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

Friday, March 6th, 7 – 9pm This class is full.

Friday, April 10th, 7 – 9pm 

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Friday, May 8th, 7 – 9pm 

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The Figure, Abstracted

Instructor: Leonid Siveriver

Mondays 6 - 9pm
March 16th – May 4th

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

This class is full.

Tuesdays 11am – 1:30pm

March 17th – May 5th

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
March 19th – May 14th

No Class April 9th


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

March 20th – May 15th

No class March 27th


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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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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Muddy Makers

Instructor: Paige Janeri

Ages 8-12


Tuesdays 4 - 6pm

March 31st – May 5th


The process of working with clay is fun, creative, and expressive! “Muddy Makers” is great for students looking to meet other creative kids, while shaping, sculpting, and decorating projects you can take home and use. We will also get a chance to work on the potter’s wheel! Join Paige on this journey to learn the  basics of clay, make friends, and have fun in the studio!


Tuition: $225

$25 discount for siblings enrolled in the same class

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Plaster Molds 101: 3-Day Workshop

Instructor: Tyler-James Anderson

Friday 6-9pm,
Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm
February 28- March 1

This workshop will  demystify the basics of mold making for slipcast objects. We will be  making one- and two-part molds that you will be able to use for decades to come. This workshop is designed with beginners and those new to plaster in mind, but all skill levels are welcome. Over the weekend, participants will become comfortable with plaster and will learn how to use the materials in a variety of interesting ways.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $275 all materials included

This workshop is full.


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Kiln Maintenance for Great Firings

Instructor: Les Powell

Sunday, March 22nd

9:30 am- 4:30 pm


Want to know more about your electric kiln? Maybe how to maintain it and ensure that it lasts forever? Join Kiln Tech Les Powell, trained by Skutt, for a day dedicated to all things electric kiln. Les will show you how to replace elements, relays, bricks, and wiring. He will also demonstrate a number of best practices for loading and programs that will optimize your firings. Get the insider’s view on how to maximize your kiln’s performance.


Levels: All Levels

Tuition: $135

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