Ceramics Classes

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly as we add new classes online throughout the season. Dates and times are subject to change.

Cancellation Policy:  Occasionally classes must be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met for our visiting instructors, there is a health or weather emergency, or other unforeseen events.  We understand that this may be a disappointment to our students, and we’ll do our best to inform you as early as we can of the cancellation.

If Oliver Art Center cancels a class, we’ll offer a full refund or credit towards another course, at your discretion.

If a student must withdraw from a class a full refund less $10 processing fee will be issued if cancellation is received at least one week prior to the first day of class. After that time, no refunds are provided. If you sign up for a multi-day or multi-week class but do not attend the entire course, we will not pro-rate the class as we need to pay our guest instructors for your spot in the class.

Ceramic Classes at OAC

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Learn to love clay at OAC! Whether you want to explore wheel-throwing, expand your hand-building skills, or learn new techniques, you will enjoy our variety of ceramics workshops. Our on-site ceramics studio features seven electric wheels, two kilns, two large work tables, a clay prep station, and a glazing station. New classes and workshops will be added throughout the year – be sure to join our mailing list to stay up to date on new offerings!


Ceramics with Steve Kline –

Ceramics Exploration Series
$160 (Members, $144)

This independent study experience is designed to allow students to learn at their own pace while exploring projects of their own interest. Each session is comprised of three-hour classes that run for six weeks. All skill levels are welcome. Explore making vessels, tiles, and sculptures with slabs, or work on the wheel. Class is loosely organized to encourage personal growth and discovery, with one-on-one input from instructor Steve Kline. Guidance is provided in problem-solving for success in any direction you might wish to follow.

Class size is limited to 8 students, allowing everyone access to kiln firings and instructor input. Please note, this is not an “open studio” – students will work on pieces in class, and those pieces will be glazed and fired within the 6 week session. Registered students will have access to the studio for “Finishing Lab” time two days a week outside of class, schedule permitting. New students will be given a studio orientation during their first session to learn policies for preparing and storing clay, use of glazes, and studio cleanliness.

Class price includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes, and firings. Additional clay is available for purchase.

Instructor Steve Kline made a name for himself as an artist in Louisiana making monumental sculptures for public and commercial spaces. His works can be found at Armstrong Park in New Orleans, Tulane University, a public playground in New Orleans, and other locations. He and his family relocated to Northern Michigan, and he manages OAC’s ceramics studio in addition to working in his home studio in various mediums.

Find him on Instagram at Steve Kline Art

Registration for each session opens a few weeks before the session begins.
If the class looks full, please check with the office at 231-352-4151 or info@oliverart.org for more information.


Ceramics with Rachel Liebler –

NEW! Intro to Wheel Throwing
$150 (Members, $135)

This beginners’ course will focus on instructor-led classes introducing clay bodies, tools, wedging, centering, throwing, and trimming – as well as general knowledge of working with clay. Class will meet for two hours, once a week for four weeks. Students will focus on strong foundational skills (proper centering, setting the bottom of a vessel form, smooth confident pulls, straight-walled cylinders, clean arc for bowls, proper footing/trimming techniques, and sleek glazing). Students will produce (start to finish) a tumbler/mug and a bowl (more if time and student ability allow). Students are welcome to participate in the “Finishing Lab” times available for those registered for clay classes at OAC.


COMING SOON: 

KIDS CLAY CAMP –  Starting in June, more info TBA soon!

ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS –  Special glazing techniques, firing workshops, sgraffitto, and more! Keep an eye on the website, social media, and emails to stay up to date.

 

Ceramics Classes

Kid's Clay Camp! Session A - Mondays & Saturdays in June 6/17, 6/22, 6/24, 6/29

For ages 8-14        MONDAYS & SATURDAYS  JUNE 17th, 22nd 24th, and 29th    10-11:30 am

Your young artist will learn different methods of hand building and tools to create texture to create fun and creative keepsakes with instructor (and mom) Rachel Liebler. We will make an imprint dish (think fossils or flowers and greenery), learn different building techniques using slabs and coils, as well as explore glazing. Students get to take home 2 completed  works: an imprint dish, and a piece led by their own imagination demonstrating the techniques they've learned.

Instructor Info:  Rachel Liebler has been working with clay for over 15 years, originally studying under local artist Karl Sporck. She has been slowly making a name for herself while she raises her young family. She currently is a Beulah resident and the artist and creator of Cold Creek Arts, selling functional and decorative wheel thrown Ceramic pieces featuring hand painted woodland inspired illustrations. She has a background in painting and illustration as well as Ceramics and would love to share her in depth knowledge of clay, tools, and techniques with new and experienced potters alike!

