Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Adult Classes

Ready, Set, Throw! One-Night Pottery Classes

Kelsey Sickmeyer & Cayce Kolstad

#13 Friday, September 27, 7-9pm
#14 Friday, October 25, 7-9pm
#15 Friday, November 15, 7-9pm
#16 Friday, December 6, 7-9pm

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
#13 Friday, September 27, 7-9pm

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#14 Friday, October 25, 7-9pm

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#15 Friday, November 15, 7-9pm

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#16 Friday, December 6, 7-9pm

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Animal Pots

Lynne Hobaica

Mondays 10am-12:30pm

October 21 – December 9

Clay can tell a story in unique and thoughtful ways. In this class, students will use different handbuilding techniques to create stylized animal shaped vessels that double as functional objects. The story will continue on the surface as we transform the pieces through color and decoration. What story do you have to tell?

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

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The Enchanting Realm of Red Clay

Sara Ballek

Mondays 3-5:30pm

October 21 – December 9

Working with a red clay body fired at a midrange temperature creates rich, distinctive works of art. Come experience this magical realm with red clay enthusiast Sara Ballek. The class will hone in on the use of red clay with the potter’s wheel, pinching, coiling, and slabwork. Sara will introduce several surface design processes and finishing methods to refine each piece. Students for this course should have an understanding of the basics of constructing clay forms.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

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Potter’s Wheel 2.0: Wheel Throwing for the Seasoned Beginner

Alyssa Ruberto

Mondays 6:30-9pm

October 14 – December 2

Feel like you’ve got the hang of wheel throwing, but would like to refine your skills? Perhaps you’ve taken the beginner wheel class a few times, but you’re not quite ready to call yourself “intermediate.” This class is specifically designed for potters who have experience on the wheel at a seasoned beginner level who would like to learn a set of new forms. Through skill-building “challenges” you will master the techniques that will bring vibrancy to your work. Students are expected to have basic throwing skills before taking this class.

Level: Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

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Introduction to Sculpture

Mike Zukoski

Tuesdays 11am-1:30pm

October 22 – December 10

Everyone is welcome! From complete beginners who have never tried sculpture before to advanced potters who are interested in learning new methods to enhance their work, this class will cover the basics of ceramic sculpture.  We will practice hand-building techniques and sculpt using solid forms, coils and stiff slabs. Each student will be encouraged to bring their own ideas and we will bring them to life in 3-D.

Level: Beginner, All Levels
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

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Exciting Surfaces

Tyler-James Anderson

Tuesdays 6:30-9pm

October 22- December 10

Come join effect wizard Tyler Anderson and explore exciting surface design techniques like stencil work, glaze layering, mishima inlay, sgraffito, and much more. This class will focus less on form and more on decoration, so students should have a basic understanding of clay prior to taking the course. Students can expect to learn new ways to engage playfulness in their work by utilizing an array of finishing methods.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

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Matching Sets: Repetition and Intention

 

Laurie Caffery Harris

Thursdays 10am-12:30pm

October 24 – December 19, No class November 28th

Can you make a beautiful pot, but find it hard to replicate? Do your sets stack up a little funky? Come learn the tools and tricks of the trade to making pots with precision.  Laurie will explain the use of rulers, calipers and throwing gauges in the production process. You’ll explore pots of all sizes and shapes to create forms that reflect your unique style. Class will also include a discussion and practice of surface design techniques including Mishima, painting, sgraffito, carving, and glazing.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

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Lifting the Lid: The Inner Life of Jars

Shinara Taylor

Thursdays 6:30 – 9PM

October 17- December 12, No class November 28

“A pot has form but its emptiness makes it useful.”

Let’s explore the mysterious inner life of jars! Jars surround us, yet their nuances and useful designs are easy to take for granted. With guided instruction, students will increase their precision with lidded forms by throwing multiple types of lids. To decorate, we will add attachments, playing with scale, surface decoration, and positive/negative space. Through crafting jars, we practice the valuable skill of shaping disparate fragments into a purposeful whole.

Level: Seasoned Beginner and Intermediate
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

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Bigger Pots Made Easy


 

Anja Bartels and Gabriel Kline

Fridays 10am-12:30pm

October 18 – December 13, No class November 29

Do you want to increase the scale of your work, but feel intimidated by large pieces of clay? The truth is, you don’t have to be a big, strong person to make big, strong pots! Join Anja and Gabriel as they demystify the techniques used to produce large scale pottery. Demos will include throwing wide rimmed bowls, section building skyscraper pots, centering 50-100 lbs. of clay, and creative ways to make voluminous storage jars. These techniques are simple, fun, and easy to learn. You’ll be amazed at the pieces you create! The class will include plenty of studio and one on one time with the instructors. 

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $75 Lab Fee includes 50lbs of clay and firing of large work

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Make It, Take It, Use It: The Beginner’s Guide To Throwing Pots


Nich Daunis

Every other Saturday 10am-1pm

October 26- December 21

This class will equip those curious about clay with the knowledge and skills necessary to create work of their very own. Step-by-step instructions along with demonstrations of an array of basic techniques will make the process enjoyable for those new to clay who wish to expand their horizons and throw with confidence.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $265 + $45 Lab Fee

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