Classes

Try Nights

We offer a single-night introduction to clay for anyone that wants to give pottery a spin. A skilled instructor will help students explore working with clay on the wheel during a 2-hour session. Come on your own or with a friend — this is an open, friendly environment.

Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to join, but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is also attending the session. You don’t need to bring a thing, just arrive 5 minutes before we begin. 

You’ll pick your two favorite pieces to have glazed and fired. If you would like to keep an additional finished work from a one-time session, we will be happy to glaze and fire it for you to pick up in 4-6 weeks for an additional $5 per piece. 

Space is limited, so signing up ahead of time is required! 

WHEEL- THROWING! Dive into the creating on the wheel with this try night session. From prepping the clay to building a cylinder, you will have the chance to explore the process of wheel-thrown pottery. 

Cost: $55 per person

Recommended: Bring your own towel or apron (to wipe your hands clean).

(Plastic aprons provided)

Wheel-Throwing-- Wednesdays, 7-9pm
Wheel-Throwing-- 2nd & 4th Fridays each month, 7-9pm

Homeschool Classes

We are an official vendor through Yosemite Valley Charter School and Monarch River Academy! We also accept private homeschool students as well.

We offer Homeschool Hand Building and Wheel Throwing Classes every Friday, beginning  from 1-3pm. The cost is $179 for a 4 week class. Classes begin September 2nd

The second Thursday of each month we offer Homeschool Hand Building Try Days from 1-3pm. Come give pottery a try to see if you want to sign up for a class! 

 Please email Christy at christy@gooddirtpotterystudio.com to book your spot!

Ongoing Classes

All classes are non-refundable & non-transferable. Please only register if you are sure you are able to attend.

Beginning Wheel-Throwing Class- 1A

No experience necessary, this is an introduction to the pottery wheel. This two-hour intro pottery workshop will teach you the basic techniques of wheel throwing. You will be introduced in process of centering, cylinders, and small bowls. Each workshop will begin with a demonstration, followed by close instruction from a ceramic instructor. After using the pottery wheel, you will have your projects fire, glazed, and refired. This workshop is suitable for someone with no prior experience. You are guaranteed to build a solid foundation from the pottery wheel and be well on your way in perfecting your wheel throwing process. When you choose this workshop for yourself or with a few friends, this is a great opportunity to become creative! You will create jars with lids, mugs with handles and possibly even a tea pot!

Included: Workshop clay, up to 20lbs of firing and one hour practice time after each class. You may repeat this class several times, although if you are repeating four times or more, you are required to purchase your own clay and pay $1 per glaze firing.

Materials: Students are provided a 25lb bag of Geostone Cone 10 clay. Additional 25lb bags of clay available for $20 each. No outside clay is permitted.

Tools: Bring your own OR borrow ours. *This class requires: wire clay cutter, pin tool, small round sponge, needle tool, and a small wooden or firm rubber rib, wooden modeling tool, ribbon and loop tool for trimming, and 2 bats.

Firing & Glazing: Firing and studio glazes are included in the price of the class for just the first 25lb of clay. Additional firing is based on calculating the square inch total of your piece. See our non-member price sheet for our firing costs and schedule.

Beginning Wheel-Throwing DAY Class***

Schedule, TBD

 Beginning Wheel-Throwing EVENING Class***

Recommended: Bring your own towel or apron (to wipe your hands clean).

(Plastic aprons provided)

$199- Beginning July 7- 6pm-8pm

$199- Beginning August 4- 6pm-8pm

$199- Beginning September 1- 6pm-8pm

$199- Beginning October6- 6pm-8pm

Beginner Hand Building Class

This class is for those who want to learn how to create pottery with their own hands. Hand building is the use of slabs of clay to create functional pieces like mugs, vases, pinch pots and trays. Getting your hands dirty in this class is a must as you learn the techniques and skills needed to create beautiful and unique pieces. 

The cost of the class is $179.

Included: Workshop clay, up to 20lbs of firing and one hour practice time after each class. You may repeat this class several times, although if you are repeating four times or more, you are required to purchase your own clay and pay $1 per glaze firing.

