Adult Clay

Adult Pottery Classes

Classes will be held at 2377 Rte. 7 South

 Monday Afternoon-Clay Hand Building

 Instructor: Kathy Clarke

Come sit around the table in the time honored activity of making pottery and sculpture using hands, tools, stamps, slips. Appropriate for beginners and professionals. Project ideas will be offered, independent projects welcome, and serious fun will be had! Clay can be purchased at the beginning of class. From 12-2:30.

Sess 2-July 2-30, Tuition $150

Sess 3-Aug 20 & 27, Tuition $60

Monday Evening Mixed Level Wheel

Instructor: Su Shannon

This class will focus on a making functional pottery using the potter’s wheel. Students will learn how to make bowls, cups, and plates. Several altering techniques will be demonstrated for making oval, square, and irregular forms in addition to round pots.  Appendages such as handles, feet, and spouts will be considered in relation to form and function.  Tuition includes 12.5 lbs. of clay. From 6:00-8:30PM.

Sess. 2-July 2-30, Tuition $150

Sess. 3-Aug. 6-27, Tuition $120

Tuesday AM Hand Building

Instructor: Kathy Clarke   

10 AM – 12:30

Materials fee for clay payable at start of class

Sess. 2 July 3-31, Tuition $150 FULL

Sess. 3 Aug 7-28, Tuition $120

Wednesday Evening Mixed Level Wheel

Instructor: Tahira Whitcomb-Paulson

Learn the basics and beyond on the potter’s wheel. In this class we will focus on making functional work including mugs, bowls, vases, and whatever your mind and hands can dream of. Whether you have always wanted to try the potter’s wheel or have been throwing clay around for years this class is for you. Tuition includes 12.5 lbs. of clay. Teens welcome. Hours 6-8:30PM.

Sess. 2-July 11-25, Tuition $90

Sess. 3-August 1-29, Tuition $150

Raku Instructor: Su Shannon

Raku pottery was developed in Japan in the early 1500’s as the ceremonial tea ware of the Zen Buddhist Masters. The word Raku signifies enjoyment of freedom. In this class we will explore three areas of development: wheel throwing techniques, design and its relationship to the form, and of course firing pots in the Raku kiln. Glazes used will include Copper Sand and White Crackle. If you have bisqued white stoneware you can bring it to class. Class includes 12.5 pounds of clay.

Thursdays, July 5-26, 6-8:30PM, Tuition $120

Multi-age Hand Building Instructor: Kathy Clarke

Ages 4 1/2 to adult,

Class will run on Mon, Tues, Weds

3:30-5PM, Tuition: $60

Sess. 2H- June 25, 26, 27

Sess. 3H-July 2 & 3, (Tuition $40)

Sess. 4H-July 9, 10, 11

Sess. 5H-July 16, 17, 18

Sess. 6H-July 23, 24, 25

Sess. 7H-July 30, 31, Aug 1

Sess. 8H-Aug 6, 7, 8

Sess. 9H-Aug 13, 14, 15

Sess. 10H-Aug 20, 21, 22

AM Multi-age Wheel Instructor: Saisorn Peemanao

Ages 8 to adult,

Class will run on Tues, Weds, Thurs

10AM-11:30, Tuition: $60

Sess. 1AMW-June 26, 27, 28

Sess. 2AMW-July 3, 5, Tuition $40

Sess. 3AMW-July 10, 11, 12

Sess. 4AMW-July 17, 18, 19

Sess. 5AMW-July 24, 25, 26

Sess. 6AMW-July 31, Aug 1, 2

Sess. 7AMW-Aug 7, 8, 9

Sess. 9AMW-Aug 21, 22, 23

PM Multi-age Wheel Instructors: Su Shannon &

Tahira Whitcmb-Paulson

Ages 8 to adult,

Class will run on Mon, Weds, Thurs

3:30-5PM, Tuition: $60

Sess. 1PMW- June 25, 27, 28

Sess. 2PMW- July 2, 5, Tuition $40

Sess. 3PMW- July 9, 11, 12

Sess. 4PMW- July 16, 18, 19

Sess. 5PMW- July 23, 25, 26

Sess. 6PMW- July 30, Aug 1, 2

Sess. 7PMW-Aug 6, 8, 9

Sess. 8PMW- Aug 13, 15, 16

Sess. 9PMW- Aug 20, 22, 23

Direct Modeling in Plaster for the Studio Sculptor:

demonstrated by Don Perdue, Sculptor – Educator

Don will demonstrate a variety of techniques for modeling figurative and non-figurative sculpture with plaster. Dos & don’ts of mixing and working with plaster, constructing armatures, and using reinforcing materials will be explained in the process of working on several different size demonstration pieces throughout the session. Demos and hands-on participation will include: plaster mixing guidelines and ratios, direct plaster modeling without an armature, basic armature construction, & direct modeling on armatures. Students should plan on bringing working models, sketches, plaster tools and a bag lunch for a midday discussion about using plaster to give form to their ideas. Printed reference materials as well as step by step instructions and tips for modeling in plaster will be provided. Deadline to register is July 17.

Friday, July 27, 9AM-4:30PM, Tuition $185

Casting with Pourable Resins for the Studio Sculptor:

Demonstrated by Don Perdue, Sculptor – Educator

The focus of this demonstration workshop will be helping studio sculptors, teachers and art students choose and use pourable casting resins to make hollow castings from rubber molds. We will begin with a discussion about the several types of resins, curing times, and necessary working conditions. The discussion will be followed by demonstrating mold prepping, preparing any reinforcing needed for making particular types of castings. With the mold & reinforcements ready, we’ll move on to mixing and pouring a resin casting, allow for curing time, remove the casting from the mold, clean up the raw casting, go over a few surfacing & finished techniques, and bring it all together by deciding on a particular mounting solution. Students should plan on bringing an example of their work that they want to discuss casting. Printed reference materials as well as step by step instructions will be provided. Bring a bag lunch. Deadline to register is July 31.

Friday, August 10, 9AM-4:30PM, Tuition $185






Pictures from our Raku class

To register call Barb Nelson at 802-247-3702
or email

Studio phone 377-5661 (you can leave messages but it’s best to call Barb at 247-3702)

Mail tuition check to office at:
Middlebury Studio School, 989 Indian Trail, Leicester, VT 05733

No refunds given for student cancellations less than 7 days from start of class.