Adult Classes

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Adult classes are designed to welcome the beginner, welcome back the prodigal potter, guide a new enthusiast to the next steps and offer mentorship for those wanting to explore their skills and learn from a generous community of artists.  Class size is limited to allow plenty of direct instructor interaction, with time and space in 2 1/2  hours to work independently.  We allow a maximum of 8 students per class and must have at least 4 students for the class to run. The current schedule of classes is shown below, and as these classes fill, additional classes will be added. Six week classes are scheduled in staggered slots, so you will be able to continue your classes seamlessly.  If none of the classes fit your schedule, please ask about any new classes in the works!

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or Call : 828-253-2424


For more information, please see the Fees & Registration link for details.

2017 Adult 6 and 8 Week Sessions
$245 for six week sessions
(includes 25 lbs. clay and six hours Open Studio)

$325 for eight week sessions (includes 25 lbs. clay and eight hours Open Studio)

$345 for eight week Intermediate Handbuilding Session (includes 25 lbs. clay and six hours Open Studio)

Classes are ongoing. Next Start dates listed below. Contact us for future Start Dates.

*Please note: listed start dates below are based on the current session, but weather and other unforeseen circumstances may require additional classes added to the end of a session to make up for canceled classes. Please call the studio to confirm start dates. Wheel and Sculpture classes are six week sessions, Handbuilding classes are eight week sessions.

2017 Dates & Classes (beginner & intermediate)


Surface Design Class (intermediate) 

This class, taught by Melanie Robertson, is for the more advanced student. We will investigate elements and principles of design that will help us further examine ways to decorate ceramics; brush or sponge-stamp, sgrafito, staining, resists and more! *This is an eight-week class!*

Mondays, 9:30 – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Melanie Roberston
Next Sessions: August 28 – October 16 – SPACE AVAILABLE 
Class Fee: $345

NEW! Ceramic Jewelry (beginner – advanced) 

This class, taught by Melanie Robertson, is for anyone who loves jewelry! It will both inform and inspire those who wish to “explore” how to make “body adornment which uses clay with or without other materials. *This is a six-week class!*

Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Melanie Roberston
Next Sessions: August 31 – October 5 – SPACE AVAILABLE 
Class Fee: $245

Raku Intensive Class

judi-harwood-copper-vesselCalling all intermediate wheel throwers, handbuilders, and sculptors! We are offering a brand new a series of 6-week Raku Intensives. The first session will be dedicated to creating pots for glazed raku. There will be 2 firing days in each session that will be 4 hours long.  We will experiment together with creating new glazes by adding colorants and underglazes to clear crackle, designing pots specifically for raku by adding clay design elements to ‘go black’ in reduction, and work with wax and tape resist for special effects. 

*This is a six-week class!*

Tuesdays, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Judi Harwood
Next Sessions: August 15 – September 19 – SPACE AVAILABLE 
Class Fee: $325 – due to 2 firing days in each session that last 4 hours each

These raku intensives are designed for intermediate students who can focus on the raku experience with well executed pieces. In future sessions we will focus on other low temperature alternative firings such as horsehair raku, obvara, saggar and naked raku.

Go ahead and sign up now, to hold your spot now so we can get started right after the holidays!

Clay Combo Class (handbuilding & wheel)

New to clay or still a beginner, and can’t decide if you want to try a wheel throwing or handbuilding class? Have you been working exclusively in one of these areas and feel its time to branch out and enhance your work with more techniques of the trade? Wheel throwing and handbuilding are sometimes seen as separate disciplines in pottery, but are so often used collectively to enhance a potter’s work. In this class we will be delving into both! Beginner/Intermediate level. *This is a six-week class!*
Instructor: TBD
Next Sessions: on break
Class Fee: $245

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Wheel Classes

The goal of our wheel classes is to give adults an intro to the art of pottery and how to throw functional pots, from the basics to more complex projects, and it’s important to us that you have a wonderful experience that includes fun! Beginner to Intermediate students welcome in any of these classes.  *These are six-week classes!*

Mondays, 6:00-8:30pm
Instructor: Judi Harwood

Next Sessions: October 2 – November 6 – SPACE AVAILABLE
Class Fee: $245

Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:30pm
Instructor: Judi Harwood

Next Sessions: September 11 – October 16 – SPACE AVAILABLE 
Class Fee: $245

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30pm
Instructor: Julie Johnson
Next Sessions: September 13 – October 18
Class Fee: $245

Thursdays, 10:00am-12:30pm
Instructor: Judi Harwood

Next Sessions: August 3 – September 7 – FULL
September 14 – October 19
Class Fee: $245


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Our Hand-Building class offers basic hand-building techniques such as slab construction, coil pots, pinch pots, extruded clay, surface texture, clay impression, Sgraffito  and more.


Beginning Handbuilding**

 *This is an eight-week class!*

Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:30pm
Instructor: Karen Dubois
Next Sessions: August 30 – October 18 – SPACE AVAILABLE 
Class Fee: $325

Intermediate and Advanced Handbuilding**

“On The Wall” Sarah Wells Rolland is teaching a class with a focus on ceramic art for the wall. In this class you will explore working with colored slips, clay and the palette knife, and Bas Relief. You will make tiles, a framed out piece and a tryptic piece as well. We will address creating for hanging and installation. *This is an 8 week class!*

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Sarah Wells Rolland
Next Sessions: TBD
Class Fee: $345

This class taught by Sarah Wells Rolland is designed with specific objectives: Making pots with excellence, incorporating attachments, creating and implementing templates, creating original stamps and texture tools, and making lidded forms with lids that fit! We have a great time in this class and choose our firing atmosphere. Options are cone 10 reduction, wood influenced, and cone 7 oxidation.  *This is an eight-week class!*

**This is an eight-week class with different atmosphere options


Our beginning sculpture class designed to give you a taste of three the village potters, asheville, nc, pottery classes, sculpturedifferent approaches to clay sculpture.  We will explore slab, coil, and solid clay construction of sculptural pieces.  Have you wanted to feel the clay and wondered how it would respond to your touch?  In this class we will push, pull, pinch, stretch, coil, roll, cut, slice and, of course, compress this fabulous medium!  Join us in this tactile adventure!

Beginning Sculpture

Tuesdays, 3:00-5:30 pm
Instructor: Judi Harwood
Next Sessions: on break, call if interested

Open Studio
is available for enrolled students who can work independently. While there is a Village Potter on duty during Open Studio, this is not an instructed session. Students receive up to six hours of Open Studio time with each six week session (eight hours for the eight week session), and may purchase additional Open Studio hours for $10 per hour. Students must reserve time in advance, as space is limited. Up to four hours of unused or make-up studio time may be rolled over into ongoing sessions, but may not be stored or saved.

Fridays: 10:00am – 6:00pm (January – March 10am-4pm)
Saturdays: 10:00am – 6:00pm (January – March 10am-4pm)
Sundays: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Raku Saturdays

the village potters, asheville, nc, pottery classes, workshop, rakuRaku is an exhilarating firing process that is fast, furious and exciting! This single day workshop is for anyone who has bisque-fired pots suitable for Raku. Judi Harwood will lead the workshop, giving a history of Raku and overview of safety procedures. Attendees will glaze and then participate in the firing of their pieces. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early!

Fee: $75 for enrolled students, $110 for non-enrolled


Fee allows each participant to fire three – four moderately sized pieces (no larger than 6″ diameter/12″ tall). Fee includes glazes, instruction, and firing.

Upcoming Dates:  

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Register Online

“Best money I ever spent!”
Julie, Village Potters Teaching Center Student and Raku Workshop attendee.

Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Please call for availability.


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