Ceramics Program

Fall Class Registration Opens Sunday, August 8, 2021 at noon.

Welcome to Farmington Valley Arts Center's Ceramic Classes. Members save 10% for a year on tuition (Clay Coop excluded).

Please help us keep each other safe: Unvaccinated students are required to wear a mask. Vaccinated students may mask or not. Don't enter if you are sick. Wash your hands/use hand sanitizer when you enter. Wipe down your work area when leaving.

Seats are limited to 4 students. Please take note that we cannot issue a refund for any reason if you cancel your registration with less than a week’s notice. Students withdrawing 7-14 days before the class will receive a 50% refund. A full refund will be issued for withdrawals of more than 14 days before the class.



Wheel Throwing

8 weeks, June - July 2021

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Handbuilding Ceramics

8 Wednesdays, September 21 - Nov 12, 2021
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sarah Rohlfing

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Teen Wheel Throwing

8 Fridays, September 24 - Nov 12, 2021
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Stefanie Baechler

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Clay Coop

• February 1 – April 30
• May 1 – July 31
• August 1 – October 31
• November 1 - January 31

Registration for the August-October term opens on July 11, 2021 at noon.

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Ceramics Manager Pedro Centeno

Pedro Centeno is FVAC's ceramics studio manager and instructor. He is also an FVAC studio artist and out of his "Junkpot" studio, he creates functional ceramics pieces such as teapots, mugs, plates, and jars using wheel throwing, hand building, and mould making techniques. His love of old building material, wood, rebar, and rusty metal, influences each piece. Through multiple glaze applications and firings, the desired weathered appearance is achieved and intriguing illusions of materials are formed. Check out his website here.

Pedro has been at FVAC since 2017 and on August 1, 2021, he and his wife Naomi take over a space in West Hartford. The FVAC-Team wishes you the best of luck with your new endeavor! Don't be a stranger!

Erika Novak of Round Trip Clay Works., FVAC studio artist, and ceramics instructor, takes over as the ceramics manager as soon as she and her fiancé Drew return from hiking the Appalachian Trail in September 2021.


Ceramics Manager Erika Novak

is a ceramic artist who focuses on wheel-thrown collections of pottery both functional and decorative. Her work includes series of cups and mugs as well as vases, bottles, and hanging objects like lamps and planters. Erika pulls inspiration from patterns and textures found in Art deco architecture, early 20th-century design, as well as patterns found in American Southwestern textiles. After studying ceramics and art in college Erika now works as a full-time potter creating and selling her work at nationally ranked art fairs and showcases. Visit Erika's website.