Next session of classes begin the week of November 5, 2018.
The pottery classes at Throwing Mud Gallery are a mix of beginners to more experienced adult students, which encourages a cooperative learning environment. Classes are adjusted to your learning needs. If you are a beginner, you can learn at your own pace. You’ll get an introduction to making pottery on the wheel and also do some hand building projects. If you have more experience, we can build on what you already know and give you options for your learning choices.
In order to give individual instruction, we limit the number of new students in each class. Beginner pottery students typically spend the first couple of weeks working on the basic skills of centering, coning up and down, and pulling up the walls of a bowl. They will also be introduced to some hand-building projects, which includes learning how to use the slab roller. Trimming your pottery is usually the focus by about the 3rd or 4th week of the session. By week 5 or 6 you’ll learn how to glaze your own pots!
Our classes are open to age 18 and up.
Evening Classes, 6 to 8:30pm
- Mondays, Nov. 5 to Dec.17, 2018*
Tuesdays, Nov. 6 to Dec. 18, 2018* – Full
Thursdays, Nov. 8 to Dec. 20, 2018* – Full
Morning Classes, 10am to 12:30pm
Tuesdays, Nov. 6 to Dec. 18, 2018* – Full Thursdays, Nov. 8 to Dec. 20, 2018* – Full Saturdays, Nov. 10 to Dec. 22, 2018* – Full
*No classes November 19-24
We give priority registration to our current students and some classes have a wait list. Call us at 253-254-7961 to be added to the wait list.
A Try It class is a good option to get a feel for using the pottery wheel before signing up for a 6-week session. If you take a Try It Class and then register for a 6-week pottery class within 3 months, you will receive a 10% discount off the class fee!
Ready to take a class?
Our 6-week session of classes includes instruction once a week, 25# of clay, glazes and firing of up to 15 items, plus we give you an additional 15 hours of open studio time to practice and work on your projects.
Registration fee for 6-week session of pottery classes:
- $220 for first 6-week session
- $205 for returning students
- $195 for students who have taken classes for one year or more. (1+ year students receive glazing and firing of up to 20 items, free clay upgrade, and 20 hours of open studio time.)
Students using the pottery wheel need a basic tool set and a round rib for the first day of class, which can be purchased when registering for class.
Please print and fill out a Registration Form and drop it off in person with your full class registration fee. This gives you an opportunity to tour the studio and talk with us about your experience (if any) and whether you want to work on the wheel, hand build, or both! We do give priority registration to current students and some classes have limited availability. Tuition is due before class starts. Your spot is not reserved without full payment.
We have some videos to acquaint you with our studio. Watch the videos on clean up process and Steps to Throwing a Pottery Bowl prior to your first class. It will help familiarize yourself with our studio and what you can expect to learn your first day.
Remember that pottery is a process—patience and persistence are necessary. The difficult part in learning how to turn a lump of clay into a bowl is getting over that initial hump (pun intended). We know it sometimes can be frustrating at first, but if you are patient, have fun with learning and keep trying, you’ll enjoy pottery and be able to take it as far as you want.
Please wear appropriate clothing (it’s messy), trim your fingernails, tie back long hair and remove rings, bracelets and watches.
There are physical aspects to pottery. Students must be able to lift and carry a 25-lb. bag of clay.
It’s especially important for beginners to attend all 6 classes. In the event that you have to miss a class, you may be able to make up your missed time by joining another class as long as space is available, and only within the current session.
Classes are small and as much individual attention as possible is given to each students. Please be patient and courteous with others. Please be aware of strong scents/perfumes and their effect on others.
Clean up is extremely important. Following proper cleaning procedures in work areas will be very effective in maintaining a safe environment. Once learned, our clean up procedure is easy, quick and sewage friendly. Please work with us to maintain a healthy pottery studio for everyone and to conserve water and keep the plumbing clay free.
No pets allowed in the pottery studio.
Throwing Mud Gallery is not responsible for the loss or damage of work or personal property. All pots, fired and unfired, are fragile. Handle everything with care in the pottery studio.
Anyone ending their session is responsible for picking up their tools, excess clay, bisque and fired pots within three weeks after the session ends. Students have a 3-hour grace period and up to two weeks from end of the session to finish up their items in progress (i.e., trimming, glazing and firing). If you wish to donate your clay and tools to the studio, please let us know. Items left longer than 3 weeks become the property of Throwing Mud Gallery.
In the event that a class is canceled, students will have the option of transferring to another class, or having their registration fee refunded. A $50 cancellation processing fee will be withheld for dropping a class less than 2 weeks before the first day of class. No refunds or credits will be given for missed classes or class withdrawals after the session has begun. Missed classes and studio time are not transferable to another session.
5 spaces are available in back of the building. There is ample free parking on the street and a nearby free parking lot. Please enter the studio through the back door if at all possible. The front door is locked in the evening.