Benefits

Discover how to create with clay – the preparation, the response, the process and the total transformation of a basic material from the earth into something functional and/or decorative. Learn how to use both hand-building and wheel throwing techniques. The therapeutic value is measured in stress reduction, maintaining connections in the brain, creating unique things that reflect your interests and spirit, and building new friendships.

Testimonials from past participants:

  • "It is my time to escape and do something I really enjoy."
  • "I feel my time spent doing art allows me to handle other areas of my life better."
  • "Creative outlet, relaxation, socialization."
  • "All my friends love getting something of mine for presents."

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pottery Class Offerings

Adult pottery classes include 25 pounds of clay, glazes, and two firings. A second 25-pound bag of clay may be purchased for an additional fee. Cone 10 reduction is taught. Tools are purchased separately. Call 303-658-2910 for updated Pottery Studio drop-in hours. The City Park Pottery Studio is a recreational learning environment; production pottery is not permitted. Ages: 21+. Studio closed Jan. 1-4, April 12 and April 27-May 1

Pottery For All – Daytime 

Learn techniques for throwing on the wheel as well as hand-building. Receive the encouragement you need along with the fundamentals of clay. No class April 12.

Pottery For All – Evening 

A great class if you’re new to clay and those with experience will continue their understanding of beginning techniques while extending skills in forms, decorating and "being centered." Demonstrations are provided for both beginning and intermediate students. 

Clay Explorations

Explore new avenues in ceramic art and receive instruction devoted to intermediate to advanced potters.

Pottery Enthusiast Pass (PEP)

Explore your own direction – the Pottery Enthusiast Pass (PEP) is perfect for intermediate to advanced potters who want more time and more clay to work in the studio. Includes 25 pounds of clay, glaze and two firings per month. Days and times below are exclusively for PEP students. Studio Coordinator Shannon Long will be available as a resource during this time.

Workshops

Raku Workshop - Traditional

Explore some new ways to fire raku and witness a variety of results. Bring a maximum 10 pounds of bisque-fired pots. Instructor: Shannon Long

Raku Workshop - Ferric Chloride Technique 

Explore the beautiful reds, yellows and bronzes that can result from raku firing with ferric chloride. Workshop includes demonstration, making and decorating pieces. Fee includes 10 pounds of clay and all materials. Instructor: Martha Cofran

Majolica Workshop

Learn this colorful Italian decorating technique. Class includes demonstration, discussion, making, and decorating pieces. Fee includes 5 pounds of low-fire clay, glaze and firing. No class Jan 18.  Instructor: Johanna O’Connell