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6 & 12 Week Clay Classes:

Choose from our collection of classes- ranging all skill and interest levels.

 

Classes meet 1 time per week, for 6 or 12 consecutive weeks.    During the 2.5 hour weekly lesson, the first 30-45 minutes the instructor will give a demonstration, followed by individualized guidance as you create with clay.  

 

 

Enjoy a hands-on, creative experience that will take you though all the steps needed to create a finished piece.   The first weeks you will work with wet clay, followed by learning to trim and shape the semi- dried (leather hard) clay.  After the piece has gone through its first kiln firing, you will learn surface decoration methods.  Our final class is a glaze session and potluck where we celebrate what we have made and finish glazing the pieces you've made through out your session.  Continue challenging your throwing and design skills with an intermediate or advanced class on the wheel, hand building, making your own materials and more!  Push your creative limits with us by your side to help! 

 

Any introduction class is great for those with no experience or looking to get back into it!  If you fall in love and want more, we have a ever expanding curriculum with new advanced classes each session.  

 

$325 for 6 Week Class ($225 for Members)

$650 for 12 Week Class ($325 for Members) 

 

Includes: first bag of clay, glazes, firing, and open studio hours outside of class.  During your session, please come in and create during the week or weekend during our open studio hours.  

 

Student Open Studio Hours:

Monday-Thursday 10AM-6PM, Friday-Sunday 1PM-9PM.

We recommend making use of this time to practice any skills or make up any working time you may have missed during class absences.  We do not want to turn students away, but due to capacity limitations, we cannot allow students to come in outside of these hours. 

 

 

 

 

 

1-Time Clay Class

$95

 

Open for ongoing registration- Please call us at

(415) 416-6475 for information and registration. 


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Class Information

1-Time Clay Classes: $95/person

2-hour lesson, No experience needed! Come make a hand-built cup or vase and try out the pottery wheel! BYOB and have a creative night out with friends or partner.

Our 1-Time Clay Class is an “Intro to Clay.”  The first project is a slab-built cup or vase. This is a chance for you to create a really functional and usable piece of pottery. We provide texture tools to enhance the surface of your piece and step by step instruction to construct the form together.

 

The second part of the class is a chance to try out the Pottery Wheel! You will be lead through the process of throwing on the wheel by one of our skilled instructors. This is a great opportunity to get a little dirty, try something new, and let loose.  We are aiming for a small bowl form during this part of the class.  At the end of the event, your instructor will record all of your initials so we can label your pieces the next day.

 

The pieces you made must dry for at least 1 week before going into the first firing process. After the first firing, we glaze your pieces (a beautiful jade green color) and fire them again. Once through the final firing, we wrap and package your work and give you a call to come pick them up. This process takes about 4-6 weeks.

6-Week Courses: $325/person

Get a more in-depth introduction to ceramics or continue your education with or intermediate and advance courses.

Our Six-Week Courses meet once a week for 2.5 hours each week.

 

You will meet on the same day, at the same time for all six weeks of the course.  For instance, if you picked a Friday 10-12:30 Intro to Wheel Course, you would meet Fridays from 10-12:30 for 6 weeks. If a class is full, give us a call or email us to add your name to the waitlist.

 

Included in the price of the class is 2.5 hours of instruction each week, your first bag of clay, all the glazing and firing of your pieces, access to our Student Open Studio Hours so you can practice outside of class, and a shelf space to store your work during the 6-week session.

12-Week Courses

Expand your clay skills in one of our more advanced long-term courses.  These classes are great for those ready to stretch themselves or experienced potters looking to get back into the swing of things!

Our Twelve-Week Courses meet once a week for 2.5 hours each week.

 

Included in the price of the class is 2.5 hours of instruction each week, two bags of clay, all the glazing and firing of your pieces, access to our Student Open Studio Hours so you can practice outside of class, and a shelf space to store your work during the 12-week session.

 

The longer timeline for these classes allows for more one-on-one time with our advanced instructors and developing a rapport with your fellow students.


6-Week Course DESCRIPTIONs:

Into to Wheel: 


Intro to wheel is a beginner’s class that meets 2.5 hour each week for 6 weeks. This class is geared to those with little or no experience. 

 

Learn about the different types of clay, the 4 stages of clay, and the tools used to throw a pot on a wheel. Learn the basics of throwing, centering, trimming, and full-spectrum glazing.

At the end of six weeks each student will have the skills to make a piece from start to finish on the pottery wheel.  This class is so well-loved that most students participate in it 2-3 times before moving on to an intermediate class.  Class fee is $325 which includes a half bag of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment. Each student will share a shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 6-week course.

 

Class limited to:14  

Follow-up Class Suggest: Next-Step Wheel

 

 

Next-Step Wheel:


Next-Step Wheel is an intermediate wheel class that meets 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks. 

 

Now that you got a handle on the basics of throwing, let’s get serious about learning how to have consistency and intention. Master centering in this class and learn how to control the outcome of a piece. Each student will be introduced to working with a larger amount of clay. This class is for those that want to further their skills and take their pieces to the next level.  Class fee is $325 which includes a bag of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment. Each student will share a shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 6-week course.

