Connect with clay at one of our many learning opportunities.  Lessons are offered for everyone from the most novice student to the quite accomplished artist. Single session classes at several local venues are offered on a regular basis and are a great way to meet clay for the first time. Any single session class can also be set up as a private party for your group.  Multi-session classes are offered at the Seymour studio and are suitable for first time clay students and more experiences potters.  Both hand building and wheel thrown pottery classes are offered as multi-sessions.

Class fee covers the cost of clay (up to 10 lbs), use of tools/stamps/etc to carve and add texture, firing, and final glazing and firing with delivery. Pots can be shipped for an additional fee. The drying, firing, and glazing process takes a minimum of 3 weeks and may take up to 8 weeks depending on the project.

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class schedule

fairy garden houses (set of 2)

Wednesday, May 24 | 6:30-8:00 pm | single session | $34 Fee

Add a little magic to your garden, indoors or out. No green thumb needed!  Make a set of little houses perfect for fairies and many other magical creatures.  Each person will get blank mini houses thrown on the wheel by me to customize and beautify however they want.  Choose from stamps, doors, windows, roof styles, garden accessories, and more to personalize this project.  I will fire each house, then apply up to two glaze colors of your choice, then fire again.  This class does involve hand-building techniques but no experience with pottery is necessary.  Firing and glazing to finish the piece will result in a 3-4 week delivery time.

Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance to ensure adequate materials are ready for each student.

CI Saves vouchers will be honored and cover full class price.

choose your own pottery adventure

book now | see calendar | single session | $34 per person

Have you always wanted to try pottery?  This class has something for everyone. Offered in my home studio, you can pick from any of the following projects:

mini houses (2), small vases (2), candleholder (1), garden stakes/signs (8), large garden/bird house (1), wall pocket vase (1), ornaments/coasters (4), mug (1), stenciled serving dish (1), medium plate (1), set of 1 large & 1 small garden/bird houses, wine cooler/utensil holder (1), wind chimes (1 set), ring holder (2), luminary (1)

Please choose which pottery adventure you’d like to try when ordering your ticket!  It will take 1-2 hours to complete your project, based on how much you want to personalize it!  Choose up to 2 glazes to finish your pottery with, which I will apply after the first firing.  Additional glaze colors can be purchased during class for $3 each. This class does involve hand-building techniques but no experience with pottery is necessary. Firing and glazing to finish the piece will result in a 3-4 week delivery time.

Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance to ensure adequate materials are ready for each student.

Please be sure you choose which project you want to do.

CI Saves vouchers will be honored and cover full class price.

kids’ class 

Coming Soon | single session | $24 Fee

Need something new and different for your kiddos to do?  Come make a pretty little rainbow dish!  Kids ages 8 & up are welcome with an adult.  Each ticket is good for one dish, so if you both want to make one, please purchase 2 tickets!  These handy little dishes are dishwasher and microwave safe once they are finished, so you will get tons of good out of your unique creation.  Other colors available for those who don’t need the whole rainbow!  This class does involve hand-building techniques but no experience with pottery is necessary.  Firing and glazing to finish the piece will result in a 3-4 week delivery time.

Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance to ensure adequate supplies for everyone.

CI saves vouchers are good for this class, even if purchased prior to 12/31/2016.

leaf imprint plate sets 

coming soon | single session | $34 Fee

Create a beautiful set of plates using natural leaves. Each person will get approximately 8”x8” of clay slab to produce plates in their own style.  Leaves for imprinting will be provided, or you can bring your own.  The number of plates you can make depends on the size of leaves or other imprint material you use.  We will focus mainly on carving and adding texture in this class, and you will pick a glaze for me to apply after the first firing. This class does involve hand-building techniques but no experience with pottery is necessary.  Firing and glazing to finish the piece will result in a 3-4 week delivery time. Class size – 20

private party / class

multiple dates | 2 hour classes | single session | fees as listed

  • $15-$34/person depending on project and location (at studio or on site)
    • Any class listed above can be set up as a private party
  • $50 deposit required at time of scheduling (will be returned if class/party is cancelled 7 days or more in advance).

