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.

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  1. The Three Graces of Handbuilding

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

  2. The Three Graces of Handbuilding

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 27 - April 24
    Instructor: Brett Freund
    Learn basic skills for ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery through a series of projects and demonstrations. Learn More
    $175.00

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101

    Thursdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    March 30 - April 27
    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

  7. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    May 2 - 30
    Instructor: Brittany Trushin
    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. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101

    Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    March 28 - April 25
    Instructor: Brittany Trushin
    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
    May 1 - May 29
    Instructor: Bianka Groves
    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. 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

  11. Land of Round Pots - Wheel-throwing 101

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 27 - April 24
    Instructor: Bianka Groves
    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

  12. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 30 - June 1
    Instructor: Ryan Archibald
    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

  13. Intermediate Pottery - Focus on Volume

    Thursdays, 1 - 4 pm
    March 30 - June 1
    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

  14. Intermediate Pottery - Focus on Lift

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 28 - May 30
    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

  15. Intermediate Pottery - Focus on Leveling UP

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 29 - May 31
    Instructor: Jennica Kruse
    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

  16. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Thursdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    March 30 - June 1
    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

  17. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Tuesdays, 1 - 4 pm
    March 28 - May 30
    Instructor: Kathryn Schroeder
    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

  18. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 27 - May 29
    Instructor: Erin Holt
    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

  19. WAITLIST: Intermediate Pottery-Focus on Pouring Pots

    Thursdays, 1 - 4 pm
    January 5 - March 9
    Instructor: Leila Denecke
    LEVEL UP! Each Intermediate section will take time to focus on a broader conversation about developing your throwing techniques, as well as on a specific skill-set, while also advancing your understanding of trimming and surface treatments. Learn More
    $350.00

  20. WAITLIST Intermediate Pottery-Focus on Sets

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 3 - March 7
    Instructor: Kevin Caufield
    LEVEL UP! Each Intermediate section will take time to focus on a broader conversation about developing your throwing techniques, as well as on a specific skill-set, while also advancing your understanding of trimming and surface treatments. Learn More
    $350.00

  21. Beginner Wheel-Throwing

    Wednesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    January 4 - March 8
    Instructor: Katie Schroeder
    Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter's wheel. Learn More
    $350.00

  22. Guided Study in Handbuilding

    Fridays, 10 am - 1 pm
    March 31 - June 2
    Instructor: Franny Hyde
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals to explore figural, architectural, animal, decorative, and other non-functional applications of clay. Learn More
    $350.00

  23. Guided Study in Handbuilding

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 30 - June 1
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Expand your handbuilding fundamentals to explore figural, architectural, animal, decorative, and other non-functional applications of clay. Learn More
    $350.00

  24. Serving Pots for Spectacular Occasions

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 29 - May 31
    Instructor: Amanda Dobbratz
    Join former Anonymous Artist Fellow Amanda Dobbratz and create spectacular pots for your memorable moments. Learn More
    $350.00

  25. Power of Flowers

    Wednesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
    March 29 - May 31
    Instructor: Marion Angelica
    Create glorious vases, flower bricks, planters and even a birdbath if you wish…. Be ready for the gifts of summer. Learn More
    $350.00

  26. Mosaic & Tile: Portraits of Nature

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    February 8 - March 8
    Instructor: Jill Foote-Hutton
    In this 5-week course, students will explore low relief tile-making to capture some of their favorite domesticated and wild flora and fauna. Learn More
    $175.00

  27. 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

  28. Skill Share: The Magic of Molds

    Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm
    April 1 - 29
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    A hands-on professional development course for studio artists or advanced students who want to take the mystery out of working with plaster. Learn More
    $175.00

  29. How to Use and Abuse Low-Fire Glazes

    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm
    April 8 - 9
    Instructor: Brady McLearen
    Have you been timid about or frustrated by the low-fire glaze palette? You’ll leave your worries behind after this two-day intensive. Learn More
    $80.00

  30. The Hot Seat — Kiln Firing 101

    Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm
    April 22
    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. Learn More
    $90.00

  31. The Hot Seat —Electric Kiln Firing 101

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    April 22
    Instructor: Brittany Trushin
    Great for art educators! Learn the basics of firing your own kiln in this half-day workshop. We will learn firing methods for an electric bisque kiln. Learn More
    $45.00

  32. 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

  33. Crafterdark

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    31-Mar
    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

  34. Crafterdark

    Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
    22-Apr
    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

  35. 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

  36. Clay for Couples Pottery Workshop

    Friday, 7 - 10 pm
    7-Apr
    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

