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 Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $360
    Non-Member Price
    $385

    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 9 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 Additional studio time is available for registered students in this class - check the Open Studio-Monday, Open Studio-Wednesday, Open Studio -Saturday or a package of all three options.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $360
    Non-Member Price
    $385

    Before potters had the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms using clay, their hands their fingers, and basic hand tools . This 9 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.Additional studio time is available for registered students in this class - check the Open Studio-Monday, Open Studio-Wednesday, Open Studio -Saturday or a package of all three options.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $360
    Non-Member Price
    $385

    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 9 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 .Additional studio time is available for registered students in this class - check the Open Studio-Monday, Open Studio-Wednesday, Open Studio -Saturday or a package of all three options.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $360
    Non-Member Price
    $385

    Before potters had the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms using clay, their hands their fingers, and basic hand tools . This 9 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.Additional studio time is available for registered students in this class - check the Open Studio-Monday, Open Studio-Wednesday, Open Studio -Saturday or a package of all three options.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $360
    Non-Member Price
    $385

    Before potters had the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms using clay, their hands their fingers, and basic hand tools . This 9 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.Additional studio time is available for registered students in this class - check the Open Studio-Monday, Open Studio-Wednesday, Open Studio -Saturday or a package of all three options.

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

    "Baby it’s cold outside...come and enjoy an evening of fun and creativity with your friends or significant other at Maryland Hall!?In this 2 1/2 hour workshop, you’ll make your own mug or large wine tumbler from clay. Teaching Artist Laura Switkes will take you from start to finish as you shape and mold your vessel using slabs of clay that will be dishwasher and microwave safe. It’s fun and easy, perfect for beginners or a girls night out. Finished pieces can be picked up approximately 2 weeks after the workshop. BYOB, snacks will be provided.?A materials fee of $5 is due on the first day of class. For more information please contact the instructor: Laura Switkes at lswitkes@mac.com "

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

    Curious about learning what hand building is all about? Join me in this mug making workshop! I will take you from start to finish as you shape and mold a dishwasher and microwave safe mug. A materials fee of $5 cash or check payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery is due on the first day of class. Mugs can be picked up approximately 2 weeks after workshop. For more information please contact the instructor Laura Switkes at lswitkes@mac.com

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

    Curious about learning what hand building is all about? Join me in this mug making workshop! I will take you from start to finish as you shape and mold a dishwasher and microwave safe mug. A materials fee of $5 cash or check payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery is due on the first day of class. Mugs can be picked up approximately 2 weeks after workshop. For more information please contact the instructor Laura Switkes at lswitkes@mac.com

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Member Price
    $280
    Non-Member Price
    $305

    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 7 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 cash or check payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery is due on the first day of class. For more information, please contact the instructor Laura Switkes at lswitkes@mac.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $280
    Non-Member Price
    $305

    Before potters had the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms using clay, their hands their fingers, and basic hand tools . This 7 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 cash or check

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $280
    Non-Member Price
    $305

    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 7 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 cash or check payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery is due on the first day of class. For more information, please contact the instructor Laura Switkes at lswitkes@mac.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $280
    Non-Member Price
    $305

    Before potters had the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms using clay, their hands their fingers, and basic hand tools . This 7 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 cash or check payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery is due on the first day of class. For more information, please contact the instructor Laura Switkes at lswitkes@mac.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Laura Switkes
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    116
    Member Price
    $280
    Non-Member Price
    $305

    Before potters had the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms using clay, their hands their fingers, and basic hand tools . This 7 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 cash or check payable to the Maryland Hall Pottery is due on the first day of class. For more information, please contact the instructor Laura Switkes at lswitkes@mac.com.

Create your own mug in a handbuilding workshop with Laura.

Laura Switkes

Teaching Artist