Pottery

Learn techniques or sharpen your skills with classes available for beginning and experienced potters. Classes take place in our robust pottery studio and 577 offers three kilns – wood, raku, and electric. Independent studio time is available for students who have successfully completed the adult six-week pottery course and with permission. Classes are taught by the 577 Pottery Studio Manager/Ceramic Artist and teaching fellows.

Upcoming Classes

Adult Pottery 6-Week Course
Wednesdays, March 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3

*This class is open to adults 18 and over, no prior clay experience is needed.

Join us for this comprehensive adult pottery class. This multiple-week class is for adult beginners through advanced potters – all levels are welcome. This class is the pre-requisite class needed for many of our pottery classes at The 577 Foundation.

Open to students 18 and over, this class offers in-depth demos followed immediately by your own work time to create and have fun. You will be able to try all hand-building methods like pinch, coil, slab, and extruded techniques, plus a chance at the wheel. Finally, we will learn about glazing. Class is built around learning one skill each week.

The class instructors are Julie Beutler, Pottery Studio Manager and Ceramic Artist, and Emily Horst, 577 Pottery Fellow

Garden Art ~ Toad Abode
Friday, February 24 ~ 9:30am to 12pm

*This class is open to adults 18 and over, no prior clay experience is needed.

Warm weather is just around the corner so join us for our first garden art class of the year! Come make a toad abode (house) for the toad residents of your yard or patio. These dome-like coil structures are a welcoming place for a hoppy little friend.

During class, we will walk you through the construction using extruded coils and show you how to make your own unique decorations. You will have a chance to paint your decorations with underglaze ~ which are liquid-colored clay. You will leave your creation with us to fire and clear glaze for pick up a couple of weeks later. No prior clay experience required.

This class is perfect for all levels, come play in the clay!

Garden Art ~ Fish/Owl Hanger
Friday, March 10 ~ 9:30am to 12pm

*This class is open to adults 18 and over, no prior clay experience is needed.

Warm weather is just around the corner, which makes March the perfect time to make a new garden art project. Join us and learn how to make a fish or owl wall/fence hanger. Your pottery instructor, Julie Beutler, will walk you through the simple steps of slab, coils, and thumbprint additions that will look so cute hanging on a fence, side of your house, on a garden shed, or even inside your home.

You will have a chance to personalize your creation by painting part of your new hangers or the whole thing with underglaze – which is liquid-colored clay. Then, you will leave your creation with us to fire and clear glaze (or a colored glaze, depending on your underglaze usage) for pickup a couple of weeks later. No prior clay experience is required.

This class is perfect for all levels, come play in the clay!

February Family Pottery: For Ages 7 to 17 w/ Adult
Monday, February 20, 10am to 12pm

Looking for something to do with your child on this day off from school? In this family clay class, both adult and child will enjoy an exploration of hand-built pottery projects with this session’s focus on adorable pinch pot animals. Your instructors will demonstrate how to make four (4) pinch pot animals ~ a mouse, penguin, bunny, and bear~ using simple slab/coils techniques. After the demonstration, you will be able to choose your favorite to create.

After creating your animal, we will finish the class by painting them with underglazes to really bring out their personalities! The 577’s pottery staff will fire and glaze the pieces with a clear glaze, and pick-up will be scheduled a couple of weeks later. Each participant will create and paint one animal.

Class Registration Requirments:
• Each registration is for one (1) youth between the ages of 7 to 17, with an accompanying adult 18 years old and older. Due to the small class size, only one adult may accompany the youth registered.
• If an adult would like to accompany multiple youth participants, please sign up each youth participant individually and list the adult’s name for each registration.

March Family Pottery: For Ages 7 to 17 w/ Adult
Wednesday, March 22 ~ 3:30pm to 5:30pm

This family clay class is for both child and their accompanying adult to enjoy an exploration of hand-built pottery projects. Each participant will make their own pinch pot frog/toad. Then, as a team will create one small coil toad abode (toad/frog house) perfect for your garden, flower bed, or corner of your yard to help attract a jumping little friend to your yard.

The 577’s pottery staff will fire and glaze the pieces with a clear glaze and pick-up will be scheduled a couple of weeks later. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Class Registration Requirments:
• Each registration is for one (1) youth between the ages of 7 to 17, with an accompanying adult 18 years old and older. Due to the small class size, only one adult may accompany the youth registered.
• If an adult would like to accompany multiple youth participants, please sign up each youth participant individually and list the adult’s name for each registration.

Birdhouse/Feeders • Saturday Class
Saturday, February 11 ~ 9am to 12pm

Mandatory: MUST have successfully completed the 577 Adult Pottery 6 Week Class to participate.

Join Julie for several demos using both throwing and hand-building techniques to create your very own birdhouses and feeders. She will walk you through tips and tricks to make both hanging and tabletop versions that will be perfect on decks, old logs, etc.

So whether you enjoy the wheel, hand building, or a fun combo of both, this class has something for all. There will be plenty of time for you to start your pieces after the demonstrations, so come with your ideas and join us for a morning of pottery.

Clay Jewelry
Thursday, February 2 ~ 9am to 11am

Mandatory: MUST have successfully completed the 577 Adult Pottery 6 Week Class to participate.

This is the perfect class for Intermediate and advanced students who have completed the 6-week course to further their pottery skills. Students will receive instructions on how to make clay jewelry including items such as earrings, pendants, and pins. Students will receive some findings (such as pin backs, earring posts, bail, etc) to finish their clay pieces.

Julie will provide several demonstrations including how to finish/put items together. You will also have the opportunity to receive individual attention with one-on-one time with Julie.

