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 May 2 at 10 am. CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF OFFERINGS.

  1. The Three Graces of Handbuilding

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    May 1 - 29
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $175.00

  2. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 16 - July 14
    Instructor: Claire O'Connor
    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

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

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 12 - July 10
    Instructor: Erin Holt
    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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  4. The Three Graces of Handbuilding

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    July 17 - August 14
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. This class will introduce the three basic methods of handbuilding— coiling, pinching, and slab-building—to provide the foundation for any project you can imagine. Learn More
    $175.00

  5. The Three Graces of Handbuilding

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 12 - July 10
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. This class will introduce the three basic methods of handbuilding— coiling, pinching, and slab-building—to provide the foundation for any project you can imagine. Learn More
    $175.00

  6. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    July 22 - August 19
    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

  7. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    June 17 - July 15
    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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  8. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    July 21 - August 18
    Instructor: Claire O'Connor
    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

  9. Land of Round Pots - Wheel Throwing 101

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    July 17 - August 14
    Instructor: Erin Holt
    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. Waitlist: Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    May 5 - June 2
    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

  11. WAITLIST: Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 31 - April 28
    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

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  12. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101

    Thursdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    May 4 - June 1
    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
    $175.00

  13. Beginner Pottery

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 14 - August 16
    Instructor: Jennica Kruse
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and other uses for the pottery wheel as a tool. Learn More
    $350.00

  14. Intermediate Pottery - Altering and Attachments

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 16 - August 18
    Instructor: Brady McLearen
    Take your skills to the next level as you learn additional techniques for throwing more complicated forms. Each section has a specific focus, but leaves room for personal development. Learn More
    $350.00

  15. Intermediate Pottery - Stacking Forms

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 14 - August 16
    Instructor: Leila Denecke
    Take your skills to the next level as you learn additional techniques for throwing more complicated forms. Each section has a specific focus, but leaves room for personal development. Learn More
    $350.00

  16. Intermediate Pottery - Surface

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 12 - August 14
    Instructor: Ryan Archibald
    Take your skills to the next level as you learn additional techniques for throwing more complicated forms. Each section has a specific focus, but leaves room for personal development. Learn More
    $350.00

  17. Beginner Pottery

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 13 - August 15
    Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn techniques for throwing such forms as bowls, cups, vases, and other uses for the pottery wheel as a tool. Learn More
    $350.00

  18. Tiles and Mosaics

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 13 - August 15
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman & Jill Foote-Hutton
    Elizabeth Coleman and Jill Foote-Hutton join forces to share the joy of low-relief possibilities. Discover how to cut or press tiles and then add decorative or design elements. Learn More
    $350.00

  19. (Mis)Guided Study in Handbuilding

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 15 - August 17
    Instructor: Amanda Dobbratz
    Some of NCC’s regular Guided Study instructors and students often take the summer off. This is your chance to get in the door of a popular class and expand your clay fundamentals. Learn More
    $350.00

  20. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
    24-Jun
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC's original Clayfor Couples. Learn More
    $65.00

  21. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    14-Jul
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC's original Clayfor Couples. Learn More
    $65.00

  22. Demonstration Workshop with Josh DeWeese

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    10-Jun
    Instructor: Josh DeWeese
    Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art teaching ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he and his wife, Rosalie Wynkoop, have a home and studio. Learn More
    $75.00

  23. Press It

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    22-Jul
    Instructor: Joshua Woof
    A workshop for anyone curious about basic mold making. Demystify the plaster process with former Fogelberg Resident Joshua Woof. Learn More
    $65.00

  24. Crafternoon Pottery Workshop

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    15-Jul
    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

  25. 5 Centers, 5 Weeks, 5 Media

    Mondays, 6 - 9 pm
    June 12, 19, 26, and July 10, 17
    Instructor: 5 Centers Teaching Artists
    The most exciting collaboration of the summer is back! The Twin Cities are rich with makers, media, and process. This is your chance to have a tasting menu of five featured centers for art. Northern Clay Center, IFP Media Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Textile Center, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts join forces for a multimedia exploration of clay, book making, textiles, filmmaking, and printmaking. Learn More
    $195.00

