Ceramics is more than simply mixing clay, water and other additives; it is a creative, relaxing outlet to create something unique. There are many different ways to make great pieces, such as hand building (using your hands to form an object) and throwing (using a wheel to shape your creation). If you are looking specifically for a therapeutic artistic channel, check out the following ceramic classes in New York City:
Choplet Gallery And Ceramic Studio
238 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
In the heart of Williamsburg, Choplet Ceramic Studio is the place for any newbie or pro artist to visit for some pottery. They offer a variety of class options to fit everyone’s needs. There are single day classes, eight-week programs, adult intensive and even a summer camp for kids. The place is tiny and can get packed but it is one of the most popular ceramic studios in the area.
Baked In Brooklyn
242 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Another place for hand-crafting therapy is Baked In Brooklyn. With patient, kind teachers, you don’t need to be an artist to create something special. This place offers classes for kids and adults and even offer packages for events and parties. Adults can learn hand-building techniques at the clay class or learn to use the wheel during throwing lessons. Kids can also get their hands dirty while learning the basics of hand-building and take home their creative pieces.
The Potter’s Wheel
120-33 83rd Ave
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
This studio offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The owner’s kind, friendly personality makes The Potter’s Wheel a welcoming environment. They teach first-timers and welcome experienced artists with a variety of courses for each skill set. They not only offer the traditional two-month courses in hand building or wheel throwing, they also offer additional workshops on methods, styles and techniques.
La Mano Pottery
10 W 26th St.
New York, NY 10001
You can take an eight-week course or a single day workshop to create a beautiful, useful item at La Mano Pottery. The Chelsea pottery shop also teaches the basics of your choosing, whether it be the wheel or hand building. They also offer private lessons and classes for your little ones.
BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center
10-34 44th Drive
Long Island City, NY 11101
You don’t have to travel far to experiment with clay, because BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center is in Queens. Beginners can learn the basics and form their skills while the more advanced student can better develop their ideas and skills. This center also offers hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and one-on-one classes for all skill levels. Class size are smaller than usual, giving you a greater opportunity for some individual time with the teacher to better your skill.
Mud, Sweat And Tears Pottery
654 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036(212) 974-9121
The long-running business Mud Sweat & Tears Pottery offers numerous classes including 10-week courses (rather than the typical eight-week programs) for wheel throwing or hand-building at all skill levels, children’s classes and private lessons.
Located in Tribeca, Chambers Pottery also offers classes for wheel and hand building for all skill levels. It is on the second floor and may be hard to find, but it is worth looking for. Classes are small, allowing teachers the ability to provide individual attention to all students. If you want even more attention, you can book private lessons.