Until further notice I will not be offering classes.

Pottery Class

Have you always wanted to try your hand at working in clay?

Doesn’t it look like fun to throw on the potters wheel? Maybe you had a Pottery Class in High School or College and really enjoyed it!

throwing on the potters wheel

Learning to throw starts with centering

Well here is your chance.

Spend a few hours with me in a Semi-Private Pottery Class and learn the basic skills of wedging, centering, and making a cylinder. When you learn those three skills you can make just about anything.

I don’t do regularly scheduled classes with a bunch of people. If you want to try your hand at it we will schedule a two-hour time slot during my regular studio time.

“Try It” Pottery Class

COST:  2 hour class – $30.00 each person*
Student must be over 16 years old

*I have TWO pottery Wheels and can work with two people if you and a friend want to come. I also may schedule someone with you if a wheel is still open

WHEN: We can schedule one of these convenient time slots.
Monday – Thursday  10:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
No nights or weekends

Student Work Try it Class

Student Work from a “Try It ” Class

If you are interested in seeing what its all about, play on the potter’s wheel, get a little dirty and make a little something, this is a perfect opportunity.

Pottery Class starts with preparing your clay by wedging it which softens the clay and removes air bubbles. We will talk about different clay’s and techniques. I will demo centering the clay and then throwing a cylinder. Then I will guide you through these skills, helping you if needed.  Hopefully something “keepable” will emerge from the clay which I will glaze and fire for you if you want.

What to Bring to class

1. Bring a towel

2. Wear clothes you are comfortable in and can get dirty. Clay is washable so they won’t get ruined.

3. Cut your nails short. Nails interfere with the throwing process and can be quite frustrating.

4. A playful attitude. Come ready to play in mud and  have fun!

Did you love working in Clay?

Then come on back for more 2-hour lessons at $30 a class plus materials

We will work on honing your basic skills as well as making better shapes. Once you have your basic skills down we can work on mugs, bowls, plates or whatever you want.

Work on whatever interests you as we explore the clay medium.

Materials – I provide clay for you to use. I use a Cone 6 durable stoneware clay, perfect for functional ware.

Since clay is reclaimable until it is fired you can practice all you want with it. If it can be reclaimed there is no additional charge.

Once fired it is yours.

Glaze fired pieces are charged at $1.75 a pound.

Bisque fired pieces are $1.50 per pound.  

If your piece is damaged for any reason you will still be required to pay for it. I am not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Glazes: You have access to all my glazes.  You are welcome to use what I have already made. We can work on making your own glazes or you can bring in commercially prepared glazes as long as it fires to cone 5-6.

Tools: All my equipment is at your disposal, from trimming tools to the slab roller. I have a large assortment of textures and stamps, carving tools, slump and hump molds, rolling pins, trimming tools etc.

Please come prepared with a Pottery Tool Kit, available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby

Some of the basic things we can work on are:

  • Centering clay on the potter’s wheel
  • Opening clay and throwing the basic cylinder, which is the start of many forms
  • Pulling and attaching handles for mugs
  • Throwing bowls and other forms
  • Trimming the bottoms for a more polished appearance
  • Glazing

If you are a beginner… Certain pottery skills need to be learned before moving to more advanced shapes. Pottery is a process that requires patience and practice. You will most likely finish the class with one or two beautiful pieces that you can be proud of If you are more advanced… we can work together at whatever level you need.

Read my 10 tips for beginner potters here

Other Important things

  • Cleaning up your wheel and workstation is required after class ends. You do not have to use part of the two hours to do that.
  • Please wear appropriate clothing (it’s messy), trim your fingernails, tie back long hair and remove rings, bracelets and watches.

    A towel is recommended.

IMPORTANT: Please remember that when you tell me you will be coming at a certain time I will SAVE YOU A WHEEL.  There is no refund for missed classes.


  1. Brittney Battin

    I would like to schedule a class. I work 9:30-5:30 Monday through Friday. I can take a day off though.

    • Dani Montoya

      That would be great Brittney. Give me a call and lets get t scheduled. Its lots of fun!

    • Dani Montoya

      Lets do it Brittney! That would be a fun day off!


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