Sarah Tippin is a potter and the founder of Joyful Clay, LLC, a local pottery studio here in Annapolis. She received her Master’s Degree in Professional Studies in the Business of Art and Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2021. Pottery is her way of connecting to humanity and the world around her.

Sarah uses nature and her life as inspiration and combines it with her love of illustration to make pottery that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful. 

 
 
 

Running a business is challenging, rewarding work, and my goal is this course is to help people realize they have what it takes to not only start, but grow their own business and legacy as an artist.

Sarah Tippin's Classes This Season

  • Instructor Name
    Sarah Tippin
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    307
    Member Price
    $120
    Non-Member Price
    $145

    This is a six week foundational course designed to inspire artists and makers to think about how they would turn their craft into a profitable business. Each week students will consider different aspects of running a business, from their product and authenticity, to knowing their target customer, marketing, where to sell, business structure, etc. We will also discuss things like how to define success, avoid burnout, and keep creativity alive. The whole course will revolvearound creating a business plan, and in the final class students will pitch their business idea to the class in preparation of the future launch of their product. *Please note, Sarah is a small business owner and not an attorney nor an accountant. This course will only briefly cover those aspects of starting a business. Recommend seeking additional coursework to cover areas like finances, taxes, and legalities if you are so inclined. email Sarah with questions: thejoyfulclay@gmail.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
    Sarah Tippin
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    307
    Member Price
    $120
    Non-Member Price
    $145

    This is a six week foundational course designed to inspire artists and makers to think about how they would turn their craft into a profitable business. Each week students will consider different aspects of running a business, from their product and authenticity, to knowing their target customer, marketing, where to sell, business structure, etc. We will also discuss things like how to define success, avoid burnout, and keep creativity alive. The whole course will revolvearound creating a business plan, and in the final class students will pitch their business idea to the class in preparation of the future launch of their product. *Please note, Sarah is a small business owner and not an attorney nor an accountant. This course will only briefly cover those aspects of starting a business. Recommend seeking additional coursework to cover areas like finances, taxes, and legalities if you are so inclined. email Sarah with questions: thejoyfulclay@gmail.com

Sarah Tippin

Teaching Artist