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, July 17, 24; August 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm** 
Thursdays, August 29; September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3 ~ 9:30am to 11:30am

*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

**No Class on July 31

577 Collab Class: Make & Plant a Fairy Garden
Part One Class: Thursday, July 25 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Part Two Class: Tuesday, August 13 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

*This class is open to all adults over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Join us for a special two-part class where you’ll learn to create and plant your very own fairy garden. If you love pottery and gardening, this is the perfect combo for you! And don’t worry if you’re new to either skill, 577 staff instructors, Emily Horst, our pottery coordinator and ceramic artist, and Bennett Dowling, our organic landscape horticulturist, will guide you through the entire process.

Class One: Kick off the fun with Emily as she shows you how to make adorable tiny furniture and accessories for your saucer fairy garden. You’ll add all the fun details, then our pottery team will fire them so they’re ready for the next class in a couple of weeks.

Class Two: Come back for part two with Bennett, where you’ll use your handmade miniatures to put together and plant your saucer fairy garden.

All supplies included – clay, firing, soil, and plants. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay AND dirt!

Clay Cookie Cutter Bowls
Monday, July 29 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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

Join us for an evening playing in clay. Learn how to create a unique clay bowl using cookie cutters to create the shape. Led by Emily Horst, 577’s Pottery Coordinator and Ceramic Artist, she will guide you step-by-step on the bowl construction, textures available, and color options. Choose to use one or multiple cookie cutter designs to create a theme throughout – think flowers and leaves, stars and moons, or whatever great idea your imagination explores. Explore textures, adding before or after attachment, to add another dimension to your bowl.

The final piece to the puzzle is color. Do you love bright and vibrant colors? Use our underglazes, otherwise known as liquid colored clay, to paint your bowl. Or if you prefer a surprise, pick a color combo from our class glazes. Pickup will be scheduled for two to three weeks later after Emily has applied the final glaze and fired each piece. Participants will receive a notification via email.

No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Clay Faux Fun: Food
Monday, August 5 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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

Our last faux food class was an absolute blast, and by popular demand, we’re back with even more exciting creations! This time, we’re expanding the menu to include a delightful assortment of faux foods. Join us to create realistic-looking hamburgers, cake slices, cookies, sushi, spaghetti and meatballs, donuts, and more. Get ready for a fun and creative experience with a wide variety of options to choose from!

Julie Beutler, 577 Pottery Manager and Ceramic Artist, will demonstrate simple clay building techniques, including pinch, slabs, and coils, to create your “faux food” of your choice. She will guide you through all the steps of creating your “food” and how to paint with underglazes, otherwise known as liquid colored clay, or find a glaze perfect for you. Depending on the detail level, most class participants will make between two to four pieces. What meal will you create in the Pottery Studio?

Pickup will be scheduled for two to three weeks later after Julie has completed the glazing and firing process. Participants will receive a notification via email. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

New! Clay Address Plaque
Tuesday, August 20 ~ 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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

Is it time to update your home address display? Make your own! Join Emily Horst, your class instructor and 577 Pottery Coordinator, in the Pottery Studio for an engaging and creative class where you’ll design and craft a personalized home address plaque, unique to you and your tastes. Whether you prefer individual number tiles or a single tile featuring your entire address, this class offers the perfect opportunity to express your style.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn slab techniques to roll out your tiles. You’ll then use stamps, hand-formed elements, and cut-out designs to add your unique touch. After shaping and decorating, you’ll paint your creation with underglaze. Bring your design ideas to maximize your time in class. Once your tiles are complete, choose between a clear dip for a shiny finish or select from our range of class glazes.

Pickup will be scheduled for two to three weeks later after Emily has completed the glazing and firing process. Participants will receive a notification via email. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Checkerboard ~ July Family Pottery: For Ages 9 to 17 w/ Adult
Friday, July 26 ~ 9am to 11am

This family pottery class is open to children 9 to 17 with an adult over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Join us for a unique family pottery class making a checkerboard ~ the perfect addition to game night!. Each pair will make one checkerboard with 24 pieces, 12 pieces for each side. Opt for a traditional design or let your imagination run wild with unconventional patterns, the choice is yours!