Materials: Students are provided a 25lb bag of Geostone Cone 10 clay. Additional 25lb bags of clay available for $20 each. No outside clay is permitted.

Firing & Glazing: Firing and studio glazes are included in the price of the class for just the first 25lb of clay. Additional firing is based on calculating the square inch total of your piece. See our non-member price sheet for our firing costs and schedule.

$179- Beginning October 4th- 6pm-8pm

$179- Beginning November 1st- 6pm-8pm

$179- Beginning December 6- 6pm-8pm

This class is for those who want to perfect their cylinder and bowl skills. Come to perfect and build upon the skills you learned in class 1A. Take your skills to the next level!

Prerequisites to this workshop: You have taken the Wheel Class 1A and/or understand the fundamentals of wheel throwing. 

Included: Workshop clay, up to 20lbs of firing and one hour practice time after each class. You may repeat this class several times, although if you are repeating four times or more, you are required to purchase your own clay and pay $1 per glaze firing.

Materials: Students are provided a 25lb bag of Geostone Cone 10 clay. Additional 25lb bags of clay available for $20 each. No outside clay is permitted.

Tools: Bring your own OR borrow ours. *This class requires: wire clay cutter, pin tool, small round sponge, needle tool, and a small wooden or firm rubber rib, wooden modeling tool, ribbon and loop tool for trimming, and 2 bats.

Firing & Glazing: Firing and studio glazes are included in the price of the class for just the first 25lb of clay. Additional firing is based on calculating the square inch total of your piece. See our non-member price sheet for our firing costs and schedule.

Wheel Throwing Class 1B- WITH MASTER POTTER,  JERRY CHANG

$199

Mondays, 6-8pm, Beginning July 11

Plus, you will have an additional hour at the end of each class for individual practice. 

Recommended: Bring your own towel or apron (to wipe your hands clean).

(Plastic aprons provided)

Macrame Classes

Macramé is the art of knotting cord or string to create beautiful decorations. We are thrilled to offer macramé classes periodically through Ashley L Creations.

Come learn the art of Macramé in a fun and relaxing environment!

*You will have guided instruction on basic Macramé knots and with the skills learned in this class you will be able to continue to create on your own. 

*Tips on what kind of fiber and where to buy for your own macramé projects. 

You will be supplied with:

  • 936″ of soft natural cotton cord 
  • Scissors 

Macramé Class by Ashley*** 

  • June 10- 7pm- $50
Pre-Teen/Teen Beginning Wheel Class

This is a class for kids ages 10-16!! No experience necessary, this is an introduction to the pottery wheel. This two-hour intro pottery workshop will teach you the basic techniques of wheel throwing. You will be introduced in process of centering, cylinders, and small bowls. Each workshop will begin with a demonstration, followed by close instruction from a ceramic instructor. After using the pottery wheel, you will have your projects fire, glazed, and refired. This workshop is suitable for someone with no prior experience. You are guaranteed to build a solid foundation from the pottery wheel and be well on your way in perfecting your wheel throwing process. When you choose this workshop for yourself or with a few friends, this is a great opportunity to become creative!

Included: Workshop clay, up to 20lbs of firing and one hour practice time after each class. You may repeat this class several times, although if you are repeating four times or more, you are required to purchase your own clay and pay $1 per glaze firing.

Materials: Students are provided a 25lb bag of Geostone Cone 10 clay. Additional 25lb bags of clay available for $20 each. No outside clay is permitted.

Tools: Bring your own OR borrow ours. *This class requires: wire clay cutter, pin tool, small round sponge, needle tool, and a small wooden or firm rubber rib, wooden modeling tool, ribbon and loop tool for trimming, and 2 bats.

Firing & Glazing: Firing and studio glazes are included in the price of the class for just the first 25lb of clay. Additional firing is based on calculating the square inch total of your piece. See our non-member price sheet for our firing costs and schedule.

