Who should enroll in a class at the Academy?
Students who enroll here are serious minded clay and ceramics enthusiasts, eager to accept and enjoy the many challenges of the various processes and the rewards that hard work will bring.
Can I be an absolute beginner with no prior clay experience?
Yes, the class dynamic will include a mixture of beginners and students with varying levels of experience. It’s a win-win for beginners who generally get more of the instructors attention, plus get to watch how others with more experience navigate through the process.
Who are the students, and where do they come from?
It’s an amazing cultural mosaic. The beauty is that with this variety, having students with various professions, social and cultural diversities, are all coming together as equals in the classroom.
What are the costs for the classes?
The costs are variable depending on the demands of the course. See the course page for detail information.
What exactly does the tuition pay for?
Essentially, your tuition pays for up to 30 hours of studio access for the specific course you are registered in; plus an additional 6 hours if you use the 2 optionalThursday open studio sessions available.
What’s not included in the tuition?
Not included are materials and firing charges. (See Costs Explained)
Is it possible to rent studio space...or sign up for a single lesson?
Students can only register for a ten-week session. There are no trials, walk-in’s, birthday parties, private spaces, in short anything beyond the simplicity of the ten-week enrollment.
Does the Academy offer kiln services to unenrolled students?
For many good reasons the academy's kilns are only for use in firing current student work.
What if I can’t make it to class, or have a schedule conflict?
The ten-week session is essentially a subscription, so missed lessons cannot be made up. There is an open studio on Thursday night for any currently enrolled student for the purposes of practice and to help recoup lost time.
Can I bring a friend, a child, or relative to hang out or watch while I’m in class?
Only enrolled students are allowed access to the studio with the exception being during the ‘Open House’, when all of the glazed work is on display for pick-up. This event occurs on a day after the term has ended, and when all the work has been fired to completion.
I’ve learned how to throw, etc. from a previous experience. Will I be automatically treated like an advanced student?
Your previous experience will be noted, however, enrolling here for the first time requires that even an experienced student be open minded and willing to follow along with the beginners until the instructor gives the ok to proceed on their own. There’s a lot of ceramic teaching malpractice out there, and one thing we cannot tolerate is having that malpractice, practiced here.
The Academy does not guarantee success. Success comes only with repetitive practice of the basic techniques. For certain, all the courses offered here are challenging in unique ways. Pop culture movies like ‘Ghost” tend to over simplify and romanticize the wheel-thrown pottery experience, and portray the process as an effortless, relaxing exercise.
All students are encouraged to read each class description for a more realistic explanation of the course objectives. Moreover, students should not expect lessons on demand. Instead, students are shown new techniques once they have control of the previous taught lessons, and your teacher will know when the time is right.