To be able to take a lump of wet clay and turn it into a work of art is a skill, but a skill that is fun to learn for all ages. The Washington D.C. area is rich with schools that have lessons in pottery for children and adults. The pottery lessons in the Washington D.C. area come in all shapes and sizes, so to speak. You can take sample pottery lessons or commit to ten weeks of lessons. They are available every day of the week and any time of the day. So you will be able to one that fits your schedule. Take some time to visit and ask about the pottery lessons they offer. You will not know what you can do unless you go out and try.
Jill Hinckley Pottery has pottery classes seven days a week right in Washington D.C. There are pottery lessons for beginners, intermediate, advanced and also mixed classes. The lessons go on for 10 sessions and you must make a 10 session commitment. They are located at 707 Kalorama Road NW, Washington D.C. 20009.
The Art League in Alexandria has a tremendous variety of pottery lessons available all year long. They are beginning/intermediate and intermediate/advanced, The sessions are held once a week and last for 9 lessons. They also have one session work shops and pottery camps for children aged 10-13. They are located at 105 North Union Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314 in the Washington D.C. area.
Creative Clay Pottery has Summer Ceramics for Kids (10-14), a four day session of lessons. They are also planing more summer classes for kids. Contact them for the information. The also have beginning, intermediate and advanced wheel lessons for adults. They also have open studio time for their students to get in some extra work. They are located at 5704E General Washington Dr., Alexandria Virginia 22312 a short drive from Washington D.C.
Manassas Clay has Beginning Wheel, Beginning Wheel for Teens, Intermediate Wheel, Advanced Wheel, Handbuilding Lessons and Children’s Handbuilding Lessons. All of the classes meet one day a week for 8 weeks except for the children’s lessons which last for 6 weeks. They are located at
9122 Center Street Manassas, Virginia 20110, just about 30miles from Washington D.C.
Baltimore Clayworks has evening pottery lessons. They are much more than a school. They promote exhibitions and grant an annual emerging artist fellowship, so if you are a serious artist, Baltimore Clayworks can be a great help. They have a sample class you can take on a Sat or Sun to try out pottery lessons and see if it is what you want to do before committing to one of the eight week classes. Some of the subjects for their adult lessons are Where to begin, the first one you should take, Basic Wheel: the Learning Curve, Intermediate Wheel, Advanced Wheel, Sculpture and Handbuilding, Figure in Clay, Jamaican Coil Building and Print It: printmaking on clay and these are just a sample of the adult pottery lessons they offer. Their youth pottery lessons are just as comprehensive with lessons in subjects like Clay After School (ages 6 – 8) or (Ages 9 – 11), and a really special one Clay for You and Me (ages 6 – 11 + adult) for parents and children to take together. They have other pottery lessons similar to the adult ones and their studios are handicapped accessible. They are located at 5706 Smith Ave., Baltimore, Maryland, 21209 about 40 miles from Washington D.C.