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
Registration will be posted soon for our class on Friday, September 4th, from 7 to 9pm!


Registration will be posted soon for our class on Friday, October 9th from 7 to 9pm!

Asheville Odyssey Clayworks Pottery

Better Pots, Higher Fire

Instructor: Gillan Doty


Tuesdays 6:30 – 9pm
June 23rd – August 11th


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


Wednesdays 6:30 – 9pm

June 24th – August 12th


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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Beginner Wheel: Yes We Wheel!

Instructors: Shinara Taylor and Julia Claire Weber

Saturdays, 10am – 12:30pm

June 27th – August 15th


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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Matt’s Class

Instructor: Matt Wegleitner


Thursdays 6:30 – 9pm
July 9th – August 13th


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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Matts Class

The Figure, Abstracted

Instructor: Leonid Siveriver

Date/Time TBA

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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Me, You and Raku

Instructor: Paul Gisondo


Date/Time TBA


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