Pottery to Go – Gnomes
Multiple Dates – See below

Mandatory: MUST have successfully completed the 577 Adult Pottery 6 Week Class to participate.

A yearly favorite is back! Make small gnomes to accent your home or garden in this pottery-to-go class. Cute on a porch or peeking out of a planter in your garden, these little friends will bring a smile to your face all year long.

Using slab and pinch pot techniques, Julie will walk you through step-by-step how to make your own little gnomes with plenty of room for you to add your own creative touches. Depending on the size you choose, you will be able to make 2 to 3 gnomes.

Pick-up Materials: Friday, February 3: 9am to 4pm
Return Project: Tuesday, February 21: 9am to 4pm

Pottery to Go – Wall Pockets
Multiple Dates – See below

Mandatory: MUST have successfully completed the 577 Adult Pottery 6 Week Class to participate.

Wall pockets are cute for collecting mail, storing long matches, or holding flowers. In this “work from your home” class, we will supply you with all the tools and resources you need to make a medium wall pocket or two smaller ones, all done using slab techniques, although a little coil or pinch pot action could be a part of your design.

Your supplies include a choice of red or white clay, pottery tools, drywall board, plastic bags, step-by-step written instructions, a video instruction, as well email support from Julie.

Please Note: This class no longer counts toward the three classes needed to keep indie time privileges.

Pick-up Materials: Thursday, March 9 ~ 8:30am to 4:30pm
Return Project: Friday, March 31 ~ 8:30am to 4:30pm

Hybrid Pottery to Go – Raku
Multiple Dates – See below

Mandatory: MUST have successfully completed the 577 Adult Pottery 6 Week Class to participate.

This class is a hybrid of our popular “work from home” classes where you will make all the pieces at home and then join us for an in-person outdoor firing of the raku kiln. We will supply you with all the tools and resources you need to make for to six pieces: clay, pottery tools, drywall board, plastic bags to make your pieces at home.

You will also have options to receive links to videos on basic constructions to make pots of your choosing using techniques including, pinch, coils, slabs, as well as instructions/ideas for what to make for your raku firing. You can also choose to use your block of clay to create your pieces at home, in your own indie times or other clay classes at 577, or a combo of both.

Pick-up Materials: Thursday, March 9 ~ 8:30am to 4:30pm
Return Project: Thursday, April 13~ 8:30am to 4:30pm

Raku Firing: Monday, April 24 ~ 2pm to 8pm

Supervised Indie Time ~ Q&A Time
Tuesday, January 31 ~ 10am to 12pm
Wednesday, February 8 ~ 2pm to 4pm
Friday, February 17 ~ 10am to 12pm
Tuesday, February 28 ~ 8:30am to 10:30am
Wednesday, March 8 ~ 4pm to 6pm
Tuesday, March 14 ~ 10am to 12pm
Friday, March 31 ~ 8:30am to 10:30am

Mandatory: MUST have successfully completed the 577 Adult Pottery 6 Week Class to participate.

Supervised Indie Time sessions are perfect for folks who completed the 6-week adult class in 2022 or those just coming back with their new indie time and need additional time with instructors.

Join us for these casual supervised classes perfect for you to work independently on your projects where you can use the table, extruder, slab roller, and even the wheel. If you need some tips on projects or ideas you are working on, Julie and/or Emily will be in the studio to help answer questions, remind you of techniques or where things are, and just be there to help give you inspiration on a project.

Supervised Indie Time ~ Glazing Help
Saturday, February 11 ~ 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Mandatory: MUST have successfully completed the 577 Adult Pottery 6 Week Class to participate.

Does glazing give you anxiety? Join us in this class designed for you! If you just completed the 6-week course and want more time with your instructors, or need some tips on projects or ideas you are working on, join us for this casual supervised class.

You have the opportunity to work independently on your projects, and in this specialized session, Julie will be available to help you glaze, learn about the spray booth, and how to glaze weird shapes. 

Half Day Throwing
Monday, January 30 ~ 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, February 7 ~ 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, February 16 ~ 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, February 25 ~ 8:30am to 11:30am
Saturday, February 25 ~ 1pm to 4pm
Tuesday, March 7 ~ 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Monday, March 13 ~ 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, March 25 ~ 8:30am to 11:30am
Saturday, March 25 ~ 1pm to 4pm

Mandatory: MUST have successfully completed the 577 Adult Pottery 6 Week Class to participate.

Practice your skills on the wheel in this intensive study class with Julie & Emily. Class is set around your individual goals but the focus is to help you gain confidence on the wheel.

Start the session with a couple of short demonstrations from Julie or Emily, then you will have the rest of the time to work. Don’t worry if you feel a little rusty, your instructor will rotate between students to give advice and help. Prior to class, you will also receive an email with links to throwing videos to help rekindle that memory of throwing on the potter’s wheel.

Waitlists are available if class is listed as full.

Independent Studio Time

Access to our pottery studio for independent time is designed to give qualified students equipment andstudio space to create pottery. Students must have completed the 6 week adult pottery course and beapproved by the Pottery Studio Manager.

Class Locations & Parking Map

Signed up for a class and need help finding your classroom location and parking? Each class description lists its location. Click the button below to view a full map of the grounds and buildings with two lots available for easy and convenient parking.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Because space is limited, we rely on you to register for classes thoughtfully. Please help us continue to offer these wonderful classes as affordably as possible by adhering to the following registration, cancellation, and refund policies.

Photo & Video Release

Photos and videos may be taken during 577 classes and events for use on our website and other relevant media outlets and your attendance constitutes consent. View the full policy below including how you can opt-out of this release. 

577 is open daily, 9am to 5pm. The Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop is open Wednesday ~ Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

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