Adult Classes

Adult Classes • Master’s Series • Workshops 
Independent Study & Mentoring Program •  Fees & Registration
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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. 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!

To register for classes, click class name below or
Call : 828-253-2424

2018 Adult 6, 8, & 12 Week Sessions

(includes 25 lbs. clay and 12, 16, or 24 hours of Open Studio)

$265 for six week sessions
(includes 25 lbs. clay and 12 hours Open Studio)

$355 for eight week sessions
(includes 25 lbs. clay and 16 hours Open Studio)

$375 for eight week Intermediate Handbuilding Session
(includes 25 lbs. clay and 16 hours Open Studio)

$675.00 for twelve week Advanced Sessions 
(includes 25 lbs. clay and 24 hours Open Studio)

***Specialized classes may have a different fee than listed above

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

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



Mondays, 10:00am-12:30pm. 
*6 weeks*
“Pots as Planters” Intermediate Wheel
Instructor: Tori Motyl
Start/End Dates: April 1 – May 6

Mondays, 6:00-8:30pm. 
Intermediate Monday Night Wheel 
*6 weeks*
Instructor: Judi Harwood.
Start/End Dates: April 1 – May 13
(If you are comfortable consistently centering and moving 2 to 3 pounds of clay, this intermediate throwing class is designed for you.)

Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:30pm. 
*6 weeks*
Beginning Wheel
Instructor: Katie Messersmith
Start/End Dates: April 16 – May 21

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30pm. 
*6 weeks*
Beginning Wheel
Instructor: Julie Lee
Start/End Dates: March 19 – April 23

Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:30pm. 
Advanced Wheel Throwing “Take it to the Limit”
*12 weeks*
Instructor: Sarah Wells Rolland
Start/End Dates: April 24 – July 10

Wednesdays, 2:00pm- 5:30pm. 
Advanced Wheel Throwing “Stretching the Clay & the Potter”

*8 Weeks* 
Instructor: Sarah Wells Rolland
Start/End Dates: TBD

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30pm. 
Beginning Wheel 
*6 weeks*
Instructor: Julie Lee
Start/End Dates: April 10 – May 15

Thursdays, 10:00am-12:30pm. 
From Good to Great
intermediate-advanced *8 weeks*
Instructor: Julia Mann
Start/End Dates: March 14 – May 2

Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm. 
“For the Table”
intermediate-advanced *8 weeks*
Instructor: Julia Mann
Start/End Dates: April 25 – May 30



Thursdays, 1:30-4:00pm*. 
Exploring Alternative Firings 
*6 weeks/$325*.
Instructor: Judi Harwood.
Start/End Dates: May 9 – June 13
*Session also includes 2-four-hour firing days. Click class name for more details.



Mondays, 9:30am-12:00pm. 
Surface Design Intensive 

*8 weeks*
Instructor: Melanie Robertson.
Start/End Dates: April 1 – May 20

Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm. 
Surface Design Intensive 

*8 weeks*
Instructor: Melanie Robertson.
Start/End Dates: March 26 – May 14

Wednesdays, 10am-12:30pm 
Beginning Handbuilding “Thinking Spring”
*8 weeks* 
Instructor: Chris Henry
Start/End Dates: March 20 – May 8

*Please note: listed start dates 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.


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 12 hours of Open Studio time with each six week session (16 hours for the eight week session, 24 hours for the twelve week session), and may purchase additional Open Studio hours for $10 per hour as long as student is currently enrolled. 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 
Saturdays: 10:00am – 6:00pm 
Sundays: 10:00 – 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: TBD
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.