Beginning Wheel-Throwing Pre-Teen/Teen Class***

$179.00

Schedule, Fridays- 4pm-6pm beginning April 1st

Trimming Workshop

Congratulations on your process on the wheel! This workshop is designed to assist you an on improving your craft. This is a two-week, two-hour workshop. The methods you will be employing are trimming and burnish the foot of leather hard functional wares. Each workshop will begin with a demonstration, followed by instruction from a ceramic instructor.

Prerequisites to this workshop: You have taken the Beginning Wheel Class and understand the fundamentals. Prior to the work shop you will need to produce works in a leather hard state to start the workshop. Please review the open studio hours for scheduling your time. The open studio is not included in the class.

Materials: Students need to provide a 5-25lb bag clay from the studio. Preferably the same clay of your works. No outside clay is permitted.

Tools: Bring your own OR borrow ours. *This class requires: wire clay cutter, pin tool, small round sponge, needle tool, and a small wooden or firm rubber rib, wooden modeling tool, ribbon, and loop tool for trimming, two bats and a [non-mechanical] dull #2 pencil.

Firing & glazing of your pieces included in the price. (Limits apply)

Trimming Workshop- WITH MASTER POTTER, JERRY CHANG

$55

March 7, 5-7pm

Intermediate Wheel Throwing Class- 1B

This class is for those who want to perfect their cylinder and bowl skills. Come to perfect and build upon the skills you learned in class 1A. Take your skills to the next level!

Prerequisites to this workshop: You have taken the Wheel Class 1A and/or understand the fundamentals of wheel throwing. 

Included: Workshop clay, up to 20lbs of firing and one hour practice time after each class. You may repeat this class several times, although if you are repeating four times or more, you are required to purchase your own clay and pay $1 per glaze firing.

Materials: Students are provided a 25lb bag of Geostone Cone 10 clay. Additional 25lb bags of clay available for $20 each. No outside clay is permitted.

Tools: Bring your own OR borrow ours. *This class requires: wire clay cutter, pin tool, small round sponge, needle tool, and a small wooden or firm rubber rib, wooden modeling tool, ribbon and loop tool for trimming, and 2 bats.

Firing & Glazing: Firing and studio glazes are included in the price of the class for just the first 25lb of clay. Additional firing is based on calculating the square inch total of your piece. See our non-member price sheet for our firing costs and schedule.

Wheel Throwing Class 1B- WITH MASTER POTTER,  JERRY CHANG

$225

Tuesdays, 6-8pm

Pre-Teen/Teen Beginning Hand Building Class

This is a beginning slab and hand-building class for kids ages 11-16. Class teaches basic hand-building techniques using our slab roller. You will learn to make functional objects including a vase, a few mugs and a tray. We will glaze all your bisqued pieces on the last day and items will be ready for pickup in less than 2 weeks. This is a great class for beginners or intermediate students who want to work independently, but need some instruction and constructive feedback. Small class enrollment is limited to 8 students, so students can get plenty of instructor assistance. 

Materials: Students are provided Geostone Cone 10 clay. No outside clay is permitted unless purchased through ClayMix and is highfire.

Tools: Bring your own OR borrow ours. *This class requires: Xiem Potter’s knife or equivalent, 18″ metal ruler, 12″ 90° plastic triangle, wire clay cutter, pin tool, serrated rib or similar for quick scoring, board for project storage.

Firing & Glazing: Firing and studio glazes are included in the price of the class for just the first 25lb of clay. Additional firing is based on calculating the square inch total of your piece. See our non-member price sheet for our firing costs and schedule.

Hand-Building Pre-Teen/Teen Class*** 

$120.00

Schedule, TBD

Throw Big!

Come and learn how to create a large piece by throwing two cylinders and attaching them into one extra large one! If you want to take your skills on the wheel to the next level, this workshop is for you! 

Workshop Prerequisite: Must be able to throw a 10″ cylinder

Cost: $100

Two options:

  • December 28 from 5pm-9pm
  • December 30 from 1pm-5pm

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations at least 48 hours in advance will receive 50% of the cost refunded. All cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will receive 50% of the amount paid towards another class. 

Pottery pieces that are not picked up TWO MONTHS after notification will be disposed of.

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