Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Adult Classes

Ready, Set, Throw! One-Night Pottery Classes

Kelsey Sickmeyer & Cayce Kolstad

#14 Friday, November 16
#15 Friday, December 7
#1 Friday, January 18, 7-9pm
#2 Friday, March 8, 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

#14 Friday, November 16, 7-9pm
This class is full
#15 Friday, December 7, 7-9pm

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#1 Friday, January 18, 7-9pm

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#2 Friday, March 8, 7-9pm

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Valentine’s Day Pottery For Couples

Cayce Kolstad, Kelsey Sickmeyer, Nich Daunis, Sara Ballek

#1 Friday, February 8, 7-9pm
#2 Saturday, February 9, 7-9pm
#3 Sunday, February 10, 4-6pm
#4 Thursday, February 14, 7-9pm
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We have a special treat in store for this Valentine’s Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We’ll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you can have a permanent reminder of your passion for each other. A great date for couples who don’t mind getting a little…dirty.

Level: All Levels Beginners Welcome
Tuition: $110 Per couple, per night

#1 Friday, February 8, 7-9pm

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#2 Saturday, February 9, 7-9pm

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#3 Sunday, February 10, 4-6pm

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#4 Thursday, February 14, 7-9pm

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Transition From Figurative To Abstract Sculpture

Leonid Siveriver

Mondays 6-9pm
January 7- February 25

The objective of this course is to develop a basic understanding of the human form in three-dimensions based on work with a live model, and then utilize that knowledge for abstraction. By combining the human figure with geometric forms you will expand your palette of techniques, and create some truly dynamic, inspired work.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $350 + $75 Lab and Live Model Fee

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You got Served! Handbuilt Tableware

Tyler-James Anderson

Tuesdays 6:30-9pm
January 8- February 26

In this class we will be focusing our efforts into creating beautiful plates, platters, and assorted dishes to liven up your serving game at home. Implementing plaster mold making and slab construction, we will be making both loose and refined forms that showcase surface design and fluidity. This class takes a fun, whimsical, and creative approach to forming and decorating, while providing students with solid fundamentals for their future handbuilding endeavors.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

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Post Firing Sculpture Repair

Molly Morning-glory & Mac McCusker

Tuesdays 10:30am-1pm
January 8- February 26

Have broken projects piling up in your studio? Perhaps the piece you worked on for ages didn’t come out how you wanted? Join Molly Morning-glory and Mac McCusker to learn about cold finishing techniques and materials. Bring in your duds and we’ll help you make them beautiful! Sand blasting, epoxies, acrylic paint, spray enamel and more will be covered in this 8-week class. We will also create a sculpture or vessel to be bisque fired and finished without glazing, using shoe polish, patina, or furniture wax.

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

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Sassy And Salty With Soul

Linda McFarling

Every Other Wednesday 1-6pm
January 23- May 1

In this 16-week class we will concentrate on creating soulful forms well suited to salty, soda atmospheric firing. Faceting, fluting, paddling, roping, and altering will all be explored to add interest and movement to the forms. This class is for intermediate to advanced students only! If you have any question regarding your skill level, please contact the instructor.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $620 + $150 Lab Fee

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Bowled Over: How to Create Visual Interest on Simple Forms

Laurie Caffery Harris

Wednesdays 6:30-9pm
January 9- February 27

Bowls are often overlooked by potters because they are such a simple form, but they have so much potential! In this intermediate level class, we will explore bowls of all sizes and shapes on the potter’s wheel to create forms that reflect your unique style. We will also discuss and practice surface design through mishima (slip inlay), painting, and sgraffito carving. By the end of the session we will have made pieces that are not only visually interesting, but accurately represent your personal style and sensibilities.

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

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Introduction To Sculpture

Mac McCusker

Thursdays, 11am-1:30pm
January 10- February 28

Ever wanted to try your hand at sculpting with clay? This introductory class will enable you to competently create small-scale sculptures of animals or people. Learn to build with slabs, coils, and solid clay sculpting to advance your ceramic skills or elevate the quality of your work! Using images and sketches as a reference, we will make several pieces in class using a combination of building techniques. This class is for all levels.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

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Alternatives To Glaze

Cynthia Lee

Thursdays 3-5:30pm
January 10- February 28

Consider experimenting with some unorthodox surface treatments for a new look in your work. Using tiles, we will play with materials rolled on wet clay and cold surface techniques on bisque clay. Demonstrations and discussions will include applying these concepts to functional and sculptural work. Come with imagination, without reservations and a yearning for creative research!

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

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Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel

Alyssa Ruberto and Halima Flynt

Saturdays 10am-12:30pm
January 12- March 2

Get ready to throw! This 8-week beginner’s course is designed to teach new potters the fundamentals of wheel-throwing, trimming, and glazing to make a variety of complete, food-safe and functional wares. By the end of this course, students will be able to confidently make pottery in any studio setting. Seasoned beginners are also encouraged to try new techniques to reach an intermediate level.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

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