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Edina Art Center

Pottery and Clay Sculpture

Spring/Summer Registration begins Feb. 12 for members and Feb. 19 for non-members.


New to the Pottery Department? Read the paragraph below.

Pottery students should expect to pay additional fees for clay, firing fees, and special tools during the class session. Registration and studio fees cover the cost of instruction and maintenance of kilns, equipment, and the facility. We separate the fees to keep costs lower for individual students.

Pottery Workshops

BvG - Bill van Gilder
The Functional Pot; Tips, Tools & Techniques

May 15-17, 2015 – First Time in Minnesota!
3900 – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17 Register Here
$272 nm / $245 m
$40 nm / $36 m – Reception and Presentation Only

Friday, May 15 - 6-7p.m. artist reception, 7-9 p.m. artist presentation
Saturday, May 16 – 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – workshop
Sunday, May 17 – 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – workshop

Every potter has a list of WHAT they want to make. HOW to make it is often the question.
During this two day, information-loaded, demo-workshop some 50+ pottery making techniques will be demonstrated in answer to these ‘how-to’ questions; techniques participants will want to use and adjust to fit their own future work. Short-cuts, tips and tool-use at the wheel will be shared through demo after demo. Participants are welcome to take photos, and are encouraged to bring a notebook. A discussion about glazes will take place during the workshop, as requested.

BvG glaze recipe sheets and firing slips for cone 6 oxidation and cone 8-9-10 gas, and salt/soda wood firing slips will be provided to each participant.  A selection of Bill van Gilder’s potters hand-tools (van Gilder Clay Tools), a sampling of his current work, and copies of his DVDs will be available for participant purchase.

About Bill van Gilder – BvG
A professional potter for more than 45 years, Bill van Gilder began his clay work at age 15 as a studio apprentice to the late Byron Temple. During the following years he apprenticed in Ireland and England, and received a degree from Harrow School of Art, London, U.K. He then established and managed two large pottery training centers in Southern Africa (Lesotho & Swaziland) under the auspices of The World Bank. Bill returned to the U.S. in 1979 and established a studio and craft gallery atop South Mountain in central Maryland which he continues to operate today.  Mr. van Gilder has served on the faculty of The Art League, Alexandria, VA, and was founder/director of The Frederick Pottery School in Frederick, MD. He currently leads workshops nationally and internationally on pottery forming, decorating, and firing techniques, as well as workshops on kiln building. Bill has designed a line of professional potter’s tools (van Gilder Clay Tools) available on this website and through retailers nationwide. Bill also wrote a regular ‘Teaching Techniques’ column for Clay Times Magazine (USA), and was the creator, writer and host of Throwing Clay, an internationally televised DIY Network Television 30-part series about making pottery.

Pottery Tool & Simple Mold Making Workshop

For All Skill Levels
Brad Benn
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1p.m., Aug. 8 Register Here
$53 nm/ $48 m
Clay tools are a potter’s best friend – especially hand-made tools designed to be perfect for specific tasks. In this class, students will make wood and metal tools, special cutting wires, and trimming tools. Ribs using bamboo, hard wood, ligature wire, monofilament, corks, and more will be covered! Students will also learn to make plaster molds for sprigs and one piece mold forms.
Maximum 15

Pottery for All Ages

Introduction to Clay
(Ages 12 to Adult)
Bradley Benn, Siiri Silpala Doan & Rachael Hoffman-Dachelet

1097-Su, 1-4 p.m., 4 wks - starts June 14, ends July 12* (FULL)
1098-Su, 1-4 p.m., 4 wks - starts July 19, ends Aug. 9 Register Here
$108 nm/$97 m + $8 studio fee
Making things from clay and throwing pots on the wheel touches something primal in us. We will supply all you need to learn the basic process and make, trim and glaze several pieces. This four-week class is designed as a basic introduction class. A fun class to take with your child! *No class July 5.  Maximum 10.

Saturday Afternoon Pottery
Beginner to Intermediate
(Ages 15 to Adult)
Vanessa Greene

1106-Sa, 12:30-3:30 p.m., 5 wks-starts Aug. 1, ends Aug. 29 Register Here
$135 nm / $121 m + $10 studio fee
In this class we will introduce and refine the basic skills of throwing on the wheel.  Beginners will learn to throw and trim simple bowls, cylinders, as well as how to make and attach handles and trying some simple hand built forms.  More advanced students will be encouraged to try new forms as well as refining their basic skills.  *No class May 23.  Maximum 10.