  26. Workshop: MORE Clay Flavor, A Wood-firing Experience

    Thursday - Sunday, 9 am - 6 pm
    August 17 - 20
    Instructor: JD Jorgeson & Megan Mitchell
    Northern Clay Center is excited to expand its partnership with JD Jorgenson, who will be teaching collaboratively with Megan Mitchell, while providing extensive wood-firing experiences for our clay community. Dive in to the collaborative nature of wood firing at his kiln site in St. Joseph, Minnesota, about 90 minutes northwest of Minneapolis. Learn More
    $135.00

  27. The Hot Seat - Kiln Firing 101

    Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm
    15-Jul
    Instructor: Audra Smith
    Great for art educators! 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. In addition to checking temperature and atmosphere, we will cover different styles of kilns, firing speeds, electrical requirements, and basic troubleshooting. Learn More
    $90.00

  28. Crafterdark Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    11-Aug
    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

  29. 5 Centers, 5 Weeks, 5 Media

    Tuesdays, 6 - 9 pm
    July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8
    Instructor: 5 Centers Teaching Artists
    The most exciting collaboration of the summer is back! The Twin Cities are rich with makers, media, and process. This is your chance to have a tasting menu of five featured centers for art. Northern Clay Center, IFP Media Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Textile Center, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts join forces for a multimedia exploration of clay, book making, textiles, filmmaking, and printmaking. Learn More
    $195.00

  30. The Hot Seat - Kiln Firing 101 - Electric Kilns

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    15-Jul
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Great for art educators! Learn the basics of firing your own kiln in this one-day workshop. We will learn firing methods for an electric kiln. In addition to checking temperature and atmosphere, we will cover different styles of kilns, firing speeds, electrical requirements, and basic troubleshooting. Learn More
    $45.00

  31. WAITLIST: Crafternoon

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    20-May
    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

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  32. WAITLIST: Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
    6-May
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    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

    Sold

  33. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    June 2
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    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

  34. CANCELLED: Bricks and Tubes

    Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
    6-May
    Instructor: Brittany Trushin
    Spend the day learning two unique hand-building methods to add to your toolbox. Learn More
    $80.00

  35. ART@HAND Summer Open House and Six McKnight Artists Opening Reception

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    8-Jul
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Visit NCC for an afternoon of fun— featuring try-outs on the pottery wheel and the opening of the exhibition Six McKnight Artists Learn More
    $0.00

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
    19-Aug
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC's original Clayfor Couples. Learn More
    $65.00

  39. Drop-in Tour of Exhibition and Hands-on Workshop

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    20-May
    Instructor: NCC Teaching Artist
    Bring your friends and family for a guided tour of the Members Exhibition and Amy Sabrina retrospective. Following the tour, venture into the education classrooms for a free handbuilding workshop to create a decorative or functional object with an NCC teaching artist." Learn More
    $0.00

  40. MORE Clay Flavor, A Wood-firing Experience

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    See description
    Instructor: JD Jorgeson & Megan Mitchell
    Northern Clay Center is excited to expand its partnership with JD Jorgenson, who will be teaching collaboratively with Megan Mitchell, while providing extensive wood-firing experiences for our clay community. Dive in to the collaborative nature of wood firing at his kiln site in St. Joseph, Minnesota, about 90 minutes northwest of Minneapolis Learn More
    $380.00

  41. Soda-Firing Methods

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 15 - August 17
    Instructor: Emily Murphy Bicking
    Meet in the studio with Emily Murphy Bicking to discuss soda techniques and requisite materials during seven class sessions, with three private/class-only open-studio times for you to implement and develop these ideas. Learn More
    $380.00

  42. Cup PARTY!

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    July 20 - August 17
    Instructor: David Swenson
    Join Swen in Studio B this summer to explore and exploit the potential of cups! Wheel-thrown, altered, andhandbuilding methods will be employed as we consider many renditions of the drinking pot. Learn More
    $200.00

  43. All About Plates with Jeff Oestriech

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 15 - July 20
    Instructor: Jeff Oestriech
    You read that right. Jeff Oestriech has been saving up plates since his massively popular demonstration during last fall’s MEA weekend extravaganza for art educators, and he’s eager to share his process with our greater constituency of students. Learn More
    $200.00

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  44. Put a Lid On It

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    June 15 - August 17
    Instructor: Peter Jadoonath
    This class will focus exclusively on lidded pottery forms under the tutelage of local and long-time potter Peter Jadoonath. Learn More
    $350.00

