Your creative muse has been calling. You want to make something original and all your own. You’re intrigued by pottery and ceramics and wish you could learn how to create something great, but you don’t quite know where or how to start. Pottery-making can seem like such a skilled and sophisticated process — clay-shaping, wheel throwing. Don’t worry, these DIY pottery studios will put you on the right track and have you creating in no time.
District Clay
2414 Douglas Street NE
Washington, D.C.
(202) 341-8269
www.districtclay.com

Here’s a place where you can learn the ins and outs of ceramics and stretch your creative wings. District Clay offers classes for beginners, intermediate learners and advanced ceramic students in wheel throwing, hand building and ceramic sculpture. The studio is equipped with 14 wheels, a slab roller, gas and electric kilns, an extruder, a pug mill and a glaze spray booth. There’s also a library of ceramic literature so you can do a little research. Periodically, the studio even hosts master classes with experienced potters and ceramic artists.

Clay Cafe Studios
101 N. Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 534-7600
www.claywire.com

Clay Cafe Studios makes things easy for you. You choose your piece of pottery, paint it up just the way you want and the studio does the glazing and firing. A flat fee includes your materials, paints, glazing and firing (excludes the price of pottery). The studio’s mobile division, Catered Clay, takes the show on the road and provides full service pottery painting parties, team building activities and art curriculums. Explore your creative side with a little pottery painting palooza.

Eastern Market Pottery
225 7th St. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-6669
www.easternmarketpottery.com

Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know about pottery. Eastern Market Pottery provides small and informal classes to encourage a relaxed, close-knit environment with personalized instruction to accommodate students of every skill level. Classes are conveniently taught four nights a week and Thursday mornings by skilled, experienced potters who provide instruction on making pottery on the wheel, as well as methods for decorating and glazing. The establishment’s 1,100-square-foot air-conditioned studio is equipped with two kilns and is also open to students on Saturday afternoons.

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Dusty Road Pottery
1526 Linthicum Road
Dickerson, Maryland 20842
(301) 874-0003
www.dustyroadpottery.net

Situated in the Maryland countryside near Sugarloaf Mountain, Dusty Road Pottery is a fully-equipped studio that offers pottery classes for both children and adult whether you’re a beginner or an advanced learner. You can join an existing class if you wish, or the studio may schedule a new class to better suit you. You can also receive instruction via private lessons or summer camp. Students will learn building and decorating styles using the potter’s wheel and hand-building techniques. If you’ve worked with clay before, Dusty Road will even allow you to work under your own direction.

Corcoran School Of The Arts And Design
Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
500 Seventeenth St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 994-1972
www.nondegree.gwu.edu

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design offers a comprehensive set of ceramics classes to accommodate all skill levels. Classes range from an introduction to the potter’s wheel where you can learn wheel throwing to create functional pottery; an introduction to hand-building which teaches fundamentals like the pinch, coil and slab methods; and intermediate wheel throwing where you can sharpen your throwing skills as well as learn decorative techniques.

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