Basic Clay Mosaic
For All Skill levels
(Ages 12 – Adult)
Adama Sow
Th, 7-9 p.m., 6 wks - starts July 23, ends Aug 27 Register Here
$108 nm/ $97 m + $12 studio fee
Students will be introduced to the ancient fine art of mosaic tiling by creating and designing their own colorful mosaic artwork. The process includes creating a design, laying the mosaic tiles in place, and grouting the piece. This is a great class to take with your child. Minimum 4, Maximum 12

Pottery Classes – Teen

Teen Pottery
(Ages 15-18)
Adama Sow
-Th, 4-6 p.m., 6 wks - starts June 11, ends July 16 Register Here
2127-Th, 4-6 p.m., 6 wks - starts July 23, ends Aug. 27 Register Here
$108 nm / $97 m + $12 studio fee
A class for teens aged 14-18. Students will focus on developing and improving the basic skills of wheel throwing. Beginners will learn to center, make a cylinder, bowl and some simple hand-built forms. More advanced students will work on new forms to improve their techniques. Students must purchase clay & firing fees. Please bring a check, or about $25 cash to the first meeting for clay and firing fees. Tools are provided. Maximum 10


Pottery Classes-Adult

Pots for the Kitchen - Summer Sampler
Siiri Silpala Doan, Donna Getsinger, Grace Pass, and Brad Benn
W, 1-4 p.m., 8 wks- starts June 10, ends July 29 Register Here
$216 nm/ $194 m + $ 16 studio fee
Each instructor will teach two weeks of this eight week class demonstrating a specific skill and technique. Students will be able to test the wide selection of techniques available at the Edina Art Center! Siiri – Sugar Bowls; Donna – Square Nesting Bowls; Grace - Rectangular Bakers; Brad – Wine Goblets.  Maximum 12

Get Ready for Summer; Vases, Planters, & More!
For Intermediate to Advanced
Marion Angelica
Tu, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 8 wks-starts April 7, ends May 26
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$216 nm/ $194 m + $16 studio fee
Ward off the winter blues and get ready for spring and summer and its gardens and flowers.  Learn special techniques to create sculpturally oriented, hand-build, functional art vases, planters, lanterns, stepping stones, garden ornaments and maybe even a bird bath. Marion Angelica is a 2012 Jerome Artist recipient and active studio clay artist.  Summer, bring it on! Maximum 12

Barrel & Pit Firing
Rachael Hoffman-Dachelet

3301-Th, 1 – 4 p.m., 4 weeks-starts Aug. 6, ends Aug. 20 + Friday, Aug. 21Z
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$108 nm/ $97m + $8 studio fee
Contemporary barrel and pit firing techniques often yield remarkable surface effects on decorative ware. Vibrant and exciting colorful designs are imprinted on unglazed clay forms by dancing flames carrying vapors from selected combustible organic materials. Join this 4 session class to make hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery to be fired in the outdoor pit and barrel kiln.
Session one – create pots; session two – apply terra sigillata, burnish and bisque; session three – load pit and fire; session four – unload kiln and treat surface. Maximum 12

Wheel Throwing Boot Camp
For Advanced Beginners
Geneviève Chamberland

3136-M, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 4 wks-starts May 4, ends June 1*(Full)
$108 / $97 m + $8 studio fee
The students in this class will bring their throwing skills to the next level. With a series of rigorous exercises, they will become familiar with clay behavior on the wheel and solve some “centering” and “rising of the wall” difficulties to become more consistent in their technique. Understanding “collapsing” and “wobbly lip” issues will be addressed. Students will be asked to dissociate themselves from a “finished project” as they experiment fully at each class. The class is designed for students with wheel-throwing experience. *No class May 25.  Maximum 10

Pottery for All
Bradley Benn

3086-Th, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 6 wks-starts June 11, ends July 16  (FULL)
3087-Th, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 6 wks-starts July 23, ends Aug. 27
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$162 nm/ $146 m + $12 studio fee
This class covers wheel-throwing, hand-building and combining the two.  Learn many techniques whether new to clay or not.  Traditional gas-fired glazing and other decorative techniques will be covered. Maximum 12.

Refining Your Skills
For Intermediates

Vanessa Greene
3105-M, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 8 wks-starts April 6, ends June 1**
Register Here
$216 nm/ $194 m + $16 studio fee
3106-M, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6 wks-starts June 8, ends July 13
Register Here
3107-M, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6 wks-starts July 20, ends Aug. 24
Register Here
$162 nm/ $146 m + $12 studio fee
This wheel throwing class is designed to help intermediate potters expand their skills and improve their work by exploring larger bowls and cylinders, new forms, new glazing techniques and paying closer attention to the details in which to make a pot more successful.  There will be personal attention, class projects and discussions about form, function and aesthetics to support your individual progress.  *No class Jan. 19 or Feb. 16. **No class May 25.  Maximum 12.

Clay Studio
For Intermediates

Matthew Quinn

3116-Th, 6:30-9:30p, 6 wks-starts June 11, ends July 16 Register Here
3117-Th, 6:30-9:30p, 6 wks-starts July 23, ends Aug. 27 Register Here
$162nm/ $146 m + $12 studio fee
Students will expand their technical abilities through class demos, discussion and critiques. A wide spectrum of building, surface treatment and firing techniques for clay work ranging from the functional to the sculptural will be taught.  Maximum 12

Wood Firing Class
For Intermediate to Advanced
Zac Spates
11 sessions – First Night, Friday, April 24 Register Here
          10 consecutive weeks, Th, 6-9 p.m., starts April 30, ends June 27
5 sessions in classroom with instructor, 3 weeks open work time and 3 weeks wood kiln time
$318 nm/$286 m + $22 studio fee
More than any other firing method, wood firing brings exciting and unpredictable results achieved through the burning of wood and subsequent ash that melts on the pots as flames shoot from the chimney. This unpredictability is perhaps the best part about the wood-firing method!