Mon June 17, 2024

Member Price: $90.00

Non-Member Price: $100.00

Available Spaces: 2

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 5 B

Tuesdays June 25 - August 6, 6-9pm pm.  NO CLASS JULY 2nd.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Tue June 25, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 7

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 5 D

Wednesdays June 26 - August 7, 6-9 pm.  NO CLASS JULY 3rd.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Wed June 26, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 5

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 5 C

Wednesdays June 26 - August 7, 12 - 3 pm.  NO CLASS JULY 3rd.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Wed June 26, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 7

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 5 E

Thursdays June 27 - August 8, 10 am - 1 pm.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Thu June 27, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 5

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 5 F

Thursdays June 27 - August 8, 3:30 - 6:30 pm.  NO CLASS JULY 4TH.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Thu June 27, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 5

 
Beginning Ceramics - 4 wk Intro to Wheel Throwing with Rachel Liebler

Mondays 12-2pm July 8 - July 29 (4 weeks)

This course will focus on instructor-led classes introducing clay bodies, tools, wedging, centering, throwing and trimming - as well as general knowledge of working with clay.  Class will meet for two hours, once a week for four weeks.  Students will focus on strong foundational skills (proper centering, setting the bottom of a vessel form, smooth confident pulls, straight-walled cylinders, clean arc for bowls, proper footing/trimming techniques, and sleek glazing) and will produce (start to finish) a tumbler/mug and a bowl (more if time and student ability allow).  Students are welcome to take part in the open studio times available for those who are registered for clay classes at OAC. (Call for more information.).

Mon July 8, 2024

Member Price: $135.00

Non-Member Price: $150.00

Available Spaces: 0

 
Advanced Ceramics - Large Vessel Wheel Throwing with Rachel Liebler - 4 wks

Mondays 12-2pm August 5 - August 26 (4 weeks)

Learn to throw large vessels; throwing multi-piece vessels, lids, sets of matching pieces, and working with more difficult clay bodies (like porcelain).  Work with calipers, measuring tools, heat gun, ribs, and throwing sticks.  Not for beginners - at least intermediate level experience necessary.

Mon August 5, 2024

Member Price: $135.00

Non-Member Price: $150.00

Available Spaces: 5

 
Kid's Clay Camp! Session B - Mondays and Saturdays in August 8/12, 8/17, 19th, and 24th

For ages 8-14        MONDAYS & SATURDAYS August 12th, 17th, 19th, and 24th   10-11:30 am

Your young artist will learn different methods of hand building and tools to create texture to create fun and creative keepsakes with instructor (and mom) Rachel Liebler. We will make an imprint dish (think fossils or flowers and greenery), learn different building techniques using slabs and coils, as well as explore glazing. Students get to take home 2 completed  works: an imprint dish, and a piece led by their own imagination demonstrating the techniques they've learned.

Instructor Info:  Rachel Liebler has been working with clay for over 15 years, originally studying under local artist Karl Sporck. She has been slowly making a name for herself while she raises her young family. She currently is a Beulah resident and the artist and creator of Cold Creek Arts, selling functional and decorative wheel thrown Ceramic pieces featuring hand painted woodland inspired illustrations. She has a background in painting and illustration as well as Ceramics and would love to share her in depth knowledge of clay, tools, and techniques with new and experienced potters alike!

Mon August 12, 2024

Member Price: $90.00

Non-Member Price: $100.00

Available Spaces: 7

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 6 B

Tuesdays August 13 - September 17, 6-9pm.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Tue August 13, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 6 C

Wednesdays August 14 - September 18, 12 - 3 pm.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Wed August 14, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 6 D

Wednesdays August 14 - September 18, 6 -9pm.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Wed August 14, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 6 E

Thursdays August 15 - September 19, 10 am - 1 pm.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Thu August 15, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 7

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 6 F

Thursdays August 15 - September 19, 3:30 - 6:30 pm.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Thu August 15, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 7 C

Wednesdays September 25 - October 30, 12 - 3 pm.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Wed September 25, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 7 F

Thursdays September 26 - October 31, 3:30 - 6:30 pm.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Thu September 26, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 7 E

Thursdays September 26 - October 31, 10 am - 1 pm.

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Thu September 26, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 8 C

Wednesdays November 6 - December 18, 12 - 3 pm.  NO CLASS THANKSGIVING WEEK (11/27)

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Wed November 6, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 8 E

Thursdays November 7 - December 19, 10 am - 1 pm.  NO CLASS THANKSGIVING WEEK (11/28)

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Thu November 7, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Ceramics Exploration Session 8 F

Thursdays November 7 - December 19, 3:30 - 6:30 pm. NO CLASS THANKSGIVING (11/28)

Open format studio class.  Beginners welcome (instruction provided).  Also great for more experienced potters (guidance provided - but work can be self-led).

Price includes firings, standard glazes, and first 25 lbs. of clay.  Additional clay can be purchased on request.

Thu November 7, 2024

Member Price: $144.00

Non-Member Price: $160.00

Available Spaces: 8