Under the guidance of your instructor, Emily, 577’s pottery coordinator and ceramic artist, you’ll start by rolling out a slab of clay and cutting out your boards. Then, it’s time to cut out the individual pieces and personalize your boards to your heart’s content. Work together with your kiddo to make an unforgettable project that can be used for years to come. Once fired, these projects may be glazed or high fired to finish, with Emily discussing your choices in class. Pickup will be in approximately 2 to 3 weeks after class. Each pair will receive a notification via email. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Class Registration Requirments:
• Each registration is for one (1) youth between the ages of 9 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.

Platter ~ July Family Pottery: For Ages 7 to 17 w/ Adult
Wednesday, July 31 ~ 9am to 10:30am

This family pottery class is open to children 7 to 17 with an adult over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Join Julie and Emily, 577’s pottery instructors, for a creative and memorable experience making a large family “special day” platter. As a team, each adult and youth will work to roll out a slab, then prep and decorate a new heirloom for your family.

The platter will be food-safe ~ perfect for birthdays, holidays, or any special dinner at home. It’s large enough for serving, yet just the right size for everyday use. Pickup will be in approximately 12 to 14 days after class. Each pair will receive a notification via email. No experience is necessary. Create lasting memories and a treasured keepsake!

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.

Monster Set ~ July Family Pottery: For Ages 7 to 12 w/ Adult
Wednesday, July 31 ~ 1pm to 3pm

This family pottery class is open to children 7 to 12 with an adult over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Join Julie and Emily, 577’s pottery instructors, for a “frightfully fun” family pottery class. Each family member will make and decorate their very own “monster” themed bowl and plate. Together, we’ll use pinch pot and slab techniques to bring to life fun, wide-mouth creature dip bowls and matching or complementing snack plates from your imagination. Not sure what you want your set to look like, don’t worry! We’ll start with some fun demonstrations to get your imagination flowing.

Everyone will complete their projects by painting them with liquid colored clay for bright and fun colors. Cute for movie nights, lunch, and after-school snacks, you will love using your own custom plate and dip bowl set! Julie and Emily will complete the process with a clear glaze and a high-fire making them food-safe. Pickup will be in approximately 12 to 14 days after class. Each pair will receive a notification via email. 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 12, 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.

Clay Butterflies & Moths ~ Youth Pottery: For Ages 7 to 12
Friday, August 2 ~ 10am to 12pm

This youth pottery class is open to children 7 to 12, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Join us for this whimsical class, creating beautiful butterflies and moths perfect for a wall hanging or garden display. Emily Horst, your class instructor and 577 Pottery Coordinator, will guide you through the process, starting with rolling out slabs, then cutting out butterfly and moth shapes, and finally decorating them with coils.

Your child can let their imagination soar with designs that are fanciful or wonderfully lifelike. While our creations dry, we’ll stroll through the gardens, spotting real fluttery friends and discovering the magic of pollination. When we return, we’ll finish class by painting with vibrant underglazes, bringing our ceramic critters to life!

After firing, these projects will be dipped in a clear glaze for a glossy finish. Pickup will be scheduled in 2 to 3 weeks, and you’ll receive an email notification when they’re ready for you to pickup and proudly display. Please note: Adults are not required to attend youth pottery classes. Students may be dropped off at the beginning of class and picked up at the scheduled end time. Please remember to try and be on time.

577 Staff Instructor: Emily Horst

Wall Hanging ~ August Family Pottery: For Ages 7 to 17 w/ Adult
Monday, August 5 ~ 9:30am to 11:30am

This family pottery class is open to children 7 to 17 with an adult over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Get ready for an exciting adventure in this fun class with your kiddo! Together, you will dive into the world of slab and pinch pot techniques to craft a one-of-a-kind wall hanging, perfect for any space ~ indoors or outdoors. Using cookie cutters or your own artistic touch, you’ll shape and decorate your pieces exactly how you want. Mix and match sizes, shapes, textures, and colors to create something truly unique!

You and your child can choose to make a big, bold design or a few smaller hanging pieces – it’s up to you! After you’ve put your creative magic into them, we’ll fire your creations. Whether you prefer a shiny glazed finish or a smooth, matte look, Emily will walk you through the options during class. In just 2 to 3 weeks after the class, your amazing artwork will be ready for pick up. Hang them proudly at home and show off your newfound pottery skills!

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.

577 Staff Instructor: Emily Horst

New! Clay Southwestern Skull
Sunday, August 18 ~ 10am to 1:30pm

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

Start your day with a burst of creativity in the 577 Pottery Studio! Join Emily for a unique extended class learning to build and decorate your very own southwestern skull wall hanging. Using slabs, coils, and pinch pots, we’ll craft that classic bovine-in-the-desert look.

