Intro to Ceramics: Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing

8 Thursdays, September 21 - November 9, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Instructor: Elyse Cote
Level: All Levels (Minimum Age: 16)
Location: Studio 2A
Materials fee for 25 lbs stoneware clay: $33
Tuition: $345 includes glazes and firing, Members save 10%
Cancellation Policy


Class Description

This class will go over the basics of working with clay on and off the wheel. Beginner students will learn hand-building techniques like pinch, slab, and coil building to create artful works out of clay. Advanced students will be challenged to create more complex forms. Students will also get to try their hands on the pottery wheel and learn the basics of throwing clay.

Tuition includes the use of the ceramic studio during an active session. Reserve Time Slot in Ceramic Studio

Download materials list here
Potters starter kit (they can be found at a Michael’s or any art and craft store or online)
• Medium size bucket
• Large sponge for clean-up
• Two large towels
• Appropriate attire, prepare to get dirty

About the Instructor

Connecticut native Elyse Cote began creating art in the ballet studio, co-founding and co-directing CONNetic Dance Company. She eventually found her way to painting and ceramics and completed a BFA at the University of Hartford. Since then she has been a Resident Artist at the Wellsville Creative Art Center and taught ceramics at several local studios as well as The University of Hartford. Elyse has shown her work in many juried shows as well as group exhibitions. Although she no longer dances she continues to bring that physicality to her delicate hand-built objects and the painted canvas, combining the aesthetic of her choreography with faceted vessels and gestural abstraction.