Ceramic classes for every skill level...

Ongoing classes at Red Heat Ceramic Art Studio.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced student in ceramics, we have something for you. We offer a variety of classes that will help you begin or continue your journey with clay. You can also check out our workshops page for additional learning opportunities.

Fall Session: September 6th - October 27th

Fall classes are eight weeks long,  Each class accommodates 6-8 students.  Students have access to the studio during class time and designated open studio hours each week. Students may purchase their own tools or use the community tools available in the studio.  Studio clay, glaze, and firing are all included in the studio fee.  $375

Beginner / Seasoned Beginner

Beginning Wheel Throwing

Come experience the joy of basic wheel throwing. We will begin by exploring basic cylinder and bowl forms. All functional forms will be thrown, trimmed, glazed, and fired. You can take this class more than once.  Repeating this class will help you establish and refresh basic wheel throwing skills.

Tuesdays 10-12, Instructor Kris Potter

Tuesdays 1-3, Instructor Kris Potter

Tuesdays 6-8, Instructor Kris Potter

Thursdays 6-8, Instructor Whitney Forsyth

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Take your throwing skills to the next level!  This intermediate wheel throwing class is designed for students with previous experience throwing who want to improve basic skills and learn to throw new,  more advanced forms.

Wednesdays 6-8, Instructor Cathryn Thomas


Advanced Wheel Throwing Independent Study

Would you like the comfort of working independently plus the support of an instructor at the same time? This is the class for you.  Artists will improve their wheel throwing and glazing skills as they work side by side with Kris Potter.  Both electric and reduction kiln firing will be available. 

Thursdays 1-3, Instructor Kris Potter

tile making
Beginner / Intermediate

Handbuilding Techniques: Tile Making

Learn to create unique ceramic tiles using creative methods of surface treatment such as texture, carving, glazing and additive features. You’ll begin with wet clay and end with unique individual tiles and tile groupings installed on the wall.  We’ll explore both traditional and contemporary methods of making tiles,  All work will be glazed and fired.

Wednesdays 1-3, Instructor Whitney Forsyth

delightful dishware
Beginner / Intermediate

Handbuilding Techniques: Delightful Dishware

Students will make and decorate one-of-a-kind dishware pieces using hand-building and slab construction techniques. We’ll work with cylinder forms and slump and drape forming to make cups, vases, bowls, and platters. We’ll have fun playing with many types of texture and surface decoration. All work will be glazed and fired.

Wednesdays 6-8, Instructor Mary Whitney

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Handbuilding Techniques: Natural Elements 2

Explore the natural world by examining organic forms and textures in clay.  This class is an extension of the first Natural Elements class.  You’ll learn more advanced hand-building techniques using slab, pinch and coil techniques.  Each student will create small and large objects that can be enjoyed as a grouping or individually.  Natural forms will be glazed and fired. 

Thursdays 10-12, Instructor Kathryn Thomas

Additional Class Information...

Create Your Own: Plan a class or evening in the studio for a party up to 10. Can be a eight-week class ($375 per person), evening event ($50 per person) or one-day workshop ($175 per person).

Take it to the Next Level: Private Instruction and professional mentoring for all levels of experience, hand building, wheel throwing, glaze and surface applications, and more.  ($135 per person, 2-hour session)

Work-Study Opportunities:  We offer opportunities for students to trade labor for studio opportunities.  Receive credit at a rate of $10 per hour to use toward resident/studio artist options or class/workshop tuition.  Help needed: Studio Maintenance/Cleaning, Reprocessing Clay, Class Room Assistant, Open Studio Monitor and Exhibition/Special Event set up and clean up.

Refunds:  Will be given for circumstances beyond the student's control, a letter from a doctor or other documentation may be required.  Students may find another person to replace them in a course they are enrolled in with Red Heat staff approval.