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.

Autumn classes open for registration on July 25 at 10 am. CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF OFFERINGS.

  1. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 15 - October 20
    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
    $200.00

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  2. WAITLIST: Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    October 30 - December 4
    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
    $200.00

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  3. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    October 27 - December 1
    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
    $200.00

  4. Waitlist: Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    October 28 - December 2
    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
    $200.00

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  5. WAITLIST: Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    September 19 - October 24
    Instructor: Lisa Himmelstrup
    Want to learn the basics of making clay art? Try one of these introductory classes that focus on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $200.00

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  6. WAITLIST: Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    September 16 - October 21
    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
    $200.00

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  7. WAITLIST: Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101:

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    October 31 - December 5
    Instructor: Lisa Himmelstrup
    Want to learn the basics of making clay art? Try one of these introductory classes that focus on construction and glazing techniques. Learn More
    $200.00

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  8. WAITLIST: Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 18 - October 23
    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
    $200.00

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  9. The Three Graces of Handbuilding

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 18 - October 23
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $200.00

  10. The Three Graces of Handbuilding

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    October 30 - December 4
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $200.00

  11. WAITLIST: Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 18 - December 4
    Instructor: Erin Holt
    Learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and other uses for the pottery wheel as a tool. Learn More
    $400.00

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  12. WAITLIST: Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Thursdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    September 14 - November 30 (No class Thanksgiving Day)
    Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
    Learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and other uses for the pottery wheel as a tool. Learn More
    $380.00

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  13. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 13 - November 29
    Instructor: Jennica Kruse
    Learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and other uses for the pottery wheel as a tool. Learn More
    $400.00

  14. WAITLIST: Intermediate Pottery - Focus on Altering and Advancement

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 14 - November 30 (No class Thanksgiving Day)
    Instructor: David Swenson
    Take your skills to the next level as you learn additional techniques for throwing more complicated forms. Learn More
    $380.00

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  15. Intermediate Pottery - Focus on Combining Forms and Advancement

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 19 - December 5
    Instructor: Bianka Groves
    Take your skills to the next level as you learn additional techniques for throwing more complicated forms. Learn More
    $400.00

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  16. Intermediate Pottery - Focus on Form and Advancement

    Thursdays, 1 - 4 pm
    September 14 - November 30 (No class Thanksgiving Day)
    Instructor: Leila Denecke
    Take your skills to the next level as you learn additional techniques for throwing more complicated forms. Learn More
    $380.00

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  17. Waitlist: Beyond Grace

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 14 - November 30 (No class Thanksgiving Day)
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    So, you’ve taken The Three Graces of Handbuilding a couple of times and you want to increase your skills? Beyond Grace is the class for you. Learn More
    $380.00

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  18. The Sampler Platter

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 13 - November 29
    Instructor: Amanda Dobbratz, Korla Molitor, Erin Paridis, Richelle Soper, and Autumn Higgins
    Stretch your skill level, your concepts, and your critical eye in two-week intervals with Amanda Dobbratz, Korla Molitor, Erin Paradis, Richelle Soper, and Autumn Higgins, as they generously share their specific approaches to handbuilding. Learn More
    $400.00

  19. Guided Study in Handbuilding

    Fridays, 10 am - 1 pm
    September 15 - December 1
    Instructor: Franny Hyde
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals to explore figural, architectural, animal, decorative, and other non-functional applications of clay. Learn More
    $400.00

  20. The World is Flat

    Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm
    September 13 - November 29
    Instructor: Marion Angelica
    Plates, platters, and dinner sets are too… Let’s make serving platters and trays in preparation for the holidays. Learn More
    $400.00

  21. Crafterdark Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    10-Nov
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Bring your creative friends and make a few new ones as you learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. Learn More
    $30.00

  22. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    6-Oct
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Sign up with your special friend and learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel in a fun and relaxed environment. Learn More
    $65.00

