Class Schedule

Presently we are working to finish the studios and get them ready for classes. I have to clear off the main table so that someone other than me can fit around it. It was built to seat 6 to 10 people. When I get working I get spread out with glaze bottles, bisque, and clay most everywhere on that large table. There are also several shelves to move to the second floor to make room.

If you live in our area you can contact us at the contact information at the bottom of the page to ask about classes or you can arrange to come over and look over the studios. My thought is to have a combination of indoor and outdoor classes. It would be nice in good weather to work outside in a 10 x 20 foot tent with screened sides. During winter or bad weather it would be good to be inside in the studio. All of this has to be set up in the next month or so and then we plan to start classes.

Classes will be held at Brookside Ave in Greenfield, MA

We are thinking of evening classes on weekdays. Most weekends we will be attending craft fairs and flea markets to sell our pottery. If you have preferences or prefer weekend classes let us know by email or calling. I am retired so I can teach most anytime.

Types of classes envisioned

Hand building and wheel throwing

The above are images of student work from prior years. They include slab rolled, wheel thrown, and hand built pieces. We have found that students enjoy slab rolling and hand building more than wheel throwing. Wheel throwing takes a lot of practice. We have three potter's wheels for those who want to work with wheel throwing. We sold three others as we reduced the size of the wheel throwing area. No one was using the wheels, everyone was hand building. We also have devices to make it easier to wheel throw such as the strong arm device that makes centering and opening easier. It takes the place of strong muscles in the arm. We have slab rollers and extruders that make hand building fun and easy. We have hundreds of glazes and underglazes. The pattern in the first image above left, bowl in center, was done with underglazes. We use commercial glazes and underglazes since there is a very large variety of glazes available and they are easier for students to use. Commercial glazes are also food safe and labeled that way.

Glazing Bisque

The above images are of finished pieces and bisque that students, both adults and children, have worked on in our studios. Pieces are painted with underglazes or glazes and then fired in our kilns. The first images are pieces done by a girl scout troop in our studios. The picture was taken right before the girls came to the studios to pick up their finished work. The two middle pictures are of bisque that is used for glaze and underglaze painting. The last picture is of a finished 17 inch Christmas tree with lights that that shine from the light bulb inside the tree. Bisque is made using slip casting. We have two slip casting machines and purchase bisque pieces from Gare a bisque supplier.