If you’re brand new to working with clay or would like to become more familiar with pottery techniques before enrolling in either our regular and ongoing 4-week or 12-week sessions, then we highly recommend taking this introductory class. You’ll learn the basics behind the buzzwords (i.e. coiling, handbuilding, throwing, glazing and firing) and will be guided step-by-step through all processes. Our teachers would love for you to create pieces that reflect your individuality, and are always happy to show you how to incorporate more intricate handbuilding techniques into your work.
Join us for an intro to the potter’s wheel! This is a great class for beginners, or anyone who just wants a refresher on the basics. In addition to step-by-step instruction to make your own wheel-thrown masterpieces, you will learn the basics behind all the ceramics buzzwords: trimming, coiling, handbuilding, throwing, glazing and firing and have a wonderful introduction to our studio. Learning to throw on the wheel is challenging, fun, and even relaxing! After the class, our studio staff will trim and glaze your artwork – it will be fired and ready for pick up within 3-4 weeks. Once you take your pieces home, they will be a permanent reminder of your evening with us and you new creative skills.
Date: Sun 3/4 – 4/8
Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
6 consecutive Sundays
Announcing our new 6-week pottery boot camp! Pottery Boot Camp is an in-depth, structured introduction to basic wheel and hand-building techniques. You will learn a great deal while having fun and connecting with others. The comprehensive Pottery Boot Camp curriculum includes throwing and trimming pots on the wheel, hand-building with slabs, coils, and pinching, adding surface decoration and handles, and glazing and finishing your work. All materials, tools, and firing are included in the price of this class. This class is exempt from the studio’s cancellation policy and no make up classes are offered at this time.
6 Week Class Series (Classes are 2.5 hours 30 minutes to clean up) $325
Join us for a 2 hour glaze workshop where our helpful and experienced instructors will help you find the best glaze for your finished pieces, walk you through the glaze options available at the studio, and a variety of techniques for applying color and texture to your work. You must be currently enrolled in classes at the studio to attend. Techniques to be covered include using one glaze vs. layering two glazes, dipping vs brushing, and under-glazes vs glazes. We will also learn how each type of glaze at the studio works so you can achieve the results you want and be sure you are making safe combinations and applying glaze correctly. Each student should bring at least one bone dry piece and at least two bisque-fired pieces that are ready to be glazed.
Slip casting is a pottery technique for the production of multiple, identical vessels, especially for shapes not easily made on a wheel. This class will demonstrate how to make a two part- square plaster mold for slip casting. Vanessa will cover all of the basics for this method including materials, choosing the right objects to make casts of, mixing plaster, undercuts, using cottle boards, preparing a mold for slip, and finishing a cast. Students will slip cast a dragon’s egg potion bottle — one of Vanessa’s original sculptures– to keep and finish! You will also leave the class equipped with the knowledge to start making and using your own plaster slip molds.
Come savor a glass of wine and nibble on a variety of chocolates by “The Chocolate Project,” while you experience the wonders of clay and explore its sensual aspects at Good Dirt LA. For the first time ever, our manager Malu #maluthemanager will not look askance if you make a Ghost reference—and we will even help you recreate a Demi Moore – Patrick Swayze moment if you want to post a fun photo on Instagram. But ssshh…don’t tell anyone. This is a one-time deal! After the class our lovely staff will finish and glaze your artwork. When you pick it up 3 weeks later, it will be a permanent reminder of this romantic evening together. Whether you’re a new couple or long-time loves, at some point you need to get a little dirty together…right?! Don’t wait too long and let us help you!
Max 6 Couples