Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Adult Classes

Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes

Kelsey Sickmeyer, Cayce Kolstad & Laurie Caffery Harris

#9 Friday, July 13
#10 Friday, August 3
#11 Friday, September 7
#12 Friday, September 21

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

#9 Friday, July 13, 7-9pm
This class is full
#10 Friday, August 3, 7-9pm

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#11 Friday, September 7, 7-9pm

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#12 Friday, September 21, 7-9pm

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Advanced Handbuilding: Go Big! Go Fast!

Molly Morning-glory

Summer Session #2
Tuesdays 6:30-9pm
July 17- August 14

Stiff slab hand building is a process that is both accessible and fun. Join Molly as she shows you a few simple tricks and hacks that will ensure your success. You will learn how to plan internal supports, judge drying time for slabs and rehydrate them if necessary. Other topics will include getting your piece to dry evenly, keeping large sculptures (relatively) lightweight, and maintaining proper clay consistency for different applications. We will build large sculptures – at least 24” cubed.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $195 + $55 Lab Fee (Includes 50 lbs of clay)

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Sculpting Clay Animals

Mac McCusker

Summer Session #2
Wednesdays 6:30-9pm
July 11- August 8

Have you ever wanted to create your favorite pet out of clay? Would you like to immortalize your beloved cat, dog, rabbit, or goldfish? Using images, photographs, and books as reference, we will first sculpt from solid blocks of clay, hollow them out, and then use underglazes and glazes to capture the life-like expressions of your favorite animal. Coiling and building from slabs will also be demonstrated. This class is for all skill levels. Beginners are welcome.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $195 + $30 Lab Fee

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Beginner Wheel Throwing #2- This class is full

Tyler-James Anderson

Summer Session #2
Saturdays 10am-12:30pm
July 14- August 11

Come find your center on the potter’s wheel! In this entry-level class, you will learn to make cups, bowls, plates and other fun and functional pieces you can use at home. We will cover the basics of decoration, glazing, and firing all the while keeping a focus on the relaxing nature of working with clay. Come experience the possibilities of this great art form and enjoy the supportive community atmosphere of our studio.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $195 + $30 Lab Fee

Beginner Wheel Throwing

Cayce Kolstad

Tuesdays 3-5:30pm
August 28- October 2

With an emphasis on ceramic tableware, this class is a perfect introduction to throwing on the potter’s wheel. We will explore the fundamental forms of functional pottery and work towards altering them to make cups, mugs, bowls and more. We will also cover the basics of glazing in order to create food safe pots you can use at home.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $235 + $35 Lab Fee

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Plates and Mugs: Focusing On Surface and Form With Laurie Caffery Harris

Tuesdays, 6:30-9pm
August 28- October 2

These two popular forms offer endless possibilities of expression to the clay artist. In this intermediate level class, we will use the potter’s wheel to create our forms, then focus on creating a unique surface that reflects your individuality. Through demonstrations and practice on our own test tiles, we will cover surface design including mishima (slip inlay), painting, and sgraffito carving. There will also be a heavy emphasis on handle making, as we seek to create forms that are both beautiful, and easy to use.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $255 + $35 Lab Fee

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The Art of Etsy

Raina Lee Scott

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
4 Weeks, September 5-26

This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to sell their handmade work or vintage goods online, using the Etsy platform. This class is for beginners, as well as established sellers who want a shop overhaul so they can start moving their work. We will thoroughly go into how to use SEO (search engine optimization) within Etsy’s new search algorithm, so that your items will get easily found on Etsy and Google search. This includes helping you develop searchable key words in the title and how to use tags in your listings, and write an enticing item description. We will also cover shop branding and give you photography tips to get your shop looking congruent with your personality and get a brand that will represent you and your product in this day’s market.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $185, No Lab Fee

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Handbuilding Sculptural Vases

Mac McCusker

Thursdays 11am-1:30pm
August 30- October 4

Have you ever wanted to scale up the size of your work, but weren’t sure how? The sky is the limit in this class, so let’s go big! Join Mac McCusker as you learn to make large, freestanding floor vases with slabs and coils. You can then theme your piece by adding imagery to the leather hard clay. Demonstrations will include experimenting with carving, additive methods, surface design, sgraffito, underglazes, and the use of decals to achieve a visually stunning finished piece. All skill levels are welcome.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $255 + $35 Lab Fee

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Introduction To Modeling The Human Figure

Leonid Siveriver

Thursdays, 6-9pm
August 30- October 4

You’ve asked for it, and this session we are pleased to announce that a live model, figurative sculpture class will be returning to Odyssey ClayWorks! Working from a live model each week, students will hone their understanding of basic anatomy, proportions and the mechanics of movement in 3 dimensions. After first creating multiple fast sketches in clay to work out technique, students will then advance to a longer-term sculpture based on a single pose, with more attention to detail. Please join us for this exciting opportunity to work with decorated sculptor, Leonid Siveriver.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $255 + $75 Lab and live model fee

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Amazing Glaze

Gabriel Kline

Fridays 10am-12:30pm
August 31- October 5

Do you hate glazing? I mean, do you really HATE glazing? Have you experienced the frustration of making a beautiful piece, then ruining it with a flawed, or perhaps worse, boring glaze? Would you rather spend your time doing just about ANYTHING else, even cleaning your studio? Then this is the class for you! Join Gabriel each Friday as he demystifies the techniques that will help you learn to love the glazing process, achieve more dynamic results, and get your work noticed. Topics will include under and overglaze decoration, glazing large and delicate work, spraying glazes, and multiple firings. We will also examine the basics of formulating, mixing, or altering a glaze.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Tuition: $255 + $35 Lab Fee

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