 

Suggested PrerequisiteIntro to Wheel, or relative experience

Class limited to:12

 

 

 

Surface Design and Glaze:


Surface Design and Glaze is an Intro/intermediate wheel class that meets 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks. 

 

This class introduces students to the variety of materials available in the studio and all the ways you can alter and enhance the surface design of a piece.  In this class you will be learning about texture, using slip for depth, and other hands on surface design techniques such as, sodium silicate, waxing, taping, Sgaffito, and Mishma.  All students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and try something different and fantastic.  In this class student’s will be able to explore and develop their own personal style and aesthetic in the outcome of their pieces. 

Class fee is $325 which includes a bag of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment. Each student will share a shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 6-week course.

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Wheel, Into to Hand Building

Class limited to: 12

 

 

Sculpting form:


Sculpting Form is an intermediate class that meets 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks.

 

In this class student’s will focus mainly on the human figure and will also have the chance to delve into more abstract forms. The students will learn how to make a bust, or full sculpture of a head. Each class will focus on teaching students how to develop their ability to see correct proportions with a focus on anatomy. Students will be exposed to coil building, slabs, form molding and carving techniques.  Success of this class is dependent on outside course work.  Class fee is $325 which includes a bag of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment. Each student will share a shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 6-week course.

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Intro/Cont. Hand Building

Class limited to: 10

 

 

 

Intro/Continuing hand building:


Intro/Continuing Hand Building is a combined class that teaches the beginning fundamentals of hand building with progression to intermediate techniques for students looking to stretch themselves. 

This class meets 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks.

 In this class you will learn how to use your hands and a few simple tools to create almost anything with clay.  The student will learn all functional hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, stretch, slab, and how to build a solid form that can be sculpted.  Continuing students will learn slab work, extruding, stamping and other decorative techniques. The student will learn that there are endless possibilities for the use of clay off of the wheel. 

Class fee is $325 which includes a bag of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment. Each student will share a shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 6-week course.

Prerequisite: None-Beginner class 

Class limited to: 14

 

Hand Building: Independent Projects


Hand Building: Independent Projects is an advanced class that meets 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks.

 

In this class students will enhance their skills to increase the elegance of form and function.  Learn how to fold, press, and drape the clay to create functional forms and also more complex techniques in clay manipulation and further the development of your hand built work. The instructor will push the students to think about the importance of final details and the impact they will have on their work.  The students will learn advance decorating, glazing and finishing techniques.  Students will learn to take their piece to the next level and find that there are endless possibilities for clay off the wheel. Students will be encouraged to develop their own style and put that style into practice by creating a larger or more complex piece.

Class fee is $325 which includes a bag of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment. Each student will share a shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 6-week course.

 

Prerequisite: Intro/Cont. Hand Building or equivalent experience

Class limited to: 10

 

 

Tableware:


Tableware is an advanced wheel class that meets 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks.

In this class students will explore the functional object and its relationship to the dinner table. Students will create properly functioning forms of dinnerware such as: bowls, plates, tumblers, mugs, and more.  Instructors will focus on clay body choice and the proper treatment and finishing of pieces to ensure wares are food safe and can withstand heavy use.

Advanced methods of throwing, trimming, and a variety of finishing techniques will be discussed. Students will be able to create pieces with their own style and work with the instructor to create a cohesive design for their dinnerware.

Success of this class is dependent on outside course work. Class fee is $325 which includes a bag of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment.

Each student will share a shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 6-week course.

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Wheel, Into to Hand Building, and Next-Step Wheel, or Equivalent Experience

Class limited to: 10

12-Week Course Descriptions

 

Form and Function:


Form & Function is a 12-week advanced class. Students will learn to expand on their growing list of techniques. This class will teach students to throw the thinnest, even walled, and lightest versions of simple to complex pieces.  The student’s pieces will grow in complexity as the class progresses. This class will focus on how the function of a piece will ultimately affect the form and vice versa. Students can create pieces such as, tall vases, tumblers, bottles, plates. Student will get increased 1-1 time with instructor and become of a part of our growing community.  Class fee is $650 which includes 2 bags of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment.

Each student will get their own shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 12-week course.

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Wheel, Into to Hand Building, and Next-Step Wheel, any other 12-week wheel class, or Equivalent Experience

Class limited to: 10

 

Materials Development:


In this class students are encouraged to explore ideas through a variety of techniques and materials while keeping in mind their individual goals for their pieces.  Students will get a peak in the “back end” of the scientific side of ceramics and delve into the how’s and why’s of clay and glaze use. Students will be encouraged to take their skills up a notch with the increased knowledge of the wide range of materials available. Students will use different raw materials, mason stains, marble clay, and colored clay. 

Materials Development is a 12-Week advanced class. Class meets 2.5 hours per week for 12 weeks. 

Class fee is $650 which includes 2 bags of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment.

Each student will get their own shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 12-week course.

