The Ceramics Studio at FYACS

Programs are underway in our Ceramics Studio!

 Tuition assistance is available on all clay programs through Arts for All.

Summer Ceramics - SPOTS AVAILABLE!

Ages 8-10 

Join us this summer to learn and practice the basics of hand-building, clay sculpture and decorating clay pieces. Students will work on specific hand-built projects designed to build a strong foundation of clay knowledge. Students with prior experience in ceramics will be given additional challenges to further develop their understanding of clay and how to creatively express their ideas with this art medium. A snack / outdoor break is built into each day. The projects and curriculum varies each week. This class will meet for 2 hours a day for four consecutive days Monday-Thursday.

Ages 11-14

Join us this summer to learn and practice the basics of hand-building, wheel throwing and decorating clay pieces. Students will spend 2 classes on the wheel, 1 class on a hand-building project, and 1 class trimming and decorating. Students with prior experience in ceramics will be given additional challenges to further develop their understanding of clay and how to creatively express their ideas with this art medium. This class will meet for 2 hours a day for four consecutive days Monday-Thursday.

14+ Teen Intensive 

Join us this summer to learn and practice hand-building, wheel throwing and decorating clay pieces. This longer class is designed for High School students and up where teens can spend additional time focusing on skill building. They will also be given additional challenges to further develop their understanding of how to creatively express their ideas with this art medium. Students will spend 2 classes on the wheel, 1 class on a hand-building project, and 1 class trimming and decorating. Students with prior experience in ceramics will be given This class will meet for 3 hours a day for four consecutive days Monday-Thursday.

 

17+ / Adult Summer Ceramics 

Interested in having a few spins on the potter’s wheel this summer? Come to the ceramics studio to learn and practice basic wheel throwing and hand building skills. In this Adult introductory pottery course, students will also learn some decorative and finishing techniques like stamping, using colored slips and underglazes, slip trailing, using paper resist stencils, sgraffito, and carving. This class is open to adult beginner and intermediate pottery students. High school students are allowed with permission of the instructor. This class meets twice a week for 3-weeks for 6 class sessions total.

Spring Ceramics

Three youth students with hand-built luminaries

Youth & Teen Ceramics

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Ages 6-8 Clay Sculpt & Hand-build:  1 hr/week. Potters ages 6-8 will learn and practice the basics of sculpture and hand-building with clay – pinching, coiling, and slab-building – through a series of creative pottery projects. Students will also learn basic decorating techniques such as imprinting and underglazing.

Ages 9-12 Wheel-throwing & Hand-building: 1.5 hrs/week. Potters aged 10-12 will learn and develop their skills at wheel-throwing (centering, pulling, and shaping), hand-building, and decorating pottery using techniques like imprinting, underglazing, and carving.

Ages 11-14 Wheel-throwing & Hand-building: 1.75 hrs/week. Designed for middle school and up, our adolescent and teen potters will learn and develop their skills at wheel-throwing (centering, pulling, and shaping), hand-building, and decorating and underglazing.

Ages 13-16 Wheel-throwing & Hand-building: 2 hrs/week. Our teen potters will learn and develop their skills at wheel-throwing (centering, pulling, and shaping), hand-building, decorating, and glazing pottery. 

K-5 Hand-Building Workshops: Scheduled one-time workshops during select Melrose Public Schools Early Release days. 

Image of wheel-thrower at the wheel

Adult Ceramics: Wheel-throwing & Hand-building

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Adult Ceramics: Wheel-throwing & Hand-building (17+):  2.5 hrs/week with a glazing session. Focuses on learning and developing wheel-throwing, hand-building, decorating, and glazing skills. Open to beginner and advanced-beginner students. 

One-time Hand-building Workshops: 2 hour workshops. Click here for all FYACS workshop listings. Open to students of all levels of experience. 

Benefits of taking a Ceramics class at FYA: 

  • Semi-private atmosphere
  • Small class sizes (no more than 6 per class, no more than 12 per workshop)
  • Inclusive & caring community 
  • Differentiated instruction based on individual level of experience
  • Knowledgeable practicing instructors 
Questions about our program offerings? Contact ceramics@fyamelrose.or
Adult student hand-building with clay

Private Events

Interested in getting a group of friends or family together and getting some clay time in the Ceramics Studio at FYA?

Wheel-throwing Workshops are 2 hours at $80 per person (4-5 ppl) for Adults or Caregiver/Child (age 8+) groups. One piece per person, trimmed, fired & glazed by staff.

Hand-building Workshops are 2 hours at $390 for up to 6 ppl, $65 per person above that, 12 ppl max for Adults or Caregiver/Child (age 8+) groups. One project per person, fired & glazed by staff.

We fire kilns when they are at capacity. Because pieces must be fired, glazed, and fired again, pieces are ready for pick-up approximately 2 months after the workshop.

Contact ceramics@fyamelrose.org to schedule your own Ceramics Fun Night!

FAQs

  • What goes into the cost of a ceramics class? Ceramics class costs cover materials (ex. glaze, clay), specialized equipment (ex. tools, wheels, kilns, regular upkeep), teaching staff, background technical support (ex. clay reclaim, glazing for kid classes, firing kilns), and overhead (ex. space, electrical costs),. If tuition assistance would help you access our programs, please visit our Arts for All page. 
  • How long does it take for me to get my piece back from a class or workshop? We estimate pieces to be available for pick-up 2-3 weeks after the end of a multi-week session. We send emails to students when pieces are ready for pick-up. It takes 2-3 days to fire and cool a kiln, and for sustainability purposes, we only fire when kilns are full. Each piece needs to be fired twice. Once to be bisque fired, and one for a glaze firing. For pieces made in our youth and adolescent classes, our technical staff bisque fires, clear glazes, and glaze fires all pieces. Such a process takes time.