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  23. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    27-Oct
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Sign up with your special friend and learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel in a fun and relaxed environment. Learn More
    $65.00

  24. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    17-Nov
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Sign up with your special friend and learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel in a fun and relaxed environment. Learn More
    $65.00

  25. Crafterdark Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    29-Sep
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Bring your creative friends and make a few new ones as you learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. Learn More
    $30.00

  26. Using the Grid: Form Meets Pattern

    Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
    30-Sep
    Instructor: Richelle Soper
    This workshop will emphasize the combination of form and pattern, using the grid to structure pattern-making in way of low-relief carving, through specific demonstrations while encouraging play. Using basic slab construction, participants will explore the relationship between function and formal aesthetics. Soper will demonstrate unexpected ways of creating pattern. Learn More
    $80.00

  27. Documenting Your Work: Adobe Lightroom

    Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
    7-Oct
    Instructor: John Morse
    ,This one-day seminar will cover basic tips for better, more consistent pottery photography; an overview of basic image correction, organization, and publishing tools within Lightroom and a review of aesthetic considerations when photographing your work." Learn More
    $50.00

  28. All About Mugs

    Saturday and Sunday, 2 - 5 pm
    November 25 - 26
    Instructor: Risa Nishiguchi
    We will focus on the meaning of creating a “good mug” by examining mugs you have made in the past or mugs that you use everyday from your cupboard. We will question the functional and decorative qualities of a simple everyday object. Learn More
    $90.00

  29. Crafternoon Pottery Workshop

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    14-Oct
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Bring your creative friends and make a few new ones as you learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. Learn More
    $30.00

  30. ART@HAND Holiday Open House

    Sunday, 12 - 4 pm
    19-Nov
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Our 27th annual Holiday Open House features artist demonstrations, a free hands-on workshop, tasty refreshments, and fabulous holiday shopping opportunities. Learn More
    $0.00

  31. Six McKnight Artists: Tour and Hands-On Workshops

    Friday, 1 - 3 pm
    14-Jul
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Bring a friend or a family member for a 30-minute tour of the exhibition Six McKnight Artists, featuring artwork of two, 2016 Minnesota McKnight Fellowship recipients, and four past McKnight Resident artists. Learn More
    $0.00

  32. Movie Night: Craft in America: Crossroads

    Tuesday, 6 - 7 pm
    22-Aug
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Everyone is welcome to join us for a screening of Craft in America: Crossroads. Learn More
    $0.00

  33. The Hot Seat - Electric Kiln Firing 101

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    14-Oct
    Instructor: Brittany Trushin
    Learn the basics of firing your own kiln in this one-day workshop. Learn More
    $45.00

  34. Clay Gingerbread Houses

    Saturday, 2 - 4 pm
    9-Dec
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Come create a gingerbread house out of clay with one of NCC’s teaching artists. Learn More
    $0.00

  35. Bricks and Tubes

    Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
    11-Nov
    Instructor: Brittany Trushin
    Learn to make brick-like, rectangular shapes using a set of coddle boards and brick-making methods. And learn to handbuild tubular shapes using a series of dowels. Brick and tubes can become building blocks for larger sculptures or used in the construction of architecturally inspired vessels and pottery. Learn More
    $80.00

  36. The Hot Seat - Kiln Firing 101

    Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm
    14-Oct
    Instructor: Audra Smith
    Learn the basics of firing your own kiln in this one-day workshop. Learn More
    $90.00

  37. Leaf Dishes

    Sunday, 1 - 4 pm
    5-Nov
    Instructor: Glynnis Lessing
    Make your own dish in the shape of a leaf or use autumn leaves as a stencil for decorating your terracotta dishes. Make a set of three that can be used for candy, spoon-rests, or soap dishes, to name just a few uses. Learn More
    $30.00

  38. WAITLIST: Soda-Firing Methods

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    September 14 - December 4
    Instructor: Emily Murphy
    Meet in the studio with Emily Murphy to discuss soda techniques and requisite materials during seven class sessions, with three private, open studio times for you to implement and develop these ideas. Learn More
    $410.00