  45. The Great Minnesota Family Throw Together

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    19-Aug
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Just in time for the State Fair. Sit behind the potter’s wheel and learn basic wheel-throwing skills like centering, opening, and pulling to make bowls and cylinders. Learn More
    $45.00

  46. The Great Minnesota Family Throw Together

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    19-Aug
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Just in time for the State Fair. Sit behind the potter’s wheel and learn basic wheel-throwing skills like centering, opening, and pulling to make bowls and cylinders. Learn More
    $45.00

  47. Cabin Life

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    15-Jul
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Design and build a set of novelty mugs to celebrate cabin life. Decorate with themes such as lakes, loons, or canoes. Learn More
    $45.00

  48. Cabin Life

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    15-Jul
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Design and build a set of novelty mugs to celebrate cabin life. Decorate with themes such as lakes, loons, or canoes. Learn More
    $45.00

  49. Patio and Picnic Paradise

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    17-Jun
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    `Tis the season… Get ready for family and neighborhood outdoor gatherings when you design your own serving dish or tray sure to be a crowd pleaser. Learn More
    $45.00

  50. Patio and Picnic Paradise

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    17-Jun
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    `Tis the season… Get ready for family and neighborhood outdoor gatherings when you design your own serving dish or tray sure to be a crowd pleaser. Learn More
    $45.00

  51. The Great Awakening

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    3-Jun
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Great awakenings begin with the perfect morning mug. Be inspired by the beginning of spring and the start of your morning when you make a set of mugs guaranteed to brighten your day. Learn More
    $45.00

  52. The Great Awakening

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    3-Jun
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Great awakenings begin with the perfect morning mug. Be inspired by the beginning of spring and the start of your morning when you make a set of mugs guaranteed to brighten your day. Learn More
    $45.00

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  53. Fairy Homes

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    27-May
    Instructor: Angie Renee
    Bring your family and come create small fairy garden houses for your garden. Learn More
    $45.00

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  54. Fairy Homes

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    27-May
    Instructor: Angie Renee
    Bring your family and come create small fairy garden houses for your garden. Learn More
    $45.00

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  55. Mother's Day in Clay

    Sunday, 2 - 5 pm
    14-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

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  56. CANCELLED: Mother's Day in Clay

    Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm
    14-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

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  57. Pottery Punch Card for Teens

    Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm
    Ongoing
    Instructor: Erin Holt
    NCC continues this class format for our young adult students. Purchase a punch card for eight, 2-hour classes, to be used on any Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm*. Learn More
    $240.00

  58. Pottery Punch Card for Teens

    Saturdays, 10 am - 1 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

  59. Looking & Learning

    Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
    26-Apr
    Instructor: Forrest Lesch-Middelton and Joe Singewald
    Join us for the tenth installation in this show-and-tell series, featuring Forrest Lesch-Middelton, NCC’s spring McKnight Artist-in-Residence, and Joe Singewald, NCC sales gallery artist and former Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant recipient" Learn More
    $0.00

  60. Clay for Social Change

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    6-May
    Instructor: Marion Angelica and Jill Foote-Hutton
    Take an afternoon and consider the power of hand-crafted objects to effect social change. In this brainstorming discussion we will consider clay and the creative process as a vehicle to address social issues or raise public awareness. Learn More
    $0.00

  61. A Conversation with Namita Gupta Wiggers

    Thursday, 6:30 PM
    8-Jun
    Instructor: Namita Gupta Wiggers
    Join curator, writer, and Critical Craft Forum co-founder and director Namita Gupta Wiggers as she discusses her recent projects in the fields of ceramics and craft. Learn More
    $0.00

  62. McKnight Resident Artist Lecture: Anthony Stellaccio

    Tuesday, 6:30 - 8 pm
    15-Aug
    Instructor: Anthony Stellaccio
    Join us for a lecture with Anthony Stellaccio, an artist who plans to "push [clay vocabulary] to its limits while in residence at NCC". Learn More
    $0.00

  63. Pre-historic Pottery of Minnesota

    Thursday, 6 pm
    3-Aug
    Instructor: Erin Holt & Laura Holt
    Join long-time NCC teaching artist Erin Holt and archaeologist Laura Holt for a peek into the ceramic history of our region. Learn More
    $20.00

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