Create your next masterpiece! Whether you’re taking your place behind the potter’s wheel for the first time or looking for an advanced class to bring your own unique idea to life, Columbia Association’s Columbia Art Center has a class for you. Beginners can learn methods for centering clay, throwing bowl and cylinder forms, raising a vessel, glazing and more. More advanced artists might wish to try their hand at some advanced brushwork or participate in the firing process.

Ceramics classes are fun regardless of your age or experience level, so bring your friends or come ready to meet some new ones.
Keep in mind that the drying and firing of finished work takes a minimum of two weeks. Of course, that might give you just enough time to return to the Wheel Room to create another amazing piece of art!

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Advanced Raku Practices

For intermediate and advanced students only. NOTE: BRING UP TO THREE BONE-DRY PIECES TO SESSION 1. Explore the many advanced techniques and surface variations that can be achieved in the Raku firing process! Session 1 will demonstrate pre-bisque application methods such as Terra Sigillata, burnishing, and underglaze/“pop-off” slips. (Please note that pots with smooth exteriors work best with these techniques.) The pieces will be bisque-fired prior to the November 6 Raku firing date.
Program Date
Advanced Raku Practices - Fall/Winter 2022 10/25/2022 - 11/6/2022 View Classes | Register Now

Advanced Wheel Class

For students with intermediate and advanced wheel experience. Refine your skills and techniques with advanced projects including lidded vessels, vases with handles, various bowl and mug shapes. Nancy will work with you to hone and expand your techniques and provide weekly wheel demonstrations.
Program Date
Advanced Wheel - Fall/Winter 2022 9/15/2022 - 11/3/2022 View Classes | Register Now

Beggining Wheel Class

For beginners and those with some clay experience. Learn the basics of working on the potter’s wheel. Wedge and center clay and learn how to turn basic thrown forms into beautiful vases, cups and bowls. Simple glazing and decorating techniques are also introduced. Supplies and clay are available for purchase on the first day of class.
Program Date
Begining Wheel Class - Fall/Winter 2022 9/20/2022 - 11/8/2022 View Classes | More Info

Fire in the Garden: Community Raku

NOTE: BRING YOUR OWN BISQUE PIECES TO RAKU, MAXIMUM OF 3 PIECES. Enjoy this hands-on participatory Raku firing experience in our Ceramics Studio courtyard. Use a variety of raku glazes, materials, tape resist, and horsehair to create surface designs that will come out stunning through this ancient firing technique. This firing technique will give your works an iridescent shimmer that will amaze you!
Program Date
Fire in the Garden: Community Raku - Fall/Winter 2022 10/8/2022 View Classes | Register Now

Independent Studio Access

This program is designed as independent studio time for advanced ceramic students to pursue personal projects during specified open studio time without instruction. Students must be experienced with the studio equipment, clay, glaze use, and cleanup processes. The total amount a student can produce per session is 2,000 cubic inches. Another 2,000 cubic inches can be produced by paying a fee of 7 cents per cubic inch. No production pottery.

Prerequisite: Must have taken at least one Columbia Art Center intermediate level ceramics class

Open studio hours for independent studio access:

Mon: 10am-2:30pm and 4:30-8pm
Tues: 4:30-8pm
Wed 10am-2:30pm and 4:30-8pm
Thurs 12:30-3:30pm (added one hour to this - ok with you?)
Fri 10am-2:30pm
Program Date
Independent Studio Access - Fall/Winter 2022 9/1/2022 - 11/4/2022 View Classes | More Info

Kids and Clay for the Holidays

For ages 5-11 Learn how to use patterns and a rolled-out piece of clay to make a bowl, cup, or other artwork, just in time for the holiday season. Ideal for home decorating and gift-giving! Pieces made in this workshop will be fired in our kilns and ready for pick-up no later than December 22. All supplies provided.
Program Date
Kids and Clay for the Holidays - Fall/Winter 2022 11/12/2022 View Classes | Register Now

Tweens and Teens Clay Play

Designed for teens and preteens! Choose from different patterns to help you make a hand-built bowl, mug, or other artwork, to keep or give for the holidays. Pieces made in the workshop will be glazed and fired in our kilns and ready for pick-up no later than December 22. All supplies provided.
Program Date
Tweens & Teens Clay for the Holidays ages 12-17 - Fall/Winter 2022 12/3/2022 View Classes | Register Now