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  39. CANCEL: The Face of Function

    Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm
    September 13 - October 18
    Instructor: Glynnis Lessing
    Surface decoration can be anything you do to the surface of your work and there are countless ways to do embellish functional wares. Learn More
    $200.00

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  40. Combine Your Efforts

    Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm
    September 16 - December 2
    Instructor: Claire O'Connor
    There is no ONE best way to make pottery. Multiple approaches can be creatively rewarding and provide the path to functional, interesting, beautiful, provocative works. Learn More
    $400.00

  41. Kitchen Satellites to Love

    Tuesdays, 1 - 4 pm
    September 19 - December 5
    Instructor: Chris Singewald
    You have a good handle on throwing cylinders, cups/mugs, and bowls, and we are so proud of you! Now, let’s expand your vocabulary Learn More
    $400.00

  42. From Kiln to Table

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    4-Nov
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Get ready for the upcoming holidays by creating unique tableware. Make a one-of-a kind serving tray, fanciful candy dish, or table decorations to accent your next meal. Learn More
    $45.00

  43. CANCELED- smART

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    23-Sep
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Celebrate the start of another school year! Organize your desk by making a pencil holder, a mug for your desk, a container for paperclips, or even a paperweight. Learn More
    $45.00

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  44. CANCELED - smART

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    23-Sep
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Celebrate the start of another school year! Organize your desk by making a pencil holder, a mug for your desk, a container for paperclips, or even a paperweight. Learn More
    $45.00

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  45. Harvest of Handles

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    28-Oct
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Make a series of mugs worthy of your favorite hot beverages. Learn More
    $45.00

  46. Throwing Together

    Sundays, 1 - 3 pm
    September 17 - November 5
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Parents and kids (ages 9 and up)— spend a little Q.T. together learning a new skill. Learn More
    $290.00

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  47. Harvest of Handles

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    28-Oct
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Make a series of mugs worthy of your favorite hot beverages. Learn More
    $45.00

  48. From Kiln to Table

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    4-Nov
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Get ready for the upcoming holidays by creating unique tableware. Make a one-of-a kind serving tray, fanciful candy dish, or table decorations to accent your next meal. Learn More
    $45.00

  49. 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

  50. Tempered Beasts Lecture: Adriel Tong

    Thursday,
    21-Sep
    Instructor: Adriel Tong
    Tempered Beasts Lecture with Artist Adriel Tong. Thursday, September 21 at 6 pm in NCC's Library. FREE Learn More
    $0.00

  51. Looking & Learning

    Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
    1-Nov
    Instructor: Kosmas Ballis and Nicolas Darcourt
    Join us for the 11th installment in this “show and tell” series, featuring NCC’s fall McKnight Resident Artist Kosmas Ballis and 2016 McKnight Fellow Nicolas Darcourt. Learn More
    $0.00

  52. History of Adornment

    Saturday, 1 - 3 pm
    14-Oct
    Instructor: Allison Craver
    Allison Craver will present a historic survey of surface decoration and form as they relate to specific periods in world history. Enjoy an afternoon of insight you can take back to the studio. Learn More
    $20.00

  53. McKnight Resident Artist Lecture: Kosmas Ballis

    Tuesday,
    10-Oct
    Instructor: Kosmas Ballis
    McKnight Lecture with Resident Artist Kosmas Ballis. Tuesday, October 10 at 6 pm in NCC's Library. FREE Learn More
    $0.00

  54. Tempered Beasts Lecture: Alessandro Gallo and Russell Wrankle

    Thursday,
    19-Oct
    Instructor: Alessandro Gallo and Russell Wrankle
    Tempered Beasts Lecture with Artists Alessandro Gallo and Russell Wrankle. Thursday, October 19 at 6 pm in NCC's Library. FREE Learn More
    $0.00

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