Odyssey ClayWorks

Ready, Set, Throw! One-Night Pottery Classes


Ever wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel? Have you always wanted to learn to throw but you’re not sure if you want to commit to an 8-week class? Or maybe you and some friends are just looking for something different to do in Asheville on a Friday night. Well, look no further. Ready, Set, Throw is here!

Even if you’ve never touched clay before, our highly skilled staff will guide you through the entire process. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and have fun! All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Level: All Levels, Beginners Welcome
Tuition: $55 Per person, per night
Register below for our class on Friday, April 10th, from 7 to 9pm!

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Register below for our class on Friday, May 8th from 7 to 9pm!

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Asheville Odyssey Clayworks Pottery

The Figure, Abstracted

Instructor: Leonid Siveriver

Mondays 6 – 9pm
March 30th – May 25th

No Class May 18th

The objectives of this course are to develop a mastery of the human form in 3 dimensions based on a live model, and then add an abstract spin. We will be inspired by both the human form, as well as the geometric and abstract capabilities of clay. The result is a unique and expressive modality which captures the vitality of the human spirit. This class is open to all levels.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Tuition: $350 + $75 Lab & Live Model Fee

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Beginner Wheel: FUNdamentals of Throwing

Instructors: Halima Flynt and Laurie Caffery Harris

Tuesdays 11am – 1:30pm

March 30th  – May 26th

No Class May 19th

Ever wanted to try the potter’s wheel? Get ready to delve into the fundamentals of throwing on the wheel! We will start with the basic cylinder and move on to create mugs, bowls, plates, and more! Each week we will focus on a different part of the design and execution process to create food safe masterpieces! Expect to get a little messy, be challenged, and have fun!

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $285 + $45 Lab Fee

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Better Pots, Higher Fire

Instructor: Gillan Doty


Thursdays 6:30 – 9pm
April 1st – May 28th

No Class May 21st

Sign up now for a chance to fire your work in our brand-new salt kiln! This class will be dedicated to exploring dynamic surfaces at Cone 10. We will achieve intriguing surfaces by using reduction firing techniques and by utilizing a variety of slips and glazes. During class, we will focus on making more complex forms on the potter’s wheel by stacking pieces together to create taller, more intriguing pots.


Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $65 lab fee

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The Realm of Red Clay

Instructor: Sara Ballek


Fridays 10 am – 12:30 pm

April 3rd – May 29th

No Class May 22nd

Join Sara Ballek this session as she dives into the magical realm of red clay. We will be working with a red clay body fired at midrange temperatures to create rich, distinctive works of art. Sara will introduce surface design processes and finishing methods to refine each piece. Students interested in this course should have some knowledge on working with clay and understanding of a few basic construction techniques.


Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

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Matt’s Class

Instructor: Matt Wegleitner


Thursdays 3 – 5:30pm
April 2nd – May 7th


Come experience the love of clay! Join instructor Matt Wegleitner and learn the skills needed to create decorative, hand-built, and functional pottery. Demonstrations will include pinch, coil, and slab techniques with a focus on creating interesting surfaces and unique forms. We’ll also cover the basics of glazing and firing your work. All skill levels welcome.


Level: All levels
Tuition: $245 + $45 Lab Fee

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Beginner Wheel: Yes We Wheel!

Instructor: Shinara Taylor

Saturdays, 10am – 12:30pm

April 4th – May 9th


Do you enjoy being creative? Are you curious about the intricacies of handmade pottery? Do you aspire to make a personalized mug or bowl? Don’t be nervous, every proficient potter was a beginner once—just like you. This beginner wheel class will build your clay confidence through hands-on experience, live demos, and thought-provoking discussion. Students will be introduced to various techniques and tools for creating colorful and useful pots. Each student with be encouraged to establish a strong skill base while also pursuing their individual interests and goals. Get ready to have a wheely good time in the studio and make something you’re proud of!

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $245 + $45 Lab Fee

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Me, You and Raku

Instructor: Paul Gisondo


Mondays 11am – 1:30pm

April 6th – April 27th


Create dramatic wheel thrown forms with Raku in mind and in preparation for an incendiary day of hand-on firing with Raku Guru Paul Gisondo. Students will learn faceting and how to create trapped air forms, as well as how to throw towering vases in 2 parts.  We will use tape and wax resist design techniques and glaze our work with a variety of crackle, iridescent luster and matte glazes.  For adventurous intermediate (and above) wheel throwers.


Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Tuition: $200 + $35 Lab Fee

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