Ceramics Classes at Maryland Hall

Our ceramics and pottery program is one of our most thriving education programs. Our expansive studio provides the perfect environment, tools and materials needed to work in clay. Our Teaching Artists take care to offer a robust schedule of classes each semester that include one-time workshops to "just try it" and classes that guide you through all aspects of ceramic art: handbuilding, wheel, glazing and more. There are also open studio opportunities for registered students. Taking a ceramics class with us welcomes you into a supportive community of ceramicists, each on their own clay journey. Classes are offered for children, teens and adults.

This Season's Ceramics Classes

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $320
    Non-Member Price
    $345

    In this 8 week class students will advance their knowledge of wheel throwing to create more complex forms such as teapots, platters, pitchers, and lidded forms. We will also discuss aesthetic details regarding rims, feet, handles ,proportions, weight, etc. Bring an old small towel, a sketch book and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. No class on 10/1 or 10/8. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    This class is suited for those with a little experience. Students should be able to throw a small cylinder and a small bowl. In this class we will work towards refining our throwing skills to make lighter, better centered pots. We will explore more complex forms including lidded pieces and pouring pots and, we will work on details like rims, feet, handles, etc. Bring an old towel, a sketch book and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to the Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. No class on 10/05 and 11/23. For more information, please contact the instructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    In this class students will advance their knowledge of wheel throwing to create more complex forms such as teapots, platters, pitchers, and lidded forms. We will also discuss aesthetic details regarding rims, feet, handle, proportions, weight, etc. Bring an old small towel, a sketch book and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. No class on 10/05 and 11/23. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Sarah Tippin
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    Find your zen at the pottery wheel this fall! This course is for individuals with little or no experience with clay. Students will learn the beautiful, meditative nature of the ancient craft of throwing. It’s radical self care! We’ll work on technique and create simple, foundational forms like cups and bowls. We’ll learn about what makes a pot aesthetically pleasing in form and surface design, and how to evoke personal expression through clay. We will create our own pieces from start to finish, and learn all about the alchemy of what happens to clay when fired, glazed, and fired again. Students should bring a towel, sketchbook, wear clothes that can get a little dirt on them and tie hair back. A $30 studio fee is due during the first class, which will cover the first 25lbs of clay and glazes. No class 11/25/2022 Email Sarah with questions: thejoyfulclay@gmail.com

  • Instructor Name
    Sarah Tippin
    Ages
    Teen 13+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $385
    Non-Member Price
    $410

    Are you a teenager who is looking for a new artform for self expression? In this class students will get to learn all about the ancient art of making pots on the potter’s wheel. We’ll learn the fundamentals of clay and throwing, making simple, foundational forms like cups and bowls. We’ll then take those creations and learn about surface decoration, focusing on a variety of techniques to really let their maker’s personality shine through in clay. We’ll then learn about glazing, and how this process allows for further expression. This is a fun class for anyone willing to try something new, or for those with a little bit of wheel experience already. Each week students should bring a towel, wear clothing that can get messy, and tie back hair if it is long. A $30 studio fee is due the first class to cover the cost of the first 25lb bag of clay and glazing materials. No class 11/25. Contact Sarah with questions: thejoyfulclay@gmail.com

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    This class provides an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Students will learn basic techniques of centering clay, throwing simple forms and transforming these into more developed forms, such as vases, bowls and mugs. Glazing and decorating techniques are also introduced. Class is suited for beginner students and those with a little experience. Bring an old towel, a sketch book and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to the Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class .For more information, please contact the instructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com. No class 11/8 and 12/6