After shaping our designs, we’ll concentrate on using the provided underglazes to paint on unique designs and patterns giving your piece a personalized touch. During this engaging session, you’re welcome to bring a bagged lunch or snack to enjoy as we work.

Please note: This project is designed to be able to be completed during the designated class time. However, depending on your level of detail and work speed, you might want to perfect your creation during your indie time.

    Throwing Demo ~ All The Things + Q&A with Julie
    Thursday, August 22 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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

    The magic of the wheel will be the focus of this Q&A and demonstration-only class. With over 30 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, Julie will guide you through the fundamentals, starting with the basics of cylinders – the foundation of all wheel shapes.

    Julie will share her personal journey, evolving from a student to a seasoned professional potter and instructor, highlighting how each phase has shaped her teaching approach and artistic practice. Witness her expertise firsthand as she demonstrates crafting techniques for two types of bowls, a plate, a pitcher, an oval baking dish, and bottles, unveiling invaluable insights at every step.

    Tips on everything wheel-related will be addressed, including a brief segment on trimming and finishing touches. Please note, this session does not include hands-on practice, but ample time is allocated for Q&A, ensuring you leave with newfound knowledge and enthusiasm for wheel throwing. Please bring a notebook/journal to capture it!

    Please note: This class is demonstration-only. There will be no hands-on work. Therefore, this class will not count as part of your three-class requirement for indie time.

      577 Collab Class: Pottery & Drawing on Clay
      Tuesday, August 27 ~ 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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

      Excited to elevate your pottery decorating skills? Looking to boost your confidence with underglaze techniques? Join us for an innovative new class led by Julie and Isabelle Tucker, 577’s Program Coordinator and Drawing/Studio Arts instructor.

      Explore how drawing can transform your pottery techniques. Through engaging exercises and accessible techniques, Isabelle will show you how drawing can enhance your clay skills, inspire future designs, and refine your eye for design and craftsmanship. We’ll apply these skills to premade leather-hard tiles, reviewing and using basic underglaze techniques that will bring your pieces alive with color.

      You’ll receive new drawing tools to keep: a handy drawing journal, drawing pencils, and a kneaded eraser. Finish your clay pieces when you’re ready, aka during your indie time. By the end of class, you’ll leave with more confidence in your pottery and design skills. Who knows? You might even discover a newfound love for drawing!

        Half Day Throwing
        Tuesday, July 30 ~ 5:30pm to 8:30pm
        Monday, August 12 ~ 9am to 12pm
        Friday, August 16 ~ 1pm to 4pm
        Monday, August 19 ~ 5:30pm to 8:30pm

        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.

        Supervised Indie Time
        Thursday, August 15 ~ 9am to 11am

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

        Supervised Indie Time sessions are perfect for folks who have recently completed the 6-week adult class and need additional time with your instructors or for those needing a refresher after a short break from the studio.

        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 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.

          Hybrid Pottery to Go – Raku
          Sessions Available Each Month
          • July Firing: Pick-up: June 3; Drop-off: June 18; Raku Fire: July 1
          • August Firing: Pick-up: July 1; Drop-off: July 22; Raku Fire: August 1
          • September Firing: Pick-up: July 31; Drop-off: Aug. 26; Raku Fire: Sept. 10

          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.

            Pottery to Go – Custom Design by You!
            Multiple Dates – See below

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

            The only (mostly) limits are your imagination in this “work from your home” class. This class is designed to be what you want to make. Experiment with new forms, work out a pattern, or make presents for the upcoming holidays or birthdays. It’s your clay to create what you would like.

            Don’t worry if you are stumped for ideas. Julie can provide you with videos from previous Pottery-to-Go classes like pinch pot animals, slab plates, coil pots, and more.

            In this “work from your home” class, we will supply you with all the tools and resources you need to make this project: clay, pottery tools, drywall board, plastic bags, a few short videos if you choose, plus email support from Julie. Optional: underglazes are available for an additional fee. Please note: This class no longer counts toward the three classes needed to keep indie time privileges.  

            July ~ Pick-up: July 1; Return: July 29 

            August ~ Pick-up: August 1; Return: August 27

            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. 

            Join us for Music in the Gardens on Saturday, August 10, from 11am to 3pm. Events are free, family-friendly, and rain or shine.

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