Pottery Class: Intro to Wheel Throwing Seize the Clay

Seize the clay and learn wheel throwing in San Francisco

2 hours Class size 1 to 10     label $89
Learn a new skill and take a 'claycation' with the experts from SMAart Gallery and Studio in San Francisco. Discover how to use a potters wheel at this beginner-friendly class and create something absolutely clay-mazing!
We will begin with introductions and a basic wheel demonstration by one of our instructors. You will learn the basic steps of throwing a cylinder on the potter's wheel, before trying it out yourself using up to three one-pound balls of clay.
You can keep your new works of art, we will dry, trim, bisque fire, glaze and glaze fire them. When your masterpieces are ready, we will notify you when they are ready for pick-up (allow three to six weeks).
We will literally get down to earth in this wheel throwing class, get centered, and throw some mud! Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty and explore the depth of your creative spirit.
After you have created your masterpieces, the last fifteen minutes of class will be for clean-up. If you want to use all your time creating, for a small fee, the teacher will do the clean-up for you, just ask.
We have two pottery studios, both in San Fransisco. Please take care to check which location you are booking for.
Please note:
Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can start on time. When we get started the doors will be locked and the activity will be moved to the studio area. If you arrive late, we may not know that you are at the door. Please do not call if you are running late. The phone does not ring in the studio and the instructor will not be notified.
Add-on available for this class
  • Have us clean up your work area for you ($12)
You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge required
Great for beginners who want to throw clay. Wheels are adult sized, so younger children may need extra assistance from their guardian.
What you'll get
Up to three pounds of clay to make up to three items. We will trim, fire, glaze and re-fire them for pick up at 4-6 weeks later. An email will be sent when they are available.
What to bring
  • Wear clothes and shoes you don't mind getting dirty and bring your creative spirit!
  • You may wish to bring your own apron and hand towel.
  • Consider trimming your fingernails for the best experience.
Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 10 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

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1045 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA and 3135 24th Street, San Francisco, CA (varies by date; click the date selector to see details)

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Steve has been an artist and creator his whole life and working in clay for over 35 years. After working in the high-tech manufacturing industry for more than two decades, he quit his day job and received a BA and MFA. He began teaching ceramics at Bay Area colleges, universities, and community centers. He also managed the ceramic studio at the Richmond Art Center until he opened SMAart Gallery and Studio in 2012. He loves to create and is pleased to share his passion here at SMAart.

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