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

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    Find your zen at the pottery wheel this winter! Students will learn the beautiful, meditative nature of the ancient craft of throwing on the potter’s wheel. 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. This course is suitable for individuals with novice to some throwing experience. While beginners will focus on centering the clay and making the simple forms that create the foundation for all other pieces, experienced students will have more complicated challenges to keep honing their skills. Students should bring a towel, wear clothes that can get a little dirt on them and tie hair back. A $30 materials fee is due during the first class, which will cover the first 25lbs of clay and glazes.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.

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