Class participants will meet with the instructor approximately every-other week at the Edina Art Center for both lectures on the process of wood firing and demonstrations. When the instructor is not present, the classroom will be reserved for the students. Students will bisque and glaze their work at the Art Center. In the final three weeks, the participants will carpool to meet at Zac's studio in Hudson, Wisconsin to load, fire, and unload his multi-chamber wood kiln! Students will participate in the loading, firing and unloading features of this remarkable firing experience! This class is designed for the intermediate through advanced student level and requires the ability to perform some outdoor physical labor.   The firing and stoking schedule will be discussed during the class, but will involve the last 3 weekends of the class (June 13-14, 20-21 and 27).  Maximum 10

Friday Evening Pottery
For Beginners and Intermediates

Grace Pass
3128-F, 6:30-9:30p, 5 wks-starts June 12, ends July 17** Register Here
3129-F, 6:30-9:30p, 5 wks-starts July 24, ends Aug. 21 Register Here
$135 nm/ $121 m + $10 studio fee 
Join this casual Friday night class to learn the fundamental skills of working with clay. The basics of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing will be covered. Individual attention will be provided to students based on their skill levels. Appropriate for new and continuing students. Please bring a check or about $25 cash to the first meeting for tools and clay. *No Class May 22. **No class July 3. Maximum 12

Wednesday Pottery
For Beginners and Intermediates

Grace Pass
3125-W, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 5 wks-starts June 10, ends July 15* (FULL)
3126-W, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 5 wks-starts July 22, ends Aug. 19 Register Here
$135 nm/ $121 m + $10 studio fee
Learn fundamental skills of working with clay. The basics of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing will be covered. Appropriate for new and continuing students. Individual attention based on student skill level. *No class July 1. Maximum 12

Friday Morning Pottery
For Beginners to Intermediates

Harriet Campe
3146-F, 9:30a-12:30p, 11 weeks-starts June 12, ends Aug. 28* Register Here
$297 nm/ $267 m + $22 studio fee
Students of all skill levels, from beginning to advanced, are welcome in this class.  Basic clay prep, hand-building, wheel throwing, and glazing are taught.  More advanced projects including Asian brushwork will also be explored.  Large group discussions, including critiques, as well as introduction to cultural and historical traditions will be held in class each week.  Each student will work at their own pace on projects of their choosing, with individual help from instructor.  *No Class July 3. Maximum 12

Ceramic Sculpture
For All Skill Levels

Krissy Catt
3186-F, 9:30a-12:30p, 10 wks-starts June 12, ends Aug. 21* Register Here
$270nm/ $243 m + $20 studio fee
The possibilities are endless in this lively ceramic sculpture class.  Students create a variety of sculptures including figurative, animal and human, abstract and realistic.  You will learn about proper architecture and interior structure for sculptured work.  Come to class with your own project ideas and we will work together to create your masterpieces.  *No class July 3 & 17.  Maximum 10

Advanced Soda-fired Pottery
Sandra Shaughnessy
3206-Tu, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 10 wks-starts June 9, ends Aug. 18*(FULL)
$270 nm/ $243 m + $20 studio fee
This hands-on class will focus on creating, preparing, and firing work in our soda kiln.  Advanced students will work on and off the wheel on thrown, altered and hand-built forms.  Emphasis will be on creating pottery forms and their relationship to the soda firing atmosphere.  We’ll learn the theory and practice of kiln loading, firing and glazing for the soda kiln.  *No class June 30.  Maximum 10

Pottery and Sculpture For All Skill Levels
Adama Sow
3225-M, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 8 wks-starts April 6, ends June 1** Register Here
$216 nm/ $194 m + $16 studio fee
3226-M, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 6 wks-starts June 8, ends July 13 Register Here
3227-M, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 6 wks-starts July 20, ends Aug. 24 Register Here
$162 nm/ $146 m + $12 studio fee
Demonstrations will cover hand-building and basic wheel-throwing techniques as well as more advanced concepts upon request. Students work at their own pace with both individualized and group instruction.  No clay experience necessary; advanced students welcome.  *No class Feb. 16.  **No class May 25.  Maximum 12

August Pottery Open Studio for Members
Th, 1 – 4 p.m., 4 wks-starts Aug. 6, ends Aug. 27 Register Here
Members Only
$36 m
Sign up to use the pottery studios to create and glaze during the August session. An Edina Art Center special for our members! Students must be registered to attend. Maximum 12

Edina Art Center

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4701 W. 64th St.
Edina, MN 55435
952-903-5781 (fax)

Learn More!

Download the 2015 Spring/Summer class schedule.

Download the Spring 2015 Open Pottery Studio Times.

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