Pottery has a unique and rich history, as well as having the special distinction of being both functional and artistic. Our classes are for beginners and more advanced students.
All available classes with their time, date, location, and cost will be on the » Class Schedules. Some classes may not be available at this time.
Pottery Basics and Beyond
This course is for the beginner through intermediate level pottery student and provides instruction on basic pottery making techniques. Topics include introduction to handbuilding and turning on the potter’s wheel, applying glaze and introduction and firing an electric kiln.
Hand Built Pottery I
This course if for the beginning pottery student and provides instruction on basic hand building techniques. Students will learn techniques for hand building with a variety of functional forms such as mugs, bowls and platters without the use of the potter's wheel. Topics include methods of pinch, coil and slab construction, applying glaze and introduction to loading and firing an electric kiln.
Hand Built Pottery II
This class is designed for intermediate to advanced handbuilders. Students will work on self-directed independent projects with impromptu discussions and demonstrations based on individual needs. There will be glazing and kiln loading and firing demonstrations and discussion.
Pottery on the Wheel-Level I
This class is designed for the beginner. In this course, students will become familiar with turning methods, and materials used in creating basic forms with the potters' wheel. Topics include clay preparation, turning techniques, and basic glaze application. Upon completion, students should be able to center, turn basic forms such as bowls and mugs, apply basic glazes, and be familiar with loading and firing an electric kiln.
Pottery on the Wheel-Level II
Designed for students with prior experience using the potters' wheel, students will learn to create a variety of forms including pitchers, vases, and lidded jars. Also included is instruction on how to apply glazes and the proper procedure for loading and firing an electric kiln. Upon completion, students will be familiar with working on the potter's wheel, glaze application and firing techniques.
Open Pottery Workshop: Hand Building and Wheel
This class is open to anyone with previous hand building or wheel experience. Students have the opportunity to work on individual clay projects of their choice and at their own pace to develop their skill level and personal style while receiving guidance from an instructor. Students will have full use of workshop facilities including glazes and kilns.
Couples Pottery Wheel- Workshop (one day)
CVCC Innovations Center is excited to host a special morning date in the Pottery Studio on Saturday, February 12 in celebration of Valentine’s Day! The class includes all instruction and materials to create at least one food-safe and microwave-safe piece of handmade pottery per person. Couples in attendance will be given a demonstration of the basics of throwing on the wheel and then given their own pottery wheels to play and create on, with the assistance of an instructor. No prior clay or wheel throwing experience is needed.
hand built pottery Bird House- Workshop (one day)
Using handbuilding techniques, participants will create a bird house out of clay. Students will then be encouraged to add texture using surface design techniques. Each student will create one bird house and select a glaze color for their piece. Participants will be called and/or emailed when their pieces are complete and ready for pickup.
hand built pottery Flower Pot- Workshop (one day)
Show off your pretty spring flowers and growing garden herbs in handmade flower pots! In this workshop, you will learn basic handbuilding techniques, such as making coil pots and using the slab roller to create unique flower pots for your home and garden. Students will learn to texturize their pots and will pick out a glaze for the final touch. Students will be notified as to when o pick up their final pieces.
hand built pottery Garden Gnome - Workshop(one day)
In this workshop, students will learn how to build a garden gnome made of clay, using handbuilding techniques such as pinch pots and slab building. Students will glaze their piece the same day. No experience is required. The only thing you need to do is wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. All garden gnomes are to be picked up at a later date.
Hand Built Pottery Mug - Workshop (one day)
Have you always thought that it looked like fun to make something from clay? Here is your chance to just try it, a one-time, 3-hour session giving you the opportunity to make a mug. You get a quick introduction constructing the mug, then you try it. We supply materials, basic instruction and hands-on assistance. You will get a feel for the clay and discover the magic of making functional objects without the use of a potter's wheel. No experience is required. We provide the clay and tools. The only thing you need to do is wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy. All mugs are to be picked up at a later date.
Supply fee covers kiln firings, glaze materials and 1 bag of clay. In addition, students must purchase a tool kit available at the CVCC Bookstore or local craft store. Students should bring a towel, apron, large sponge, and a 5-gallon bucket to class. Dress in comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.
Classes will be held on the East Campus (EC).
For questions about the courses contact Evelyn Arnold at email@example.com;
to register you may email Cheri Toney at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register with Instant Online Enrollment.
For further information you may contact the Continuing Education Department at (828) 327-7037.