notice. Full payment is due at the time of the event.

You might also be interested in our adult workshops.