There is something relaxing about molding wet clay and experiencing a blob becoming a work of ceramic art or something functional. While the southern Nevada landscape is made of hard clay, ceramic classes in Las Vegas offers the soft kind ready to be shaped. Who doesn’t remember the scene in the movie “Ghost” as Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze work the potter’s wheel in one of the sexiest moments in film? Ceramic classes can be a fun date night, family time, hangout with friends or alone time. Classes are offered in southern Nevada to bring out the inner artist while getting your hands dirty (in a fun way).
Clay Arts Vegas
1511 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Clay Arts Vegas offers a number of classes in a variety of techniques for all skill levels. The owners, who have a passion for ceramics, instruct students on how to work a potter’s wheel, create by hand and the use of tools in ceramic art. They also teach about firing techniques and glazing. Events are held at Clay Arts Vegas including a monthly potluck and other workshops that encourage adult students to meet others with an interest in ceramics as well as other artists looking to expand their expression in a different medium.
Mission Hills Pottery
Henderson, NV 89002
High school ceramic art teachers Donna Potter and John Andruss opened their home studio, Mission Hills Pottery, in 2007 as a command central post to incorporate their activities in the ceramic community as well as offer classes and events. Andruss is a past president of the Nevada Clay Guild and Potter is the Nevada Clay Guild Empty Bowl Benefit Coordinator. Potter and Andruss, along with expert potters that share their studio space, teach classes once or twice a year, with the next class available some time next spring. They have a variety of equipment including a Soda Kiln, a rare machine in the Nevada area clay scene, and the couple invites those who are interested in sharing their workspace to call their phone number and take a tour.
5026 N. Pioneer Way
Las Vegas, NV 89149
The Pottery West studio is open 24 hours a day and offers membership packages for unlimited classes and access to its studio. Pottery West features five instructors in a comfortable setting. Along with classes, workshops are also offered with the services of a professional photographer available to capture work in images. Pottery West instructors also teach ceramics in the College of Southern Nevada’s continuing education program.
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The Pottery Shop
6623 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite 140
Las Vegas, NV 89119
The Pottery Shop features in-house events including a Ladies Night Out on the last Thursday of the month offering raffles, door prizes, a potluck and BOYB along with instruction on making ceramics. The Pottery Shop also specializes in parties (either in its studio or an outside location), bringing all supplies and offering classes on ceramics to celebrate bridal or baby showers, birthday parties or other events. The Pottery Shop features classes for beginners with a selection of pottery pieces, designs, water-based paints, stencils and stamps and all pieces are glazed and fired.
Nevada Clay Guild
Created in 1982, Nevada Clay Guild partners with a number of stores, studios and galleries to bring together those interested in ceramics. The guild offers its members opportunities to teach, learn new skills, show their work in galleries as well as sell their ceramic pieces. Its membership includes ceramic artists that are novice, professional or hobbyist and has more than 100 members.
Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.