Ceramics Program


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

Seats are limited to 4 students in the wheel throwing and 5 students in the handbuilding class. 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 refund will be issued for withdrawals of more than 14 days before the class, minus a $20 cancellation fee.

Intro to Ceramics: Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing

8 Thursdays, June 9 - August 4, 2022 (no 7/7)
10:00 AM -12:30 PM
Elyse Cote

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Wheel Throwing

Starting week of June 6, 2022
12:00 PM and 6:30 PM classes
Erika Novak and Drew Darley

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Handbuilding Ceramics

8 Mondays, June 6 - August 1, 2022 (no 7/4)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Monica Hewryk

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Creative Concepts in Clay

8 Tuesdays, June 7 - August 2, 2022 (no 7/5)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Erika Novak

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Teen Wheel Throwing

8 Fridays, June 10 - August 5 (no 7/8)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Stefanie Baechler

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Give it a Spin Clay Night

Bring a group of four people and try your hand at the potter’s wheel.
Date: On Demand
Time: 90 minutes

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Clay Coop

• January 1 – March 31, 2023
• April 1 – June 30, 2022
• July 1 – September 30, 2022
• October 1 - December 31, 2022

Registration for the July-September term opens on May 22, 2022, at noon.

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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 such as 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. She and partner Drew Darley were recently featured in the highly regarded magazine Ceramics Monthly.

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Stoneware Clay

1 bag of 25 lbs stoneware for $25


2 bags of 25 lbs stoneware for $50