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    Before potters had the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms using clay, their hands their fingers, and basic hand tools . This 11 week class is designed for the Intermediate to advanced student, who would like to explore a broad variety of hand building techniques. To enhance the beauty of the hand built piece, different texturing techniques will be introduced. Decorative slips and glazing applications will also be explored. A materials fee of $30 is payable to Maryland Hall Pottery Department the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    Hand-building is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using only your hands, fingers, and simple tools. This 11 week class is designed for both the beginner and returning beginner student who would like to explore or strengthen their skills using the slab technique of hand-building. The student will discover how to create the basic clay forms (cups, plates, bowls and platters). To enhance the beauty of the simple slab, different texturing techniques will be introduced. Glazing applications will also explored. A materials fee of $30 is payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery Department at the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    Hand-building is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using only your hands, fingers, and simple tools. This 11 week class is designed for both the beginner and returning beginner student who would like to explore or strengthen their skills using the slab technique of hand-building. The student will discover how to create the basic clay forms (cups, plates, bowls and platters). To enhance the beauty of the simple slab, different texturing techniques will be introduced. Glazing applications will also explored. A materials fee of $30 is payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery Department at the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com. No class Oct 5, or Nov 23.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    Before potters had the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms using clay, their hands their fingers, and basic hand tools . This 11 week class is designed for the Intermediate to advanced student, who would like to explore a broad variety of hand building techniques. To enhance the beauty of the hand built piece, different texturing techniques will be introduced. Decorative slips and glazing applications will also be explored. A materials fee of $30 is payable to Maryland Hall Pottery Department the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    Before potters had the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms using clay, their hands their fingers, and basic hand tools . This 11 week class is designed for the Intermediate to advanced student, who would like to explore a broad variety of hand building techniques. To enhance the beauty of the hand built piece, different texturing techniques will be introduced. Decorative slips and glazing applications will also be explored. A materials fee of $30 is payable to Maryland Hall Pottery Department the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $110
    Non-Member Price
    $135

    Always thought that it looked like fun to throw on the potter’s wheel? Here’s your chance to just try it, a two-time session giving the wheel a spin. You get a quick introduction to wheel throwing …then you try it. We supply materials and tools, basic instruction and hands-on assistance. At the end you choose two to three pieces to be fired . On the following session we will talk about different glazing and decoration techniques and you will have a chance to glaze your pieces. Your finished pots can be picked up a couple weeks later. This is a great class for the curious or those who just want to check pottery off the bucket list! No experience required. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy and bring an old towel. Materials fee of $5 is due in class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $100
    Non-Member Price
    $125

    Collage Mono-printing on clay is an abstract and fluid form of surface design using texture, stencils, slip and underglaze. After designing a collage, students will use this design to create multiple finished, functional pieces. This workshop is two sessions. Beginners are welcome! There is a $10.00 material fee due on the first class. Instructor: Laura Switkes lswitkes@mac.com

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $100
    Non-Member Price
    $125

    Collage Mono-printing on clay is an abstract and fluid form of surface design using texture, stencils, slip and underglaze. After designing a collage, students will use this design to create multiple finished, functional pieces. This workshop is two sessions. Beginners are welcome! There is a $10.00 material fee due on the first class. Instructor: Laura Switkes lswitkes@mac.com

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $110
    Non-Member Price
    $135

    Always thought that it looked like fun to throw on the potter’s wheel? Here’s your chance to just try it, a two-time session giving the wheel a spin. You get a quick introduction to wheel throwing …then you try it. We supply materials and tools, basic instruction and hands-on assistance. At the end you choose two to three pieces to be fired . On the following session we will talk about different glazing and decoration techniques and you will have a chance to glaze your pieces. Your finished pots can be picked up a couple weeks later. This is a great class for the curious or those who just want to check pottery off the bucket list! No experience required. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy and bring an old towel. Materials fee of $5 is due in class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $50
    Non-Member Price
    $75

    This is a 3 hour workshop were you will learn how to make fun Angel & Gnome Ornaments! Start the holiday season with a relaxing art class. No experience necessary. There is a $5.00 material fee due on the first class. Instructor: Laura Switkes lswitkes@mac.com

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    114
    Member Price
    $120
    Non-Member Price
    $145

    PMC [Precious Metal Clay] is a unique form of silver, gold, bronze, or copper that allows jewelry designers to form and sculpt metal by hand. The final product once fired is 99.9% silver. In this two day workshop you will learn how to use PMC to design and create a beautiful pendant and earrings. We will use templates , textures and molds to create our pieces. We will also learn how to handle, condition and shape precious metal clay and how to finish our pieces to get a professional look. A materials fee of $65 payble by cash or check is due to the intructor at the first class .

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $50
    Non-Member Price
    $75

    This is a 3 hour workshop were you will learn how to make fun Angel & Gnome Ornaments! Start the holiday season with a relaxing art class. No experience necessary. There is a $5.00 material fee due on the first class. Instructor: Laura Switkes lswitkes@mac.com

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $110
    Non-Member Price
    $135

    This is a really fun two-day workshop, if you want to go beyond the cookie cutter ornaments, this class is for you! We will make and decorate 2D and 3D pieces using underglazes, carving tools ,slips, colored clay, glass and wire among other materials.In the second class, pieces will be finished using several different glazing techniques. This class is suited for brand new beginners and those with experience as well. A materials fee of $5 is due to Maryland Hall Pottery on the first day of class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata_mastroti@yahoo.com.

Work by Renata Mastroti Kunkel