Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Adult Classes

Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes

Kelsey Sickmeyer & Cayce Kolstad

#12 Friday, November 17
#13 Friday, December 1
#1 Friday, January 12
#2 Friday, January 26

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

#12 November 17, 7-9pm- This class is full

#13 December 1, 7-9pm- This class is full

#1 January 12, 7-9pm

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#2 January 26, 7-9pm

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Valentine’s Day Pottery For Couples

Kelsey Sickmeyer, Cayce Kolstad & Matt Rudloff

#1 Friday, February 9, 7-9pm
#2 Saturday, February 10, 7-9pm
#3 Sunday, February 11, 4-6pm

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.

Tuition: $99 Per Couple

#1 Friday, February 9, 7-9pm

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#2 Saturday, February 10, 7-9pm

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#3 Sunday, February 11, 4-6pm

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Nich Daunis

Winter Session
Mondays 6:30-9pm
January 8- February 26

This course caters to those who are already familiar with throwing on the wheel. It will explore throwing multiples, making cohesive dinnerware sets, combining thrown parts to create more complex forms, and cultivating a unique personal aesthetic. The class will also analyze and discuss the works of ceramic artists to better understand various creative processes and the subtleties of form.

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

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Reduction Junction

Cayce Kolstad

Winter Session
Tuesdays 3-5:30pm
January 9- February 27

Tired of Cone 6 glazes? Fed up with oxidation? Ready for something new? This intermediate class will focus exclusively on firing Cone 10 reduction clays and glazes in the Odyssey gas kiln. Along with an explanation of reduction and its effect on clays and glazes, we will spend time discussing forms and glaze combinations that show the depth of possibilities available to the Cone 10 potter. Plenty of time in the studio and one on one time with the instructor included.

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

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Pottery Wheel 101

Pottery wheel class at Odyssey Clayworks

Laurie Caffery Harris & Tyler-James Anderson

Winter Session
Tuesdays 6:30-9pm
January 9- February 27

Learn how to use the potter’s wheel to create your own unique ceramic ware. We will explore the fundamental forms for functional pottery and work towards altering them to make cups, mugs, bowls and more. Classes will include demos, group exercises, and plenty of one-on-one guidance. Students also have access to the studio outside of class time during open studio hours to practice new skills.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition:  $265 + $35 Lab Fee

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Tableware With Style- This class is full

Linda McFarling

Winter/Spring Session
Every Other Wednesday 1-6pm
January 24- May 2

This 16-week class will focus on all aspects of making ceramic tableware both thrown and handbuilt. We will consider diverse approaches to designing forms that are accentuated in a salt/soda atmospheric firing. At the end of the session, we will enjoy a lovely meal together with our new handmade tableware.

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

Portraits in Clay

Mac McCusker

Winter Session
Wednesdays 6:30-9pm
January 10- February 28

Have you ever wanted to make your favorite person out of clay? Students will learn how to adapt photographs and 2-D portraits to create 3-dimnensional figures in clay. Students will build busts and small figures using several techniques including sculpting a form from a solid block, slab construction, and coiling. Pieces will be fired and finished with glazes and/or paint. All skill levels welcome.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

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Metal Clay

Barbara McGuire

Winter Session
Thursdays 10:30am-1pm
January 11- March 1

Experience metal in clay form! This is an introduction to working with silver, copper, and bronze metal clay to design components for uniquely wearable art. Each clay is different in its consistency, handling and firing. You will discover which methods work best for you. You will also learn fundamental wire skills in attaching and designing finished works. Join us for this very fast paced and inspirational class!

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $125 Lab Fee

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Enchanting Handbuilding Part II

Cynthia Lee

Winter Session
Fridays 3-5:30pm
January 12- March 2

Back by popular demand, it’s the return of Enchanting Handbuilding. In this second round, students will continue to create imaginative forms through hands-on instruction, but more time will be spent with finishes and surface demonstrations. This class will help develop basic handbuilding skills, glazing, and decorating techniques in a fun community atmosphere.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

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