Nestled behind the main building for the Center for the Arts, you will find a haven for those who love to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. The Clay Studio is the perfect place to put your heART into your love of pottery.

Eventbrite - Pottery Classes: Next Session begins March 27, 2017


Click here for a printable schedule for the Clay studio Schedule 2017


Pottery Classes: 2-hour classes are available at various times Mon.-Sat.  Fee is $135 for 6-weeks, which includes Open Studio practice times, plus a $55 Lab fee that covers 25 lbs. of clay, glazing & firing. Classes every six weeks. Instructors: Geoff Bird, Charles Freeland and Mathilda Tanner. Registration Deadline is 2 days prior to first class.  Independent Study option is available for experienced potters who need no instruction – application necessary.  $100 monthly. Clay not included.

A new clay session begins every 6 weeks!

Check out our private instruction

with Mathilda Tanner or Charles Freeland!

Charles is our BMCA Clay Studio Manager and brings a wealth of experience and talent to the Center for the Arts.  He is a graduate of Austin College and the University of North Texas.  He holds an MFA in ceramics with a minor in painting and drawing.  Charles has taught at a number of different programs from Texas to Illinois.  While in Illinois, Charles taught for Bradley University, Lakeland Community College and Eastern Illinois University in a variety of areas from ceramics to multicultural aesthetics. A member of the Illinois Artisans Program who shows work in the state run gallery system.  For ten years  he was a part of Sally Jones Pottery in Montreat, from artist-in-residence to technical supervisor.  Charles also works at the Squeaky Wheel in the River Arts District and produces his own ceramics in his studio.  He is the consummate professional potter/teacher!

Mathilda is an artist residing in Black Mountain NC, d/b/a Firefly Arts. She was Artist in Residence at Chilmark Pottery, Martha’s Vineyard summers from 1994 to 2010, managing the business in 2009-2010. She is a Cum Laude Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and holds a Master’s Degree, Secondary Education (Special Education, Life Sciences), New York City Teaching Fellows’ Program (Mercy College).  She is already well-known in our area for her fabulous and amazing surface textures and carvings in clay!  Come and join in the creativity….

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