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Wheel, Into to Hand Building, Surface Design, or Equivalent Experience

Class limited to: 10

 

Tableware:


Tableware is 12 -week advanced class is suggested as it gives the students more time with the instructor and to finish a full dinnerware set.  

 

In this class students will explore the functional ceramics and their relationship to the dinner table. Students will create properly functioning forms of dinnerware such as: bowls, plates, tumblers, mugs, platters, large bowls, pitchers, and more. Instructors will focus on clay body choice and the proper treatment and finishing of pieces to ensure wares are food safe and can withstand heavy use.

Advanced methods of throwing, trimming, and a variety of finishing techniques will be discussed. Students will be able to create pieces with their own style and work with the instructor to create a cohesive design for their dinnerware.

Success of this class is dependent on outside course work. Class fee is $650 which includes a bag of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment.  Each class is 2.5 hours a week for 12 weeks. 

Each student will get their own shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 12-week course.

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Wheel, Into to Hand Building, and Next-Step Wheel, any other 12-Week Course, or Equivalent Experience

Class limited to: 10

 

Altering Forms:


Altering Forms is a 12-Week advanced wheel class. Class meets 2.5 hours per week for 12 weeks.

In this class students will learn techniques on how to change the shape of a thrown piece through manipulations such as pinch, pull, pull, dart, poke, paddle, cut, and fold.  The Instructor will also discuss techniques to alter the surface of a piece on the wheel using slip, trailing, decorating, sodium silicate, and more. This class encourages students to explore their comfort level on the wheel by pushing the limits of the for on the wheel.  

Class fee is $650 which includes 2 bags of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment.

Each student will have their own shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 12-week course.

Suggested Prerequisite:Intro to Wheel, Into to Hand Building, and Next-Step Wheel, or Equivalent Experience

Class limited to: 10

 

Cook n’ Serve:


Cook N’ Serve is a 12-Week advanced wheel class. Class meets 2.5 hours per week for 12 weeks.

In this class students will focus on wheel-thrown serving and cookware including how to properly make and bake with these pieces for the best success. Bakeware from around the globe will be touched on in this class including Moroccan tagines, Japanese style cooking pots, bread bakers, pie plates, casseroles and more.  This class will also dedicate time to serving ware such as large serving platters with handles and large serving bowls.  Students will have the option to purchase flameware from the front desk after practicing forms with regular clay.  

Class fee is $650 which includes 2 bags of clay (not flameware), glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment.

Each student will have their own shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 12-week course.

Suggested Prerequisite:Intro to Wheel, Into to Hand Building, and Next-Step Wheel, or Equivalent Experience

Class limited to: 10

 

 

Hand Building: Independent Projects


Hand Building: Independent Projects is a 12-Week advanced wheel class.  Class meets 2.5 hours per week for 12 weeks.

In this class students will take hand building to the next level and enhance their skills to increase the elegance of form and function if the student chooses.  Learn how to fold, press, and drape the clay to create functional forms, delve into the functional and sculptural possibilities of hand building and complex techniques in clay manipulation and further the development of your hand built work. The instructor will push the students to think about the importance of final details and the impact they will have on their work. Students will learn advance decorating, glazing and finishing techniques.  The instructor will encourage students to push and develop their style as an artist by working

1-1 on specialized projects. 

Class fee is $650 which includes a bag of clay, glazing and firing fees, and use of all tools and equipment. Each student will share a shelf and have access to open studio during student studio hours. This access is unlimited during the 12-week course.

 

Prerequisite: Intro/Cont. Hand Building or equivalent experience

Class limited to: 10

 

 

 

 

 

 


REFUND/CANCELATION/RESCHEDULE POLICY:

  • Class fees are non-transferrable and non-refundable.
  • Switching classes after initial registration requires notice TWO WEEKS before class begins, as well as a $20 accounting fee. 
  • Refunds may be granted 2 weeks prior to class starting, under the following circumstances:
    • Personal illness that prevents the student from working with clay or at the studio. A physician’s note may be required as proof.
    • Instances of extreme, unexpected hardship. Examples include death or serious illness of someone close. These kind of exceptions are granted at the manager’s discretion, and do not include changes in priorities, job, or vacation plans.

Student Open Studio Hours:

Monday-Thursday 10AM-6PM, Friday-Sunday 1PM-9PM.

We recommend making use of this time to practice any skills or make up any working time you may have missed during class absences.  We do not want to turn students away, but due to capacity limitations, we cannot allow students to come in outside of these hours. 

 

 

CBTB Make Up Policy:

In the event of missed classes, students are welcome to attend other classes during the session they are registered for to observe demonstrations they may have missed. As our classes are often full, we can NOT guarantee wheel or work space to students making-up. Students registered for the class will have priority on the equipment and workspace during their scheduled class time.

Students should only be making up a class at their skill level:

-Intro Students should attend Intro to Wheel Classes or Try It All Classes

-Hand Building Students should attend any other Hand Building Classes

-Next Step Students should attend Next Step Classes

-Advanced Students may attend any other Advanced Classes

The best way to ensure you receive the most instruction time is to attend the class you are registered for.