*within 60 miles of Mahomet
Class size – 15 students max on location, 10 students max at studio
Sign up through link below and we will contact you to arrange date, time, location, project, and number of attendees.

hand building multi – sessions

as scheduled by YOU | multi-session | $45 / class Fee

Learn many hand building skills and perfect your technique.  More information will be posted soon. This class does involve hand-building techniques but no experience with pottery is necessary.  Class size – 6 students max per session

  • For your first class, just bring yourself in clothes that can get a little muddy. I will provide clay, tools, and know-how.
  • Classes are 90 minutes of instruction and work time (you may arrive 30 minutes early to prep your clay and stay 30 minutes after to clean up your tools).
  • I provide the first 10 pounds of clay. You will be using 1-2 lb chunks to begin with, so this should last you for several classes. Additional clay is $20 for 25 lb. You may store it at the studio.
  • Basic tool kits are available for purchase for $6, or you can buy your own locally or online.
  • You may borrow any of my specialized tools, but they must be cleaned and returned prior to the end of class.  If you use them routinely, I will ask you to purchase your own.
  • Class cost: $45 per class or $240 for 6 classes. Payment is due at the time of sign-up (or time of first of 6 class sign-up).
  • You must take at least one class per week or 4 classes per month.

wheel thrown multi – sessions

as scheduled by YOU | multi-session | $45 / class Fee

Learn wheel thrown pottery techniques.  More info will be posted soon.  No experience with clay is necessary. Class size – 2 students max per session

  • For your first class, just bring yourself in clothe s that can get a little muddy. I will provide clay, tools, and know-how.
  • Classes are 90 minutes of instruction and work time (you may arrive 30 minutes early to prep your clay and stay 30 minutes after to clean up your tools).
  • I provide the first 10 pounds of clay. You will be throwing ½ to 1 lb chunks to begin with, so this should last you for several classes. Additional clay is $20 for 25 lb. You may store it at the studio.
  • Basic tool kits are available for purchase for $6, or you can buy your own locally or online.
  • You may borrow any of my specialized tools to try, but they must be cleaned and returned prior to the end of class.  If you end up using them routinely, I will ask you to purchase your own.
  • Class cost: $45 per class or $240 for 6 classes. Payment is due at the time of sign-up (or time of first of 6 class sign-up).
  • You must take at least one class per week or 4 classes per month.

open studio multi – sessions

dates TBA | times TBA | multi-session | $85 / month

Hone your skills and make more beautiful pottery during open studio time.   There is no guaranteed instruction during open studio – you determine what you want to work on.  If you are at a stage in a project where you will need help, please sign up for class time.  Class size – 6 students max per session

  • Open studio time is a great way to practice once you’ve mastered the basics of either hand building or wheel thrown pottery.
  • Open studio time can be signed up for in 1 hour increments.
  • Up to 6 students (2 wheel and 4 hand building) can sign up for the same studio time – so you may not be alone with your creative thoughts!
  • I am not always available for open studio time, so if you think you’ll be needing assistance, please sign up for class time.
  • Open studio cost: $85 per month.  Payment is due at the time of sign-up for first studio time slot.
  • See schedule below of available open studio times.
  • Firing costs are not included in open studio times and will be charged separately.  Firing cost grid is available in studio.

calendar

Please email piperpottery@gmail.com to reserve class time and/or open studio time.  All reservations must be received 3 days prior to the start of the time slot.

You may arrive 30 minutes early to prep your clay & supplies, as well as stay 30 minutes late to clean up.

See cancellation policy below.

policy

Cancellations: To make this an amazing experience for you, we invest significant time and energy preparing for each class. Please cancel as soon as you know you will not be able to attend.  Since we have a limited number of seats to offer we ask you to give us as much notice as possible if you need to cancel. This provides us an opportunity to fill the space. Cancellations should be made by email at piperpottery@gmail.com. If it is 48 hours or more prior to class, you can request a refund (minus processing fee). If it is less than 48 hours, you can transfer the reservation to another person. Cancellations not transferred to another person and made less than 48 hours prior to the start of the class will not be refunded.  Classes may be subject to cancellation based on low number of enrollments.

Always feel free to contact us if you have questions – piperpottery@gmail.com.

disclaimer

Piper Pottery disclaims any and all liability for any accidents or injuries, including alcohol-related accidents or injuries, arising out of its activities, or arising out of the activities of its customers. Therefore, in consideration of participating in the activities of Piper Pottery, attendees do hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless Piper Pottery, its proprietors and employees, and any guest speakers, instructors or artists for any loss, cost and expense incurred as the result of their conduct, whether on or off the premises.