Adult ClassesAdult Classes at Pewabic

Pewabic offers classes for adults in all skill and confidence levels. The facilities at historic Pewabic Pottery are exceptional and serve to enhance the educational program by providing high quality and diverse options for creating and firing ceramics.

There are many advantages to studying ceramics at Pewabic which include:  

  • Small class sizes
  • Short sessions and workshops to let you try out a subject
  • Afternoon and weekend Open Studio hours
  • On-site ceramic exhibition galleries to provide examples and inspiration
  • Opportunity to exhibit your work in the annual Staff & Student Exhibition.
  • A variety of firing temperatures (cone 04, 6 and 10 reductions)

2014 Class Catalogs

Click here for the Spring +  Summer 2014 Education Catalog.

Visiting Artist Series

Martha Grover Hands On Workshop presented in partnership with Rovin Ceramics | Three Days: $215.00

Martha Grover is a functional potter, creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. Martha received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases.

Day 1: Thursday, May 29th - 1:30PM – 5:30PM

Day 2: Friday, May 30th – 1:30PM – 5:30PM

Day 3: Saturday, May 31st – 11:30AM – 5:00PM

This is an opportunity for discovering the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel. Participants will work with wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages.  Martha will demonstrate various altering techniques and the addition of slabs, handles, and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms.

Topics to be covered which will be of interest to aspiring potters include but are not limited to crack repair and mending, the use of the spray gun for glaze application, and her sources of inspiration and philosophy of making. 

Please Note:  Additional firing fees may apply to unregistered students of Pewabic Pottery Educational Studio.  Clay will be provided but participants should bring their own pottery tools. 

Bold, Bright, and Decorative: Slab Construction and Surfacing Techniques | Two Days: $120.00

Rachel Gervais is a ceramic artist enrolled at College for Creative Studies pursuing a BFA in Ceramics and Art Education. In 2013, she was awarded the LeRoy Neiman Foundation Fellowship at Oxbow School of Arts. 

 Day 1: Saturday, June 7th 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Day 2: Sunday, June 8th 12:00PM – 3:00PM

Everyday objects are a way that we can express ourselves. Through the use of clay, we are able to personalize intimate objects we use, such as cups. This workshop will focus on creating simple forms, such as cups and bowls, through slab construction using templates.  These will be turned into simple, uncompleted canvases for bright and bold decorative surfacing designs.  Through the use of under-glazes and numerous surfacing techniques we will begin to personalize our objects and bring our blank canvases to life. 

Transformations with Tom Phardel: Wheel-thrown Bowls Morph into Teapots  | Two Days: $120.00

Tom Phardel is the Ceramics Department Chair at College for Creative Studies in Detroit.  His work is included in a number of important American arts institutions including the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, The Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Michigan, the Detroit Institute of Arts among others.

 Day 1: Saturday, June 28th, 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Day 2: Sunday, June 29th, 12:00PM – 3:00PM

Phardel will demonstrate how to take a simple form such as a bowl made on the potters’ wheel and turn it into a functional teapot.  Students will learn how to transform simple form into more expressive and organic vessels. This workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced wheel-throwing students.

Monica Wilson  - Making Lightweight Molds for Ceramic Sculpture | One Day: $75.00

Monica Wilson is an Art Instructor at Summers-Knoll in Ann Arbor, MI and Presidentof the Clay Gallery in Ann Arbor, MI. In 2012, Monica was awarded the Emerging Artist Award, Michigan Ceramic Art Association.

Day 1: Aug. 9th 11:00AM – 4:00PM

In this one-day presentation and demonstration students will learn how to make simple lightweight molds for building abstract ceramic sculpture.  One-part nesting molds and two-part closed form molds will be covered.   

Monica will also discuss and demonstrate how to use burlap or fabric embedded in plaster to create a plaster cast around an object.  Monica’s method of mold-making is best used for creating hollow ceramic sculpture with a detailed and textured surface, finishing with dry low-temperature glazes or an alternative surface treatment.  She will also discuss various techniques for using the molds, as well as ways to fire and finish pieces with the use of fire molds, kiln furniture, and nychrome wire.

Monica Wilson’s work will be exhibited in the Pewabic Pottery Contemporary Galleries during the workshop (July 11 – August 24).

Class sizes are limited, sign up today!  You can register by calling (313) 626-2000 to reach Customer Service, in person at our Museum Store (Mon-Sat 10am-6pm or Sun 12-4pm) or click here to Register Online. We accept Visa, Mastercard, cash or personal check.  Please note: There will be no refunds given after the first class.  Classes are education-based, therefore no commission work is allowed. 

Studio Donations

Our Education department continues to work diligently to provide a complete resource library and effective studio for our students.  If you would like to donate to the Education Studio, please call (313) 626-2086 to request a Wish LIst.  There are a variety of items in various price ranges to match your contribution needs.  Your donation is tax-deductible. 

Pewabic Pottery Education Studio is under no obligation to reschedule classes that are cancelled upon the closure of the facility due to inclement weather. In the event that an instructor cancels a class, or the pottery itself must close for business-related reasons, a make-up class will be arranged if possible. Due to studio space demands, there is no guarantee that a make-up class will be offered. 

Class fees cover materials and studio time for 8 week courses, including 25lbs of clay and open studio hours, therefore classes cannot be pro-rated to accommodate a missed class, nor will refunds be issued. In rare circumstances, credits may be given towards classes per the Education Studio staff. Please contact the Manager of Education for more information.