Ceramics Program

Working with clay is a down-to-earth counterbalance to our sped-up, technology-centered world. Join us in our ceramics room 2A and experience the magic!

Wheel Throwing Tuesday

LIMITED TO 4 STUDENTS! Learn a variety of wheel throwing techniques to make both functional and decorative pieces. Beginner students will learn the fundamentals of throwing and working with clay on the wheel. More experienced students will be challenged with learning to throw more complex forms and vessels. Decorating, altering, and finishing techniques will also be taught.


8 Tuesdays, June 4 – July 30, 2019 (no class 7/2)
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM




8 Tuesdays, August 13 - October 1, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM




Instructor: Erika Novak/Drew Darley from Round Trip Clayworks
8-week tuition: $300 Non-Members / $270 Members
Materials fee for 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing payable to instructor: $35.

Tuition includes the use of the ceramic room during open studio hours as long as a student is enrolled in a clay class.

Wheel Throwing Wednesday

LIMITED TO 4 STUDENTS! Learn a variety of wheel throwing techniques to make both functional and decorative pieces. Beginner students will learn the fundamentals of throwing and working with clay on the wheel. More experienced students will be challenged with learning to throw more complex forms and vessels. Decorating, altering, and finishing techniques will also be taught.


8 Wednesdays, June 5 – July 31, 2019 (no class 7/3)
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM




8 Wednesdays, August 14 - October 2, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM




Instructor: Erika Novak/Drew Darley from Round Trip Clayworks
8-week tuition: $300 Non-Members / $270 Members
Materials fee for 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing payable to instructor: $35.

Tuition includes the use of the ceramic room during open studio hours as long as a student is enrolled in a clay class.

Wheel Throwing Thursdays

LIMITED TO 4 STUDENTS! Learn a variety of wheel throwing techniques to make both functional and decorative pieces. Beginner students will learn the fundamentals of throwing and working with clay on the wheel. More experienced students will be challenged with learning to throw more complex forms and vessels. Decorating, altering, and finishing techniques will also be taught.


8 Thursdays, June 6 – August 1, 2019 (no class 7/4)
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM




8 Thursdays, August 15 - October 3, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM




Instructor: Pedro Centeno
8-week tuition: $300 Non-Members / $270 Members
Materials fee for 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing payable to instructor: $35.

Tuition includes the use of the ceramic room during open studio hours as long as a student is enrolled in a clay class.

HANDBUILDING CERAMICS

Come experience the rewarding process of working with clay and creating unique pieces! Beginner students will learn the fundamentals like handbuilding techniques of pinch, coil, and slab. Advanced students explore more complex forms, both functional and sculptural. Applied textures, colored slips, and glazing applications will be demonstrated as well.


8 Mondays, June 3 – July 29, 2019 (no class 7/1)
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM




8 Mondays, August 12 - October 7, 2019 (no class 9/2)
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM




Instructor: Pedro Centeno
Experience Level: All Levels
8-week tuition: $300 Non-Members / $270 Members
Materials fee for 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing payable to instructor: $35.

Tuition includes the use of the ceramic room during open studio hours as long as a student is enrolled in a clay class.

Friday Night Clay Date

Looking for something new and fun to do on a Friday night? Couples, singles, and friends are welcome to join us in the ceramics studio for an evening of fun, creativity, and learning basic hand-building techniques. Our skilled instructor, Pedro Centeno, will guide you through the steps of making your own unique piece. Bring a bottle of wine, some snacks, and get creative!

Tuition includes cost of materials and firing of one piece. Your creation will be fired and is ready for you to pick up approx. 2 weeks after the session.
Instructor: Pedro Centeno
Tuition: $45
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm



Clay Dates:
June 28, 2019
September 27, 2019
October 25, 2019
December 6, 2019

Clay Coop

Become a Member of the FVAC Clay Coop!

The goal of the Farmington Valley Arts Center Ceramics Studio Cooperative (the Coop) is to give local residents the opportunity to work in a communal studio environment that is both well-equipped and stimulating. FVAC offers its functional studio to ceramic artists who do not normally have access to ceramic facilities or home studios. Beyond offering the space and equipment, the Co-op supports an important need in our community. It is designed to bring ceramic makers together so that they can share ideas, techniques and experiences within a supportive and creative environment. Read more

Prerequisite
• Minimum of two semesters of ceramic classes
• Considerate person with ability to work in a communal environment
• Interview with Ceramics Manager

The Coop fee is $250 per 3 month season and is limited to 12 participants:
• January 1 – March 31
• April 1 – June 30
• July 1 – September 30
• October 1 – December 31



Reserve Wheel

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.