  37. McKnight Fellowship Workshops: Nicolas Darcourt and Sheryl McRoberts

    Sunday, 12 - 4 pm
    26-Feb
    Instructor: Nicolas Darcourt and Sheryl McRoberts
    2016 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellows, Nicolas Darcourt (Minnetonka) and Sheryl McRoberts (Bloomington), will each give a presentation about their work and development as an artist, and then share two hours of studio time, showing their techniques and skills. Learn More
    $0.00

  38. Artist slide talk with Pattie Chalmers and Peter Morgan

    Thursday, 6 - 7 pm
    9-Mar
    Instructor: Pattie Chalmers and Peter Morgan
    Artist and guest curator Pattie Chalmers and Artist Peter Morgan discuss artwork featured in the Roadside Attractions Exhibition. Learn More
    $0.00

  39. Roadside Attractions Demonstration Workshop with Peter Morgan

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    11-Mar
    Instructor: Peter Morgan
    Artist Peter Morgan leads a demonstration workshop focused on his artwork featured in Roadside Attractions. Learn More
    $0.00

  40. Exquisite Geometry

    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm
    February 25 - 26
    Instructor: Brady McLearen
    Focus on handbuilding techniques while employing the slab roller, as well as the oft-overlooked extruder. Learn More
    $80.00

  41. Roadside Attractions Lecture and Demonstration Workshop with Mariko Paterson

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    22-Apr
    Instructor: Mariko Paterson
    Artist Mariko Paterson leads a lecture and demonstration focused on her artwork featured in Roadside Attractions. Learn More
    $0.00

  42. Tiles in One Day

    Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
    25-Feb
    Instructor: Elizabeth Coleman
    Discover how to cut or press tiles and then add decorative or design elements, low relief carvings, and textures. Learn More
    $30.00

  43. Clay Flavor, A Wood-firing Experience

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    Instructor: JD Jorgenson
    Northern Clay Center is excited to continue its partnership with JD Jorgenson, providing extensive wood-firing experiences for our clay community. Learn More
    $135.00

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. Altered States

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 29 - May 31
    Instructor: Glynnis Lessing
    It was so popular as a 5-week course last Fall, we’ve brought Glynnis Lessing back for a 10-week guided inquiry into thrown and altered vessels Learn More
    $350.00

  47. Lids & Knobs

    Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 28 - May 30
    Instructor: Chris Singewald
    He’s back in the classroom! Join Chris Singewald in an investigation of various lidded vessels and the knobs that functionally adorn them. Learn More
    $350.00

  48. Two Ways Are Better than One

    Thursdays, 1 - 4 pm
    March 30 - June 1
    Instructor: Claire O'Connor
    There is no ONE best way to make pottery. Both handbuilding and wheel work are creatively rewarding and provide the path to functional, interesting, beautiful, provocative works. Learn More
    $350.00

  49. Soda-Firing Methods

    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 30 - June 1
    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 sessions for you to implement and develop these ideas. " Learn More
    $370.00

  50. Clay Flavor, A Wood-firing Experience

    Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    See description
    Instructor: JD Jorgenson
    Northern Clay Center is excited to continue its partnership with JD Jorgenson, providing extensive wood-firing experiences for our clay community. Learn More
    $360.00

  51. Surfaces for All Seasons

    Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    March 31 - June 2
    Instructor: Autumn Higgins and Elizabeth Pechacek
    Former Fogelberg Fellow Autumn Higgins and Jerome Ceramic Artist Elizabeth Pechacek share their favorite techniques for embellishing ceramic surfaces. Learn More
    $350.00

  52. Planters and Flower Bricks

    Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    January 4 - March 8
    Instructor: Amanda Dobbratz
    Keep things blooming this winter or get a head start on your spring planting projects! Learn More
    $350.00

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. Family Wheel

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

  60. Family Wheel

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

  61. Movie Night: With Hand and Heart

    Tuesday, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
    14-Mar
    Instructor:
    Everyone is welcome to join us for a screening of With Hand and Heart: A Portrait of Southwestern Native American Artists. Learn More
    $0.00

  62. Hold Everything

    Saturday, 2 - 5 pm
    4-Mar
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Design and build your very own container using slab construction to organize utensils in the kitchen, pencils at your desk, or toothbrushes in the bathroom. Learn More
    $45.00

  63. Hold Everything

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    4-Mar
    Instructor: Eileen Cohen
    Design and build your very own container using slab construction to organize utensils in the kitchen, pencils at your desk, or toothbrushes in the bathroom. Learn More
    $45.00

  64. 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

  65. 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

  66. McKnight Resident Artist Lecture: Forrest Lesch-Middelton

    Tuesday, 6 pm
    11-Apr
    Instructor: Forrest Lesch-Middleton
    NCC’s Spring McKnight Resident Artist is Forrest Lesch-Middelton. Please join us for his artist talk. This presentation is free and open to the public. Learn More
    $0.00

  67. 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

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