Laura is a master potter who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowie State University with a degree in Art Education.  She also holds a masters equivalency in Ceramics.  She was nominated in 2011 for career art teacher of the year from Maryland Art Education Association.

Laura got her start in the world of clay soon after graduating high school when she apprenticed in a NYC pottery where she got a solid education learning all aspects of the potters trade.

She maintains her potters studio at her home in Annapolis and sells her work privately. 

Laura Switkes's Classes This Season

  • Instructor
    Laura Switkes
    Class ID
    S210370
    Member Price
    $320
    Room
    116
    Ages
    16+
    Non-Member Price
    $345

    This 8-week class is designed for all levels of potters who would like to explore a broad variety of hand building techniques. Beginner hand builders will learn proper technique and Intermediate/Advanced students will take their skills to new levels. To enhance the beauty of the hand built piece, different texturing techniques will be introduced. Decorative slips, textures and glazing applications will also be explored. A materials fee of $30 is payable to Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com.

    *Class schedules are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall during the Summer 2021 semester.

  • Instructor
    Laura Switkes
    Class ID
    S210371
    Member Price
    $320
    Room
    116
    Ages
    16+
    Non-Member Price
    $345

    This 8-week class is designed for all levels of potters who would like to explore a broad variety of hand building techniques. Beginner hand builders will learn proper technique and Intermediate/Advanced students will take their skills to new levels. To enhance the beauty of the hand built piece, different texturing techniques will be introduced. Decorative slips, textures and glazing applications will also be explored. A materials fee of $30 is payable to Maryland Hall Pottery Department at the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com

    *Class schedules are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall during the Summer 2021 semester.

  • Instructor
    Laura Switkes
    Class ID
    S210372
    Member Price
    $320
    Room
    116
    Ages
    16+
    Non-Member Price
    $345

    This 8-week class is designed for all levels of potters who would like to explore a broad variety of hand building techniques. Beginner hand builders will learn proper technique and Intermediate/Advanced students will take their skills to new levels. To enhance the beauty of the hand built piece, different texturing techniques will be introduced. Decorative slips, textures and glazing applications will also be explored. A materials fee of $30 is payable to Maryland Hall Pottery Department at the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com

    *Class schedules are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall during the Summer 2021 semester.

  • Instructor
    Laura Switkes
    Class ID
    S210369
    Member Price
    $320
    Room
    116
    Ages
    16+
    Non-Member Price
    $345

    This 8-week class is designed for all levels of potters who would like to explore a broad variety of hand building techniques. Beginner hand builders will learn proper technique and Intermediate/Advanced students will take their skills to new levels. To enhance the beauty of the hand built piece, different texturing techniques will be introduced. Decorative slips, textures and glazing applications will also be explored. A materials fee of $30 is payable to Maryland Hall Pottery Department at the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com

    *Class schedules are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall during the Summer 2021 semester.

  • Instructor
    Laura Switkes
    Class ID
    S210373
    Member Price
    $240
    Room
    116
    Ages
    16+
    Non-Member Price
    $265

    Independent Study in Hand Building is a 6 week class designed for the advanced, self motivated student who is able to work independently. This class is offered as an opportunity for the student to focus, taking their own work to a new level in both concept and technique. The classes are monitored by the instructor who will be available to guide the student, offer critiques and help the student with both design and technical questions/problems dealing with both clay and glaze technique. There is a materials fee of $30 which includes 25 pounds of clay and the use of tools, glazes and kiln time. This is NOT for the production potter but for the serious student who would like to work on their clay narrative. FIVE YEARS EXPERIENCE AND PERMISSION FROM THE INSTRUCTOR IS NEEDED TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS. PLEASE CONTACT LAURA SWITKES BEFORE REGISTERING AT lswitkes@mac.com.

    *Class schedules are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall during the Summer 2021 semester.

  • Instructor
    Laura Switkes
    Class ID
    S210374
    Member Price
    $50
    Room
    116
    Ages
    16+
    Non-Member Price
    $75

    Curious about learning what hand building is all about? Join me in this two day mug making workshop! I will take you from start to finish as you shape and mold and glaze your mug that will be dishwasher and microwave safe. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery on the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com.

    *Class schedules are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall during the Summer 2021 semester.

  • Instructor
    Laura Switkes
    Class ID
    S210375
    Member Price
    $50
    Room
    116
    Ages
    16+
    Non-Member Price
    $75

    Curious about learning what hand building is all about? Join me in this two day mug making workshop! I will take you from start to finish as you shape and mold and glaze your mug that will be dishwasher and microwave safe. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery on the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com.

    *Class schedules are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall during the Summer 2021 semester.

  • Instructor
    Laura Switkes
    Class ID
    S210377
    Member Price
    $50
    Room
    116
    Ages
    16+
    Non-Member Price
    $75

    Curious about learning what hand building is all about? Join me in this two day mug making workshop! I will take you from start to finish as you shape and mold and glaze your mug that will be dishwasher and microwave safe. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery on the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com.

    *Class schedules are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall during the Summer 2021 semester.

  • Instructor
    Laura Switkes
    Class ID
    S210376
    Member Price
    $50
    Room
    116
    Ages
    16+
    Non-Member Price
    $75

    Curious about learning what hand building is all about? Join me in this two day mug making workshop! I will take you from start to finish as you shape and mold and glaze your mug that will be dishwasher and microwave safe. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery on the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at lswitkes@mac.com.

    *Class schedules are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall during the Summer 2021 semester.

Laura Switkes

Teaching Artist